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Posts Tagged ‘Maria Semple’

World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Writing & Screenwriting Advice from Maria Semple

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In this vintage edition of the Morning Media Menu, we interviewed Where’d You Go, Bernadette author Maria Semple. Press play below to listen on SoundCloud.

She talked about her transition from television scriptwriter to novelist. Semple wrote for shows that included Beverly Hills 90210Saturday Night LiveMad About You, and Arrested Development.

During the interview, Semple (pictured, via) delivered some tough and timeless advice for writers considering moving into scriptwriting.

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Hunger Games Producer to Adapt Maria Semple Novel

Color Force and Annapurna Pictures have acquired the film rights for Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Little, Brown and Company released the book in December 2012.

Color Force founder Nina Jacobson (producer of The Hunger Games film series) and partner Brad Simpson will produce.

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the screenwriting duo behind the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer, will write the script. Color Force’s Bryan Unkeless, Annapurna Pictures’ Ted Schipper and the author will serve as executive producers.

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9th Annual Morning News Tournament of Books Announced

The ninth annual Morning News Tournament of Books (ToB) will commence in March 2013.

So far, 15 finalists have been revealed. Three titles from the “pre-tournament playoff round” are currently in the running for the sixteenth and final slot. We’ve included the two lists below.

Here’s more from the announcement: “The ToB is an annual springtime event here at the Morning News, where 16 of the year’s best works of fiction enter a March Madness-style battle royale. Today we’re announcing the judges and final books for the 2013 competition as well as the long list of books from which the contenders were selected.”
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