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Philip Pullman Has Written a New His Dark Materials Short Story

Author Philip Pullman has written a new His Dark Materials short story. “The Collectors” explores the past of the antagonist, Mrs. Coulter.

The Guardian reports that this project marks “Pullman’s first return to the universe of Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of his acclaimed trilogy, since he published the prequel novella Once Upon a Time in the North six years ago.” Pullman created this piece exclusively for Audible as a ‘thank you’ gift to the company’s members.

The video embedded above features an excerpt—what do you think? This audiobook, narrated by English actor Bill Nighy, will be released in the United States on January 12, 2015.

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Dr. Who Short Stories Coming from Children’s Authors

Eleven famous children’s authors will write short stories set in the Dr. Who universe, honoring the British television series’ 50th anniversary.

The stories will be released first as digital “eshorts.” Penguin UK’s Puffin imprint will release a comprehensive paperback collection in November 2013.

Here’s more from BBC: “The first children’s author will be revealed on the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Facebook page on Monday 7 January, followed by the first story on Wednesday 23 January. A promotional video of each author will also be available each month on the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel starting on Friday 11 January.”

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Philip Pullman Narrates Fairy Tale Book Trailer

Novelist Philip Pullman returns to bookshelves and libraries in November 12th with Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version.

To prepare, the author of The Golden Compass narrated a brief animated book trailer revealing his version of Little Red Riding Hood.  The paper illustrations in the video were made by Cheong-ah Hwang and the animation was created by Matthew Young. Here’s more about the book:

Pullman, one of the most accomplished authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm. Pullman retells his fifty favorites, from much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “The Three Snake Leaves,” “Godfather Death” and “The Girl with No Hands.” At  the end of each tale he offers a brief personal commentary, opening a window on the sources of the tales, the various forms they’ve taken over the centuries and their everlasting appeal.”

Philip Pullman Releases Enhanced Edition of “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ”

Today Enhanced Editions and Canongate launched an eBook app for novelist Philip Pullman‘s new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. The digital edition contains an audiobook, ebook, and video footage in a single package for the iPhone. In the video embedded above, Pullman shared his thoughts about the future of publishing and introduced his new book app.

The app currently retails for $16.99 in the iTunes Store–a premium price for the award-winning style of app from Enhanced Editions. Pullman is the author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy.

Here’s more about the app: “The app contains the full text synchronised with the unabridged audiobook, expressively narrated by Pullman himself. Also included are nearly 20 minutes of intimate, exclusive video Q&A with the author, in which he expounds on how the book came to be, his own religious beliefs, and how he hopes the novel will be received.”

Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment Looking for $100 Million in Funding

rh23.jpgAccording to Deadline Hollywood‘s UK editor, Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment will be raising a $100 million to fund new television, toys, video games, and film projects.

The group was created after Random House Children’s Books partnered with the UK production company, Komixx Entertainment. The article mentions a number of authors and illustrators who could see more properties developed, including Philip Pullman (author of “The Golden Compass”) and Terry Pratchett (author of “Discworld”).

Here’s more from the post: “UK-based Kommixx Entertainment, the film and television production company backed by Swiss venture fund EAM Private Capital, intends to go out into the market for RHCSE in March. It may yet approach an existing film and television financier such as Aramid Capital to help it raise the money. The $100M will be used to develop cartoons and live-action films and television series based on RHCB properties, as well as video games and toys.”

Orner Awarded VCU Prize: Carnegie Medal to Rosoff

Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novel Prize has been awarded to Peter Orner for THE SECOND COMING OF MAVALA SHIKONGO. Orner beat out finalists Justin Tussing, Marie Arana and Peter C. Brown for the $1000 cash prize, which will be given to Orner in a ceremony later this year.

Meanwhile, the Times reports that Meg Rosoff is the winner of the Carnegie Medal for her latest novel, JUST IN CASE. The Carnegie does not offer a cash prize, but is sought-after by children’s writers because of its unique judging process. Unlike other literary awards, which seek submissions from publishers, the Carnegie is rooted in the professional expertise of librarians across the country, who nominate titles. “For a panel of librarians to agree that it deserves this historic medal is just amazing: I’m thrilled, honoured and astonished,” said Rosoff. Similarly, the “Carnegie of Carnegies” for readers’ favorite novel among the Carnegie Award winners was given to Philip Pullman for his 1995 novel NORTHERN LIGHTS.

Early Pullman Novel Slated for Big Screen

While the film versions of Philip Pullman‘s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy is set to make a big Hollywood splash, the Guardian reports the author has awarded the film rights to an earlier novel, 1992′s THE BUTTERFLY TATTOO, free of charge to a small independent Dutch company that promotes educational projects for young people. Dynamic Entertainment now has the option to adapt the book, in exchange for 10% of any eventual revenues. Filming is expected to begin in August.

Dynamic Entertainment is pledging to involve young people and to give film “amateurs” an integral role in the film’s production, from helping to set up lighting rigs and shooting stills to processing daily budgets. In addition, crew members will write, record or film daily blogs detailing the progress of the production and the challenges involved.

With a budget of just 200,000 euros, THE BUTTERFLY TATTOO will be in a different league to New Line’s adaptation of Pullman’s bestselling and award-winning trilogy. The first of the Hollywood films, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, has a budget of 83m pounds and a cast list featuring bankable names including Nicole Kidman and Bond stars Daniel Craig and Eva Green. It will be released at the end of the year.