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Lois Lowry Wins the Best of Brooklyn, Inc. Award

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This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival brought more than three hundred writers to the literary borough.

Brooklyn Borough president and event founder Marty Markowitz boasted that it is now the third largest literary festival in the country.

Each year, the festival recognizes a literary figure whose work embodies the Brooklyn spirit with the Best of Brooklyn, Inc. award (BoBi). Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry won the award this year.

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Katie Couric Interviews Book Clubs about Kathryn Stockett Novel


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This week CBS Evening News with Katie Couric turned the cameras on book clubs during a feature about Kathryn Stockett‘s bestselling novel, The Help. Via the magic of Skype video, some avid readers received some nightly news coverage.

In the video above, Couric interviewed members of Jackson, Mississippi book club to find out what they thought about the novel’s “description of the racial boundaries in the segregated South of the 1960s.” In another web feature, anchor Katie Couric helped book club members to directly pose questions to the author.

Couric has hosted a number of literary guests. Among others, she spoke with Mitch Albom about his nonfiction book, Have a Little Faith, interviewed Sapphire about her recently adapted novel, Push.

Adaptations Score New York Film Critics Circle Awards

push23.gifToday four adaptations of books scored five major awards from the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), moving one important step closer towards the Academy Awards.

The literary winners were: Meryl Streep won best actress for “Julie & Julia” (based on Julie Powell‘s memoir); Mo’Nique won best supporting actress for “Precious” (based on “Push” by Sapphire); George Clooney won best actor for “Up In The Air” (based on Walter Kirn‘s novel) and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (based on the book by Roald Dahl); and finally, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” took the best animated film award.

These wins can be crucial for a film’s award season. In 2007, the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s “No Country for Old Men” scored best picture, director and best supporting actor at the NYFCC awards–winning big at the Academy Awards that same year. eventual Oscar winners all. case you were wondering, the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight Saga: New Moon did not take a single award.

“Precious” Adaptation Scores Box Office Record

push23.gifOver the weekend an indie adaptation of the novel “Precious” by Sapphire opened in just 18 theaters around the country, but managed to set some impressive records.

Entitled “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” the film tells the story of Precious Jones–an illiterate teenager who is sexually and physically abused by her parents before meeting an inspiring teacher in Harlem. The film was executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, adding some blockbuster support to the small film.

Here’s more from IndieWire: “The film–which has been the source of much anticipation and buzz since its Sundance debut in January – grossed a stunning $1,800,000 from just 18 theaters over the weekend, averaging an essentially unheard of $100,000. That gives it the third best live action per-theater-average of all time, surpassed only by 2006′s ‘Dreamgirls’ and 2005′s ‘Brokeback Mountain.’”