Good Reading : March 2017
Amazon evolves Several Australian books are to be adapted for the screen this year, including Lost and Found by Brooke Davis, Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears, The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood and the YA bestseller Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, which tells the story of an Aussie Muslim girl who decides to wear a hijab. Eddie’s Country by Simon Luckhurst will also be brought to the screen, but it will be retitled as The Blue Tin. It’s the story of a family’s shocking loss and their commitment to uncovering the truth after their son, Eddie Murray, died in police custody. The Musician, which is adapted from Beethoven and the Zipper by Suzanne Baker, tells the story of Richard Goldner, the founder of chamber music organisation Musica Viva. to screen fake folks Amazon will open its first New York City bookstore, moving into a space previously occupied by Borders, the now defunct bookstore chain. GOOD READING MARCH 2017 10 BOOK TRIVIA Page Channelling success Sales of print books in the US rose 3.3 per cent in 2016. Yay! The trend of YouTubers writing books continues with the much- anticipated book by Ryan Higa, actor, comedian and all- round celebrity (and, of course, a YouTube sensation) due out in May. The book is aptly titled Ryan Higa’s Book That Doesn’t Have a Title Yet Because Ryan Can’t Decide What to Call It. With over 19 million subscribers to his channel and ranking in the top 20 of the Most Subscribed to Channels on YouTube, we think he’s on a winner. Sales of print books in the US rose 3.3 per cent in 2016. Yay! Trending now A computer system was installed in a library in Florida to determine when it was time for seldom-borrowed books to be thrown away. The enterprising (and possibly oversentimental) librarians tried to foil the system by creating fake member accounts who ‘borrowed’ books that were at risk of getting the flick. They were busted after one of the ‘members’ checked out 2600 books in nine months – but we’d still back a librarian over a computer any day.