Kim Sherwood Set to Expand James Bond Universe
Bond aficionado and novelist Kim Sherwood has been authorized by the estate of Ian Fleming to expand the James Bond universe. Sherwood will write three contemporary thrillers for HarperCollins that are set in the world of James Bond but the original 007 is missing, presumed captured or killed. Sherwood, who is known for her debut thriller novel Testament, says that James Bond has been “one of the enduring loves of my life since I first watched Pierce Brosnan dive from the dam in GoldenEye.” The series is set to launch in September 2022, and Sherwood said in a tweet that she “can’t wait” for readers to meet her new characters.
Tracy Clarke’s Broken Places in Development as a Series
Author Tracy Clarke announced on Twitter this Friday that her novel Broken Places is in development as a series with Sony Pictures Television. The novel tells the story of a Black private investigator in Chicago who is pursuing the killer of her only father figure, a priest found murdered in his church confessional. The development deal was made by Lucy Stille at Lucy Still Literary and Evan Marshall at the Evan Mashall Agency. Tracy Clarke tweeted, “Thanks, Evan! Thanks, Lucy! Thanks @KensingtonBooks! And thanks to loyal readers! Couldn’t have done it without you.”
Timothy Olyphant Joins the Cast of Daisy Jones & the Six at Amazon
Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Santa Clarita Diet) has joined the cast of the Amazon musical drama Daisy Jones & the Six. The 10-episode series, based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same name, will follow the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock band. Olyphant will play their road manager Rod. Also cast in the series is Riley Keough, who stars as Daisy Jones, Sam Caflin as Billy Dunne, and Will Harrison as Graham Dunne. Also included in the cast are Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse, Josh Witehouse, Nabiya Be, Sebastian Chacon and Tom Wright. A premiere date has yet to be revealed.
Characters of Color in UK Kids’ Books Have Quadrupled and More Good Book News
Here’s a roundup of all the good book news from this week, including increased diversity in UK children’s books, an underwater bookstore, and more!