18 October 2014

Here's Some Literary News That You May Have Missed This Week

As always, our precious literary world is expanding. (And that's great news.) Here are some updates from the past week, for you to pore over and probably exaggerate, along with a few other tidbits and treats.

Looking for Alaska will be Reissued Next Year

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska will be published again in 2015 to commemorate its ten-year anniversary. (The book was first published in March of 2005.)

Penguin Young Readers mentioned that the new edition will include a foreword written by Green, as well as never-before-seen material, and a Q&A of sorts.

Word has it that Sarah Polley is working towards a film adaptation of the book. . . .

Image via I Waste So Much Time.

Carolyn Kizer Died Recently

Carolyn Kizer died at the age of 88 from complications related to dementia. A poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in the 1980s, she was living in a California nursing home at the time of her death.

The Huffington Post recognized her contributions to literature and feminism, and her very lengthy career, which Wikipedia notes lasted for forty years from 1961 to 2001. The New Yorker published a poem of Kizer's when she was only seventeen years of age.

She founded and worked for Poetry Northwest, and also assisted the United States's Pakistan-based Department of State. She was featured in literary events worldwide and was renowned for her work, particularly in certain selections of her poetry.

The National Book Award Announced Their 2014 Finalists

On 15 October, The Huffington Post also posted an article that lists all of the finalists for the 2014 National Book Award.

The full list contains four categories of five finalists each, and features names like Marilynne Robinson, John Corey Whaley, Jacqueline Woodson, and Edward O. Wilson. You can read it here.

Image via I Waste So Much Time.

An Update in the World of Maximum Ride

Last Saturday, the blog Speakeasy presented an article revealing that James Patterson's acclaimed young-adult novels from the Maximum Ride series will be adapted as a Marvel comic series.

Writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Alex Sanchez, and editor Sana Amanat are scheduled to collaborate on the first edition, entitled "James Patterson's Max Ride: First Flight #1," which is slated for release in spring.

The project was revealed at NYCC 2014. Patterson is enthusiastic about the project and hopes that it will expand Maximum Ride's audience.

I, personally, am also excited. I have read the first six manga adaptations, and I'm still awaiting the film adaptation that was -- ahem -- also halted. I've even watched the YouTube clips starring Piéra Forde.

Have I mentioned before that Maximum Ride was the first book series that I fully, truly fell in love with? Yeah. I think I have.

Still, one comment from the Speakeasy article reflects my feelings rather accurately:

Image via Speakeasy.

Also, I learned quite recently that Maximum Ride Forever, the ninth and allegedly final -- although most of us thought that Nevermore was the end of it -- instalment in the series of novels, is intended to be released in January of 2015. (Not a long way away, dear readers!)

What news have you noticed in the literaturesphere? Tell me about in the comments -- and provide plenty of details and links!

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