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Rush Limbaugh, Walter Kirn, & Chris Pavone Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

BloodWillOut_Cover.inddWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending March 16, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn: “In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage—set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a fifteen-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.” (March 2014)

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The Writers Guild of America Celebrates Adaptation of “Up In The Air”

upintheair.jpgDespite the fact that James Cameron intends to write an Avatar novel, the Writers Guild of America gave its top honors to The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air over the weekend. At the same time, Up in the Air author Walter Kirn hinted at writing a “Hollywood novel.”

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won best adapted screenplay for their adaptation of Kirn’s Up in the Air at the Guild awards. In addition, screenwriter Mark Boal won best original screenplay for The Hurt Locker.

Last week, Kirn complained on Twitter that he hadn’t been invited to the Oscars. However, the NY Post reports he finally managed to score a ticket. Recently, Kirn tweeted: “is ready to take his big whack at the pinata known as the hollywood novel, even though the same cheap candy always ends up spilling out.”

Is Oscar a Writer? Adapted Films Rack Up Academy Award Nominations

push23.gifThe nominees for the 2009 Academy Awards were announced this morning, featuring a few adapted literary works on the newly extended ten film list of Best Picture nominees. Walter Kirn, Lynn Barber, Nick Hornby and Sapphire will be vying for two big awards at the Oscars.

The adapted films nominated for Best Picture were: The Blind Side (based on a Michael Lewis book), Up in the Air (based on Kirn’s novel novel), An Education (based on a Lynn Barber memoir and adapted by Hornby), and the indie film that includes the adaption credits in the title: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

In addition, a number of literary films were nominated for “Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.” They included: An Education, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and Up in the Air.

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.

Doubleday Executive Editor Wins 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

geraldhoward.jpgDoubleday executive editor and VP Gerald Howard has won the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction’s 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

Howard will receive his award at the Library’s November 9 annual dinner in New York City. This is the fifth year the award has been given out, and past recipients included Harcourt editor Drenka Willen and Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Jonathan Galassi. To find out more about the winner, check out this GalleyCat interview with Howard.

Here’s an excerpt from the release: “Mr. Howard has been with Doubleday since 1998. In his tenure at Doubleday, he has worked with Kate Christensen, Pat Barker, Walter Kirn, Chuck Palahniuk, Bill Bryson, Muriel Spark, Robert Bingham and Gore Vidal.”