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Neil Gaiman Wants You to Watch New ‘Good Omens’ Trailer

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! In a tweet this morning, Neil Gaiman posted a link to the latest trailer for the upcoming adaptation of one of his most famous novels: Good Omens, co-written with the late, great novelist Terry Pratchett. Gaiman took to Twitter to ask fans: ‘So you’ve all seen this now, yes?’

Yes, Neil, yes we have, and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

Michael Sheen and David Tenant star in Amazon Prime's upcoming series Good Omens
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The novel was the result of a creative collaboration between the brilliant Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, a witty adventure that follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley as they both attempt to sabotage the coming of the proverbial end times, having grown used to living comfortably in England. A madcap comedy, the book features brilliant satire of common religious fixtures such as the biblical book of Revelationsthe Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, Satanic nuns, and the unlikely pairing between the two protagonists. The Amazon Prime series looks to be embracing all this fun.

Starring David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, the trailer seems to embrace the full imaginative and satirical bent of the novel. Just some of the things audiences get to see include krakens, aliens, demonic motorbikers, as well as glimpses of Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman. But the pairing of Crowley and Aziraphale looks to be just perfect, with Tennant and Sheen embodying their roles spectacularly. And it’s all set to a soundtrack by Queen for the icing on the cake.

Good Omens will be let loose on Amazon Prime on May 31st. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

 

 

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Two New Books to Accompany Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

We already know that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens has been adapted into a show for Amazon Prime, but did you know there are two new books in the works as well?

Neil Gaiman is a literary superstar, writing novels like American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (both of which I can vouch for—they’re GOOD). If you haven’t read his work, you have to check it out! 

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Gaiman’s fans love him for the colorful, imaginative worlds he creates, an aspect of his writing which adapts exceptionally well to the small screen, as we’ve seen with the likes of American Gods which was adapted into a successful television program on Starz, and Tim Burton’s take on Gaiman’s children’s book Coraline.

While the prospect of a television adaptation of Good Omens is exciting, there is always the concern that some of the magic of Gaiman’s elegant storytelling will be lost in translation. Rest easy, though, because Gaiman himself wrote the show’s programme and will serve as showrunner!

 

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Good Omens will also provide much needed representation in its diverse cast, according to what Gaiman disclosed in an interview:

What’s interesting is that there are almost no physical descriptions of anybody in the book, but Pepper is described as having red hair and a face that was basically one giant freckle, and so people are like ‘oh my god, that has to be white’, and… no she doesn’t.

But perhaps even better than all of this: the show will also be accompanied by two companion books!

The first book, The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book, will include the screenplay as well as a foreword from Gaiman and deleted scenes from the show.

 

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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The second book, The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion, will give insight into the production of the show. This companion piece will include photos of the set, cast interviews, costume boards, and more!

Good Omens will arrive on Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019, and will later air on BBC.

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The New Academy Releases Its Four Finalists in 2018 Alternative Prize in Literature

As long as you’re book-lovers or Bookstr fans, you may have already known that, unfortunately, the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature has been cancelled due to the explosion of sexual assault scandals in the Swedish Academy. But the celebration of humanities never stops. As an alternative and temporary for Prize in Literature, the New Academy just announced the shortlist of four authors for the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature: Neil Gaiman, Maryse Condé, Haruki Murakami, and Kim Thúy.

 

 

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Feeling shame about the scandal in a used-to-be distinguished and respectful Swedish Academy, Alexandra Pascalidou, a Swedish columnist, gathered the efforts from more than a hundred Swedish art and literature works. This included authors, librarians, correspondents, artists, and professors, which all give birth to Den Nya Akademien (New Academy), a non-profit organization, both politically and financially independent.

 

 

Different from the traditional way of evaluating prize nominees behind a secret veil like the Swedish Academy did, the New Academy opens the power of selection to the public. After the voting process is conducted by thousands of global book fans, the final four are released and sent to the evaluation committee. The juries include the chairman Ann Pålssonsenior, a senior editor; Lisbeth Larsson, the Professor of Literature at University of Gothenburg; Gunilla Sandin, the Head of Library; and Peter Stenson, Editor and Independent Publisher.

