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Ang Lee Casts Suraj Sharma as Lead in 3-D ‘Life of Pi’ Adaptation

A newcomer has landed the coveted lead role in Ang Lee‘s forthcoming  adaptation of Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi. Lee also confirmed speculation that the filmwill be shot in 3-D, exceeding the original $50 million budget.

USA Today has the scoop: “Lee cast Suraj Sharma, 17, a Delhi high school student who acted once in a school play, to play Pi Patel, the young man stranded after a shipwreck on a 26-foot lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, zebra, hyena and orangutan. Sharma was one of 3,000 teenage boys who auditioned.’”

Martel published Life of Pi in 2001 with Knopf Canada after being rejected by five London publishers. At the time, he wrote the book to add purpose and direction in his life. Life of Pi went on to win the Man Booker Prize in 2002. (Via National Post)

Yann Martel Responds to Negative Reviews

When Yann Martel‘s new novel Beatrice and Virgil was published last month, it was greeted by a number of negative reviews from high-profile outlets.

Big Think spoke with the bestselling novelist about the critical reaction, receiving a frank response from Martel. Watch his reaction in the video embedded above–what do you think? Publishers Weekly notes that Spiegel & Grau is encouraging indie bookstores to “host a discussion group” about Martel’s novel.

Here’s an excerpt: “Just today I got a bad review of my book in the New York Times. The day it comes out, I’m in New York, the Goddamn New York Times gives me a terrible review. It hurts. But there’s no secret to it. I imagine Shakespeare hated getting negative reviews, and you know, there’s always going to be somebody who doesn’t like what you do, always, no matter, you know, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Dante, I’m sure there are people who told them their stuff sucks.”

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Ang Lee May Adapt Yann Martel’s Life of Pi in 3-D

life-of-pi.jpgAn adaptation of Yann Martel‘s bestselling Life of Pi seems to be back on track as producers hope to launch the project with Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Hulk) directing a 3-D adaptation.

According to Thompson on Hollywood, the producers are projecting a $70 million for “a 3-D magical fantasy adventure crammed with visual effects.” The screenplay was written by David Magee–who wrote another sort of adaptation with Finding Neverland.

Here’s more from Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, from the article: “It has a gigantic visual effects component … You can’t put a live tiger in a boat with a child. It has elements of Castaway, when the kid is alone in the boat. You don’t need language to convey what’s on the screen. We need to make the movie for the whole world.”

Yann Martel Takes a Critical Hit for Beatrice & Virgil

beatrice.pngAs Yann Martel‘s new novel Beatrice and Virgil hit shelves last week, it drew heavy criticism from reviewers around the country. Interestingly enough, after 29 reviews on Amazon last Friday, the book averaged five-and-a-half stars.

At the Washington Post, Ron Charles took an allusive attack: “I’m sorry, but this allegory is no ‘Animal Farm’ or ‘Watership Down.’ It’s a cloying episode of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ In Which Piglet and Rabbit Are Hacked Apart and Eaten.”

At the NY Times, Michiko Kakutani sharpened her knives: Mr. Martel’s new book, ‘Beatrice and Virgil,’ unfortunately, is every bit as misconceived and offensive as his earlier book was fetching. It, too, features animals as central characters. It, too, involves a figure who in some respects resembles the author. It, too, is written in deceptively light, casual prose.”

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Editors Should Get Royalties? The Ann Patty Model

Ann-Patty.jpg.jpegEditor Ann Patty has an intriguing essay up on Publishing Perspectives this morning, wherein she wonders out loud whether book editors should be getting royalties.

The set-up: “In the Internet free-for-all book editors may become more, rather than less important. The editor is the author’s interface with the world at large; the other roles in publishing houses, as they are now configured, may become obsolete in the digital future.”

Patty (pictured, via) was the editor of Poseidon Press, editorial director of Crown and executive editor of Harcourt, from which she was cut when it was bought by Houghton Mifflin. She worked on three bestsellers, including Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi, so it’s easy to see how this proposition would benefit her. (Or would have benefited her in the past, at least.)

