Critical Linking: July 22, 2013

 

The books will contain completely new stories, and will be stand-alone novels that will appeal to fans of the show, as well as general mystery readers. The plot of the first book in the series will begin where events of the upcoming “Veronica Mars” film end, and will feature an adult Veronica Mars.

This is such a good idea. Books are a natural place for the characters people love after a TV show goes off the air. I would buy, sight unseen, an arc of The West Wing novels about the Jimmy Smits White House.

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Khaled Hosseini is not a perfect author — there are so many talents that it’s almost impossible to find one who triumphs over the rest. When it comes to choosing the most important author of today, however, Hosseini may very well be our man in America.

These sorts of claims are insolvable, but they do tell us a great deal about what we value in literature in any given moment. The case for Hosseini is a compelling one.

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As the prospects of Hollywood completing the Millennium trilogy seemed to be receding, news comes that part two, The Girl Who Played With Fire, has a screenwriter and seems to be a viable concern over at Sony. The studio has hired Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to pen another draft of a script originally written by Steve Zaillian and will be looking to reunite Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the near future.

The first movie didn’t light up the box office, so there was some doubt about the subsequent novels making it to the big screen. For my part, I thought the movie was considerably better than the book.

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California Bookstore Day will harness the creative power of authors and publishers in a giant celebration of the written word that will drive readers to brick-and-mortar bookstores. For one day, and one day only, a number of very limited-edition, unique, word-based items and books will be available in more than 100 independent stores across the state. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill signed first editions—these are literature-based art projects, unique books, and collector’s items created for this event only. 

Hmmmmmm. Interesting crowd-funding project (but $25 bucks for a bumper sticker at the entry level? Come on.)

 

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