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4 Bestselling Authors Share Thoughts On Movie Adaptations

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Dedicated readers understand the emotional connection with a book you love, and the piece of your soul that is invested long after you turn the final page. Many can relate to a paternalistic instinct of pride or defense when anyone brings up this title. Whether you are ready to effuse on its brilliance or bitterly smother out the naysayers, you have the agency to speak on this topic with authority. However, when it comes to turning books into movies, the adaptation is out of your power. While the book fan typically rejoices, there’s also trepidation over how filmmakers might alter the original goods. Readers, and the authors themselves, have strong opinions and limited if any influence on how books are…

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Laurie Petrou’s Sibling Rivalry on Steroids

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In Laurie Petrou’s Sister of Mine (Crooked Lane Books), the lives of two orphaned sisters, Hattie and Penny, begin to fray as longstanding resentments, sibling rivalry and unpaid debts overflow and the ties of sisterhood start to snap. It’s a fast-paced thriller by Petrou, a debut novelist who also is an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media and speaks on topics such as gender and rejection. See what she has to say about her first work, family relationships, and her own literary journey. BookTrib: You’ve said you never set out to write suspense. How did Sister of Mine evolve into the thriller it is? Laurie Petrou: In order for the sisters’ relationship to be put to a test, there…

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Teen Millennials Meet (and Adore) Queen Victoria 170 Years after Her Reign

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As a historian, juggling the challenge of being the consultant on a TV historical drama series where the original story often has had to be tailored to the need for dramatic effect, my bottom line is this: does it arouse the viewers’ interest in the real story? It became apparent very early on during the UK transmission of ITV’s (PBS in the U.S.) Victoria, which premiered in the U.S. in January 2017 starring Jenna Coleman, that this series, of the many historical dramas we have had and enjoyed — from The Tudors to Downton Abbey to Wolf Hall — had really struck a nerve. What was striking, however, was that it had done so, not so much with the mature and better read…

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Book Frenemies! The Best of the Worst Literary Girlfriends

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Whether you’re painting your nails, sweating to death in spin class or bingewatching Stranger Things together, your best girlfriend has your back. Hopefully, she also doesn’t stab you in your back — but, hey, we can’t all be perfect, right? And neither can literary girlfriends. At the end of the day we all want that special friend to gossip with over a bottle of wine and tell our deepest, darkest secrets to. Check out these literary girlfriends who we think are just the best… well, the ones who are the best at being the worst (Who are we kidding, we’d still go out on double dates with them). Gossip Girl: The Complete Collection by Cecily von Ziegesar (Poppy, 2003) I remember my parents dropping me…

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The Top 10 June Books We’re Packing in Our Suitcases

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The sun is shining, the lilac trees are in full bloom, and the smell of freshly cut grass lingers in the air. It’s June, which means barbecues and lazy pool days are finally upon us. It’s also time to start hoarding those beach reads and searching through new releases to find the perfect books for vacation. Luckily, we’ve got you covered here at BookTrib. Here are 10 new June books that we will definitely be stowing away in our suitcases this summer: Here’s to Us, Elin Hilderbrand (Little Brown, June 14) Hilderbrand is the queen of the beach read, with most of her covers featuring floppy hats, feet near water, or brightly colored towels laid out on the sand. Here’s to…

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Peaky Blinders is Back! Here’s 3 Books to Read Before You Binge

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On a whim the other day, I decided to watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix. Fifteen hours later I emerged, bleary-eyed and speaking in a vaguely British accent. It’s official: I’m hooked. It’s good timing too, since the third season is getting released on Netflix on May 31. The show is already airing on BBC Two in the UK, and I may or may not have been up until 3 a.m. last night reading spoilers on the Internet. I just can’t help it! This show is SO. GOOD. Peaky Blinders is about the Shelbys, a gangster family in early 1920s Birmingham, England. The main character is Tommy, the second oldest son, and, just like most of the young men in England,…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that are Both Visually Beautiful and Emotionally Moving

