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Posts Tagged ‘Justin Cronin’

Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed

With 11,525 votes, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. Earning 20,328 votes, Veronica Roth was named Best Goodreads Author for Insurgent.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list?

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Warehouse Filled with Book Sculptures

How did the last book you read make you feel? Hachette Australia produced a beautiful new video spelling out emotions with giant stacks of books, filling a giant warehouse with book sculptures.

It’s the perfect Friday morning video. Follow this link to see all the books in the video, but it includes The John Lennon Letters by John Lennon, The Twelve by Justin Cronin and The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne. (Via Reddit)

The Banners of BEA 2011

Every year, this GalleyCat editor loves to take badly lit photographs of the banners of BEA, giving our readers a glimpse of the year’s biggest campaigns.

The banners were fairly muted this year. Last year, a gigantic Justin Cronin poster loomed over the proceedings. In this GalleyCat editor’s memory, The Passage banner seemed as tall as a house.

The Oprah Winfrey Show ends today, so it is only fitting that we open with a banner (embedded above) for the $50 book, The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy.

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Could Priest Adaptation Steal Justin Cronin’s Thunder?

When Justin Cronin scored a multimillion dollar advance for his vampire trilogy, The Passage, director Ridley Scott reportedly paid $1.75 million for the film rights. Could another vampire adaptation beat them to the post-apocalyptic punch?

In the video embedded above, you can watch a trailer for an upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel, Priest. The movie focuses on a similar war between vampires and humans. What do you think? Will Priest steal The Passage‘s thunder at the multiplex?

Here’s io9′s take on the Priest trailer: “Despite the copious amounts of silliness and the I Am Legend vampires, it must be said that there’s some nice imagery in this trailer. So in the dark post-apocalyptic future, the priests are the only ones who can protect us from the vampires — but they think the centuries-long war against the vampires is over… all except for Paul Bettany’s main character, who decides to go rogue in classic hero fashion.”

Choose Your Ruined Future with the Literary Dystopia Quiz

We’ve said it before, but this is an apocalyptic summer.

Between Justin Cronin‘s vampire end-of-the-world scenario to Glenn Beck‘s liberal end-of-the-world scenario (watch the book trailer embedded above), authors around the country are imagining some grim futures. To celebrate, Flavorpill has created a “Which Dystopian Future Is Right For You?” quiz to help you find the best dystopian fiction to read on the beach.

Here’s an excerpt: “With Gary Shteyngart’s newest contribution to the genre, Super Sad True Love Story, out later this month, we got to thinking about the doomsday options we have to look forward to. So take control of humanity’s bleak horizon by figuring out which hellish future is best for you — because if there’s anything we’ve learned from dystopian literature, it’s that your preferences matter. Or, not.”

Justin Cronin, Lee Child, and Karin Slaughter Share Thriller Wisdom at BEA

bio.jpgAt BEA this morning, literary journalist (and former GalleyCat editor) Sarah Weinman hosted a panel discussion with two celebrated thriller authors the new thriller writer on the block.

Bestselling thriller novelist Lee Child shared some thoughts about series writing: “With a series, the huge danger is getting lazy or phoning it in. The other danger is that the author falls in love with their main character.”

Bestselling author Karin Slaughter (pictured, via Author photos by Alison Rosa) explored the tricky side of bestseller status: “I worked my whole life to get published,” she said. “It was the best and worst thing to happen. Because the question then is, ‘What’s next?’” She concluded: “You can’t focus on the pressure.”

Author Justin Cronin just broke into thrillers with his buzzy book, The Passage. He spoke about his new status as a thriller writer: “I used to have readers, but now I think I’m going to have fans. I wanted a book where people could fall into the story … Now, your imaginary friends become [readers'] imaginary friends.”

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Justin Cronin Bloodsucks Big Money from Ballantine

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog scooped up quite the deal story yesterday afternoon involving PEN/Hemingway award winner Justin Cronin. In a major change of direction – also involving a pseudonym, Jordan Ainsley – Cronin is working on a postapocalyptic vampire trilogy set in 2016. He’s already completed the first 400 pages of volume one, which was sold by Trident Media‘s Ellen Levine as a partial manuscript for what Vulture reports to be a whopping $3.75 million, 3-book deal to Ballantine‘s Mark Tavani. Vulture seems surprised that there could be very strong in-house reaction (“Usually I hate this stuff, and I love it!” we hear one scout told her colleagues. Another publishing insider gushed to Vulture, “It is totally awesome,” while a third suggested that comparisons to Michael Crichton and Stephen King were appropriate, given the likelihood of this book being “a big best-seller”) but when there’s that much money involved, it’s pretty easy to find a few folks to say nice things about the deal…

Still, on balance it might not seem to be as crazy a bet as it seems, especially if the deal is for world rights (which we’re in the process of finding out) and sells to a bunch of different countries. Plus Tavani’s had some experience in the vampire realm with Charlie Huston‘s ALREADY DEAD and NO DOMINION, starring Joe Pitt, vampire PI. And if CAA can get a movie made, well, then this gamble really pays off.