As usual around this time of year, countless new books are about to hit the shelves, and most of this week’s highlights deal with new literature.
Events: At RiverRun Bookstore, bestselling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts) will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel, Locke & Key: Head Games sometime later this month. Call between now and September 24th to reserve your copy.
The $2 deal at Chop Suey Books this week features The Nanny Diaries, the New York Times Bestseller by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus, two former nannies. This entertaining novel follows the story of Nan and how she deals with the ridiculous demands of a Park Avenue mother.
Sherrie Flick and Ladette Randolph will be visiting Porter Square Books on September 24th to read from their new novels, Reconsidering Happiness and Sandhills Ballad. The store will also now be featuring a monthly new sci-fi/fantasy author. September’s author is Mark Del Franco, author of the Connor Gray trilogy and recently, Skin Deep. Read more about Mark Del Franco here.
New Literature: On October 13th, Anita Silvey’s heartwarming new book Everything I Need to Know I Learned in a Children’s Book is due out in bookstores. Silvey interviews 100 people, including actors, writers, musicians, and athletes, on their favorite children’s book and how it influenced their lives (via Newtonville Books).
Also on the subject of children’s literature, The Magician’s Elephant, the newest book by popular children’s author Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie), will be adapted to film under 20th Century Fox (via Newtonville Books). This charming story of a ten-year-old orphan who learns from a fortune teller that an elephant will lead him to his long-lost sister was only just released this month. Screenwriter Martin Hynes describes the film as “a fable which could both be a classic but not take itself too seriously. The film we’ve referenced in terms of tone is ‘The Princess Bride’ — something that kids will enjoy, but adults will love on other levels.”
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William and Bryan Mealer will be released in hardback on September 29th. This is the true story of an intelligent and inspiring fourteen-year-old boy who strives to improve his community in Malawi, Africa by building a windmill out of the junk he is able to gather (via A Reading Odyssey)
Other: The Man Booker Prize shortlist has been revealed (via Broadway Bookbroads & Newtonville Books). The six remaining finalists include:
–The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
–Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
–The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds
–Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
–The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
–The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters