Articles tagged "tv"

CBS “Sunday Morning” + Louise Penny

Watch Louise Penny’s CBS “Sunday Morning” segment from  Sunday, July 9 right here!

In the Hot Seat: Matt Goldman on GONE TO DUST

Today we turn the spotlight on Matt Goldman, whose debut novel, GONE TO DUST, features an unusual crime—a murdered woman is found covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags, rendering DNA evidence useless.

Library Journal‘s Books for Dudes column called it, “hard-boiled awesomeness” and Booklist said, “Offer this one to aficionados of chilly Scandinavian noir and the new generation of Philip Marlowe fans.”

Macmillan Library: Hi Matt, and thanks for joining us for a Q&A on the blog today! Before we talk about your debut mystery, GONE TO DUST, let’s start with your credentials. You began your career as a stand-up comedian and are now a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and other shows. You must do so much writing for your day job, why write a novel?

Matt Goldman: I love writing and I’m a first-degree introvert. So much of television writing is done in a roomful of writers. Not the actual script writing (usually), but conceiving characters and stories. Much of the rewriting is also done in a group. Especially in comedy. TV writing and writers have taught me so much about character, story, pace, dialogue, and series construction, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. But for my personality, it’s exhausting trying to track all those words in the air. I love the process of book writing—I find it energizing. And it’s a chance to write my voice without concern for other writers, actors, studios, and networks.

ML: Was it harder or easier for you to write GONE TO DUST vs writing for TV? What are some of the major differences?

MG: Some of the differences I explained above. I guess I don’t look at it as hard vs. easy. They have their tradeoffs by that measurement. It’s a more whole and rewarding experience for me to write books. I’m a serial daydreamer. That serves me better as a novelist than it does in a room where I’m supposed to be paying attention.

ML: Did you have specific inspirations as you wrote GONE TO DUST? It’s lighthearted, but has a very noir feel.

MG: I started reading the mystery/crime genre relatively recently. When I read Raymond Chandler, I saw how my voice could work in telling those kinds of stories. Chandler’s voice and style are different from mine, and his skill far outweighs mine, but he did inspire me to sit down and give it a shot. readmoreremove

Coming to a Screen Near You!

Keep an eye out for these book adaptations headed to the big and small screens:
Movie Mania!

SILENCE by Shusaku Endo
This movie adaptation of Endo’s classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver is “shaping up to be this year’s THE REVENANT,” according to the Washington Post. While the official movie tie-in edition won’t be out until January 10, Picador’s trade paperback is available now and they’ve created a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so your library’s book club can read and discuss before having a movie night out.

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
This phenomenal and inspiring instant New York Times bestseller about a busker and recovering drug addict whose life was transformed when he met a stray ginger cat has sold more than a million copies around the world and is now a movie starring Luke Treadaway and Bob the Cat (yes, the real Bob!).

A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller about one endearing dog’s search for his purpose will be a major motion picture hitting theaters January 27, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström and starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K. J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Luke Kirby, and Peggy Lipton.

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Agatha Raisin’s on TV!

If you don’t know M.C. Beaton‘s feisty, gloriously non-pc PR maven-turned-amateur sleuth, Agatha Raisin, you should. She solves many a murder (and falls desperately for many a man) in the cozy Cotswold village of Carsely, which isn’t quite as peaceful as it seems.

Readers familiar with Agatha’s adventures can now watch them on the small screen in the Acorn TV series “Agatha Raisin.”

The first episode, “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death,” airs today (watch it right here!) and every following Monday on Acorn through the end of September (Acorn is available through Apple TV, Roku, and Samsung). “Agatha Raisin” will start airing on select PBS stations in 2017.

The New York Times even did a write-up about actress Ashley Jensen and praised the show: “…armed with a P.R. storyboard and some chutzpah, a wine-swilling, man-lusting, thoroughly modern Miss Marple is born in this adaptation of M. C. Beaton’s merry mysteries.”

Viewers turning to the books can start with the TV tie-in edition of INTRODUCING AGATHA RAISIN, an omnibus of the first two titles in the series, THE QUICHE OF DEATH and THE VICIOUS VET. Readers will have plenty to enjoy after that—the 27th book in the series, PUSHING UP DAISIES, is available September 20, 2016.

 

Gretchen and Archie on FX!

Attention Chelsea Cain fans! We have some very, very exciting news! You may soon have the pleasure of watching serial killer Gretchen Lowell and Detective Archie Sheridan solve cases together on FX! That's right, as Deadline reports,

FX has put in development a drama series adaptation of Chelsea Cain’s best-selling book series. [...] The thriller novels, HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, and EVIL AT HEART, center on beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her relationship with damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan. (link)

Bring it on, FX!

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