In today’s news, learn which writers have earned the official GENIUS title, what books are being considered as “best of the millennium,” and which short picture books should probably not be made into feature films. Enjoy!
- If you’re wondering how filmmakers turned the short children’s book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (out last weekend) into a full-length movie, you’re not alone. Shelf Life ponders the same question and satirically suggests some other short children’s classics to stretch into movies. They also include sample dialogue along the lines of, “‘Say goodnight, Moon.’ *EXPLOSION*”. Be careful reading this in your cubicle, because you will laugh out loud.
- Many writers consider themselves to be geniuses, but fiction writers Edwidge Danticat, Deborah Eisenberg, and poet Heather McHugh can now officially claim the title after receiving the MacArthur Foundation’s $500,000 “genius grant” on Tuesday. Jacket Copy has details on the 5-year fellowship and reactions from the recipients, and NPR posts an interview with Heather McHugh. I wonder if they’ve already added “Genius Award” to their resumes…
- The Millions is celebrating our approach to 2010 by naming “The Best Fiction of the Millennium (So Far).” Positions 11 through 20 have been announced, and a new title will be added daily until reaching #1. The list includes new voices like Junot Diaz and Kelly Link and the work of Official Genius Deborah Eisenberg. Though it reflects a nice variety of the past decade’s writing, it seems a little unfair to call the list “Best Fiction of the Millennium” – it may be a little outdated by 2895.
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