Bookmarks: October 26th Edition

Well, I’ve said it before but I have never meant it more than I do this week – it has been a very interesting week for Canadian publishing. Despite this, we are going to keep this edition of Bookmarks short because most news is still in the rumor/to be confirmed stage!

1.Random Penguin House?

It’s exploded on the twittersphere and across the internet: Random Penguin, or is it Penguin House? Penguin and Random House, two of the “big six” publishers, are in discussions to merge. Pearson, the business that has owned Penguin since 1970, confirmed yesterday that they are in discussions with the German media giant Bertelsmann (the company that owns publisher Random House) about combining the publishing houses, as The Telegraph reports. Others have reported the news slightly differently. Iris Blasi, marketing director at Open Road Media, celebrated the rumors by listing these 5 Random Penguin facts. Others have created a Random Penguin meme. Regardless, it is interesting and exciting news that affects not only Canada, but the international publishing circuit!

2. CBC Books Canada Reads Contest Finalists!

In 2001, CBC hosted their first Canada Reads, during which five Canadian personalities each selected a book they wanted Canadians to read, and debated why their recommendation should win. One-by-one, books were eliminated until there was one Survivor. I mean winner. This year, they updated the contest by dividing the country into five sections and allowing readers across Canada to nominate books. Recently, CBC Books announced the finalists – 10 books from each area: British Columbia and the Yukon, the Prairies and North, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Now, Canadian readers are invited to vote again, so that one book will be nominated for each area and the Canada Reads contest can begin! So don’t forget to vote for your favourite book in each region here! The Top 5 will be revealed on Q and on the Canada Reads website on Wednesday, November 14. We will be tweeting our recommendations all next week, so check it out on @SavvyReader!

3. More Divergent Casting News

Okay, I admit we talk about this a lot. I just finished the first two books in the series, Divergent and Insurgent, and I’m a little obsessed. That, and I love the anticipation that film adaptations of popular books create! Shortly after we reported last week that Shailene Woodley was in talks to play Tris, Veronica Roth wrote a blog post (here) confirming that the Divergent movie adaptation is to be directed by Neil Burger! Furthermore, Veronica also mentioned that Shailene Woodley was in fact involved with final negotiations to play Tris, something the author is very excited about. Veronica said:

From the moment I heard that she was being considered, I have been nothing but enthusiastic.  My priority has always been, first and foremost, that the role of Tris be well-acted, and Shailene has proven how talented she is, as anyone who has seen The Descendants can attest. And physically, what’s most important to me, far and away more important than other aspects of her appearance, is that Tris does not look like an action hero– she looks like a slight person with youthful, delicate features, someone who shocks you with how strong and capable she becomes. To me, that is exactly the look Shailene has. – Veronica Roth

As for who will play Four, rumors have circulated online after Alexander Ludwig tweeted that he had “an amazing meeting with Doug Wick (produced gladiator) about playing Four in Divergent.” However! reports another potential Four: Colton Haynes. Hmm.. we’ll have to wait and see, but it’s still fun to guess!

Have a great weekend!


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