Greetings, fellow travelers, those stalwart and adventurous souls who traverse the terrific and tantalizing tracts and trails through the vasty deeps of the nigh ineffable and wonder-filled book multiverse! As ever, we here at the BookPeople blog have sailed the considerably-more-than-seven starry seas to bring you the latest in newsworthy items from the ever expanding reaches of the literary cosmos:
Soon, my fellow poets, soon it will be April, the most poetic of months, and it will again be time for the National Poetry Writing Month challenge! Like its cousin, National Novel Writing Month, NaPoWriMo challenges its participants to write one poem every day for an entire month.
Stephen King will be releasing a new collection of short stories this November, entitled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The book will also include commentary by King concerning the writing process.
Roberto Bolaños novel 2666 will be adapted for the stage. The five-hour play will be developed and produced by the Goodman Theater in Chicago, IL and is supported by a grant from the Roy Cockrum Foundation. Mr. Cockrum is a former actor turned Episcopal priest who is donating a large part of his Powerball winnings to support a variety of nonprofit theater projects.
A script for the popular television series Doctor Who, written by Douglas Adams, will make its way to bookshelves this year. The now famous Tom Baker episode, City of Death, will be adapted into a novel and released in May.
There will be a new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. It has been 20 years since the 1994 adaptation. Actor and director Sarah Polley has been mentioned as a possible director for the film.
Archaeologists claim to have identified the remains of Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, nearly 400 years after his death. The remains were found in a convent in Madrid.
And, finally, the multiverse was again left mourning the loss of one of its beloved stars, science fiction author Terry Pratchett, who passed away on March 12th at the age of 66. A variety of authors, such as Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon, have offered memories of and tributes to Pratchett. There will be one final new novel in Pratchett’s Discworld series, entitled The Shepherd’s Crown. The novel will feature Pratchett’s popular character, Tiffany Aching, but a publication date has not yet been released.
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!