Category: New Authors

Sabrina Carpenter to Star in ‘The Distance From Me to You’

The 2015 YA novel The Distance From Me To You, by debut author Marina Gessner is getting a film adaptation!

 

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Equal parts romance and thriller, the novel, which is published by Penguin, tells the story of two teens who meet and fall in love whilst hiking along the Appalachian Trail. However, they soon discover that greater than the physical danger of the treacherous hike is the danger of their lives going in very different directions… 

 

While Gessner’s first and currently only novel was met with both mixed and generally positive reviews on Goodreads from fans in response, most of the ones that reside in the negative revolve around the fans’ disconnect due to lack of interest in camping, hiking, and other activities of the like, so if you want to read the novel before seeing the upcoming film because of its outdoorsy elements, then this is the book for you!

 

 

Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter will both produce the film and star in the lead female role of McKenna Berney. Since the Boy Meets World continuation ended in early 2017, Carpenter has starred in the adaptation of Angie Thomas’s hit novel The Hate U Give, and will be in the upcoming films Short History of the Long Road and Work It. She is currently voice-acting on the Disney XD cartoon Milo Murphy’s Law.

 

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In fact, Danielle Fishel, who starred alongside Carpenter in Girl Meets World, as well as producing the Disney Channel hit sitcom, will also help out behind the scenes as the movie’s executive producer, bringing the two actresses together again.

Sabrina Carpenter fans: if you thought Maya Hart was a wild child, then you have yet to meet McKenna Berney…

 
 
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Bryant Park Reading Room Hosts a ‘Mid-Summer Musts’ Author’s Panel

All summer, Bryant Park Reading Room hosts author’s panels every Wednesday afternoon. This week’s panel was titled ‘Mid-Summer Musts’, and focused on a special set of books that are essential must-haves for your summer reading list. Throughout the panel, the authors were often asked tough questions. 

 

From left to right, Meryl Moss, Basil Hero, Katherine Howe, Justin Kuritzkes, Felicity McLean, Anna Pitoniak | Image Via Jovanna Reyes

 

 

Anna Pitoniak, the author of Necessary People, was asked about the negative relationships that her characters have with one another. In response, Pitoniak described the importance of capturing ‘the true essence’ of real relationships and emulating the toxic relationships that exist in the real world in an effort to help the reader understand them better. Another member of the audience then asked a question about how the setting of the story impacts the characters and the readers. 

 

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Author Felicity McLean quickly responded, as the setting of her book, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, is an essential aspect. Since her book is based in Australia, McLean explained that she only intended for her character’s experiences to be relatable to Australians but discovered that readers from all over the world could relate to her characters. 

 

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Katherine Howe, the author of The Daughters of Temperance, added to McLean’s answer and described how important the setting of Salem, Massachusetts is in regards to her characters and their interactions with the environment around them. Later, Howe was asked whether The Daughters of Temperance was a sequel to her first book, and she clearly established that her newly published book is definitely not a sequel, rather it is a ‘stand alone follow up’ to her first novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane; featuring almost all the same characters, though not requiring the reader to have read its predecessor. 

 

 

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Another question was directed at the authors, this time the audience member asked what were the inspiration behind each of the author’s novels. Basil Hero, author of The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon, automatically answered and recalled on the strong feelings and the impact that the moon landing made on not only the world-famous astronauts but on the rest of America; this strong feeling is what inspired Hero to write his book. 

 

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Another panelist, Justin Kuritzkes, also explained the inspiration behind his book Famous People. Kuritzkes was interested in how just one aspect of a person can make them drastically stand out from the rest, especially the aspects that the public does not see. 

 

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The panel continued with interesting questions and answers until it ended with all of the authors reading the last line of their books. Although the temperature was reaching the mid-nineties, the panel was very interesting and most importantly shaded from the blazing heat. 

 

More information on the weekly author’s panels can be found on the Bryant Park Reading Room website https://bryantpark.org/programs/Authors.

 

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Metallica Will Be Publishing Their Own Book…For Children!

It seems like everyone is publishing books for children. They are the future after all, but most wouldn’t expect a children’s book from heavy metal band Metallica.

Heavy metal band Metallica has held a reputation of toxic rivalries, substance misuse and songs with the most morbid of titles – Disposable Heroes (1986), Nothing Else Matters (1991), My Friend Of Misery (1991). If anyone were to guess who would be the next to publish a children’s book, they would most likely be more toward the bottom of that list.

 

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Metal is a serious business. No smiling here. | Image via Woodbury Bulletin

 

Alas, the world can be a surprising place. Yesterday the plans to publish their book The ABCs Of Metallica was announced on their official website. The book promises to highlight historical moments from the band’s career through rhyme and the alphabet.

 

 

Including rhymes and illustrations, The ABCs of Metallica looks back at the history of the band from, duh, A to Z! Each letter of the alphabet highlights a moment along our journey from Garage Days to Master of Puppets to fun facts about us.

 

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Metallica’s charity foundation All Within My Hands, supporting workforce education and the fight against hunger.

 

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Metallica’s 2nd Annual All Within My Hand Foundation Event – Collecting Caned Foods | Image via 98kupd

 

Putting their band’s reputation aside, the members of Metallica are people, some of them married with children, so I think it’s safe to say that they do have experience with kids that will be brought into creating this new book. We’ll just have to see how it comes out in the end when the book is released this November 26th. You can pre-order through Amazon now.

 

 

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