I hope you have been keeping well this week, and have some wonderful reads on-the-go. Here are some of the bigger news items from the book world:
- Martyn Goff, bookseller and administrator of the Man Booker Prize from 1970 to 2006, died at age ninety-one. In a statement, current Booker Foundation chair Jonathan Taylor said: “His contribution was invaluable and under Martyn the prize grew in stature and reputation, not least because of his tireless championing of contemporary fiction of the highest quality.”
- At the Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert revisits the 1990 film adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-known novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Gilbert discusses the film’s poor critical and audience reception, and why Atwood’s dystopian tale may still prove too “radical” for a more faithful screen version.
- The winner of the second annual Folio Prize for fiction was announced this week. Akhil Sharma received the £40,000 prize (approximately $60,000) for his semi-autobiographical novel Family Life.
- Several authors including Joanne Harris are criticizing a new app called Clean Reader. The app allows users to replace explicit words in e-books with “sanitized” versions, sometimes without authorial consent.
- When news broke last year that screenwriter Zak Penn had been tapped by Warner Brothers to adapt Ernest Cline’s best-selling Ready Player One to film, rumors began swirling about high-profile directors looking to helm the project. It’s now been announced that Steven Spielberg will be bringing his skills to Cline’s elaborate story, just as soon as he finishes working on The BFG.
- Books may be under siege, but these odd, charming libraries are taking them to the Earth’s farthest corners.