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Film right have been secured for Between Shades of Gray, the 2011 best-selling YA novel by Ruta Sepetys. Between Shades of Gray is the story of a young teenager, Lina Vilkas, who is deported to Siberia during Stalin’s reign during World War II and separated from her father. The rights were optioned by Sorrento Productions and Tauras Films, with the screenplay written by Sundance alum Ben York Jones. Marius Markevicius will sit in the director’s seat for the film, which is scheduled to start filming in 2014.
Little, Brown announced that it will be publishing a novel from acclaimed independent filmmaker Whit Stillman titled Love & Friendship: An Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novella Concerning the Beautiful Lady Susan Vernon, Her Loves and Friendships, and the Strange Antagonism of the DeCourcy Family. “Love & Friendship introduces Stillman as a brilliant novelist, adapting Jane Austen’s wickedly funny—and little-known—novella with his signature humor and affection. This is a rare treat for Whit Stillman fans and Jane Austen readers alike,” Little Brown’s Reagan Arthur said in a press release.
Jose Emilio Pacheco, Mexican poet and essayist, died Sunday at age 74. Pacheco was the recipient of the 2009 Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious Spanish-language literary award. [NPR]
Forget the National Book Awards — at least, that’s what Bookslut wants you to do. The monthly blog has just launched a new literary prize called “The Daphnes” which honors the best book published 50 years ago. “If you look back at the books that won the Pulitzer or the National Book Award, it is always the wrong book. Book awards, for the most part, celebrate mediocrity. It takes decades for the reader to catch up to a genius book, it takes years away from hype, publicity teams, and favoritism to see that some books just aren’t that good,” Editor Jessa Crispin said in a blog post explaining why the award was created. [Bookslut]
By the way – the biggest book festival in the world? Apparently, Asia’s got that one covered. As reported by The Daily Beast, the 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival broke records with over 200,000 people coming to hear acclaimed speakers such as Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem, Amartya Sen, Jhumpa Lahiri, Reza Aslan, Jim Crace, and Ved Mehta. [The Daily Beast]