BOOK NEWS: Paul McCartney, The Riftwar Saga and The Hate U Give movie!

by |October 2, 2018

If you’ve been wondering what’s been going on in the world of books lately, check out this quick news roundup!

Paul McCartney announces new picture book!

You guys, it’s called Hey Grandude and if that doesn’t have you humming ‘Hey Jude’ then we will probably never be best friends.

Here is a brief description of Paul McCartney’s upcoming picture book , according to The Guardian:

Hey Grandude follows an elderly, magical gentleman called Grandude and his adventures with his four grandchildren.

“He calls them ‘Chillers’,” said McCartney, a grandfather to eight. “They love him and they go on adventures with him and he’s kind of magical, so you’ll see that in the book. I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bed time.”

“I’ve got eight grandchildren and they’re all beautiful and one day one of them said to me ‘Hey Grandude!’. I said ‘What?’ and I thought, I kind of like that, so from then on I was kind of known as Grandude.” – Paul McCartney

The book will be illustrated by Kathryn Durst and is expected to be released in September 2019.

Here is the official announcement from Paul McCartney himself …

Riftwar Saga Optioned for TV

Raymond E. Feist’s epic fantasy series, The Riftwar Saga has been optioned for TV. The show will adapted by BCDF Pictures and the script will be written by Kurt Johnson (who wrote the screenplay for Atomic Blonde)

“I’ve been talking to film and TV people about adapting my work since the publication of Magician in 1982,” says author, Raymond E. Feist, – who will serve as an executive producer on the TV show. “I have said no repeatedly to deals simply because the ‘fit,’ was wrong. I am delighted to have finally met people with the understanding of the work and vision to match my own in bringing The Riftwar Saga to series television. I look forward to working with the talented crew at BCDF as much as they need and am excited at finally seeing Magician on the screen.”

Raymond E. Feist visited Booktopia earlier this year. Check out the link below to hear us chat with him about The Riftwar Cycle and his latest novel, King of Ashes …

The Hate U Give Movie premieres at Toronto International Film Festival

In case you aren’t aware, Angie Thomas’ bestselling YA novel, The Hate U Give, has been adapted as a movie, which is due to screen in Australia in January 2019.

The movie has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and the reviews have been very positive!

“A daring and deeply felt adaptation” – The Guardian

“An urgent and frequently captivating spin on the coming-of-age story” – Vanity Fair

“Entertaining, enraging, and ultimately deeply moving … Poised to be a hit, and deserves to be.” – Variety,

The film Tie In edition of The Hate U Give is available to order HERE.

And in the meantime, you can watch the trailer for the upcoming movie below:

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Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Senior Content Producer and Editor of The Booktopian Blog. She has been in the bookselling game for almost a decade and a dedicated booklover since birth (potentially longer). At her happiest when reading a book, Sarah also enjoys talking/writing/tweeting about books. In her spare time, she often likes to buy a lot of books and take photographs of books. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram @sarahmcduling

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