Well, bookworms. It’s been awhile. This was supposed to be Book News for April. Then it was supposed to be book news for May. I think it’s quite obvious that neither of those things happened. Life, work, and school got completely away from me this spring, and it’s only now that I’m able to catch up. I can’t even remember the last time I finished a book; I’ve mostly been reading comics and things for my research. What follows is a truly random collection of Book News links, some of which are clearly outdated by now, but are still interesting nonetheless. Hopefully you’ll find it entertaining.
- Lost in translation: Shakespearean scholars are hoping to remind audiences of the Bard’s filthiest puns.
- In other Shakespeare news, Goodreads created a Bard-inspired infographic to celebrate Shakespeare Week in April. The infographic helps you determine which Shakespeare play to read. (Hint: Stick with the comedies and tragedies. The histories, eh not so much.)
- Intersectionality FTW! The 2015 Vida Count, which explores levels of representation in literary journals, was released in April.
- Also in April, Beverly Cleary turned 100! She gave an interview to The Today Show in which she spoke about her long career.
- In the world of book-to-film adaptations:
- Book Riot presents its case for why Tolkien’s The Silmarillion would make a good movie.
- HBO is moving forward with plans for a new version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
- Another trailer for the Fantastic Beasts movie was released. The Harry Potter “prequel” arrives in theatres in November.
- Pottermore has released several new images of the cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play opening in London next month.
- And lastly, the first teaser trailer for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (featuring Emma Watson) was recently released.
As always, happy reading!