Tag: 2020

Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror and the Light’ Finally Has a Release Date!

Good news for fans of Hilary Mantel! Her final historical novel, centered around protagonist Thomas Cromwell, completing the trilogy of works around the life of the famous English statesman, according to The Guardian. The first two novels were titled Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodiesthe first novel charting Cromwell’s rise to greatness, while the second began to show the situation that would lead to Cromwell’s real life execution. The final novel, entitled The Mirror and the Light, will cover the final four years of Cromwell’s life, leading to his death by beheading in 1540.

 

A classical English woman stands in closeup

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It’s been eight years since the last segment of the Cromwell story, so it should come as no small release to fans to see that publisher HarperCollins has officially announced that The Mirror and the Light will debut in early 2020, March to be exact. For her part, Hilary Mantel said she had a ‘long journey’ with her protagonist and hopes that readers will see his life through to the end as she has. The publisher has noted the final novel is every bit as engaging as the first two, being immersive and casting a new light on politics through the novel’s themes. The novel plays out like a relationship between predator and prey, as Thomas finds himself losing allies, surrounded on all sides, as the clock ticks closer to the inevitable as the year of his death looms on the horizon.

Mantel answered a few questions from fans, including whether she had trouble killing off her longtime protagonist. In response, she said:

 

“People ask me if I’m having trouble killing off Thomas Cromwell. No, why would I? It is 10 years’ worth of effort and it is lovely to have the encouragement of people who are waiting for it, but that’s why I want to deliver them something that is the very best.”

Well, it certainly feels like the author is committed to ending the series on the best possible foot and sticking to her guns! This is sure to be a huge release when it comes next year. Are you excited? Tell us!

 

 

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Check Out Pete Buttigieg’s 5 Favorite Books!

It seems as though presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has plenty of favorite books to read for the campaign trail! Recently, Vulture reported on some of the novels he picks up when his schedule isn’t too booked (get it?). Guess he’s a lit nerd; crazy, right? These are just a few of our favorites mentioned:

 

1. The little prince 

 

 

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard’s translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry’s unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry’s original artwork. Combining Richard Howard’s translation with restored original art, this definitive English-language edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.

 

2. the quiet american 

 

 

Against the intrigue and violence of Vietnam during the French war with the Vietminh, Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to promote democracy, as his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on. Fowler s mistress, a beautiful native girl creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings. Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the Vietnam conflict. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.

 

3. a child’s christmas in wales

 

 

This nostalgic recollection of Christmas past by celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas evokes the beauty and tradition of the season at every turn: the warmth of a family gathering; the loveliness of a mistletoe-decked home; the predictability of cats by the fire; the mischief and fun of children left to their own devices; and the sheer delight of gifts–be they Useful or Useless.

Readers will cherish this beautiful hardcover edition of the classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales complete with gold-foil stars, a debossed, glossy front picture, and sparkling snowflakes. Once inside, readers are rewarded with stunning, midnight-blue endpapers sprinkled with a flurry of more snowflakes. This book is a must-have gift for the season.

Brilliantly illustrated by Caldecott medalist Trina Schart Hyman with a combination of more than 40 full-color and sepia-toned images, this beautiful edition of Thomas’s beloved classic will enchant readers of all ages, year after year.

 

4. the odyssey

 

Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson’s Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer’s music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer’s swift, smooth pace.

A fascinating, informative introduction explores the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the poem’s major themes, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of readers.

 

5. ulysses

 

Ulysses is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. It was first serialised in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, and then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach in February 1922, in Paris. It is considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature, and has been called “a demonstration and summation of the entire movement”. According to Declan Kiberd, “Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so foregrounded the process of thinking.” However, even proponents of Ulysses such as Anthony Burgess have described the book as “inimitable, and also possibly mad”. Ulysses chronicles the peripatetic appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s epic poem Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between its characters and events and those of the poem.

 

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New Sarah J. Maas’s Book Title and Cover Drop!

Huge news for Sarah J. Maas fans! This morning, Bloomsbury USA just dropped a big reveal that has us hyped all the way to a solid 10 on the hype train. On Twitter, Bloomsbury announced the publication, cover, and release date for Sarah J. Maas’s first adult fantasy series, called Crescent City, with the first book known as The House of Earth and Blood. The release date will be January 8th, 2020. The cover for the first book is below, looking wicked:

 

The cover to Crescent City by Sarah J Maas, featuring a cracked column with a crow roostingImage Via Goodreads

 

The synopsis, released via Goodreads, is just as intriguing. The plot is about a half-fae, half-human girl called Bryce Quinlan. By day, she sells illegal magical artifacts, while by night she savors the pleasures of her home, Crescent City. But her life is shattered when a murder shakes the foundations of Crescent City. Two years later, she’s stuck in a rut when the murderer strikes again. Bryce is assigned to the investigation against her will and paired up with a brooding Fallen angel. But they’re going to have to work together to solve the murder, even as ancient things beyond their comprehension begin to stir…

The story is said to deals with themes of suspense, mystery, and romance. It has been described as a spine-tingling page turner, which we can’t wait to pick up. Sarah J. Maas has struck again and 2020 can’t get here fast enough! How hyped are you? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Billy Nighy, Callum Turner to Star in Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’

Exciting news for Jane Austen fans! The newest film adaptation of Emma has found two more British mainstays for its cast. Bill Nighy, famous for such roles as Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean has been announced by this article to be joining Emma’s cast. Callum Turner, know for his role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewadis also joining the adaptation.

 

Callum Turner stands underneath a bright white sign for 'Grindlewad' at its premiere

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Bill Nighy will be playing the father of Emma Woodhouse, Mr. Woodhouse, while Callum Turner will be playing Frank Churchill, a young man determined to keep his engagement a secret throughout the story. The story tells the tale of Emma Woodhouse, who lives in the fictional village of Highbury. The novel tells the story of youthful hubris, focusing on several families within the village through Emma’s eyes.

Playing the lead, Emma, will be Ana-Taylor Joy, whose credits include The Witch  and SplitThis adaptation will be directed by former music video director Autumn de Wilde, making her feature film debut. Also in the cast are Gemma Whelan, Mia Goth, and Johnny Flynn. The film will be splashing onto screens in 2020 and will such a star-studded cast, we can’t wait to see it!

 

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