James Bond and Hollywood have become so synonymous that sometimes we forget the books franchise that started it all. But in September 2015, 007 will return to bookstore shelves. The estate of original author Ian Fleming has given acclaimed British writer Anthony Horowitz an unpublished story to develop into an official novel about the spy.
We love Bond for his cars, and in this story, which Fleming called Murder on Wheels, they’ll take center stage. Horowitz plans to rename the novel, about Bond and the racing circuit, Project One.
Neither the the Fleming estate nor Horowitz are strangers to this type of arrangement. Since Fleming’s death, writers including Kingsley Amis, Sebastian Faulks, and William Boyd have written official works about Bond. Horowitz has also written Sherlock Holmes books with the approval of Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate. [L.A. Times]
Christian author William Paul Young, who wrote 2007 best-seller The Shack, has a new book deal. Howard Books, a Christian subsidiary of Simon & Schuster, has recruited Young to write two books, one called Eve (a retelling of, you guessed it, the Adam and Eve story) and another about an undisclosed nonfiction topic. The books will come out in the falls of 2015 and 2016, respectively. [Publishers Weekly]
Acclaimed young-adult authors Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater have announced a new collaborative series for middle schoolers. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures will feature a story by Pearce and artwork by Stiefvater. [Mediabistro]