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I’m a visual person. I love “pretty” things. I love colorful things. So when I perused my many stacks of books on my desk for ideas for this week’s Heat Index, my eye was drawn to five gorgeous hardcover books sitting beautifully in a pile. I knew then, regardless of the topic, that these books needed to be in a list together. Then I read each synopsis and it was like the stars had aligned. Each book begins similarly by showing the protagonist’s current life, but the comfortable lifestyle each character was living is soon thrown completely off-course, leading them to situations and people they could have never expected. Old love, new love, suspense, thrill and the power that lies within a story itself…

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The Top 10 April Books We’re Crazy About

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If you live in a cold climate, April is that heartbreak month where you’re ready for warm weather but you just keep getting dumped with rain and snow. Luckily, there are some great new books coming out soon to warm us up while we desperately pray for spring flowers, sunshine and warmth. Here are 10 April releases that we’re pretty crazy about: One with You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day (St. Martin’s Griffin, April 5) Day’s Crossfire series has captivated fans across the world, becoming an international bestseller and a phenomenon that just can’t seem to quit. One with You is the final book in the series, wrapping up the romance between the two damaged soulmates, Eva and Gideon. Often compared to 50…

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4 Books to Read After You Binge Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle

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Sometimes I’ll casually watch a show for years, just popping in to catch an episode or two. But other times I’ll become instantly obsessed, binging every episode I can get my hands on in a matter of days. This was my recent experience with the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, which I watched in a flurry of laughter, tears and the occasional swoon. For such an awesome show, Mozart in the Jungle has been flying mostly under the radar, at least until it cleaned up at the Golden Globes this year. And why wouldn’t it? Gael Garcia Bernal is awesome as Rodrigo, the young upstart conductor who takes over the New York Symphony from the older, traditional Maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell).…

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Fantasy Fans: They’re Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Coloring Book!

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Get in line, Lord of the Rings fans, HarperCollins is producing a new LOTR coloring book full of illustrations by Nicolette Caven, the artist behind the lovely map designs of Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series, and our little hearts are all a flutter! In the wake of the ongoing adult coloring book craze, it’s nice that fantasy nerds will get their own chance to let loose their creative juices. The art, which is said to be inspired by “the breathtaking vistas” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy, will allow fans to return to some of their favorite parts of the books and movies, like Gandalf’s dramatic battle with the Balrog of The Mines of Moria, or the…

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Kate Hudson’s ‘Pretty Happy’ Raises Body Image Awareness

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Actress Kate Hudson has been in the spotlight her entire life but never truly felt confident. Now, after two children, Hudson is finally feeling comfortable in her own skin and sharing how important it is to have body image awareness. “It’s never too late to start that process of enjoying what it feels like to feel strong,” Hudson tells ABC News. Not only has Hudson discovered true happiness but she’s sharing what she’s learned over the years in her new book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body (Dey Street Books, February 16, 2016). “It takes a lot of work,” Hudson shares with ABC News. “For me, it’s more about how do you motivate women to want that to…

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From Bruce Springsteen to Megyn Kelly: A Big Week for Celebrity Book Deals

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In the ever-escalating celebrity book deal game, it’s hard to keep track of what great books we have to look forward to these days. Today, high-profile book deals seem to be the next step in further developing a celebrities brand. So in the spirit of helping all of you celeb memoir gobblers stay organized, here’s a quick roundup of book deals that were nailed down in the past week! On February 11, New Jersey rock god Bruce Springsteen nabbed a $10 million deal with Simon & Schuster to pen his autobiography. The book, perfectly titled Born to Run, will feature Springsteen’s recollections on growing up and the rise of the E Street Band. “Writing about yourself is a funny business,” wrote Springsteen…

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Uncover the secrets behind the year’s best book covers

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Let’s all just admit it: we judge books by their covers. Faced with endless rows of shelves and one heavily laden display table after another, we all look for the books that stand out from the crowd. It’s not surprising, then, that in this season of rankings, lists of the best book covers of the year are popular. These lists contain the most eye-catching and uniquely designed books of the year, and help us to remember that book covers are themselves works of art. Here at BookTrib, we like a good list, and so we turned to some top cover designers for their insider opinions on the best book covers—of 2013 and of all time. While we had their attention,…

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