BOOK NEWS: a new Hunger Games book and all the latest in book-to-screen adaptations!

by |June 20, 2019

Good morning to everybody on this glorious winter morning!

I’m especially happy today because Vanity Fair released photos of the upcoming Little Women movie by Greta Gerwig and I am In Love. Saoirse Ronan as Jo? Timothée Chalamet as Laurie? Laura Dern as Marmee? Truly inspired casting, please give me this movie now.

Anyway, there’s plenty of other book news to get excited about this week so settle in and start scrolling down.

Book News of the Week - June 20

Suzanne Collins announces a prequel to The Hunger Games

It turns out the world isn’t quite over the Girl on Fire just yet… Suzanne Collins has announced that a prequel to her bestselling dystopian YA series The Hunger Games will be released on 19 May, 2020!

This book will be set 64 years before the events of the first book, focusing on the story of Panem’s “Dark Days” on the eve of the reaping for the 10th Hunger Games.

You can find more information here.

Book News - June 20

Allen & Unwin announces new children’s imprint

Aussie publishing house Allen & Unwin will be launching an exciting new imprint for children called Albert Street Books!

The first book to be published under this imprint will be a warm and funny picture book for new parents called A First Time for Everything, written by Tiffiny Hall and Ed Kavalee. Allen & Unwin says, “A First Time for Everything perfectly captures the messy, glorious chaos of a baby’s first year and embraces the deeply relatable truth that parenting doesn’t always look quite like Instagram!”

(Side note: I’ve seen a proof copy of this book and it is absolutely ADORABLE).

Book News - June 20
Tiffiny Hall and Ed Kavalee, authors of A First Time for Everything.

Books to screen

There’s been a slew of announcements and updates regarding several books that are making their way onto a screen near you.

First up is The Chain, the exciting thriller by debut author Adrian McKinty (read our review here). Paramount Pictures has made a 7-figure deal with McKinty to adapt the novel, and the film will be produced by Shane Salerno and The Story Factory.

Also slated for adaptation is Aurora Rising, the kickass sci-fi adventure from wonder duo Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. MGM Television optioned the YA thriller for development as a TV series, which will see Jay and Amie take on the role of consulting producers.

News also dropped late last week that NBC has given production commitment to Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, one of the earlier Robert Langdon books, and that Rosamund Pike has been cast as Moiraine in Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of Robert Jordan’s beloved Wheel of Time fantasy series.

And of course, we’ve all seen the teaser trailer for the upcoming His Dark Materials adaptation helmed by the BBC. Exciting stuff!

Other interesting tidbits…


Thank you very much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful week and read lots of wonderful books.

As my parting gift to you, please enjoy this picture of Saoirse Ronan as Jo March that I physically cannot look at without weeping.

Book News - June 20
‘”Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.’
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Olivia Fricot is the Editor of the Booktopian Blog. After finishing a soul-crushing law degree, she decided that life was much better with one's nose in a book and quickly defected to the world of Austen and Woolf. You can usually find her reading (obviously), baking, writing questionable tweets, and completing a Master's degree in English literature. Just don't ask about her thesis. Olivia is on Twitter and Instagram @livfricot - follow at your own risk.

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