October 26, 2017

Margaret Atwood. Photo: George Whiteside

Margaret Atwood’s book Alias Grace will be a Netflix miniseries written and produced by Sarah Polley. The show will premiere on November 3rd and follows the successful adaptation of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which won an Emmy for best drama this year. Atwood told the New York Times, “No one else would’ve asked me to do this but Sarah Polley. . . . Both Sarah and I are interested in what is true and what is not true. I think she liked that a lot of my films have characters crossed with madness. And she knew I wouldn’t try to make ‘Downton Abbey.’” Atwood also hinted that at least two more adaptations of her books may be on the way, but wouldn’t give any further details, saying, “We will not talk about them until they’re real.”

Republican Senator Jeff Flake’s book Conscience of a Conservative has gotten a big sales bump after his speech on Tuesday in which he strongly criticized the president and said he wouldn’t run for reelection.

Elizabeth Bruenig is joining the Washington Post Opinions section as a staff writer and editor.

Longreads has an excerpt of Richard Lloyd Parry’s harrowing new book, Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone, which details the 2011 emergency and its aftermath: “I met a priest in northern Japan who exorcised the spirits of people who had drowned in the tsunami. The ghosts did not appear in large numbers until autumn of that year, but Reverend Kaneta’s first case of possession came to him after less than a fortnight.”

Tonight at the Center for Fiction, Barbara Browning will read from her recent book, The Gift, present video art related to her fiction, and meet with audience members.

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