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Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” Now an Operatic Movie

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In Italian, “bel canto” means “beautiful singing.” Readers of Ann Patchett’s 2001 novel, Bel Canto (Harper Perennial) could only imagine the music that is so crucial to its plot. No longer. The romantic thriller now has an operatic soundtrack of classic arias. The new movie version, in wide release Sept. 14, stars Julianne Moore as world-renowned opera singer Roxane Coss, with a voice supplied by world-renowned opera singer Renee Fleming. And what an operatic plot it is. A powerful Japanese industrialist has been invited to a birthday celebration in an unnamed South American country. Because the country’s government wants him to build a large manufacturing plant there, and because he is a lover of opera, he has been lured to the…

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Gloria Steinem Biopic Will Bring the Icon’s Memoir to Life

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Julianne Moore is set to star as Steinem, with director Julie Taymor at the helm. As acclaimed masters in their fields, both women bring as much to the table as the feminist icon herself. Moore had an Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, the film of Lisa Genova’s novel about early-onset Alzheimer’s. Likewise, Taylor is the brains behind a Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King—though biopics are also familiar territory. In 2002 she directed Frida, in which Salma Hayek played the artist Frida Kahlo. “When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film,” Taymor said of Steinem’s memoir. “It’s so vividly cinematic.” My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem My Life on the Road is Steinem’s coming-of-age…

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Shelfie Picks, live from BookExpo America 2015!

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What’s the hottest thing in print? We’ve got the inside scoop! On Thursday, our very own media maven Mea Stewart (aka The Bookish Diva) and I attended BookExpo America 2015 in New York’s immense Javits Center. Imagine all the movers and shakers in the book galaxy convening in one enormous space to bring book lovers the most exciting books and authors for 2015. We couldn’t let the opportunity pass without getting Shelfie Picks from people in the know, in this case Associate Publicist Patrick Scafidi of Workman Publishing and Supervising Librarian Sue Woody of the Des Moines Public Library. Here are the books that most excited them at BEA. Didn’t have chance to write them down? Here are the books…

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