- The Girl with the Klingon Tattoo: Sweden's national library has uncovered several unpublished manuscripts by Steig Larsson, the late author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
"We have received material from a small archive from a periodical called the Jules Verne Magazine, and in that small archive there were some manuscripts by the author Stieg Larsson that were never published," Sweden's deputy national librarian Magdalena Gram told AFP.
The manuscripts, written around 1970 when Larsson was just 17, were "in the science fiction genre" and had been sent to magazines in hope of publication, Gram said.
Fans can only hope that Larsson's conflict-laden estate will allow the work to get published — and that the stories in question continue the adventures of a cryogenically frozen Lisbeth Salander as she joins a starship crew to battle space pirates and alien ninjas. C'mon, who wouldn't buy a million copies of that?!
- Inside The Killer: The oft-filmed, rarely-filmed-well pulp author Jim Thompson gets another shot at the big screen with an adaptation of his novel The Killer Inside Me coming to theaters in the next few weeks.
In the New York Times, Charles McGrath speaks to director Michael Winterbottom about his adaptation and glances at previous attempts to bring Thompson to film, most successfully Stephen Frears's The Grifters. (Sadly, McGrath ignores the James Foley-directed adaptation of After Dark My Sweet, starring Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, and Bruce Dern, which is really damn good.)
Unlike Mr. Tavernier or even Mr. Frears, who took certain liberties, Mr. Winterbottom was at pains to make what he calls a "very literal film," one that deviates little from the text of the novel and is hardly watered down. His rendering of the beating scene is so graphic that at early film festival screenings some viewers walked out. He also expands on what is just a hint in the text and dwells on some of the characters’ liking for rough, sadomasochistic sex.
With a cast including Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba, Winterbottom's film has real potential to be an indie sleeper hit. Here's the trailer:
And, if this whets your appetite for more Thompson, Robert Polito's biography Savage Art is a hell of a good read.
- It's Good to be a Bestselling Author: Stephen King surprises Justin Cronin on Good Morning America.
Book News Round-up:
- NPR's Weekend Edition interviewed Aimee Bender about her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
- The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani mostly likes David Kirkpatrick's book The Facebook Effect. "Mr. Kirkpatrick provides a succinct history of the rise of social networking," she writes, even though some of the material is "pretty familiar." Still, this wouldn't be grounds for Kirkpatrick to unfriend Kakutani.
- Sony predicts sales of ebooks will overtake print books within the next five years.
- For a cheap and easy thrill, contribute to NPR's List Of Thrilling Books.
- Screenwriter John August discovers the Bechdel test (named for Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For creator Alison Bechdel) for film and how sneakily pervasive it really is.
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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