Happy Friday Savvy Readers! It’s my favourite day of the week (and not just because it’s Friday!), which means it’s time for this week’s edition of Bookmarks! And, given the snowpocalypse that’s currently blanketing Eastern Canada and about to hit Ontario this weekend, we could use some reading time. So without further ado, here’s everything that happened in the book world this week.
1. The trailer dropped for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Robert Kolker’s book Lost Girls.
One of Slate’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years, Kolker’s book Lost Girls is a literary account of the lives and presumed serial killings of five “Craigslist” prostitutes, whose bodies were found on the same Long Island beach in 2010. Over the course of three years, each of these young women vanished without a trace. All but one of their bodies was discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island, an unsettled, overgrown seven-mile stretch of shoreline on the string of barrier islands along South Oyster Bay. Working closely with the women’s families, Lost Girls tells the stories of their deaths and their lives, offering a searing portrait of crime and circumstance that goes to the heart of modern America itself. Still haven’t read the book? There’s still time! Learn more.
2. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of The Rings author JRR Tolkien passed away at the age of 95.
The devoted curator of his father’s work, Christopher was born in Leeds in 1924 as the third son of the revered fantasy author. Christopher is credited with drawing many of the original maps of Middle-earth for the Lord of The Rings when the series was first published and for editing much of his father’s posthumously published works including The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Beren And Lúthien and The History of Middle-earth, which delved into the complex world of elves and dwarves created by his father. Read more about this story here.
3. PEOPLE announced that the travel guide Anthony Bourdain started writing before his death will be published this October.
Bourdain and his long-time assistant, Laurie Woolever, started working on this book before the TV host’s death in June 2018. Much of the book is said to be in Bourdain’s own words and will offer readers an unfiltered of his favourite destinations, essential advice on how to get there and what to eat, and what to avoid. Read more about this story here.
4. Little Women was snubbed by the Academy Awards and people (myself included) want justice!
Okay, so Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Women might have received six Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, but the failure by the Academy to nominate Gerwig for Best Director (which you would think goes hand in hand with Best Picture) is an absolute travesty. Hear me out on this one! Because while it may not seem like Gerwig’s conspicuous absence from the nominees for Best Director is as big a snub as the headlines would have you believe, the Academy Awards have been around for 92 years, and in that time only FIVE women have ever been nominated for Best Director, and only ONE (Katherine Bigelow for The Hurt Locker) has ever won. Coincidence? I’ll let you be the judge. Read more about this story here.
So tell me Savvy Readers, which one of these literary tidbits did you find most interesting? And do you think Little Women was snubbed? Tell me below in the comments or tweet us @SavvyReader.