Round-Up: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on Broadway, National Book Foundation Announcement, and a New Harry Potter Book

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From the latest developments in literary theater to a new Executive Director for The National Book Foundation, find out what’s happening in the literary world:

  • The New York Times reported last week that Harper Lee’s famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird will be adapted for Broadway. Scott Rudin, producer of films such as The Social Network and No Country For Old Men, acquired the stage adaptation rights, and the play will be directed by Bartlett Sher. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has also been hired to write the script.
  • The National Book Foundation announced that Lisa Lucas, publisher of Guernica, will take the reins as its new executive director. Lucas applauded the foundation’s strides in diversity, and said her goal as executive director will be inclusivity. Lucas told NPR, “I didn’t take the job because I thought I could fix it and tear it up. It’s because we actually share a common cause of wanting people to read, and not really seeing that reader as a particular person.” The foundation is responsible for the National Book Awards.
  • Tickets for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter play sold out fast last fall. Now, the author has announced that the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published as a book on the day after the play is scheduled to debut in London. Rowling emphasized on Twitter that while the script is being published in book form, it is not an eighth Harry Potter book and also not a prequel to the series, as many presumed. Split into two parts, the story takes place nineteen years after the end of the series.