It's Oscar© Night! Let's look at the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees

What I love about the Oscars© is the "Best Adapted Screenplay" category, basically it's movies that are based on another source, usually a book or play. 

This year's five nominees are based on four books and one screenplay:


Cover art copyright Harper Collins


Cover art copyright Princeton University Press


Cover art copyright Penguin Press


Cover art Alma Books

WHIPLASH   Based on Damien Chazelle's autobiographical screenplay.

FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby is out now!

This is on my list of books to get this week!

Here's what the publisher has to say about Nick Hornby's newest novel:

"From the bestselling author of High FidelityAbout a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel.

Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingĂ©nue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process."

Count me in!

I was blessed to be able to speak with Mr. Hornby back in 2005, about his book, A LONG WAY DOWN, you can read what he had to say by clicking here.

Book cover image copyright Riverhead Books (Penguin Group, USA)


Happy 148th birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder! 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorite authors when I was a girl. Wilder brought live on the American prairie alive for me! I could see how the settlers made their homes and lived their lives.  I was captivated by such a remarkably different life and existence. 

Thank you Laura for giving the history of our country names and faces, through the Ingalls family we saw our own past generations of families. We saw them as real people, in a different time and place. When times were tough and survival on the dusty prairies was not guaranteed.

Thanks so much for feeding this young woman's imagination!

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This is the front cover art for the book Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Harper & Brothers, Later, Scholastic, or the cover artist.
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THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy to get 60th Anniversary edition this July!

It's another exciting day in the book world!  

The ever-so-intriguing author J.P. Donleavy (who will turn 89 this coming April) will have a very special sixtieth anniversary publication of his legendary novel THE GINGER MAN. 

You can read the news item about its release here for all of the info!

I was able to interview Mr. Donleavy (Mike) in 2006 and would love to share what he shared with me right here!

*Cover image copyright Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove/Atlantic

#JPDonleavy, #TheGingerMan,

Harper Lee will publish sequel to "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" July 14, 2015!

Hot dog!!!  This news just made my day!!  
This fabulous news of a sequel is from today's VARIETY!  Please click the link to read the entire article!
It seems that the sequel, GO SET A WATCHMAN, is set twenty years after we leave Scout and her father in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, when Scout, now grown and living in NY, returns home to see her father. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was originally published in 1960.

Here's one of the many covers of the book.  

Bookcover image copyright: Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

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