Book News, August 2016

Another month, another book news post. I am sorry to whatever readers I have left that this blog is not terribly exciting. I wish I could read more and review more, but the PhD thing is pretty much all-consuming. So perhaps you can take this book news with good intentions?

  • How’s this for a starter – book news that aligns with my doctoral research! Scholastic will experiment with multi-platform transmedia publishing in 2017 when it launches Horizon, a series that will be part book, part video game experience. Details are still a bit scant, so I’m not sure how it will tie all together, but it sounds promising!
  • Earlier this summer, at the 2016 Romance Writers of America (RWA)’s annual conference, winners of this year’s RITA and Golden Heart awards were announced. These awards celebrate the best in romance writing for the year. While some of my favourite authors were finalists, the awards went to books and authors that I haven’t read. At least not yet, because now my TBD list is much longer!
  • Anne-with-an-E is being introduced to a new generation. Netflix and the Canada Broadcasting Corporation are teaming up on a new production of Anne of Green Gables. Due to air in 2017, the new series will use L.M. Montgomery’s book series as inspiration while also “incorporating new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”
  • Katherine Paterson’s novel, The Great Gilly Hopkins, has made the transition to the big screen. A new film version of the story is due in theatres in October. The film will star Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, and Glenn Close, among others. Watch the trailer here.
  • It’s a Harry Potter-palooza here at Book News today:
    • Earlier this summer, in anticipation of the new Fantastic Beasts movie, JK Rowling published a new story about the American wizarding school, Ilvermorny.
    • Not everyone was happy with the story, however. Many scholars and Native American activists rightly pointed out that Rowling appropriated Native American culture in her creation of the American wizarding world.
    • Rowling continues to push on, however. This fall, Pottermore will publish three new e-books that will collect previously released short stories about Harry’s world, Hogwarts, and more.
    • If you still crave more Harry Potter, and can’t travel to London to see The Cursed Child play, People Magazine offers up some of the play’s biggest spoilers (warning, obviously!).
    • Lastly, it turns out Harry Potter might influence political opinions. A political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania found that people who read Harry Potter hold unfavourable opinions about Republican candidate Donald Trump.

As always, happy reading!

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Sarah MacLean

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