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Colin Firth Wins Audiobook of the Year for ‘The End of the Affair’

Actor Colin Firth and Audible Studios won the Audiobook of the Year prize at the Audie Awards last night for an audiobook edition of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.

We’ve linked to all the winners below. In addition, Dracula by Bram Stoker won the distinguished achievement in production award for an audiobook with work by Alan CummingTim CurryKatherine Kellgren and more. The audio drama award went to Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. Firth had this statement in the release:

I’m grateful for this honor, and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories—a great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair … Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners.

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Penguin Book Covers Inspire Massive Wall Hanging

Inspired by Postcards from Penguin, a card collection based on classic Penguin book covers, one couple created a massive wall hanging tribute to their favorite books.

The couple posted the entire project on Reddit’s DIY section. In the photo set embedded above, you can explore the entire project from start to finish. Here’s more from the post:

We’re both huge book lovers, so we immediately began thinking of ways to use them in an interesting, decorative way … We tried various layouts, eventually deciding that a shifting color scheme would be the most aesthetically pleasing. We cherry-picked some titles that we were particularly fond of. Among them: The Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Great Gatsby, and 1984. Among the authors: H.G. Wells, Roald Dahl, Raymond Chandler, and Graham Greene.

CIA’s Secret Role in George Orwell and Graham Greene Adaptations

WILMIG.jpgConspiracy theorists of all stripes have hypothesized for years about the CIA’s influence through political revolutions, propaganda, and the manipulation of politicians. One writer has uncovered the government agency’s shady influence on classic novel adaptations as well.

Author Hugh Wilford‘s new book, “The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America” reveals how the CIA influenced popular culture in a variety of unexpected ways. In a long Commentary essay, for instance, the CIA’s influence on films, art, and publishing is laid out in amazing detail. The CIA dealt with every corner of culture, from a New York Times publisher to the producers of a Jerry Lewis picture.

Here’s an excerpt from the article: “In addition to providing most of the funding for an animated film version of Animal Farm, George Orwell‘s anti-Stalinist fable, the CIA planted an operative inside Paramount Pictures … Another operative worked directly with the writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz to shape the film version of Graham Greene‘s novel The Quiet American.”