What it’s about: This true story recounts the ordeal of WWII’s 10th mountain division ski troops, who trained in the snowy mountains so they could take on snowy conditions in the war.
Who’s starring: Robert Redford will produce the film, which has not been cast yet.
What it’s about: This young adult sci-fi tale is the first book in a trilogy about Kady and Ezra, two former love interests whose planet is invaded in the year 2575. Breakup stress and intergalactic warfare abound.
Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Brad Pitt is producing the film.
Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
What it’s about: An upbeat teen’s positive outlook is challenged by personal tragedy in this YA drama.
Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Youth in Revolt‘s Miguel Arteta has signed on to direct
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
What it’s about: Set during the Prohibition era, private detective Nick Charles gives up on his career when he marries a wealthy socialite. The plot thickens when he gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
Who’s starring: Johnny Depp will take on a remake of the film based on the novel
Looking For Alaska by John Green
What it’s about: A cerebral teen falls for a girl, the titular Alaska, in this novel from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.
Who’s starring: There’s no cast yet, but the screenplay will be adapted by the same team who did The Fault in Our Stars
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
What it’s about: A glamorous 20-something New Yorker hides a dark secret in her past.
Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Reese Witherspoon is producing the movie.
The Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström
What it’s about: A convict works undercover for the FBI infiltrating the mob’s drug trade in NY.
Who’s starring: Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, and Joel Kinnaman are starring.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
What it’s about: In the May 2017 novel from the writer of The Girl on the Train, the body of a woman and that of a teenage girl are found at the bottom of the same river in a small town.
Who’s starring: The novel was optioned in February by Dreamworks, but no one has been cast yet.
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
What it’s about: The book changes perspective between a couple who has been together for 20 years while she takes care of him and he cheats on her.
Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman will produce and star in the adaptation as the wife.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
What it’s about: Two generations of brothers with very different natures come of age in the Salinas Valley, CA.
Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Cathy, the cold mother of the two boys. Gary Ross will direct.
Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
What it’s about: This historical account tells the true story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the highest-ranking person of color to serve in a European army, and also the father of the Count of Monte Cristo‘s author.
Who’s starring: It hasn’t been cast yet, but True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga is directing and John Legend is producing
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
What it’s about: The historical drama tells the story of an Englishman, Stephen, and an older married Frenchwoman, Isabelle. After their affair, Stephen can’t help but hold onto the romance while he serves in WWI.
Who’s starring: Nicholas Hoult will star in Birdsong as Stephen, the 21-year-old WWI army officer.
The Black Hand by Stephan Talty
What it’s about: Set in the the Summer of 1903, a detective investigates a crime outbreak that has ties the beginnings of the mafia in America.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the adaptation.
Release date: 2018
Van Cliburn by Howard Reich
What it’s about: This biography follows Van Cliburn, a famous American pianist who first reached fame at the age of 23 during the Cold War.
Who’s starring:The Fault of our Stars’ Ansel Elgort will play Van Cliburn.
The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes
What it’s about: It’s the true story of Billy Milligan, the first defendant in the US law system to use multiple personality disorder as a defense.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and possibly star as Milligan in the adaptation, which will be titled The Crowded Room
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
What it’s about: In the 1960s, single Kitty owns a bookshop but dreams of a life where she’s married with children — and she starts to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
Who’s starring: Julia Roberts will play Kitty.
Witness For the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
What it’s about: The short story follows a courtroom drama of a murder case with lots of twists, turns, and marital intrigue.
Who’s starring: Ben Affleck will direct and star in the movie.
The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
What it’s about: A rich man spends an ungodly amount of money on one bottle of wine — only to suspect that he’s been duped.
Who’s starring: Matthew McConaughey will star.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
What it’s about: A young slave nicknamed “Onion” joins forces with an abolitionist who travels around the country for the cause.
Who’s starring: Liev Schreiber is playing the abolitionist, with Jaden Smith as Onion.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
What it’s about: The nonfiction book focuses on the diagnoses and behaviors of actual psychopaths.
Who’s starring: Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the adaptation, which is being described as a psychological thriller.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
What it’s about: A suburban couple attend a disastrous barbecue in this mystery.
Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (who both star in another Moriarty adaptation, Big Little Lies) will produce the adaptation, though there is no news yet on whether either actress will star
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
What it’s about: The timely novel (one of our favorites of the year) tells the story of young Starr Carter, who witnesses her best friend being killed at the hands of a police officer.
Who’s starring: Amandla Stenberg is playing Starr; Regina King will play her mother, and Anthony Mackie, Common, and Issa Rae all costar.
It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario
What it’s about: War photographer Lynsey Addario recounts her exploits in wartime and battle-ridden places like Afghanistan.
Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey, and Steven Spielberg will direct.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
What it’s about: This nonfiction story follows William Dodd, the US ambassador to Berlin in 1933. His socialite daughter Martha had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy, creating a mounting brutality around them.
Who’s starring: Tom Hanks will produce and star in the film, while The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius will direct.
The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
What it’s about: When a woman loses her whole family in a plane crash, she seeks revenge after being recruited by an intelligence agency.
Who’s starring: Blake Lively (who has been unrecognizable on set) is playing Stephanie. Jude Law costars.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray
What it’s about: This bestseller argues that the most common relationship problems can be attributed to fundamental personality differences between guys and girls.
Who’s starring: Reese Witherspoon is set to headline the film.
King of Heists by J. North Conway
What it’s about: The aptly named film takes on the true life story of the biggest bank robbery in American history, masterminded by George Leslie.
Who’s starring: Jeremy Renner is attached to star as George.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
What it’s about: A secret haunts the residents of a black community in a Southern California town.
Who’s starring: Kerry Washington will produce, with no word on whether she will also star.
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
What it’s about: A federal agent in charge of a group of gifted humans has to stop one of them from starting a war.
Who’s starring: Though Jared Leto and Will Smith have both been attached to star, they have both dropped out; Noomi Rapace will star, however.
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
What it’s about: The unbelievable true story of Daniel Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the fair to lure victims to his own “World’s Fair Hotel” — and to their deaths.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will play the sick-minded Holmes, though there’s no word yet on who will step in as Burnham. Martin Scorsese will direct.
100,000 forbidden books used to construct Parthenon replica on Nazi book-burning site
Marta Minujín, The Parthenon of Books, 2017, in Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, for documenta 14. Photo by Ben Westoby for Artsy.
Argentinian artist Marta Minujín has used thousands of prohibited books to construct a replica of the Parthenon in Athens on a Nazi book-burning site in Kassel, Germany.Taking a stance against censorship, Minujín designed the Parthenon of Books to echo the classical Greek temple, which remains a major icon of the democratic Athenian polis.In the 1930s and 1940s, the Nazis banned books that were written by authors who were of Jewish descent, or had pacifist or Communist sympathies. The list included such luminaries as Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, and Jack London. Now, some eight decades later, a monument is being constructed in honor of those censored books.Argentine artist Marta Minujín has created a full-scale replica of one of the world’s most famous structures, the Parthenon in Athens, constructed entirely from censored books. The symbolism is striking, as the Parthenon is the very antithesis of political repression. Indeed, the artist went on to add in a statement that the original Parthenon is “the aesthetic and political ideals of the world’s first democracy.”
The display is part of the Documenta 14 art festival in Kassel, Germany. Now in its 14th iteration, the Documenta was first established in 1955 an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art, after the horrific years of Nazism. For the current exhibition, Minujín created the structure by sourcing 100,000 donated books from around the
Metal scaffolding mimics the form of the temple, which is then covered in books held by plastic wrapping. All the books were donated by the public from a shortlist of over 170 titles that are either currently or formerly prohibited.
lso emphasising Minujín’s motivation is the chosen site of Friedrichsplatz Park, where Nazi sympathisers burned an estimated 2,000 prohibited books on 19 May 1933.
The installation forms part this year’s Documenta 14 art festival in Kassel, a city in the north of central German state Hesse. It responded to a brief that asked contributing artists to explore the relationship between Kassel and Athens – the festival’s partnering city.
Also emphasizing Minujín’s motivation is the chosen site of Friedrichsplatz Park, where Nazi sympathizers burned an estimated 2,000 prohibited books on 19 May 1933.
It opened just one week after the restoration of democracy on 19 December 1983, and the following week it was tipped over by two cranes to allow the public to take the books they wanted.
A similar distribution of the books is planned for the end of Documenta 14, although details are not yet confirmed.
Minujín also teamed up with the University of Kassel and professors Nikola Roßbach and Florian Gassner to compile a list of books that are currently forbidden in various locations around the world.
Book burnings took place in cities across Germany in 1933 as part of the Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist, which translates as a Campaign against the Un-German Spirit.
Organized by the German Students Union, the events were intended to bring arts and culture in line with the Nazi ideals and rid blacklisted authors from circulation. Mass burnings were scheduled to take place on 10 May 1933 but Kassel’s was delayed due to rainfall.
Obama plans to restart his literary career after President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
He published his first book, the memoir “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, when he was 34. A second book “The Audacity of Hope” was published in 2006. Literary agent Raphael Sagalyn said that President Obama could earn 30 million for a multiple book deal and one of the most valuable memoirs. He also said that Michelle Obama’s memoir will be the most valued first lady memoir in history.