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1. Helen Fielding Is Next Today Book Club Pick

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NBC’s Today show will feature Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding as the second pick for its Today Book Club. This will include both televised and Google Hangout appearances by the author of the beloved Bridget Jones series.

Even though the book won’t come out until October 15, you can follow this link to watch the first Today show interview with Fielding. Here’s an excerpt, with the author talking about her new book:

Well, I dared to make her in her 50s. I thought, you know what, when I wrote the first Bridget, the idea of this 30-something single woman was still a spinster going to end up dying alone and being eaten by a dog and I thought the same thing is going on with the 50-something woman. She has a tight perm and a shopping bag. She’s past her sell by date. All the stereotypes aren’t reflecting what’s really happening. Women are what used to be called middle aged and still have it going on.

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2. War & Peace to be Adapted as Six-Part TV Series

9780143039990HThe Weinstein Company, Look Out Point, and BBC Worldwide will collaborate to produce a six-part television adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, War & Peace.

Follow this link to download a free copy of the book.

Screenwriter Andrew Davies will write the script. In the past, Davies has adapted several books including Michael Dobbs’ House Of Cards (the UK TV series), Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice (the 1995 mini-series), and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary.

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3. Bridget Jones is BACK!

Bridget Jones Diary 3 is in the works! The announcement came from Working Title Films but it has not yet been confirmed whether or not Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are signed up. Rumor has it that the third installment will revolve around Bridget and Mark Darcy having trouble conceiving a child. Helen Fielding reportedly said she would be penning the screenplay as soon as she finished writing the book!

 

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4. British Chick Lit

Recently, I've been on a streak of reading a lot of British "chick lit." I put chick lit in quotes because it's a fairly loaded term that isn't exactly accurate, but there isn't another shorthand term that quickly encompasses the idea of the genre. These aren't the books of bubblegum-pink covers and city girls questing [...]

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5. Bridget Jones to Return in New Helen Fielding Novel

Author Helen Fielding will publish a third Bridget Jones novel. The book is scheduled for release in fall 2013.

Shelf Life reports that fans can also look forward to a Bridget Jones musical and a third Bridget Jones film called Bridget Jones’s Baby. It has been confirmed that lead cast members Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth will return for this movie. Fielding will be involved with both adaptation projects.

The Guardian had a quote from Fielding about the new book: ”She’s still trying to give up [drinking and smoking], she’s still on a diet. She’s trying a bit harder, and is a bit more successful, but she’s never really going to change.”

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6. Bridget Jones To Return in November

Helen Fielding will publish a new book featuring her beloved heroine, Bridget Jones. Alfred A. Knopf plans a first printing of 250,000 copies for the November publication.

Set in London, the new book will show Jones at “a later stage in her life.” Fielding explained: “My life has moved on … and Bridget’s will move on, too … I hope people will have as much fun reading it, as I am writing it.”

Fielding has sold more than 15 million copies of Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999). The novelist will be a featured speaker at BEA this year during a breakfast on June 1st.

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7. Yet another list, this one with a twist

The fact is, no one needs another best-of list telling you how great The Great Gatsby is. What we do need, in a world with precious little time to read (and think), is to know which books—new or old, fiction or nonfiction—open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways.

Newsweek has a list of 50 books we should be reading right now, and why we should be reading them. Interesting stuff. 1 children's book (Dark is Rising) but only 6 written by women.

What book do you think people should be reading right now? I nominate Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding. It (rather unfairly) gets called "Bridget Jones goes to Africa" but underneath the romantic subplot and the humor, we see how crazy celebrities are, how hard it is to get money to do good in the world, and how often the rules we make to help only end up hurting further.

I read this book six or seven years ago, and I'm still struck how people living in the refugee camp weren't allowed to plant food because no body wanted them putting down roots (both literal and metaphorical.) The aid agency was running out of funds and didn't have enough food and everyone could forsee another famine coming. The people wanted to help themselves, they didn't want to be totally dependent on charity and foreign aid, but they weren't allowed to do the very things that needed to get done.

Plus, it's just hilarious.

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