On the Books: HarperCollins to cut offending passage from 'American Sniper'
HarperCollins is removing the passage that won Jesse Ventura a $1.8 million defamation lawsuit against the estate of author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Ventura said that, in American Sniper, Kyle quoted him saying the SEALs “deserved to lose a few.” HarperCollins didn’t say how it would be removing the passage, or if it will modify already-purchased ebooks. [ABC News/The Associated Press]
Lois Lowry talks about writing sequels for The Giver, how young adult literature has changed, and the long process of adapting the book to film. “I remember seeing the costume designs for the female lead, Fiona—in the book she’s 12, and in the movie she’s 16. I advised them that some of the costumes were too sexy. And so the hem was dropped a little bit. I asked them: ‘Please don’t turn this into a teenage romance.'” [The New York Times Magazine]
Publishers Weekly‘s book reviewers pick the most notable books being published in Fall 2014, including Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, profiled in the latest issue of EW. [Publishers Weekly]
Despite its dispute with Amazon, revenue for Hachette rose 5.6 percent in the first half of 2014. The publishing company credited its success to J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and, because of their film adaptations, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor and Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men. US digital sales, however, dropped by 5 percent in the same timeframe. [The Guardian]
Douglas Field writes about breaking into the house of his favorite author: James Baldwin. “I had been told that it was derelict and vacant; that after Baldwin’s death in 1987 there had been legal disputes about who in fact owned the eighteenth-century Provençal building (Baldwin thought he did). The rusty padlock on the austere gates and the broken buzzer confirmed that the house was unoccupied.” [The Times Literary Supplement]
Is Yoga Lit a new trend? Publishers Weekly reviews four new books about yoga, spirituality, and religion. [Publishers Weekly]