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Markus Zusak: ‘I want to write so much like me that no one else could have told that story’

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Yesterday, author Markus Zusak and filmmaker Brian Percival (pictured, via) appeared in New York City to promote The Book Thief movie adaptation. During the event, they answered questions, showed the trailer, and shared film clips.

For Zusak, his main mission as a writer is to “write so much like me that no one else could have told that story. For better or worse.” While working as a teacher, Zusak encouraged his students to adopt this philosophy. What do you think?

Zusak feels that The Book Thief focuses on the idea that “we’re made of many things, but one of the most important things we’re made of are stories.” He also revealed that he has been working on a manuscript for the past six years, but needs to “stop mucking around” and finish it.

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Fox 2000 Releases ‘The Book Thief’ Trailer

Fox 2000 has released an official trailer for The Book Thief movie.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? The story of this film adaptation, helmed by filmmaker Brian Percival, originates from Markus Zusak’s popular young adult novel.

The trailer offers viewers a first glimpse at Sophie Nelisse playing the title character, Liesel Meminger. Deadline reports that this movie will hit theaters on November 15, 2013.

Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson & Sophie Nelisse Cast in The Book Thief Film Adaptation

Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Rumors have swirled that Downtown Abbey director Brian Percival would helm this movie project, but it has not been confirmed.

The movie studio has recruited Sophie Nelisse to play the title character of Liesel Meminger. Oscar-nominated actor Geoffrey Rush and War Horse actress Emily Watson will portray Liesel’s foster parents.

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Downton Abbey Director May Adapt Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

Brian Percival may direct a film adaptation of Markus Zusak‘s The Book Thief for Fox 2000.

According to Deadline, The Twilight Saga film series producer Karen Rosenfelt is already on board. Michael Petroni, the screenwriter behind The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has written the script. Production could start as early as summer 2012.

Throughout his directorial career, Percival has largely focused on television projects. In 2010, he won the Emmy for “Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special” for his work on the drama Downton Abbey.

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New Edition of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’ Omits Newbery Medal

Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book has been been reprinted with a new paperback cover. One noticeable difference between the 2008 cover and the new one? The new one does not flash the Newbery Medal the book won in 2009.

According to Publishers Weekly, the golden award is “one of the few surefire ways” to increase sales in the children’s market. However, William Morrow associate publisher Jennifer Hart said that Gregg Kulick‘s design was meant to attract adult buyers.

Inkwood Books owner Leslie Reiner had this comment, in the article: “I can definitely say that a Newbery Medal on the cover would not be a selling point [for adults] and if I were in marketing I would not put it on the cover. Covers sell books, and I think of [Markus Zusak's] The Book Thief and how the cover works for adult and teens.” What do you think of this new cover?

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Jeff Howe Relaunches One Book, One Twitter as 1book140

Jeff Howe has partnered with The Atlantic to relaunch the online book club, One Book, One Twitter

Howe explained in the announcement: “I’d always intended to relaunch One Book, One Twitter … It has a new name—1book140—but what hasn’t changed is the global, participatory nature of the affair: The crowd is still in charge.”

Twitter readers will choose the book to read in the online book club.  You can still vote on the following titles: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead. Reading will commence on June 1st.

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