News from the Book Multiverse

In-the-newsHello once again, friends an fellow intrepid explorers of the ever expanding, ever bountiful, mysterious and yet-to-be-fully-grokked-by-mere-humans book multiverse! We’re back with yet another report on what’s new out there among the literary nebulae and grammatically galactic goings on:

A lost Sherlock Holmes short story has been discovered in the attic of historian Walter Elliot. The story appears to have been written in order to raise money for the restoration of a bridge in the town of Selkirk in Scotland. If the story is an authentic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, it will be the first “new” Sherlock Holmes story in 80 years.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, a new Dr. Seuss book has been discovered more than 20 years after his death. The book, entitled What Pet Should I Get, will be released in July of this year.

Actor Ewan McGregor will make his directorial debut with the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s acclaimed novel, American Pastoral, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

And in further news from the screen-adaptation-of-books arena (arguably a universe unto itself), James Franco will star in an upcoming Hulu series adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about the Kennedy assassination, 11/22/63.  

For fans of hint fiction and other similar emerging genres, the Twitter Fiction Festival will take place in May of this year. Open call for submissions will begin on March 2nd.

And from the corner of the book multiverse reserved for Stunning Bookstores We All Need To Visit Someday, a new bookstore has opened in a 19th century building in Bucharest, Romania. The bookstore is named Cărturești Carusel, “The Carousel of Light,” and you can view photos of this beautiful space here.

Sadly, the multiverse has again lost two of its celebrated luminaries:

Critic and author David Carr passed away earlier this month. Carr was 58 years old. Simon & Schuster will be reprinting Carr’s 2008 memoir, entitled The Night of the Gun.

And former poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine died earlier this week from pancreatic cancer. Levine was 87. His work included The Simple Truth, which won the Pulitzer in 1995, and What Work Is, which won a National Book Award in 1991.

As ever, fellow readers and friends, we wish you smooth sailing through the star studded reaches of the multiverse, and stay tuned for more book news here on the BookPeople blog!

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