Last Week in Literature

Do you celebrate the passing of time with the turning of pages? Then we got you! We’ve curated last week’s hottest scoops for you concerning book news, author insights and everything you need to know.


This is  Last Week in Literature for September 17th-24th.


  • Outlander: Season 3 of the hit Starz show premiered, and fans everywhere are rejoicing that there is no more “Droughtlander.”  The show is based on the wildly popular Fantasy/Romance/Historical Fiction- love child that was written by Diana Gabaldon.  Apparently each season (roughly) follows an individual book storyline, so catch up through book 3 to join in on the viewing experience this season!
  • Eligible: ABC has optioned a show they will create a pilot for, called “Eligible.” The show will be based on the 2016 hit book, Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Curtis Sittenfeld. Austen fans everywhere get ready for the Bennet sisters to meet the modern world- they’ll juggle family drama (obviously), love and full-time jobs.
  • JK Rowling’s Least Favorite Question: Rowling has revealed the question she gets asked frequently that makes her *sigh.* WARNING: DON’T ask her about the mechanics of Quidditch or why the Snitch is worth 150 points (SHE. DOES. NOT. WANT. TO. TALK. ABOUT. IT.)
  • A History of Magic: This documentary is coming to BBC2 this fall, in conjunction with the museum event in London! Catch it after the exhibit opens on October 20th, 2017.  Get ready for an interview with J.K. Rowling herself, fan favorites and secret histories.
  • Anna Faris is Doing a Book Tour: Her new book Unqualified comes out on October 24th, and she will be doing a tour around the country- so check your local bookstore! Fans are excited to learn more about her life, relationship (which has ended) and podcast happenings.
  • A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic: Author Doogie Horner has transformed that holiday classic, Die Hard, into an illustrated book for your loved ones!  This book is not PG, so don’t pick up a copy for your kids- but maybe get one for yourself.
  • Alice’s Adventures Underground: This amazing interactive theater experience was running in London, and ended over the weekend. We’re all going to be keeping our eyes open to see if a U.S. tour will be on the agenda! Patrons who attended this event had lots of choices to make, such as: “Eat Me or Drink Me”, “Shrink or Grow” and more!
  • The Princess Bride get’s a Buddhist Approval: Author and Buddhist Dr. Ethan Nichtern has written The Dharma of the Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of our Time can teach us About Buddhism and Relationships. This book chronicles his love for the story, and how it was played a part in his life.  
  • Mary Shelley’s Biopic(s): There are two Mary Shelley biopics on the horizon. One, starring Elle Fanning, just had a successful run at TIFF, and the other is set to star Sophie Turner (of Game of Thrones fame).  We’re all getting fired up for these super gothic movies, that are sure to be enlightening.
  • International Hobbit Day: Friday, September 22nd marked both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthdays! The world celebrated by eating second breakfast, rereading books and more!
  • Ian McEwan’s False Memories:  Author Ian McEwan revealed in an interview that he had an experience with a false memory, where he imagined he had written the most perfect novella, only to find out….he didn’t.  A real twist ending, which has fan’s a little huffy.
  • “My Golden Ticket”: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is getting an interactive reboot with a new book called, My Golden Ticket. In this book, the reader becomes one of the main characters, and goes on the adventure through the Chocolate Factory with all the other Golden Ticket winners.  Readers are in for new surprises and deeper information, along with a very colorful experience.


Those are last week’s highlights. Did you follow any of that trending news? What was your favorite story of the week? Be sure to check back for next week’s rundown! Until then, keep reading, writing and being awesome!