Today, Hartford Books Examiner presents a first edition of Book Culture—a celebration of all things literary in popular entertainment.
At the movies, The 5th Wave—an alien invasion flick based on the 2013 YA bestseller by Rick Yancey and starring actress Chloe Grace Moretz—failed to crack the top five, landing in sixth place and earning an estimated $10.7 million. Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C+, noting: “The frankly preposterous nature of the film’s setup is rendered slightly less so by a couple of second act reveals. But, by then, many viewers will have lost interest in a movie with a very high bodycount but a very small amount of grit, either emotional or literal.” The book trilogy will come to a close with “The Last Star,” slated for publication on May 24th.
On January 19th—the 270th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth—the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced their nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2015. (A full list of the nominees can be viewed here.) In addition, Walter Mosley was named Grand Master, Margaret Kinsman and Sisters in Crime will receive Raven Awards, and Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International, will be honored with the Ellery Queen Award. The Edgar Awards will be presented at the MWA’s 70th Gala Banquet on April 28th at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
In other news, Grand Central announced on Tuesday that they will publish Caitlyn Jenner’s forthcoming memoir. The book, which will chronicle Jenner’s transformation from Olympian and reality television star to transgender activist, will be written in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger. Bissinger (“Friday Night Lights”) previously wrote a cover story about Jenner for Vanity Fair in which she revealed her identity as “Caitlin” following a sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer to announce the impending transformation. The book’s release is anticipated for spring of 2017. Read more in the New York Times.
Meanwhile, Harry Potter alum Emma Watson recently announced the formation of a feminist book club on Goodreads—“Our Shared Shelf.” As part of her work as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, the actress has been reading essays and books on the topic of equality and wants to raise awareness of the cause by engaging others: “The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all.” The first selection is Gloria Steinem’s “My Life on the Road.”
Finally, FX has continued to tease the February 2nd debut of their ten-part mini-series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. New clips and the official trailer are currently available online. The limited series features an all-star cast including Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Simpson friend/attorney Robert Kardashian. Like most good things, the show is based on the bestselling book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin, first published in 1996 and re-released as a tie-in last September.
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