Friday, March 28, 2014
THE ROUNDUP from PW
'Gone With the Wind' Prequel Coming : More than 75 years after the publication of the epic novel by Margaret Mitchell, a prequel with Mammy at its center is set for release in October, said Atria, who acquired rights. The Mitchell estate has authorized the prequel, which was written by Donald McCaig, the author of one of two authorized “Gone With the Wind” sequels, “Rhett Butler’s People,” from 2007.
Poehler to Host WBN 2014 : The comedian Amy Poehler has already sharpened her hosting chops at this year’s Golden Globes, and we can expect some big laughs on April 23 when the star joins a coalition of publishers, bookseller, librarians and 25,000 volunteers to give away 500,000 books as a part of World Book Night U.S.
Chief Inspector: Book Ban a 'Mistake' : The U.K.'s blanket ban on books being sent to prisoners is a “mistake” and the policy should be changed, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.
Harper Lee's Letters Going to Auction : A letter in which the publicity shy author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" explains that "I simply don't give interviews, because it takes great skill to ask meaningful questions and very few people in the media have it", is set to go up for auction.
A Novel Based on Hopper Painting: The story of Edward Hopper's "Office at Night," one version, anyway, dreamed up by a couple of fiction writers, will be serialized on the Walker Art Center’s website throughout April. The novella, also titled “Office at Night,” by Laird Hunt and Kate Bernheimer, is a joint project of the Walker and Coffee House Press, which will publish the work as an e-book in June.