Meet Joy Harjo, One of the First Native American Poet Laureates!

Meet Joy Harjo, One of the First Native American Poet Laureates!

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According to The Guardian there is exciting news for the poetry world. Poet, musician, and author Joy Harjo has been appointed as the Poet Laureate, the first Native American to take the position in years. Harjo has been in the running for a role for a long time, having acted as an advocate and voice for Native Americans in the literary world. Harjo term will last one year, and she will succeed Tracy K. Smith, who served two terms in the position.         Harjo is known for poetry collections like The Woman Who Fell From the Sky and In Mad …

Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

The film rights to Sarah Davis-Goff’s dystopian novel Last Ones Left Alive have been acquired by Irish production company Treasure Entertainment, which means we’re getting a film adaptation on the way! Image Via Goodreads Last Ones Left Alive oscillates between a young Orpen training as a child on her peaceful island-home of Slanbeg and Orpen as an adult traveling towards the mysterious Phoenix City. Add in a four-legged companion and her wounded, wheelbarrow-bound guardian and you have a harrowing journey made all the more despite, and thus dramatic.   Image Via Irish Times The Times writes that “[Sarah Davis-Goff] sees it as a wasteful dismissal of ‘the …

Turkey Puts Novelists, Including Elif Shafak, Under Investigation

Turkey Puts Novelists, Including Elif Shafak, Under Investigation

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According to The Guardian Turkish prosecutors have begun investigations into numerous writers of fiction, including famed author Elif Shafak. The campaign has been described as a serious violation of free speech rights, all breaking off from recent, rather vicious debates on social media about authors who write about difficult topics, such as child abuse and sexual violence. After a page from a new novel Abdullah Sevki was shared on Twitter, the novel quickly generated deep controversy when the chapter showcased featured a first person account of a child being sexual assaulted from a sexual predator’s POV. The government of Turkey has issued …

James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

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James Ellroy, author of the bestselling 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential, has a few harsh words to say about the novel’s 1997 film adaptation, which starred Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Kevin Spacey. This was surprising, considering the film won numerous Oscars, including Best Picture and currently has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But James Ellroy made it clear in his panel during the weekend of the Hay Festival, according to The Guardian, that he did not care for it. He said the novel was as ‘deep as tortilla’, while also noting he did not care for the the majority of …

‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie Adaptation

‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie Adaptation

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Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever, opened up to The Guardian  about the ‘nightmare’ experience she had regarding the adaptation of her novel, which starred Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Translating her beloved novel to the big screen was a horrible process and in many ways, was a cautionary tale of how NOT to adapt a book. Describing the experience as a ‘ghastly disaster’, Moggach, after flying to Hollywood to speak to producers about adapting the novel, jokingly offered her milkman, Ron, a role in the film. Though the comment was in jest, newspapers caught wind of this and spun it into “MILKMAN BEING …