Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday News Round-Up

News from the store:

--For a limited time, we have signed copies of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

News from the publishing world:

--Chris Weitz has been hired to rewrite MGM's Heck, a film based on Dale E. Basye's Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, originally penned by David Iserson.  Alex Timbers is expected to direct.

--The Writers Guild of America nominated John Logan's script for Hugo, the film based on Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret, for best adapted screenplay of 2011.

--Rick Riordan appeared on Rock Center with Brian Williams to reveal the cover and title of the final installment of The Kane Chronicles.

--The winners of the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards were announced, including best children's and young adult literature, Deadly: How Do You Catch an Invisible Killer by Julie Chibbaro (finalists:  In the Face of Evil by Tema N. Meback, To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis by Kathy Kacer and Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin) and best illustrated children's book, The Golem's Latke's adapted by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Aaron Jasinski (finalists:  Lipman Pike, America's First Home Run King by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Zachary Pullen and Marcel Marceau, Master of Mime by Gloria Speilman and illustrated by Manon Gauthier).

--Dr. Milburn Calhoun, president of Pelican Publishing Company, which specializes in children's books, passed away on Saturday at the age of 81.

--Walter Dean Myers spoke with David Greene on NPR's Morning Edition just before being sworn in at the Library of Congress as ambassador for Young People's Literature.

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