Bookish News of the Week: Bruce Springsteen, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Foster, Michael Crichton, Kirsten Dunst, Beatrix Potter and more.

by |July 31, 2016

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SocialMediaImage (16)Celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter.

Do you remember reading or watching The Tale of Peter Rabbit growing up? Reading about Jemima Puddle-Duck or Benjamin Bunny? Perhaps you’ve seen the 2006 movie Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger? I’m expecting a resounding ‘yes!’ from many people.

Beatrix Potter, the creator of beloved children’s book characters such as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Benjamin Bunny, would have celebrated her 150th birthday this Thursday, 28th July. Read More.

SocialMediaImage (17)The 13 longlisted Man Booker titles have been announced. 

First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading prize for high quality literary fiction written in English.

The 2016 longlist has been announced; let’s break down the 2016 figures: Thirteen novels made the list, four of which are debuts. Seven are by men, six by women. There are five American writers, six British, one Canadian and one South African. Read More.

born-to-runBruce Springsteen to release new album that will accompany autobiography, Born To Run.

On September 23rd this year, The Boss will release a new album, Chapter and Verse to accompany his gripping 500-page autobiography, which will be released days later. Five of the album’s eighteen tracks have not been previously released.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

Pre-Order Born To Run by September 30th and you could win The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, worth $215!

Zoe Foster’s bestselling The Wrong Girl adapted for TV; your first look. 

From the bestselling author of Air Kisses, Playing the Field and The Younger Man comes a funny, heartfelt novel about what happens when life, love, work and friendships collide.

Lily needs a break. A man break. She hadn’t exactly meant to sleep with her friend, Pete, and she certainly hadn’t expected him to confess his love – for another girl – the next morning. If men were going to behave like such pigs, well, she’d happily take some time out.

Now Lily’s story has become an Australian TV series, set to air on Channel 10 soon.

Learn more about The Wrong Girl

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Kirsten Dunst to direct film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar; Dakota Fanning to star.

Kirsten Dunst is stepping behind the camera for the first time to direct The Bell Jar, a movie adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s melancholic classic.

The Bell Jar is Plath’s only novel, originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath’s own life and has become a modern classic, celebrated for its darkly funny and razor sharp portrait of 1950s society.

While The Bell Jar remains Plath’s best-known work, her two poetry collections Ariel and The Colossus and Other Poems are revered as well.

Learn more about The Bell Jar

michael crichtonMichael Crichton’s widow discovers unpublished manuscript, Dragon Teeth; will become third novel of Crichton’s to be published posthumously.

Dragon Teeth follows the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh in a time of intense fossil speculation and discovery in the American West; a rivalry which Bill Bryson also explored in his A Short History of Nearly Everything.

In Dragon Teeth, the story will unfold through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one paleontologists, then to the other. The book will be published in May 2017.

Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author and creator of Jurassic Park and ER. He died in 2008. 

Discover more books by Michael Crichton

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Academy Award-nominated actress Anna Kendrick to publish autobiographical collection of essays, set to be released November this year.

Scrappy Little Nobody will be a collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

These essays will recount memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses.

Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

Learn more about Scrappy Little Nobody 

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The latest podcasts with authors who have visited Booktopia: 

Dave O’Neil reminisces about The Summer of ’82Bram Connolly introduces The Fighting Season, Kate Mildenhall chats about Skylarking, David Hunt on children’s picture book The Nose Pixies, Richard Fidler on Ghost Empire, Gus Worland on How to Lose a Few Kegs (Without Busting a Gut) and Jay Kristoff on Nevernight

Listen to more Booktopia Podcasts

And lastly, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released at 9:01am today across bookstores Australia-wide. Watch Booktopia’s very own John Purcell on Nine News Sydney:

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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.


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