Today in books and publishing: Laura Ingalls Wilder books slated for adaptation; Thurber prize winners; Bill O'Reilly's book on JFK's assassination; four new hunting memoirs.
Little House on the Prairie goes Hollywood. Movie execs are packing the Laura Ingalls Wilder universe up in a covered wagon and hauling it off to Hollywood. David Gordon Green (who helmed Pineapple Express and George Washington) is slated to direct an adaptation of Little House on the Prairie, with the script in the hands of Shame and The Iron Lady screenwriter Abi Morgan. This would be another strange turn in Green's career, which has seen him go from tender low-budget dramas to star-studded stoner comedies. It would be another shift in direction for the Little House franchise. Wilder's frontier narratives were previously been turned into a popular TV show in the 1970s and '80s, but have never been adapted for the big screen. [The Guardian]
Bill O'Reilly will close the book on the JFK assassination. Finally, we'll get some closure on who killed JFK now that Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly is writing a book on the subject. Killing Kennedy is O'Reilly's follow-up to last year's best-selling Killing Lincoln, both co-written with Martin Dugard. O'Reilly admits that he's not a historian, and that he lets Dugard do all the research. Then he waltzes in and "writes" the copy, producing, "history that's fun to read" in a "populist way. No pinheaded stuff, just roar it through!" Many historians criticized his last book for inaccuracies, but Bill's pays no mind to the haters. "These guys toil in obscurity their whole lives, and a punk like me comes along and sells 2 million copies. They're not happy." As with any JFK assassination book, the million dollar question is whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. "I know that Oswald killed Kennedy," O'Reilly tells USA Today. "Now, was he pushed? Encouraged to do it by outsiders? Possibly. Possibly. Was he sitting down with Fidel Castro? No." However, "There were people around Oswald who shouldn't have been there." Will O'Reilly's new book lay out a vast, paranoid conspiracy to kill the president hatched by Communists, the Mafia, the military and Hollywood? This book might just turn out to be even more disorientingly postmodern than Don DeLillo's Libra. [USA Today]