Things we enjoyed this week and hope that you will too! It's book awards season; Meg Murry is cast; JD Salinger's house; and Roald Dahl's 100th birthday!
It's book awards season: Two of the most prestigious book awards announced their candidates for the 2016 awards ceremonies. The National Book Awards announced their longlists (or semi-finalists) in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. The finalists in each category will be announced October 13, and the winners on November 16 in New York. The Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the English language, announced its shortlist (or finalists) in the New York Times. The winner will be announced on October 25. Past winners have included Salman Rushdie for Midnight's Children (1981) and Michael Ondaatje for The English Patient (1992).
Meg Murry has been cast: Remember last week when we reported that they're making a movie of A Wrinkle in Time? Well, they have announced who will be playing Meg Murry! Storm Reid, who played the character Emily in 12 Years a Slave, has been cast as our heroine. Actresses Mindy Kahling and Reese Witherspoon have also been confirmed alongside Oprah Winfrey.
JD Salinger cartoonist residency: If you're looking to further your cartoonist career, you can now apply for a residency hosted at the late JD Salinger's former house. It is located in Cornish, New Hampshire, and it was the first home that Salinger owned there. Cartoonist Harry Bliss purchased the home this year and has set up the residency with the Center for Cartoon Studies. Applications are being accepted now, and the residency is set to start in February.
Roald Dahl: This week, on September 13, Roald Dahl, author of Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and so many more, would have been 100 years old. In celebration, the Oxford English Dictionary has added six words that he created. The BBC reports that Dahl's birthplace of Cardiff, Wales, has been transformed into the "City of the Unexpected," which will be the largest arts festival ever held in the city streets. You'll have to check this one out on your own to see what it looks like! There are other events happening across the U.S. that you can look in to, if you can't make it to Cardiff this weekend.
Have a great weekend!