Monday Morsels this week include the late summer delights of movies and ice cream, as well as interviews and new books.
Events: Powell’s Books blog features recent interviews with David Lubar, children’s writer and game designer, on his new book My Rotten Life (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie #1) and Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo. Russo is also visiting Titcomb’s Bookshop for a signing on Saturday, August 15th, where he will be talking about his new book, That Old Cape Magic, a bittersweet novel about family relationships. Titcomb’s also recently blogged about their 40th birthday ice cream social which included 40 different mouth-watering flavors of ice cream! Read more about it here.
Chop Suey Books again has an exciting $2 a week deal, this time on the 1997 Booker Prize winning The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, a novel which shows how a few small events greatly impact the childhoods of two fraternal twins in India in the 1960s. Read more.
New Literature: The 40th anniversary of Woodstock has brought about not only a high budget comedy, Taking Woodstock (based on the novel by Elliot Tiber), but several newly released books to commemorate the most famous music festival of all time. Sarah from the Newtonville Books Community Blog draws attention to The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang (one of the four organizers of Woodstock) with Holly George-Warren and Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock by Peter Fornatale, both recommended by The New York Times for fond memories of the hippie heyday.
Other: Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, the story of a fourteen-year-old’s brutal murder and her musings after death, is going to be adapted to film by Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of The Rings trilogy. Watch the trailer here (via Newtonville Books Blog and Powell’s Books Blog). It looks terrifying.
Another exciting film adapted from literature is Julie & Julia, staring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, an intriguing hybrid of two novels: Julie Powell’s book of the same name and Julia Child’s My Life in France (via University Bookstore’s blog, The Shelf Life). The movie opened Friday, and it’s getting excellent reviews. Watch the trailer here.