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Samantha Shannon on Writing During College

SamanthaShannon1by Mark Pringle

How does one manage a full-time college schedule and write a novel at the same time?

We spoke with young adult author Samantha Shannon (pictured, via) to find out how she wrote The Bone Season while studying at Oxford University. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Bloomsbury USA released her novel (the first in a seven-book series) in August. That same month, the book was selected as the inaugural title to kickoff The Today Show book club.

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‘The Bone Season’ Novel Selected to Launch the TODAY Show Book Club

The TODAY Show has launched the TODAY Book Club. Samantha Shannon’s newly released novel, The Bone Season, has been named the inaugural selection.

On September 16th, Shannon will appear with news anchor Natalie Morales at a Google Hangout. Follow this link to RSVP for this digital event. Click here to watch a Today Show clip with an announcement about this book club.

Here’s more from the press release: “Part of a continuing series, the TODAY Book Club team will choose unique books across every major genre, and selections will be announced on TODAY a few weeks in advance of each of the Google Hangout discussions. All TODAY fans are invited to participate and will be able to sign up for these special discussions upon each announcement of a new book selection. TODAY Book Club discussions will be archived and available to replay on demand at TODAY.com/BookClub.”

Andy Serkis to Direct & Act in Adaptation of Animal Farm by George Orwell

George Orwell’s Animal Farm will be adapted by The Imaginarium, a performance capture studio co-founded by Andy Serkis–the actor who portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

Serkis will direct and act in the Orwell adaptation. Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish opened the studio in 2011, making their mark with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Serkis had this statement in the release: ”We are delighted to officially announce our involvement in bringing this classic yet controversial fable to life, hopefully allowing it to resonate for our times with a combination of a fresh perspective, real emotional heart, a great deal of humor and satire … By utilizing performance capture, a deeply talented and committed cast of actors will be able to explore and fully inhabit Orwell’s fairy tale world where ‘some animals are more equal than others.’”

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