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“The Lottery” Gets Film Adaptation: Today in Books

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“The Lottery” Gets Film Adaptation

Shirley Jackson’s classic short story, “The Lottery” (or, that one high school reading assignment that emotionally wrecked me), is getting its first film adaptation. Jackson’s son Laurence Hyman will serve as an executive producer, and Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher) is writing the screenplay. “I liked what Jake was doing in developing it and bringing up to the present day. It’s [sic] has a dystopian, Handmaid’s Tale feel about it, which makes it very timely,” said Frank Marshall, whose company Kennedy/Marshall will lead the production team.

Haruki Murakami’s New Novel Declared Indecent

The ruling comes from a Hong Kong tribunal in regards to the Chinese-language edition of Murakami’s Kishidancho Goroshi, or Killing Commendatore. This means bookstores and libraries will wrap the book with a notice warning about its contents, with access restricted to those over the age of 18. A petition signed by almost 2,000 people is calling for a reversal of the decision.

Who Is Anna March?

Where to even begin with this story… The Los Angeles Times wrote an in-depth piece about the bonkers, and in many cases damaging, career of what appears to be a literary grifter known (more recently) by the name of Anna March. Even Celeste Ng chimed in with a story about an interaction with March. You have to read the piece to get the full picture of how March positioned herself at the center of the literary world, and left so many people and organizations in the lurch.