Today in books and publishing: Zadie Smith's run of good news continues, and HBO gobbles up another book for a potential series, Jewel writes and sings, and Stephen King's Dark Tower continues.
It's been a nice six weeks or so for author Zadie Smith. First Penguin announced that NW, her first novel since On Beauty in 2005, would be released in November. Now comes word that Eve's Bayou director Kasi Lemmons -- who, let the record show, was also quite good as Clarice Starling's roommate in Silence of the Lambs -- will adapt and direct On Beauty for the screen. [Deadline]
Another day, another literary property being developed as a possible cable television series: in this case, the novel is Brando Skyhorse's The Madonnas of Echo Park, which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award last year. The project will apparently be about "the lives of a community in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles." Other bookish projects in the HBO pipeline include potential series (mini and non) based on: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Barton Gelman's Dick Cheney biography Angler, The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, and -- this one we're really rooting for -- a Michael Keaton-produced adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's Skinny Dip. [Deadline]