Talking About Books . . .

NPR has a very interesting article that links popular books to similar books, short stories, TV programs, video games, podcasts, etc. that one might also find interesting.  You can also simply look at it as a list of interesting items you might want to explore this summer.  Each item on the list is briefly described below its graphic.  Note that the item that is listed in the title above the graphic image has a link back to an NPR article about that item.  For instance, the first graphic image is titled “Like The Hunger Games?  You might also like …”  If you click on “The Hunger Games,” you will be taken to an NPR article about the movie of the same name (with some references in the article to the book that inspired the movie).  The names of the items you might also like are also linked to NPR articles or some other source of information about that item.

One of the recommendations is the 1960 Peabody Award winning documentary Harvest of Shame by Edward R. Murrow.  Murrow figured prominently in my recent post “The Murrow Boys.”

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When I saw that Electric Literature featured an infographic on whiskey, I thought I’d give it a quick glance and then move on.  However, it was so interesting that I’ve decided to include it in this post.

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Canadian author Margaret Atwood has just won the 2016 PEN Pinter Award.  The article in The Guardian makes reference to a new Atwood book to be released in October.  The book’s title is Hag-Seed, and it is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  It is part of a Hogarth Press series of Shakespeare’s plays being updated and presented in prose form.  You can read part of Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name (The Merchant of Venice retold) here.

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How many of the popular books from the ‘90s have you read?  BuzzFeed lists 57 books from the ‘90s and asks you to check off the ones you’ve read.  I hope you do better than I did.

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Bestselling author James Patterson has convinced Hachette Book Group to allow him control over a new imprint called BookShots.  In short, he intends to produce books that are shorter and less expensive than most in an attempt to entice more people to read.  A New Yorker article provides details

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And finally, Public Books lists 15 great book-to-TV adaptations to watch this summer.  Note that the list is made up of Public Books’ favorite adaptations of all time.  I highly recommend the 1976 BBC/PBS miniseries I, Claudius which is based on Robert Graves’ novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God.  It is one of the best series you’ll ever see, and Derek Jacobi is brilliant – as are many of the cast members.

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