 

 

The final decision will be made on October 12th with the award ceremony on December 9. After the ceremony, both the New Academy and jury committee will dismiss themselves automatically. In what follows, let’s read more about our final four:

 

 

 

Neil Gaiman: a superstar in the fantasy community

 

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Born in 1960 in England and living in the U.S. now, Gailman is best known for his fantasy writing, such as Stardust (1999) and American Gods (2001). His young adult novel The Graveyard Book received the U.S. Newbery Medal Award in 2009. After hearing the news of his nomination, Gailman tweeted: “Winning would not make me any happier than being on that list makes me. So I don’t think of it as being up against opponents, just as being in glorious and honoured company.”

 

Selected bibliography:
The Sandman: Book of Dreams, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

 

Maryse Condé: a change-maker of the colonial world

 

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Born in 1937 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and living in Guadeloupe and France now, this outstanding Caribbean author is so talented. Conde explores “how colonialism has changed the world and how those affected take back their heritage,” according the New Academy. Known for her critical probing into (post)colonial worlds, Dr. Condé had taught Francophone literature in Columbia University, New York. 

 

Selected bibliography:
Desirada, Segu, Crossing the Mangrove, Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat?

 

 

Haruki Murakami: a mastery frontrunner of magic realism

 

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Born in 1949 in Kyoto, Murakami now lives in Tokyo and is known for his dancing and magical words in both Japanese and global literary platforms. As a translator and author, Murakami is distinguished in “fus[ing] pop culture with a fierce magic realism.” While being translated into many languages, his work explores the existentialism of modern human conditions, such as urban loneliness, joyful but painful sex, lost-and-found identity, and familial complexities. For many Murakami fans, his being nominated must be a piece of great news because Murakami is also mentioned as a marathon Nobel Prize-candidate.

 

Selected bibliography:
Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, IQ84

 

 

Kim Thúy: a painter of Vietnamese exile and identity

 

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Born in 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam, Kim Thúy left her native country with her family as refugees, spending one year in Malaysian asylum and growing up in Canada. In 2009, her autobiographical first work, Ru, brought her into the global literary world and received Governor General’s Award in 2010. Her stories, according to New Academy, “paint the colors of Vietnam and the scents and flavors too, as well as the perils of exile and search for identity.”
 

Selected bibliography:
Ru, Man, Vi

 

 

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Having a better understanding of these amazing authors gives me heartwarming and exciting feelings in my heart. They’re keeping the sparkles of the humanities gleaming in the darkness of unpleasant and abusive sexism. As the New Academy states:

 

 

In a time when human values are increasingly being called into question, literature becomes the counterforce of oppression and a code of silence. It is now more important than ever that the world’s greatest literary prize should be awarded.

 

 

No matter if it is a fantasy that unfolds the hope in another universe, a historical fiction that criticizes the violence of archaic monarchy, a magical realist novel that duplicates the complex of sun and shadow, or a memoir-oriented fiction that archives the tear and blood of exile, these four authors have done it all. They (re)present the world(s) that we lived, are living, and are heading toward. Much appreciation to them for writing of the democracy, openness, and respect we all desire. Congratulations for being the final four!  

 

 

Suggested readings:

 

 

 

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Neil Gaiman and Other Pop Culture Luminaries Pay Tribute to Spider Man Creator Steve Ditko

A who’s-who of pop culture creators have shared their memories and recollections of famed comics artist and writer Steve Ditko, who has passed away aged ninety. Among them is celebrated author Neil Gaiman. A comic book writer himself, Neil Gaiman spoke with The Washington Post‘s Comic Riffs about Ditko’s many influential contributions to the world of comics. “He drew things his own way. And he saw things his own way. I think we were so lucky to have him,” said Gaiman.

 

 

According to Publisher’s Weekly, much of Ditko’s art in the early issues of Spider-Man was highly innovative for its era. His drawings broke new ground by truly capturing the urban atmosphere of New York City, as well as realistic psychological and physical depictions on the page.

 

 

His early contribution’s to Spider-Man aside, much of Ditko’s work was weird or existed on the fringe. “What Steve brought was grandeur and a view to other dimensions,” said Gaiman regarding Ditko’s work on Doctor Strange books. Ditko was the creative spark behind a lineup of particularly quirky characters including the likes of Shade, the Question, and the Objectivism inspired Mr. A. 

 

 

Although much of his work reverberated with many readers and many of his characters cherished by generations of fans and other creators, unlike his colleague Stan Lee, Ditko shied away from the spotlight. Very much a reclusive figure, he was called the “the J.D. Salinger of comics.” Living in the same Manhattan apartment for many decades, Ditko refused most public appearances and interviews.

 

 

 

“I just remember him as so very, very gracious and at the same time so very private,” said Gaiman.

 

 

 

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