Six out of the nine Best Picture Academy Award nominees announced this morning were based on books: Hugo, War Horse, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Help, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Between now and the ceremony on Feb. 26, Shelf Life will read or re-read each of these books, in addition to a few others that inspired nominees in different categories, and do a side-by-side with the film version. For our first installment, we’ll take a look at The Descendants, which is nominated for five Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Minor spoilers ahead. READ FULL STORY »
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John Irving, who turns 70 this year, will publish his latest novel on May 8. In One Person tells the story of Billy Abbott, a bisexual man who struggles with his identity and attraction to men, women, and transgendered individuals as the world changes around him. EW spoke to Irving to find out what we can expect of his highly anticipated novel, and you can find more from the interview in the current issue of the magazine, which is on stands tomorrow. In the meantime, see below for a single response from that interview about a question that gets him riled up. He sounds off about the limited imagination of today’s reading audience and his own complicated sexual history. READ FULL STORY »
YA fans, mark your calendars for the Feb. 7 release of Born Wicked, the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles. The planned trilogy, by debut author Jessica Spotswood, follows Cate Cahill and her sisters, all of whom happen to be witches. If their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, prison ship, or even death. EW got its hands on the trailer which we can exclusively premiere. Check it out after the jump. Then, watch the fun behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot.
Jodi Picoult has created plenty of memorable young characters throughout her writing career, but Between the Lines (out June 26) will be her first book geared for teens, and her first co-authored by daughter Samantha van Leer. Melding ordinary life with fantasy, the novel will center on Delilah, a teenage bookworm who can’t get enough of one book in particular. When one day the hero of that story, the handsome and kind Prince Oliver, literally speaks to Delilah, she learns that Oliver is actually a complicated teen boy who’s trapped in the book against his will and hates that his life must follow a predetermined plot. As Delilah fights to free Oliver from the pages, a romance blooms between them, and their journey tests everything they know about destiny and their place in the world.
For longtime fans and younger readers who will be discovering Picoult’s work for the first time, EW has the first look at Between the Lines! Check out the cover below. READ FULL STORY »
When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.
Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY »
In a move that should surprise no one, James Franco is set to release his first novel, courtesy of the ever-expanding Amazon Publishing. The book, tentatively titled Actors Anonymous will reportedly be based — loosely — on the life of the actor/artist/writer/director/producer/host/perpetual student/clothing-optional magazine cover boy.
Franco released a collection of short stories, titled Palo Alto, in 2010 to mixed reviews and is currently involved in several book-to-screen adaptations. READ FULL STORY »
Recently, Backlit Fiction released a series of teen ebooks, including The Dig by author and television writer Caroline Kepnes (writing under the pen name Audrey Hart). The Dig, the first installment of the Zoe and Zeus trilogy, centers on a smart, savvy teenager named Zoe Calder who finds a portal to the world of teenage Greek gods — Mount Olympus is like a high school, where there are mean girls and Zeus is the hottest guy around — while exploring an archaeological excavation site. Kepnes took the time to chat with EW about her new YA novel and the idea behind modernizing Greek mythology. READ FULL STORY »
See the trailer for 'Bloodrose.' Plus, author Andrea Cremer teases the shocking conclusion of the 'Nightshade' trilogy -- EXCLUSIVE
Bloodrose (out Jan. 3), the third and final volume in Andrea Cremer’s best-selling Nightshade trilogy, ends with a twist so shocking that publishers have been keeping close watch on advance copies. This thought-provoking page-turner centers on Calla Tor as she faces the ultimate battle between the Keepers and the Searchers. If you’re having a hard time waiting until Jan. 3, check out the exclusive trailer for Bloodrose below, and also read what Cremer has to say about her next novel … and that surprise ending!
Will Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor become the next huge books-to-movies franchise? It took a huge step toward that rarefied status today when Universal Pictures announced that it has acquired worldwide rights to the young adult fantasy novel, EW has learned exclusively.
Taylor’s thrilling, fresh novel — the first in a trilogy — centers on a young blue-haired girl named Karou who encounters unusual creatures and dangerous angels as she travels the world to carry out mysterious errands. EW’s Sara Vilkomerson wrote, “This smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages. … Seriously, cancel all plans once you begin; you won’t want to put it down.” Daughter has made several major year-end lists: It was the sole young adult title in Amazon’s top 10 best books of 2011, and the New York Times named it one of five notable young adult books of the year. READ FULL STORY »
'Pretty Little Liars' author Sara Shepard talks newest book and reveals what's to come in the series
While fans await the return of Pretty Little Liars‘ second season on ABC Family, they have another PLL book to keep them occupied before the Jan. 2 premiere. Ruthless, book 10 in author Sara Shepard’s best-selling series, hit shelves last week. Shepard called EW to talk about the new book, and give some spoilers on her 2012 releases. The one burning question Shepard can’t answer? She doesn’t know who “A” in the TV series either, but she has her theories. Read on for more with Shepard. We promise “A” isn’t watching.
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