Book World Buzz

Resurgence: Kazuo Ishiguro’s next book will be released in March 2015. It’s been 10 years since Never Let Me Go. Faber & Faber is publishing his latest book, The Buried Giant, about, “lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Give it Away Now: Michael “Flea” Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is writing a memoir. There’s no release date or title yet, but Flea says this his “sacred mission.” The deal was made with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group.

Breaking Novels: Brian Cranston is writing a memoir about his time on Breaking Bad. He said, “[I’ll] tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.”

Graduation Day: Kurt Vonnegut’s commencement addresses have been compiled into a book slated for release April 8. Just in time for graduation, the compilation of speeches was edited by Vonnegut’s long time friend, Dan Wakefield. The speeches will include updated drawings provided by Vonnegut’s estate. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is is now available to pre-order.

Tea Party Book Deal: Texas Senator and Tea Party member Ted Cruz signed a $1.5m book deal with HarperCollins. This is the biggest advance given to a conservative politician, topping Sarah Palin’s deal of $1.25m. No title or release date yet, but the book is to be part memoir and part strategy.

Getting Silly: Comedian Russell Brand is venturing into children’s literature. The trilogy will be illustrated by Chris Riddell and will start with The Pied Piper of Hamelin slated for release in November.

Film Strip: Dreamworks is producing a version of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park for the big screen. They hope to start shooting in 2015 after Rowell is given a chance to write up the screenplay.

We also found out this week that the the new Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them movie from the Harry Potter verse will actually be a trilogy. These will also have their author, J. K. Rowling, at the helm of the screenplay.

Batter Up!: The Orioles are honoring former investor Tom Clancy. Opening day will remember ‘family members’ that have passed since last season began. Tom Clancy, a club investor and ardent fan, will be featured in their video tribute, and the team will wear patches on their uniforms throughout the season bearing his name.

Judge Supreme: The National Book Award Judges for 2014 were announced. There are 5 judges in each of the 4 categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature). The chairs of the panels are Geraldine Brooks (March) for fiction, Alan Taylor (William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic) for nonfiction, Robert Polito (Hollywood & God) for poetry, and Sharon M. Draper (Copper Sun) for children’s books.

Divergent Camp: Anderson Bookshops of Illinios is starting a new camp this summer based on Divergent. The camp will consist of three five-day sessions in June, July and August. Co-owner Becky Anderson gives a shout-out to BookPeople’s own Camp Half-Blood for inspiration.

 Have a great weekend, y’all! Get out there and read a good book!

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