Jan 11, 2012
A reminder about our new monthly newsletter, and the book we'll be publishing to celebrate this year's Booktopia events. In honor of the Sundance Film Festival, we discuss books and short stories that have been or will be, made into movies. And finally, it's one book, we both love: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.
Our forthcoming monthly newsletter finally has a name: Not Yet on the Nightstand (thanks to Doug on our Facebook page for coming up with the title - even though Ann claims she came up with it first, but I have no memory of that!). The newsletter will take a quick look at manuscripts we have just read and loved, but that won't be out for a few months, plus a calendar of exciting books coming out the following month.
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As we did last year, we will be creating a book to commemorate the Booktopia 2012 events. Full details on how to submit will soon be sent to all registered attendees and authors. Sadly, the deadline for getting the book ready in time for the first event in April means that folks who wait to register for Oxford in June or Santa Cruz in October may be left out. Yet another reason to register soon!
Sundance Film Festival starts soon, and will feature two movies based on books: Wuthering Heights and Lay the Favorite. Ann and her daughter recently watched the movie version of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which was disappointing to say the least. Two book-based movies we are looking forward to are Norwegian Wood and The Woman in Black.
Adaptations is a collection of 35 short stories that were turned into movies. I think it would make for an interesting book group discussion to read several of the stories and then watch the movies to see how they were expanded.
It's rare for Ann and I to read the same book, and our tastes are different enough that we don't always agree when we do. But we both love The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.
The story follows Pak Jun Do, a boy raised by his father in an orphan work camp. In adulthood, he finds himself serving the North Korean government in several covert capacities until he finally ascends to a level that pits him against the Dear Leader himself, Kim Jong-il. The writing is wonderful and the research that went into the book creates a picture of a North Korea that has rarely been glimpsed.