What the hell is ‘Olive Kitteredge’ and why did it win all the Emmys? | Mashable #adaptations #books #awards



HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteredge won six Emmys on Sunday night, leaving many confused viewers asking, “What is Olive Kitteredge?” READ: What the hell is ‘Olive Kitteredge’ and why did it win all the Emmys? | Mashable

Who Won #ScienceFiction Hugo #Awards, and Why It Matters | WIRED #diversity #books #SciFi


SINCE 1953, TO be nominated for a Hugo Award, among the highest honors in science fiction and fantasy writing, has been a dream come true for authors who love time travel, extraterrestrials and tales of the imagined future. Past winners of the rocket-shaped trophy—nominated and voted on by fans—include people like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and Robert A. Heinlein. In other words: the Gods of the genre.

But in recent years, as sci-fi has expanded to include storytellers who are women, gays and lesbians, and people of color, the Hugos have changed, too. At the presentation each August, the Gods with the rockets in their hands have been joined by Goddesses and those of other ethnicities and genders and sexual orientations, many of whom want to tell stories about more than just spaceships. READ MORE: Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters | WIRED.

Novelist Finds That #Books About #Women Don’t Win Major #Awards | Jezebel #sexism #genderequality


We already knew that publishing is hard for women. VIDA’s annual count is a persistent reminder that, while the gender gap in publishing has begun to close, it’s still far from approaching equality.

But novelist Nicola Griffith had a feeling that it just wasn’t women writers that were underrepresented; books about women were absent as well. “I’ve been counting, subconsciously then consciously, for 20 years when I was first published and started to see how skewed the playing field was,” Griffith told Fusion. So Griffith gathered the data, and published it on her blog last week.

She found that regardless of the gender of the author, major awards overwhelming favored books about men and boys. READ MORE: Novelist Finds That Books About Women Don’t Win Major Awards | Jezebel

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Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone voted UK’s favourite children’s book | theguardian.co.uk and The Best YA Novel of All Time bracket game: And the winner is… | EW. From mid-November Harry Potter Stamps Coming to USPS | BookRiot

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‘City on Fire,’ a Debut Novel, Fetches Nearly $2 Million | TNYT
Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch” has 771 pages. “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, is 834 pages long. And then there is “City on Fire,” the 900-page debut novel that took the publishing industry by storm last week. It was even more evidence that the long novel is experiencing a resurgence, as a dozen publishers competed for the rights to release the book, set in New York City in the 1970s.

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Hey MPAA, Why Are PG-13 Movies More Violent Than R-Rated Ones? | Flavorwire
A new study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds something more disturbing: though initial PG-13 films contained about as much gun violence as G or PG-rated pictures, “since 2009, PG-13-rated films have contained as much or more violence as R-rated films” (emphasis mine). And hey, funny story, that rise matches gun violence off-screen too.

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Amazon signs up for ‘future of streaming’ ORBX | CNET – Amazon becomes the first major partner to agree to use lightweight new technology from Mozilla and OTOY for streaming games, video, and software. More Amazon news: Amazon employee rebukes wife over Jeff Bezos biography | the guardian. Also: Amazon Offers Kindles, Cut of E-Book Sales to Indie Bookstores | PCMag – another take: Amazon’s New Kindle Offer Rejected by Indie Bookstores | WIRED.

Confessions of a Booker Prize Judge | BookRiot
Stuart Kelly…offers Book Riot some insights into the pressures and the joys of choosing a Booker winner, why a graphic novel should win it one day, why The Luminaries changes what the novel can do, and what impact the Americans will have under the redrawn eligibility criteria for the prize.

Agatha Christie and Poirot scoop best ever status from Crime Writers | Telegraph
The Crime Writers Association crowned Agatha Christie best ever author and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd best ever novel, while Scandinavian crime missed out

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Swedish Theaters Now Using Bechdel Test To Rate Films On Gender Bias
A group of four movie theaters in Sweden have adopted a new rating system to expose gender bias–if a film passes the Bechdel Test, it gets an A rating. Qualifying films must a.) have at least two women with names, who b.) talk to each other and c.) talk about something other than a man. The paradox of this test is that it seems simple enough to meet these requirements, and yet countless films fail to do so each year.