The Thursday Book Beat: J. K. Rowling Pens A Harry Potter Short Story

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Gillian Flynn’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Being Developed for TV

Sharp Objects. Gillian Flynn. September 26th 2006. Crown Publishing. Shaye Areheart Books.

Sharp Objects, author Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, will be adapted into a television show. Marti Noxon will come on board as showrunner and writer of the one hour drama with Jason Blum and Charles Layton to executive produce.

“Sharp Objects” follows a reporter who has to cover the murder of two preteen girls in her hometown following a brief stint in a psych hospital. The novel has won two of Britain’s Dagger Awards and was an Edgar Award finalist.

Flynn is not only the writer behind the novel that will soon be adapted into a movie, Gone Girl, but has also penned the script for the film. Her other novel, Dark Places, is also getting the big screen treatment and has just wrapped with Charlize Theron as its lead. Woot to all the ladies!

Amazon Offers Authors A Sweet Deal In Hachette Battle

Amazon has written a letter to Hachette’s authors, literary agents and Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson over the weekend to get their feedback on this proposal: until the dispute is resolved, Hachette authors would get 100% of the sales price of every Hachette eBook they sell. People are calling publicity stunt on this lovely proposal saying that the letter’s eventual release into the public will garner goodwill towards Amazon and less so for Hachette. Amazon has yet to propose this idea to Hachette who would need to agree to it for it to happen which places pressure on the publishing company. If Hachette says no, they’ll look like the bad guy.

This whole situation reeks, to be honest.

HarperCollins Selling Directly to Customers

We’ve already written about this over at WWAC and I think it was about time that publishers sidestepped Amazon to take bookselling into their own hands. We’ll have to see how this affects bookstores.

J.K. Rowling Pens Harry’s Future in New Short Story

J.K. Rowling. Photograph by ANDREW MONTGOMERY.

J. K. Rowling wrote a short story on Pottermore about Harry and the gang via a Rita Skeeter article about the Quidditch World Cup 2014. It seems like Dumbledore’s Army has achieved quite a celebrity status and you can read about it on Pottermore or various places across the web.

Google Stands By Showing Snippets of Google Books

In a filing with the Second Circuit last week, Google defended its practice of displaying snippets in Google Books, and urged an appeals court to affirm Judge Denny Chin’s 2013 holding that the massive book scanning project is protected by fair use.

The filing has come from the Author’s Guild who feel that the entire project (Google Books) is built on unauthorized copies of the books in question. We’ll have to see how this all plays out.

The Rise of The Celebrity YA Author

Authors Veronica Roth and John Green join J.K. Rowling on the Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list – the greatest number of YA authors appearing there and an example of the visible popularity of YA books in recent years.

Canadian Bookseller Named a Member of the Order of Canada

85 year old Jim Munro is among 86 people to be appointed to the Order of Canada. He runs Munro’s Books in Munro’s Books Victoria, BC.

[He] was named a member of the order “for his vital championship of countless Canadian writers and for his sustained community engagement as an independent bookseller,” the citation said.

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