Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal is a classic to many—and with Netflix’s recent announcement that they’re bringing the world of Thra back to life, it’s interesting to look back at the groundbreaking work that went into the 1982 movie. A new book promises to do just that, and we’ve got an exclusive look inside. Published by Insight Editions, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History gathers tons of rare and unseen pieces of concept art as well as behind-the-scenes pictures from production on the film, 35 years after it was made. Advertisement Promising to chart Henson’s personal journey making the movie day-by-day as well as providing insight into the landmark puppetry that gave us the film’s lovable cast of characters, it’s the perfect thing to catch up on while counting down the days to Netflix’s new prequel series. Check out a few spreads from the book below, making their debut here on io9. Don’t forget to click the … [Read more...] about A Look Inside the Definitive Book on Bringing
Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith are among the nominees for the National Book Critics Circle awards in the US. Books by Louise Erdrich and the former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky were also among 30 finalists in six categories (autobiography, biography, fiction, nonfiction, poetry and criticism) selected by the organisation yesterday. Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author of novels including The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye, will receive a lifetime achievement prize. Honorary awards will go to Yaa Gyasi for best debut novel, Homegoing, and Guardian writer Michelle Dean for excellence in reviewing. The winners will be announced on 16 March. Patchett’s Commonwealth, Chabon’s Moonglow and Smith’s Swing Time were all fiction finalists, along with Erdrich’s LaRose and Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone. Smith was among a select few writers who had lunch this month with the outgoing US president Barack Obama, the New York Times reported. It … [Read more...] about Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon nominated for book critics award
The winners of the National Books Critics Circle awards for the publishing year 2015 were announced on Thursday evening at the New School in Manhattan. For fiction, the prize went to Paul Beatty’s Sellout, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Beatty’s book follows an unnamed narrator – referred to in the book only as Me – as he attempts to take a segregation case to the supreme court. The novel received thundering applause from critics when it was published last year, with particular praise given to Beatty’s wit. In the Guardian, Seth Colter Walls called the book “caustic-but-heartfelt work of satire”. Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts won the prize for criticism. A hybrid work published by Graywolf Press to great acclaim last year, The Argonauts examines the writer’s partnership with the artist Harry Dodge, who is transgender. In a review in the Guardian, Olivia Laing remarked: “It is about love and marriage, motherhood, … [Read more...] about Margo Jefferson and Maggie Nelson win National Book Critics Circle Awards
In book publishing, it seems, they still do fairytales. Really not very long ago, Angie Thomas was a secretary to a bishop at a megachurch in Jackson, Mississippi. At nights – and during quiet periods in the day, she furtively admits – she worked on a young adult novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. She had previously written a children’s book, but hadn’t had any interest from agents. “Yeah, I had more than 150 rejections for that one,” says Thomas matter-of-factly. Thomas’s break came when she cold-contacted a literary agent who was doing a Twitter Q&A. The story speeds up now: the novel became The Hate U Give (THUG), a YA sensation about a 16-year-old girl called Starr who witnesses her friend Khalil being shot by the police and turns to activism. THUG, published in early 2017, went straight into the bestseller chart in the US and stayed there for a year. It was a hit here too, and named overall winner of the 2018 … [Read more...] about Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give: ‘Books play a huge part in resistance’
Q: Do you have any book suggestions for my 14-year-old daughter? I am trying to wean her off screens. She likes to be scared, loves music and has huge empathy.Marie-Claude Gervais, 51, psychologist, London A: Fiona Noble, children’s books editor at the Bookseller, writes:A Skinful of Shadows bristles with menace and follows the story of a girl possessed by the brutish spirit of a bear. More chills are to be found in the Red Eye horror series, notably Alex Bell’s Frozen Charlotte, in which haunted dolls terrorise an old Scottish school house. Classics, too, are a rich source of scares. Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca or Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, subject of a recent Netflix series, may well entice. For a reader interested in different perspectives, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a mystery narrated by a boy with Asperger’s, is a good place to start. Angie Thomas’s award-winning The Hate U Give, … [Read more...] about Book clinic: which books might wean my teenage daughter off screens?
An 11-year-old girl who was frustrated about only being given unrelatable books to read at school has reached her goal of finding 1,000 “black girl books” after starting the campaign #1000blackgirlbooks. Marley Dias, who goes to St Cloud elementary school in West Orange, New Jersey, began her drive in November after she told her mother she was tired of the books that she was being given at school. Her mother, Janice Johnson Dias, asked her what she was going to do about it, and Dias decided to launch her drive with the help of her mother, who is the co-founder of the social action organisation GrassROOTS Community Foundation. “I started this because in my fifth-grade class I was only able to read books about white boys and their dogs. I understood that my teacher could connect with those characters, so he asked us to read those books. But I didn’t relate to them, so I didn’t learn lessons from those stories,” Dias told the Guardian. She has now … [Read more...] about Girl’s drive to find 1,000 ‘black girl books’ hits target with outpouring of donations