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Posts Tagged ‘Jeanette Winterson’

Random House To Publish Novel Retellings of Shakespeare Plays

Random House’s Hogarth fiction imprint will publish prose versions of William Shakespeare‘s plays, commissioning bestselling novelists to write The Hogarth Shakespeare.

The project will open with Anne Tyler rewriting  The Taming of the Shrew and Jeanette Winterson retelling The Winter’s Tale. The program will open in 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the great author’s passing. Winterson had this comment in the release:

All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover versions.

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Finalists Revealed for the 25th Annual Publishing Triangle Awards

The finalists of the 25th annual Publishing Triangle Awards have been revealed.

These awards celebrate the association’s mission “to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.” The winners will be announced on April 25th. The awards ceremony will take place at New School University in New York City.

Historian John D’Emilio has been named the winner of this year’s Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor also comes with $3,000 prize money. National Endowment for the Arts director of literature Ira Silverberg is the receipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. For the full list of finalists, follow the jump below.

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Granta Deconstructs Vogue Cover

The cover of the upcoming issue of Granta deconstructs women’s magazines like Vogue with with pink fonts, splashy headlines, and a connect-the-dots cover model.

Granta 115: The F Word will “explore the ways in which feminism continues to inform, address and complicate” the power balance between men and women. Publication is set for May 19th.

It will include writings by Eudora Welty, Tea ObrehtLouise Erdrich, Jeanette Winterson, and Edwidge Danticat.

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Random House UK Partners with Hammer Films

Random House UK will partner with Hammer Films to create the new Hammer imprint. The new imprint plans to publish six titles annually starting in the Spring 2011 season. The types of books will fall under the following categories: “novelizations of new front list film releases, novelizations of backlist classics – to bring them to a whole new market with a modern and sophisticated twist – and new novellas by established authors whose oeuvre does not necessarily encompass the horror genre.”

Caroline Michel at the British literary agency Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group brokered the deal. Award-winning author Jeanette Winterson will pen the first Hammer horror novella.

On the film side, Booktrade reports: “Not in production since the 1980′s, Hammer’s brand is now being aggressively reinvigorated by Exclusive Media Group (Exclusive) through new investment in the development and production of films, television and digital-platform content. Hammer’s return will be marked this month by its first film release in over 30 years, director Matt Reeve‘s Let Me In starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass).”

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Never Underestimate the Power of the Shredder

Okay, that’s probably a terribly drastic way to keep prying eyes away from hotly pursued manuscripts of books that won’t be out for months and months, and it’s hard not to feel a little sorry for the Penguin UK publishing employee who, running late to work, accidentally left behind the manuscript of Jeanette Winterson‘s THE STONE GODS, due for publication in the UK this fall. But when one leaves behind near the Balham Underground station, someone else – like 27 year old Martha Oster (pictured, left, with the aforementioned manuscript) – will pick it up, as the BBC reports and all manner of litblogs have picked up.

Simon Prosser, the company’s publishing director, said the incident was “terribly unfortunate,” but added it was simply human error. “If someone is reading a manuscript on the Tube home or the bus as they often do, then it is very possible that you might leave it,” he said. “In this case someone was reading the manuscript, or partial copy of the manuscript, and because it was late, left it behind. She went back to the station to try and retrieve it, spoke to the cleaners, but could not find it anywhere.” Oster said she recognized Winterson’s name immediately.”I studied ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT for A-level, and I have a couple of her books at home. She is one of my favourite authors, so I recognised her name straight away, and the writing is very much in her style.”