The cover has been unveiled for Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. This essay anthology, slated for release on March 29, features essays from people who found inspiration to go on adventures after reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir.
In an interview with People Magazine, Gilbert revealed that she “just sat for a day and read the essays and I was in tears. To sit down and just read story after story after story – you start to see what connects all those stories and what connected them to my story. It was really touching and a really powerful experience for me.”
CBS has given the greenlight for a Nancy Drew television series. The Atlantic reports that the production team does not plan to stay completely faithful to this popular children’s book series.
In this adaptation, Nancy Drew will be a 30-year-old who works as a detective for the New York Police Department. Glenn Geller, the president of CBS Entertainment, has stated the crew is open to an actress of any ethnicity to play the titular character.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Nancy Drew first appeared in books in 1930 and was originally created by Edward Stratemeyer. The beloved books have been ghostwritten by a series of authors and published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The character has evolved in the decades since, though the original series — Nancy Drew Mystery Stories — ran from 1930 to 2003. The franchise has included spinoff series including Nancy Drew Files and collaborations with the Hardy Boys.”
Many years ago, Alan Rickman chatted with J.K. Rowling to learn more about Severus Snape, a character he would play for a decade in the Harry Potter film franchise. In a goodbye letter that Rickman wrote to honor the conclusion of the movie series (published in Empire magazine back in 2011), his conversation with Rowling contained “one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume.”
People Magazine reports that like so many within the Harry Potter community, Rowling has been mourning Rickman. She posted a message on Twitter to express her devastation and sadness that “we have all lost a great talent.” Below, we’ve collected several relevant tweets in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via International Business Times)
The CW has unleashed a new extended trailer for The Flash. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Grant Gustin playing the speedster hero.
Here’s more from Screen Crush: “There’s little standing in the way of The Flash’s 2016 return with Tuesday’s ‘Potential Energy,’ but the future has plenty more obstacles to throw at the team. Catch a better look at Killer Frost and Deathstorm in action, along with new looks at Wally West and the Reverse Flash’s return in a new universe-ending trailer!”
Other cast members include Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlin Snow, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. The forthcoming episode will air on Jan. 19. (via IGN.com)
Here’s more from The New York Times: “The book will cover Ms. Jenner’s childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold- medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her first two marriages and her troubled relationship with her children; her marriage to Kris Kardashian, the matriarch of the Kardashian brood; her transition and her experience as the world’s most famous transgender woman. In a statement released by Grand Central, Ms. Jenner said she hoped the book would help her to process all that’s happened to her in the past year, and in the decades leading up to her transition.” (via USA Today)
The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their 2015 book awards. The winners will be announced on March 17, 2015 at the New School in New York.
Wendell Berry is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Kirstin Valdez Quade‘s story collection, Night at the Fiestas, has won the third annual John Leonard Prize. Carlos Lozada, associate editor and nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post, will receive the 2015 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
The fiction finalists are:
1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
3. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
4. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
5. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
The non-fiction finalists are:
1. SPQR: A History of Rome by Mary Beard
2. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
3. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
4. Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
5. What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert
Follow this link for the complete listings in autobiography, biography, criticism, and poetry.
Lee Bo, one of the Hong Kong book publishers who recently went missing, is reportedly in China.
Five employees of the Hong Kong publisher The Mighty Current disappeared in late December after the publisher planned a book that was critical of the Chinese government. Last week, the company dropped the book. Chinese police confirmed that Bo was in custody in China through a strange “confession letter”. Bloomberg has more:
Police in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong sent a letter to Hong Kong authorities stating that the bookseller, Lee Bo, was in China, Hong Kong police said on the government’s website. Chinese authorities also enclosed a letter from Lee similar to one he sent to his wife that was reproduced by Hong Kong media on Monday, the statement said.
The news comes a day after Gui Minhai, the Swedish citizen who also worked for the publishing house and went missing in Thailand, made a bizarre resurfacing with a strange confession on China’s state television CCTV.
Actress Cameron Diaz has revealed the cover for her upcoming book, The Longevity Book, a book on aging.
The Hollywood star is featured on the book’s cover wearing only light make-up with her hair tied back in the image. She revealed the cover on Instagram with the following note:
HELLO Again, Ladies! I am so excited I can barely contain myself!! As soon as I saw it myself, I wanted to share with you the cover of THE LONGEVITY BOOK. I am so proud of this book and very much looking forward to engaging us all in a new conversation about aging–how to do it with strength, grace, health and wisdom. I also wanted to thank you again for your beautiful submissions, which we’ll eventually get to show you as part of the cover beyond the cover; a perfect representation of women standing beside other women, as a united front, to stage change and incite progress. I can’t wait until hard copies hit the stands in April so we can really get started!! #thelongevitybook #theprivilegeoftime @thebodybook ox, Cameron