Which Stieg Larsson book is your favorite?
First up this week is a lighthearted contribution from the terrific site Open Culture. Anyone who grew up watching Looney Tunes will enjoy these classic cartoons with a literary angle. 1946's "Book Revue" (embedded below), has all the elements—memorable musical numbers, wacky humor and prolonged chase scenes—that make Warner Brothers cartoons so beloved. Apologies in advance for leaving you humming "nothing could be feener than to be in Caroleeena in the moooorning." Click here to read Open Culture's post and see an even earlier version of the "books come to life" genre.
We told you about World Book Night coming stateside earlier this week—but giving away free books is not without controversy. Unhappy with the selections to be given away in the UK, and with the expense being shouldered by publishers, author Susan Hill is starting her own event, Not World Book Night, that encourages people to pick a book from her list of selections, read it and pass it on. The Guardian says of her list and mission:
From Metroland to The Turn of the Screw, Midnight's Children to The Day of the Triffids, it's a wonderfully eclectic line-up – Hill was "looking to stimulate interest in the best, not suggest the obvious and recommend", she tweeted, later telling me that she was "thinking just to do some more recommends… no hidden agenda!"
So the Steve Jobs bio is out, and the reviews and excerpts are everywhere (including our site!). But one of the funniest takes I've seen is that of Book Shop Santa Cruz, who created the tumblr site "Watched by Steve" in homage to that memorable cover photo. Hard to pick my fave, but I think it might be this one (look hard to find Jobs!).
We're less than two months away from the release of the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie, and I bet I'll run into more than a few Lisbeth-look-alikes this Halloween weekend. Those of you who want to look like Lisbeth, but, perhaps, didn't get your act together in time for October 31 can still look forward to some wardrobe additions. Swedish chain store H&M is launching a line of clothing inspired by the Stieg Larsson's books. Have to say that I agree with a comment from The Guardian . . . "Hard to think a high street collection stems back to a book originally called Men Who Hate Women."
Happy weekend! What have you been reading this week?
Ever opened a magazine and seen an ad for a sweepstakes . . . only to think: What's the point? I'll never win. I am here to tell you to forget that thought.
In the June 2010 issue of BookPage—the one with Justin Cronin on the cover—Knopf ran a full-page ad promoting The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which came out in May of 2010. The ad looked something like this:
In November, we were thrilled to learn that the winner of the contest, Laura, entered thanks to an ad in BookPage! Then we were especially thrilled when we heard that Laura is a big BookPage fan; she even persuaded her local Friends of the Library group to hand out copies of BookPage at her branch.
My co-workers and I were so happy about (and quite jealous of) Laura's trip—and that was before she sent us pictures. Just a couple weeks ago, Laura and her husband spent four nights exploring the Sweden of Lisbeth Salander. They visited both Stockholm and the outer archipelago of the city.
Laura wrote after the trip to say how beautiful Stockholm is—and her pictures don't disappoint. It is always an incredible experience to visit a new country, but when the sites you're seeing are also described in a favorite novel? Priceless.
Thank you for sharing your experience in Sweden, Laura! Have any other readers been on a fantastic vacation this summer? What about a trip with a literary bent?
Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you saw her in The Social Network and were puzzled over how she could portray tougher-than-tough computer hacker Lisbeth, then wonder no longer. Just pick up the February issue of W, which features a photo spread of Mara going full-out Lisbeth.
Fincher’s film departs dramatically from the book: Mikael Blomkvist is more gentlemanly, Salander... is more aggressive—and the ending has been completely altered.
Here's one item we can guarantee will be found under many readers' trees this holiday season: a boxed set of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Packaged in a slipcase, the three books include maps and beautifully designed endpapers. The set also includes On Stieg Larsson, a collection of essays about and correspondence with the author. Retail price is $99, and you can buy them on November 26.
Either of these on your gift list—or wish list!—this year?
Lisbeth Salander (aka the girl of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is a "tattooed, waif-thin, 20-something hacker known for her extreme antisocial behavior and capacity for violence."
And she has captured the reading public's imagination as the star of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.
By now, we all know that Sony is releasing an American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, in December of 2011. On The Book Case, we've been speculating about the movie's casting for months.
Today Sony announced that Rooney Mara will star as Lisbeth. Daniel Craig is already confirmed in the role of Mikael Blomkvist.
Mara starred in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and will also appear in The Social Network, Fincher's movie about the founding of Facebook (and based on Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires).
Mara is quite obscure compared to other actors rumored to have been in the running to play Lisbeth: Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson...
Do you think Fincher made the right choice?
Some of the week's best book blog posts are below. Add your favorites in the comments.
How YOU can get a book deal
Posted by Lorelei Vashti on The Vine
The movie version of Eat, Pray, Love comes out a week from today, and excitement is building . . . everywhere you look, there is EPL merchandise: hats, bags, a fragrance. I will admit that I have not actually read EPL and therefore cannot fairly participate in any sort of poo-pooing on Elizabeth Gilbert's massive success. But I can get a laugh out of this post on memoirs of "experiments in living," from Living Celibately to Living Biblically to Living like Oprah.
Lisbeth Salander Is The Cure To Elizabeth Gilbert
Posted by Lizzie Skurnick on Jezebel
Is Salander's hostile, embattled avenger the responsive ying to Gilbert's sunny, drifting yang? Are we avoiding some golden mean of literary womanhood, or is the appeal their clumsy extremes? Should everyone read Olive Kitteridge and rethink the whole thing?
In Praise of Precocious Narrators
Posted by Anne Shulock on The Millions
I enjoyed Shulock's ode to precocious young narrators defined by "idiosyncratic voices, unapologetic intelligence and bold curiosity" (à la Blue van Meer in Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics—which, as a side note, was probably my favorite book of 2006). Shulock's book recommendations and commentary on why these characters are "comfortable and exciting" is worth a read.
Just out of curiosity, how many Book Case readers took off work today to read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest? (Or maybe you're reading under your desk right now—or, most likely, watching the clock tick down until you can go home and read.) In any case, Happy Book Release Day! Judging from comments I've seen on this blog, many of you are very excited about this day. As Charles McGrath wrote in a lengthy article about Stieg Larsson in the New York Times,
Except for “Harry Potter,” Americans haven’t been so eager for a book since the early 1840s, when they thronged the docks in New York, hailing incoming ships for news of Little Nell in Charles Dickens’s “Old Curiosity Shop.”
Has anyone had a chance to start Hornet's Nest? What do you think? (No spoilers, please!)
If you think everyone interested in books will have one novel on the mind this week, you're probably right (hint: it starts with The Girl Who). But in case you're not a Larsson fan—or you were lucky enough to read an advanced copy of the novel—this week we're highlighting plenty of other books and genres on BookPage.com.
For those of you who do have Lisbeth Salander on the brain, we've got you covered, too. First up...
As you count down the minutes until tomorrow's release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, read an interview with Knopf publisher and editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta, who introduced the works of Stieg Larsson to American readers.
If you're looking for an unusual memoir, try...
Vanessa Woods, an Australian chimp aficionado, had never heard of bonobos until she fell for Brian Hare, an American scientist whose dream is to compare the behavior of chimps and bonobos living in Congolese sanctuaries and figure out what the differences reveal about human evolution. Bonobo Handshake is Woods’ beguiling story of falling in love with bonobos and the Congo while her marriage to Hare matured.
Heading to the lake, beach or pool over Memorial Day weekend? Don't miss...
Romance columnist (and author) Christie Ridgway's book recommendations will start your summer with a sizzle! In her words: "With summer’s approach, it’s time for books destined to fill those long hours of daylight or the warmth of a flower-scented night with steamy stories. From regency to contemporary romances, this month’s selections really turn up the heat. Enjoy!"
This expanded version of the popular feature from the print edition of BookPage shares the release dates for some of the guaranteed blockbusters hitting shelves in May. Which May release are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments.
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
The highly anticipated memoir from the notoriously
private former first lady. It will also be available as a signed collector's edition.
Tell-All by Chuck Palaniuk
Knopf Doubleday, $24.95
The always edgy author gives his unique take on old Hollywood in a subversive new novel.
Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
Parker's posthumous Western brings back Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch for some vigilante justice.
Executive Intent by Dale Brown
Morrow, $26.99, ISBN 9780061560859
It’s president against vice president in Brown’s near-future political thriller.
Miracle on the 17th Green by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
Little, Brown, $19.99
Patterson and de Jonge pair up for the inspiring story of a man who, at 50, suddenly achieves his life's dream of becoming a professional golfer.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The final novel in the Millennium Trilogy brings back Lisbeth Salander for more adventure, danger and suspense.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger
Simon & Schuster, $25.99
What happens when normal girls are left behind when their boyfriends hit the big time? They get revenge.