by Marshall, April 18, 2007 1:17 PM
Here's your Brockman-free Book News for the day...
- Way to go 'guvner: Did you know? Frank Keating, author of the children's book Will Rogers: An American Legend and winner of the International Reading Association's 2007 Children's Book award for his kids' biography, Theodore, was formerly the governor of Oklahoma? Not only was he considered as a potential running mate for George W. back in 2000, he also considered a presidential bid of his own late last year. Eventually, he gave all that up for a lucrative career as a children's writer. I am sure that Teddy Roosevelt, his fellow Republican, would approve.
- Cultural literacy:
Oh, Yann Martel, can't you do the same for our president? Apparently the aforementioned author of Life of Pi and The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios is sending a book every two weeks to the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for the duration of his being in office. Says Martel:
Who is this man? What makes him tick? No doubt he is busy. No doubt he is deluded by that busyness. No doubt being Prime Minister fills his entire consideration and froths his sense of busied importance to the very brim. And no doubt he sounds and governs like one who cares not a jot for the arts.
But he must have moments of stillness. And so this is what I propose to do: not to educate, that would be arrogant; less than that; to make suggestions to his stillness.
I know some people who deal in books... Maybe they will set up a bi-monthly W. shipment.
- I prefer Tang: More on the never-ending saga of the canceled O.J. Simpson book, If I Did It.
The company that owns the rights, Lorraine Brooke Associates (a corporate alias for Simpson's kids), filed for bankruptcy in a Florida court to stop an impending auction for said rights.
Who wants the rights to this abomination? Why, the Goldman family, who have been trying for ten years to collect their $33.5 million civil judgment. Auctioning off the rights to a book that they apparently think someone will want to buy was the latest in their attempt to shake some of Simpson's cash from the trees. Or maybe they just don't want O.J. Simpson to profit from his alleged crime.
Maybe it's just me, but the whole sordid thing makes me feel like I need to wash my hands.
- Proud member of the SSSMAGB*: It's official: The Time Traveler's Wife will now be made into a movie... far inferior to the book. Starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams and directed for New Line Cinema by Robert Schwentke, shooting starts in September.
How do I know it will stink? Movies often do in comparison to their book counterpart. Go ahead ? surprise me.
*Society to Stop Sucky Movie Adaptations of Great Books