Saturday, April 11, 2009

Book news from London

In the U.K. last Friday, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer won the WH Smith Children’s Book of the Year prize, given as part of the annual Galaxy British Book Awards, which are informally known as the Nibbies.


At a dinner last week thrown by British prime minister Gordon Brown, President Obama revealed himself as a big Harry Potter fan, telling author J.K. Rowling that he had read all her books himself and to his children. Miss Rowling then received a second presidential seal of approval for the boy wizard from Russia's President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana, who not only admitted to having read the Harry Potter books but also asked for her autograph. See here for more.


British director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has signed to direct The Box of Delights, a movie based on John Masefield’s 1935 fantasy novel, about a boy entrusted with a magic box that allows him to travel through time. According to Variety, Brilliant Films is funding development of the feature, which Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) is adapting.

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