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While You Were Reading: Movie Adaptations and Award Season

Last week in book news:


Anarchy, the adaptation of the newly-discovered Shakespeare play, is due out in March and will be directed by Michael Almereyda.  A modern take on Cymbeline, the story follows the fight for control of a city between corrupt police officers and a drug-dealing biker gang. The movie stars Ed Harris, Mia Jovovich, Dakota Johnson, Ethan Hawke, Penn Badgley, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman.


Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) is developing a movie trilogy based off of the book Poe Must Die by Marc Olden.


Six finalists have been named for the Costa Short Story Award, given to an author of the UK or Ireland who creates "a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4000 words written in English." A winner of the $5300 prize and two runners-up will be announced at the ceremony on January 27th. The complete list of finalists can be found here.


The winners of the 2015 Sidney Taylor Book Awards were announced, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries, honoring "new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience."