This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by Penguin Teen, publishers of Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.
Fire and Fury Book Sales Reach 1.7 Million Copies
Henry Holt announced that it has sold 1.7 million copies of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury across all formats. After excerpts from the book about Trump’s first year in office were leaked, and Trump’s personal attorneys sent cease and desist letters to the publisher and author, the book reached No. 1 on Amazon’s bestsellers list. Bookstores sold out, and Amazon reported shipping delays, but the publisher announced that there are now 1.5 million hardcover books in print.
The Big Sick Co-Writer Will Adapt The Nest For Amazon
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Emily V. Gordon will adapt Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s best-selling novel The Nest for Amazon. Gordon received her nomination for best original screenplay for the summer indie The Big Sick. The team adapting the novel for film also includes Transparent’s Jill Soloway who will produce. The Nest follows four middle-aged siblings as they grapple with new realities in light of a depleted inheritance.
Elif Shafak Joins Goldsmiths Prize Judging Panel
Elif Shafak joins Deborah Levy, Nicholas Lezard, and Adam Mars-Jones on the judging panel for the 2017 Goldsmiths Prize for fiction. Shafak is the award-winning author of Three Daughters of Eve, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. The Goldsmiths awards a £10,000 prize to the fiction novel that “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form”; it’s only open to novels written by authors from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
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