I love nothing more than a quiet Sunday morning. Hot coffee, quiet house, and hours to peruse the New York Times and surf to my heart’s content. A book lover’s dream, Sunday holds the most current reviews, weekly bestseller lists, and articles of literary interest. Seeing as this happily takes the better part of my day, it isn’t until Monday morning that I can share the past week’s latest and greatest with you.
Of National Interest
-J.M. Coetzee’s book Disgrace will move to the big screen and open this Friday. Mr. Coetzee’s was the winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature, and Disgrace itself snagged the Booker prize in 1999.
A tense work, Disgrace addresses all of the traumas of postapartheid South Africa, and adapting it to the Hollywood screen was no doubt a daunting task. The New York Times quotes Steve Jacobs, who is handling the feature adaptation, as saying, “I came away from the novel feeling that you had to be the judge. I tried to make the film like the book. It was a surgical examination of a situation, not an argument for or against the situation. It’s like you’re a witness rather than a participant.”
-Because September has been declared National Literacy Month, the 9th National Book Festival will take place on the 26th of this month in D.C. with an impressive bank of authors slated to appear. International Literacy Day, however, is its own separate beast and is celebrated on Tuesday, September 8th.
-In honor of the aforementioned International Literacy Day, the Free Press noted what a few of our notable Michigan women are reading; and the winner of best pick goes to…University of Michigan’s president Mary Sue Coleman with Suite Francaise! Let’s give it up for the only woman that actually admitted what she was really reading. Also on the list was Ms. Granholm with Profiles in Courage, Ms. Martinez with The Leadership Challenge, and MSU’s president Lou Anna Simon with Hot, Flat and Crowded.
-Having traveled to the Upper Peninsula two summers ago, Sunday’s Free Press feature of Steve Hamilton’s A Cold Day In Paradise reignited that latent intrigue with the “Yoop” that seems to reside in those of us who live “south of the border”. A graduate of U of M, Hamilton is quoted as describing himself as “very much ‘a Michigan boy’ who gets back to the state regularly.”
The Paradise Mr. Hamilton refers to is our very own Paradise, Michigan which lies at the north-eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. Referring to Paradise as “a whole different world”, he has chosen this location for his Alex McKnight series. Steve Hamilton currently has eight novels and two anthologies and offers The McKnightly News.
–Kerrytown Bookfest will take place this Sunday, September 13th. For more information and this weeks literary happenings, see my Reading and Events page.