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THE CASUAL VACANCY to be the new Downton Abbey?

The Casual VacancyJ.K. Rowling fans take note: The Casual Vacancy is being adapted for television! Rowling will be working in collaboration with the network to create an exciting adaptation of the novel to air sometime in 2014 on BBC One. Rowling says she is "thrilled" about this new development, and I'm guessing that the Canadian public, along with book lovers the world over, share this sentiment. After all, The Casual Vacancy dominated the Quill & Quire's list for Canadian booksellers top fiction of 2012.

Set in the small English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy begins with the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, one of the local city parish councilors. His untimely death becomes the catalyst for a shocking trajectory of events that pits neighbour against neighbour, and leaves the entire town reeling in its aftermath.

Definitely ideal BBC subject matter of the dramatic variety.  I can't wait to see it!




Canada Reads and You Should Too!

CBC's Canada Reads has revealed their Top 40 True Stories nominees and Too Close to the Falls, a gem from ECW Press made the list!

In this book, author Catherine Gildiner tells of her childhood growing up in Lewiston, NY - very close to Niagara Falls. Gildiner recalls stories of working at her father's pharmacy, which allowed her to meet some fascinating characters along the way.

If you haven't yet read this book - do so now. If you have and you loved it as much as we do - vote here to get it in the Canada Reads Top 10 True Stories nominees!

Too Close to the Falls is available now from ECW Press (ISBN 9781550223965)

Essex County is "Super Zero"

Jeff Lemire’s Essex County is at once sentimental, melancholy and adventurous. The book is composed of three interconnected graphic novels that each hit an emotional nerve, beautifully conveying, through stark but powerful black and white imagery, the evolving nature of relationships in a South-western Ontario rural community. A top 5 spot (and the People's Choice Award) on Canada Reads' Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade and a slew of recognition from other top critics from around the country has catapulted the trilogy into the limelight.  It’s no real surprise, then, that the first story, Tales from the Farm, is now in development to become a film.

"I've been so involved in films that are primarily based on the action sequences and over-the-top visuals that this to me was incredibly attractive just based on the depth of the characters and the evocative nature of the story," admits visual effects designer, Oscar-winner and first time filmmaker John Dykstra of the reason for signing onto the project, tentatively titled “Super Zero”, set to begin casting this summer.

The film will adapt the story of a 10-year-old boy coping with the death of his parents while isolated on his uncle's farm.  At the local gas station he meets retired hockey pro Jimmy Lebeuf and the two form a tight knit friendship, escaping to imaginary landscapes to deal with the harshness of reality.  “I’m excited about the news and optimistic that John Dykstra will make an entertaining film that stays true to the heart of Essex County,” Jeff Lemire said to the National Post.

Tales from the Farm, has won numerous awards including the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist and sold out of its first printing, so expect the film and the book to make a lot of noise at this year’s Comic-Con!

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Essex County is a Canada Reads Finalist!

Essex County The CBC just announced the shortlist for their annual Canada Reads competition, and Essex County - the brilliant graphic novel by Torontonian Jeff Lemire - made the final cut!  This may be the first time that a graphic novel has ever made it to the finals!  Essex County will be defended by Sara Quin, one half of the indie music sensation known as Tegan & Sara, the week of February 7 on CBC Radio One.  Good luck to Jeff!!

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Essex County Named Top 10 Canadian Novel of the Decade

Essex CountyCanadian readers have spoken, and they've named Jeff Lemire's haunting masterpiece Essex County as one of the Top 10 Canadian Novels of the past decade.  This morning the CBC unveiled a list of 10 finalists in their annual Canada Reads competition, culled from a longlist of 40 worthy books.  The shortlist will be announced November 24th.  Let's hope they give graphic novels their proper due with a Top 5 slot for this beautiful and moving work.