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Universal Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to The Cruel Prince, the new fantasy novel by The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black. Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions banner. The novel, which will be published in January by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is the kick off to a fantasy novel series the author is calling Folk of the Air.
And this doesn’t even come out until January next year! Congratulations, Holly Black! You had me at Pan’s Labyrinth.
A group of Planned Parenthood volunteers donning red cloaks and white bonnets gathered to protest Tuesday at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The crowd was channeling “The Handmaid’s Tale” in opposition to the Senate’s proposed healthcare bill.
The critically acclaimed and Falkner Award-winning novel explores the American Dream as experienced by Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant who came to the United States in the hope of providing a better life for his wife Neni and their six-year-old son. In 2007, Jende gets hired as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, while Neni gets a temporary job working for Clark’s wife Cindy at their summer home in the Hamptons. However, as the financial world deals with Lehman Brother’s collapse, both Jongas do everything in their power to keep Jende’s job, even at the cost of their own marriage.
Imbolo Mbue’s debut Behold the Dreamers is the new Oprah Book Club pick.
Twenty years after Harry first ventured into the world with the initial publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we’re still wondering what the phenomenon has really meant for kids books and the publishing world at large, and where we would be without it. “Harry Potter” sparked a furor that seemed totally unprecedented in the world of children’s literature. The books themselves, though ― not much about them was totally unprecedented.