The Trailer For Lidia Yuknavitch’s “The Book of Joan” Shows An Ominous Future

Two years ago, when we interviewed Lidia Yuknavitch, she mentioned that her next novel was “based on a revisiting of Joan of Arc.” Later this year, that novel, The Book of Joan, will be released. It’s a book that takes the historical narrative of Joan of Arc and transports it into a futuristic setting; needless to say, we’re incredibly excited to read it. And now there’s a trailer for it, which gives a sense of the book’s landscape. You can […]

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A George Saunders Radio Drama (More or Less)

I grew up in a house with a lot of records, one of which was an evocative recording of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood narrated by Thomas and featuring a larger vocal cast, echoing its roots as a radio drama commissioned by the BBC. In the years since then, some recordings of books have taken a page from the radio drama playbook: the audio version of Max Brooks’s World War Z echoed the novel’s oral history structure, and featured a […]

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In 2017, A New Jac Jemc Novel With a Ghostly Cover

We’re tremendous admirers of the work of Jac Jemc, including her first novel My Only Wife and the collection A Different Bed Every Time. (We sponsored a New York event for the latter in 2014, in fact.) In 2013, we interviewed Jemc, and the topic of hauntings came up–deeply relevant now, given that next August will bring the release of her second novel, The Grip of It, from FSG Originals.

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A New Entry in the Literary Biopic Sweepstakes

Biographical films about writers don’t crop up all that frequently. Sometimes they bring together noteworthy actors and directors–Ben Whishaw as John Keats in Jane Campion’s 2009 Bright Star, for instance. Sometimes they head into more surreal territory, such as Paul Schrader’s experimentally-structured Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. There’s also André Téchiné’s 1979 film The Brontë Sisters, which offers the surreal experience of watching real-life figures who help shape the modern English-language novel holding forth in French.

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Adrian Van Young’s “Shadows in Summerland” and the Art of the Book Trailer

A recent interview with director Jamieson Fry about his experience directing book trailers went into some interesting territory regarding his guiding principles for coming up with concepts for trailers. “[T]he way a book sticks with you is a weird limbo between a dream and a real memory,” Fry said, and it’s that sensation that many a trailer can convey. There are good bad trailers and mediocre ones; some seek to condense the book into a short time frame, while others […]

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