Another week has come to a close, Savvy Readers, and with it, the month of November! December is on its way, and it opens with a bunch of fantastic bookish news – perfect to start off the most wonderful time of the year!
1. The TV rights for My Lady Jane were acquired by Parkes + MacDonald.
The wackiest, funniest historical retelling, replete with magic and a very special horse, My Lady Jane by author trio Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows has been optioned for a television series by production company Parkes + MacDonald. The book follows the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey as she becomes reluctant Queen of England – but the familiar Tudor story has a magical twist that sees the Catholics and Protestants of the real-life conflict become those who disdain magic and those who endorse it. We can’t wait to see Jane, Edward, and G come to life on our screens! Check out the news here!
2. The Confessions of Frannie Langton was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards.
The inimitable Sara Collins was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards with her novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton. This incredible historical fiction is about a servant accused of killing her employers and her quest to prove that she’s innocent, against the backdrops of Georgian London and a Jamaican plantation. As for the Costa Book Awards, they’re an annual literary award bestowed by the beloved UK coffee chain, Costa Coffee, to books by British authors. We wish the best of luck to Sara! And we can’t help but wonder…does winning the award mean free drinks at Costa for life? Check out the rest of the nominees here!
3. Hungover won the Gourmand World Awards for the Drink & Health Books category.
The hilarious and informative Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for a Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall was recognized as the best Canadian (English) book in its category in the Gourmand World Awards. Hungover explores all the age-old remedies for the after-effects of a night of over-indulgence in drinks of the alcoholic variety, and has Bishop-Stall embarking on a quest to discover if there really is a cure for the hangover. The Gourmand World Awards seek to showcase the best books about food and drink from across the globe, and this year marks its 25th anniversary. Now, what is the cure for a hangover, you may be asking (for a friend, of course)? You’ll have to check out the book to find out! Check out the news blast and rest of the winners here.
4. HBO Max acquired the motion picture rights to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
That’s right, Savvy Readers, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is getting the movie treatment! Greg Berlanti (the genius who brought us Love, Simon and You, among many other amazing adaptations) will produce, and Matthew Barry (writer of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, as if this couldn’t get any better) is slated to write the script. Gentleman’s Guide is our favourite queer historical YA book about a bisexual British noble who goes on an 18th century tour of the continent with his bookish sister and his best friend, with whom he also happens to be in love. And, if you can’t wait for more Monty content, the spicy sequel novella The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky was just released this past week! Check out the news here.
That’s it for this week’s roundup of book news, Savvy Readers. Tell us what you’re most excited about in the comments or over on our Twitter @SavvyReader!
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