David Tennant Taps Into Inner Rodent as BBC’s ‘The Highway Rat’

David Tennant Taps Into Inner Rodent as BBC’s ‘The Highway Rat’

Book Culture

When Alfred Noyes published ‘The Highwayman’ in 1906, he probably couldn’t have imagined that his dark and bloody narrative poem would serve as inspiration for a children’s book featuring a greedy rodent. But Noyes is long gone and he couldn’t object even if he didn’t like the idea because, honestly, who would object to an adorable children’s poem about a rat who sticks up other animals for their sweets?   Image Via Scholastic   The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is so popular in the UK that the creative masterminds at BBC One have decided to adapt it into a half-hour long …

Facebook Taught Me There’s No Such Thing as a Strong Female Character

Facebook Taught Me There’s No Such Thing as a Strong Female Character

Book Culture

I fell in love on Valentine’s Day.   February 14, 2017. I was lounging on my bed and sipping old coffee, still in my pajamas. It was mid-afternoon, the perfect time to take a nap. It was also about two and a half weeks after me and my husband of six years decided to get a divorce. Not exactly the perfect time to fall in love.   But it’s not like I was on a dating website looking for love. I wasn’t on a mission to move on to the next person or to heal my heart by filling it with someone else or to complicate my already …

‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ Has Just Been Illustrated and It’s Beautifully Haunting

‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ Has Just Been Illustrated and It’s Beautifully Haunting

Book Culture

Do you ever wish that you could wipe your memory clear of all things having to doing with Harry Potter just so you could experience the thrill of reading it again for the first time?   Well, you can’t.   But artist Jim Kay might be able to provide the next best thing.   For the past several years, Jim Kay has been working on illustrating the entire Harry Potter series and, just this week, The Prisoner of Azkaban was finally released for sale.  Bloomsbury Publishing has been releasing Kay’s illustrated editions since 2015, which means that if they stick to this timeline, …

Jon Hamm Takes on Heavenly Role in ‘Good Omens’

Jon Hamm Takes on Heavenly Role in ‘Good Omens’

Book Culture

Fans of Mad Men rejoice! Actor Jon Hamm, best known for playing the iconic character Don Draper, will be joining a star-studded cast in Good Omens, set to be released as a six-part series by Amazon Prime Video in 2019.    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, co-authored by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is a darkly hilarious tale about the end of the world, following the bungling attempts of an angel and a demon who want to save the mankind from destruction. Hamm’s character, the Angel Gabriel, makes only a small appearance in the book, …

Philip Pullman Drops Excerpt From ‘Northern Lights’ Follow-Up Series

Philip Pullman Drops Excerpt From ‘Northern Lights’ Follow-Up Series

Book Culture

There’s dust, and then there’s Dust. Fans of Philip Pullman’s series His Dark Materials should know the difference.   Dust is hard to explain, but with Pullman’s new series, The Book of Dust, hitting shelves on October 19th, the task should become a little easier.    The original trilogy, consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, features the feisty Lyra Belacqua, who explores parallel universes in her quest to find out what Dust is and how it works. For a series with a child protagonist and talking bears, however, the trilogy is surprisingly controversial, even landing itself on the …