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Barack Obama Fan Mail, Apple iPad Video, and Lindsay Lohan Memoir: Weekend Reading

In that video, Penguin CEO John Makinson gave us a glimpse of what digital books from the iBooks store will be like when the Apple iPad arrives.

President Barack Obama sent fan mail to Life of Pi author Yann Martel.

Media Source Inc. had acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal, causing some editorial shakeups at Publishers Weekly–a new publisher and editorial director.

We rounded up The Best Book Editors on Twitter–add your favorite in the comments.

The great author Barry Hannah passed away at 67-years-old.

BookExpo America announced that Daily Show host Jon Stewart will introduce memoirist Condoleezza Rice at a BEA breakfast.

Speaking of memoirs, Lindsay Lohan is writing a memoir.

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Barack Obama Sends Fan Mail to Yann Martel

yannmartel.pngToday novelist Yann Martel posted a piece of fan mail he received from President Barack Obama. The president wrote: “My daughter and I just finished reading Life of Pi together. Both of us agreed we prefer the story with animals. It is a lovely book–an elegant proof of God and the power of storytelling.”

Over the last three years, Martel (pictured, via Geoff Howe) has been mailing books and letters to Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. The novelist posts the letters on his personal blog.

In his most recent post, Martel celebrated Obama’s letter: “If there was a way of tattooing it on my back, I would. What amazes me is the gratuity of it. As you would know, there is a large measure of calculation in what public figures do. But here, what does he gain? I’m not a US citizen. In no way can I be of help to President Obama. Clearly he did it for personal reasons, as a reader and as a father. And in two lines, what an insightful analysis of Life of Pi. Bless him, bless him.” (Via Quill & Quire)

Yann Martel’s Multi-Million Dollar Deal

lifeofpi.jpgThe NY Times reports that Yann Martel has sold his third, as-yet-untitled-novel, to Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau for what unnamed sources say was nearly a $3 million deal. The author was represented by Jackie Kaiser from Westwood Creative Artists.

The novel will be “an allegory—this time about the Holocaust—involving animals,” the follow-up to Martel’s surprise bestseller and Booker Prize-winning, ‘Life of Pi.’ The article explores Martel’s career, including frank comments from the author about Holocaust writing and his agent about the shifting publishing landscape. GalleyCat has reported on Martel’s one-man book club and possible adaptations of “Pi.”

Here’s more from the article: “Mr. Martel also declined to discuss his advance, but said, ‘Frankly, with all the years it took to write this book, if you amortize it out, it’s not as much as one would like it to be.’”

Help NPR Pick the Best Beach Books

best_beach_books.jpgStarting this week, NPR Books has called for readers to nominate “uber beach picks” for an upcoming feature about the Best Beach Books of All Time.

On July 15, NPR will let listeners vote on their favorite nominated books–the final list will be unveiled on July 30. The program is part of an ongoing Summer Books series. If you need inspiration, the Philadelphia Examiner interviewed authors about their summer reading.

Here’s more from the NPR release: “Discussion is underway as reader suggestions pour in, nominating everything from Yann Martel‘s ‘The Life of Pi’ to ‘Songs of the Humpback Whale’ by Jodi Picoult to James Ellroy‘s ‘L.A. Confidential.’”

Yann Martel’s One-Man Book Club

Though it seems like LIFE OF PI author Yann Martel is waging something of a publicity stunt, he has noble intentions about how and why he’ll be sending Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a book to read every two weeks for the duration of his leadership: increasing awareness for the arts and the amount of money allotted by the Canadian government.

Who is this man? What makes him tick? No doubt he is busy. No doubt he is deluded by that busyness. No doubt being Prime Minister fills his entire consideration and froths his sense of busied importance to the very brim. And no doubt he sounds and governs like one who cares not a jot for the arts.

But he must have moments of stillness. And so this is what I propose to do: not to educate—that would be arrogant, less than that—to make suggestions to his stillness.

The first book Martel sent was Leo Tolstoy’s THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH with a special note of recommendation that Harper pay attention to the character of Gerasim. No response yet, but there may be one sometime down the line…

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