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Lauren Nemroff on March 24, 2010

Gere-ing Up for Role as Emperor?: The Wrap reports that director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") has been tapped to turn Claire Messud's bestselling novel, The Emperor's Children (an Amazon Best of the Year Pick in 2006) into a film. Actor Richard Gere, Keira Knightley, Eric Bana will likely take leading roles. Although unconfirmed, it seems likely that the silver-maned Gere will play the role of the Upper West Side literati "emperor" Murray Thwaite--a limousine liberal journalist who is struggling to find his next great literary success. (The Wrap via Shelf Awareness

Hans Christian Anderson Medalist 2010: The biennial prize that has sometimes been referred to as Sweden's "Little Nobel" for the category of children's literature has just been awarded to British author David Almond and German illustrator Jutta Bauer.  The HCAA is considered the most prestigious international award for this category.  The announcement was made at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair. [PW]

Big Bank for The Wind in the Willows: The Guardian reports that a first edition of The Wind in the Willows, signed by the author Kenneth Grahame to the daughter of a friend who inspired the character of Ratty, has sold at auction for a whopping 32,000 pounds (about $48,000)--apparently ten times what it was expected to fetch. More affordable is children's lit expert Seth Leher's fascinating annotated edition of the classic (published last year by Harvard's Belnap Press).  A personal favorite, it's the ultimate guide to Grahame's masterpiece and features E.H. Shepherd's original illustrations.  

Moving and Shaking:  Brooklyn artist and blogger Bill Zeman's Tiny Art Director bounces into the top spot on today's Movers & Shakers list thanks to some additional exposure from BoingBoing. This hysterically funny and touching book is a follow up to Zeman's Tiny Art Director blog, and captures Zeman's creative endeavors as dictated by his toddler daughter Rosie. 


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