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Darren Aronofsky is Developing Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam For HBO

maddaddamFilmmaker Darren Aronofsky is developing Margaret Atwood‘s post-apocalyptic drama MaddAddam for HBO.

The TV series will be based on Atwood’s trilogy Oryx and CrakeYear Of The Flood and MaddAddam. The epic story takes place after a Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity in the 21st century, in a corporate controlled world. Atwood recently won the Orion Book Award for the novel MaddAddam.

Deadline.com has the scoop: “Producer Brandi-Ann Milbradt, who is engaged to Aronofsky, brought the project to Protozoa and will serve as executive producer alongside Aronofsky and his longtime collaborator, Protozoa Pictures president Ari Handel. Atwood serves as consulting producer. Aronofsky and his team are currently meeting with writers.”

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Margaret Atwood & Kathleen Jamie Win the Orion Book Award

orionbookawardCanadian author Margaret Atwood has won the Orion Book Award for fiction for her work MaddAddam. Scottish writer Kathleen Jamie won the prize for nonfiction for her work Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World.

The prizes are awarded to books that “deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing.” “Margaret Atwood’s witty insights into the lay of our cultural and environmental landscape infuse her work with just the right balance of devastation and humor,” explained the editors of Orion magazine that chose Atwood, in a statement. “She has a masterful grasp of how storytelling is intimately tied to resilience, and nowhere is that more evident than in this newest novel.”

The editors went on to explain why they chose Jamie’s work. “Kathleen Jamie’s Sightlines dissects the natural world with precision, humor, and love,” reads the statement. “The essays in this book not only inspire us to look more closely, but also have the power to open us up to a new kind of emotional experience of the planet.”

Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreadsWith 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list? Read more

Margaret Atwood Rejects Book Blurb Requests With a Poem

margaretLooking for a respected author to give you a blurb about your new novel? Don’t ask Margaret Atwood. She no longer writes praise on the jackets of new books, not for living authors anyway.

Melville House made this discovery and got a colorful form letter from the author explaining her policy in a poem. Here is an excerpt (we’ve featured the whole poem after the jump:

I would like to be useful; God knows, as a girl

I was well-taught to help and to share;

But the books and the please for quotes pour through the door

Til the heaps of them drive to despair!

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What Writers Need To Know About Mass Extinction

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The end of the world has become a popular theme over the last few years, spread by the popularity of vivid stories like The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games. If you want to write a book about our unhappy future, you should study the science and history of mass extinction.

io9 editor and author Annalee Newitz published a nonfiction book about the subject (Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction), giving writers some valuable insight into the different catastrophes that have wiped out life on planet Earth.

We asked Newitz three questions for writers over email, and she responded with a long list of new ideas and reading suggestions for all authors writing about our future on this planet. All her answers follow below…

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Help 15 Authors Finish a Short Story on Goodreads

Ever wish you could help your favorite novelist finish writing a story?

Over at Goodreads, a team of authors played a game of exquisite corpse and wrote part of a short story together. Participating authors included Charles Yu, Robin Sloan, Anne Lamott and Ally Condie. Now you can help them finish the story:

What’s the best way to celebrate May’s National Short Story Month? With a brand-new short story, of course! We’ve enlisted 15 brave and brilliant authors, starting with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, for a bout of Exquisite Corpse—the classic parlor game popularized by the Surrealists, wherein each participant continues a story based only on the previous person’s lines. All of the writers are seeing the full story for the first time with this post, but our Internet experiment isn’t over. Last up was the legendary Margaret Atwood, and now it’s your turn. Keep the game going in the comments section!

Margaret Atwood Shares Her Favorite App

In a new weekly feature, Margaret Atwood answers a simple question: “What’s Your Favorite App?

Find out what app she prefers over at AppNewser. Who would you like the AppNewser to interview next?

Check it out: Welcome to our new column, What’s Your Favorite App?, a new feature where we talk to media professionals, journalists and authors about what kinds of apps they are using in hopes of helping readers discover new apps.

Margaret Atwood Serializes a Novel on Wattpad

The Year of the Flood novelist Margaret Atwood and The Liars’ Gospel author Naomi Alderman have teamed up serialize a novel on Wattpad.

Atwood announced via Twitter that the fourth chapter of The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home has been released.

The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home stars 15-year-old Okie and her grandmother Clio; each chapter is told from the perspective of one of these two main characters. The Telegraph reported that the writing duo will write 13 installments for this zombie story.

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Margaret Atwood & Joe McGinniss Publish Serialized Work on Byliner

Choke CollarNovelist Margaret Atwood and true-crime writer Joe McGinniss will serialize new work with the digital publisher Byliner.

Part of the new Byliner Serials program, the installments will be sold for $2.99 in variety of digital marketplaces. Follow this link to sample Atwood’s Positron and click here to sample McGinniss’ 15 Gothic Street. Here’s more about the serialized works:

Atwood’s darkly comic serial, Positron, was inspired by the resounding response to her short story, I’m Starved for You, which she originally published under the Byliner Fiction imprint in March. The second episode, Choke Collar, comes out today, continuing the story of husband and wife Stan and Charmaine and life in a near future in which a totalitarian state collides with messy human desire. McGinniss’s 15th Gothic Street serial tells the true story of life in and out of an American courthouse over the course of a tumultuous yet typical year. Imagine Law & Order set in Lake Wobegon, except that here it’s all quite real.

Kelly Link, Lee Martin & Jacquelyn Mitchard on Ray Bradbury

Today would have marked the 92nd birthday of beloved science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. To celebrate, we caught up with three writers who contributed pieces to Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury.

The trio of writers we spoke with include Hugo Award-winner Kelly Link, 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin and bestselling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard. We’ve included their thoughts below.

If you are looking for more Bradbury birthday celebration, SiriusXM Book Radio host Kim Alexander will talk with biographer Sam Weller, author Mort Castle and novelist Margaret Atwood about the late science fiction author tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

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