to U.S. author
The biggest prize Based on: The Celestine Prophecy,
The 2006 Astrid Lindgren Award for Litera- by James Redfield
ture has been awarded to Katherine Paterson. Release date: April 5
Katherine Paterson: You may have
already won $640,000!
Given by the Swedish government, it is the Atwood originally thought the process
highest-paying international award: Paterson Title: Aquamarine would work something like the way a person
will receive 5 million kronor, or $640,000. Starring: Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts signs for an overnight delivery. However, she
The jury justified their decision by say- Based on: Water Tales: Aquamarine and has handed off her idea to a technical team,
ing: “Katherine Paterson (USA) is a brilliant Indigo, by Alice Hoffman they came up with an invention that has two
psychologist who gets right under the skin of Release date: April 14 components—both equipped with video
the vulnerable young people she creates, screens. After hearing how the fan would like
whether in historical or exotic settings, or in Title: Peaceful Warrior to have the book inscribed, the author signs a
the grim reality of the USA today. With a deft Starring: Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz touch-sensitive light pad, which is reminis-aesthetic touch she avoids simple solutions, and Amy Smart cent of an Etch A Sketch. On the fan’s side a
building instead on the inner strength and Based on: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A “very, very long pen” reproduces what the
courage of her main characters.” Story that Changes Lives, by Dan Millman author has written. The signature is not
Paterson’s books include Bridge to Release date: April stored, and every inscription is unique.
Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved and The Great Atwood sees the benefit of the LongPen
Gilly Hopkins. Past awards include two Title: Water for readers in smaller towns, who tend to be
Newbery Medals and a Newbery Honor. Starring: Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas and Sarala left off book-signing tours.
H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will pre- Based on: Shooting Water: A Memoir of Source: Publishers Weekly
sent the award at a ceremony in Stockholm Second Chances, Filmmaking, and Family,
on May 31, 2006. More information about by Deepa Mehta
the award is available at www.alma.se; more Release date: April
information about Paterson is available at
www.terebithia.com. Long-distance signature
At last month’s London Book Fair, Canadian
Movie tie-ins author Margaret Atwood unveiled the newest
Although Oscar season is over for another writer’s tool. The LongPen is a device that lets
year, that doesn’t mean there are no good an author who might be in New York sign
movies coming out. April movie releases books for fans in, say, Toronto, Los Angeles
include films based on four previously pub- or Miami.
lished novels. The idea came to Atwood one day when
she got up in the pre-daylight hours to board
a plane that would take her from Denver to a
book signing in Salt Lake City, only to be fol-
lowed by another stop in Boston.
Title: The Celestine Prophecy
Starring: Matthew Settle, Sarah Wayne
Callies and Annabeth Gish
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