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Alloy Entertainment to Adapt ‘Sisterhood Everlasting’ by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood EverlastingAlloy Entertainment plans to create a film adaptation of Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann BrasharesThe Hollywood Reporter reports that Ken Kwapis, the director behind the first Sisterhood movie, will helm this project.

Liz Garcia has been hired to pen the script. Thus far, no casting decisions have been announced so it is unclear whether or not Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Amber Tamblyn will return to reprise their roles as Bridget, Lena, Carmen, and Tibby.

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‘SNL’ Star Ana Gasteyer Interviews Writer Ann Brashares

Writer Ann Brashares sat down with Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer to discuss her new young adult novel, The Here and Now.

Throughout the interview, the comedic actress insists that the new book is the latest installment of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. In the video embedded above, Brashares explains that “pants” do not play a significant role in this “forbidden romance.”

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Ann Brashares Inks Deal for New Young Adult Novel

Author Ann Brashares has signed a deal with Random House Children’s Books for a book called The Here and Now. A release date has been scheduled for April 08, 2014.

This fiction story stars a seventeen-year-old girl named Prenna. This project will be the first young adult novel Brashares has had published since her popular series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

In an interview with Seventeen magazine, Brashares revealed the premise of the story: “This is a book about a girl who falls in love, and it’s also a book about a girl who knows the fate of the world 80 years from now. It’s not really an easy fate. She saw and suffered terrifying things before she came to live here. The world’s fate isn’t all that mysterious or difficult to predict, it turns out. She wonders how we could all stand by and let it happen.”

Behind the Scenes at the Sweet Valley High Series

As many Sweet Valley High series fans know, the hit YA books (and multiple spin-off series) were primarily written by ghostwriters. The Hairpin interviewed one of those writers, Marijuanamerica author Ryan Nerz.

During the interview, Nerz named several successful teen writers who had also worked on the series. This group includes Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar (editor), Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author Ann Brashares (editor) and Soho Teen editorial director Daniel Ehrenhaft (ghostwriter).

When asked if he had ever met Sweet Valley author Francine Pascal in person, he answered: “No, Francine Pascal was always like the voice of God from afar. She would occasionally chime in on little things saying, ‘No, Elizabeth would never do this.’ ‘This tone doesn’t really work for me.’ ‘This is too risqué.’ Blah blah blah. She would kind of consult from afar. I never met her.”

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Should We Set a Bestseller List Limit?

In a Book Forum essay, Washington Post book columnist Michael Dirda argued that bestseller lists generally support established authors and rarely help lesser-known writers. Dirda offered this solution: “A writer can only be on the best-seller list once.”

Dirda (pictured, via) explained: “As a result, the list would stay fluid, avoiding the sclerosis caused by the wearisome reappearance, year after year, of the usual suspects. At the same time, readers would start to pay more attention to reviews, whether in print or online, if only to learn that a favorite author had brought out a new book. The best-seller list itself would be transformed into a showplace for the hot, the exciting, the deserving.”

The New York Times bestseller list currently includes Ann BrasharesDavid Baldacci, and Charlaine Harris. These authors have all enjoyed the NYT spotlight on multiple occasions. Do you think Dirda’s solution would benefit the industry as a whole?

Summer’s Fiction Logjam

Former Dallas Morning News book critic Jerome Weeks brings to light what may seem like a major upcoming headache for both book editors and publishers: a plethora of major literary works crammed together between April and June. “There are so many significant authors with novels coming out in the space of about 9 weeks that when I proposed reviewing Don DeLillo‘s post-9/11 novel, FALLING MAN, to one editor, I was told there was already too many fiction reviews booked for May through June,” Weeks explained. “When DeLillo can’t catch a break, you know it’s crunch time.”

No kidding, what with impending releases by Nathan Englander, Haruki Murakami, Michael Chabon, Michael Ondaatje, Susanna Moore, Armistead Maupin, Chuck Palahniuk and Khaled Hosseini. But the craziest publishing day for fiction has to be June 5, as new bestseller staples by Clive Cussler, Robert B.Parker, Jeffery Deaver, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ann Brashares and Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin are released that Tuesday. Calling it a dogfight is probably an understatement…