- After 4 days of interesting and passionate debates, Kim Thùy’s novel Ru was crowned the winner of Canada Reads 2015. The novel was championed by Cameron Bailey, Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Bailey was eloquent and thoughtful all week, and was a wonderful advocate for Thúy’s novel.
- A new Little Women adaptation is being written by Sarah Polley, the Canadian actor and director known for Oscar-nominated drama Away From Her, and the acclaimed Stories We Tell. So far, Sony has lined up an all-female production team for the project. In addition to Polley, the studio has brought on Denise Di Novi, Robin Swicord, and former Sony executive Amy Pascal to produce the film. No director has signed on yet, although it’s possible Polley could join in that capacity after the script is finished as she usually directs her own projects.
- Writer Andrew Shaffer’s popular parody Twitter account of bestselling author Jonathan Franzen—@EmperorFranzen—has been suspended. Shaffer said that “Emperor Franzen,” which he’s been running for five years, became more than just a parody of Jonathan Franzen, but of high-minded fiction writers in general. Luckily, a similar parody account has yet to be suspended: @GuyInYourMFA.
- Writers and critics have been debating the “death of the novel” since the form came to prominence. According to Vox, the novel has been declared dead thirty times since 1902.
- Roberto Bolaño’s 900-page novel 2666 is getting a theatrical adaptation, thanks to Powerball Lottery winner Roy Cockrum, who used his jackpot winnings to back the project and support the theater arts. The Goodman Theater in Chicago will produce the five-hour adaptation for its 2015-2016 season.
- Arthur Conan Doyle was the victim of a police conspiracy. “Newly discovered documents show that the Staffordshire police fabricated evidence to try to discredit Arthur Conan Doyle’s investigation into the curious case of George Edalji, a Birmingham solicitor accused of maiming horses and sending poison-pen letters at the turn of the twentieth century.”
- George R.R. Martin raised the hopes of Game of Thrones fans this week, when he hinted his long-awaited new novel The Winds of Winter would be completed this year.
- At the Telegraph, Gaby Wood considers the critical success and commercial failure of Samantha Harvey’s 2014 novel, Dear Thief, and why many great novels fail to get much public notice.
And, of course, I have questions for you based on this week’s news:
- I would love to hear about novels you adore that flew under the radar and didn’t get the attention you felt they deserved. Which books fell into this category for you?
- Have you read George R.R. Martin’s series yet? Do you think he will finish the latest novel this year?
- Did you follow along the debates for Canada Reads this year? How did you find the 2015 edition of the program?