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Posts Tagged ‘Ransom Riggs’

How a Photo Collecting Hobby Turned Into a Bestselling Novel

ransomriggsRansom Riggs the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children did not set out to write novels. In fact, the filmmaker and nonfiction author got his start in fiction through his hobby of collecting creepy photos with captions written on them.

Riggs shared these photos with his editor at Quirk Books, who had the idea that Riggs could build a novel from them.

Fine Books Magazine has the story: “Riggs ‘leapt on the idea,’ and began writing a story inspired by the vintage snapshots. ‘My collection was small then, and I knew I’d need many, many more photos to choose from while writing, so I started contacting and meeting with other collectors.’ With help from other photo collectors, Riggs assembled enough odd and intriguing—some say ‘creepy’—photos to illustrate the novel, which attracted rave reviews and critical acclaim upon publication in 2011.”

The project was a success. The book became a bestseller on the The New York Times and the story is even being adapted into a film by Tim Burton.

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E.L. Doctorow, Maira Kalman & Ransom Riggs Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

hollowcity_final_72dpiWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending January 19, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Children’s Fiction Series) Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs: “This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.” (January 2014)

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World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Tim Burton to Direct ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Film

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tim Burton will direct a film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will hit the silver screen in July 31, 2015. X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will write the script.

Riggs has written a sequel entitled Hollow City. Quirk Books will publish it on January 14, 2014.  Just like in the first novel, the story will include creepy old photographs curated by the author.

(via Hypable)

Sarah Dessen, Ransom Riggs, & Franklin Park Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Young adult author Sarah Dessen will appear at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to talk about her latest book, The Moon and More. This free event, organized by the Politics & Prose bookstore, will take place on Tuesday, June 4th starting at 7 p.m. (Washington, D.C.)

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Tim Burton Could Direct ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Film

Dark Shadows director Tim Burton may direct a film adaptation of Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

According to Deadline, Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce the film. Riggs released his YA novel back in June and has since gone on a “whirlwind trip around the country” in search of more peculiar photos for a planned sequel.

Here’s more from the article: “[The book stars] Jacob, a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking.”

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