7 Things To Know

News roundup for the week of January 27, 2014.
January 30, 2014

ABC orders a pilot of Fresh Off The Boat, the show based on the memoir of the same name by chef/author/TV guy Eddie Huang. [via Eater] Psst, you can read our Bookmarked on Fresh Off The Boat here.

“What makes a book a classic?” asks Salon. The works of Dumas, du Maurier, Rand, Kerouac, Vonnegut, Wodehouse, Wallace, Calvino, and a handful of others, are all scrutinized. [via Salon]

Very important: 50 Books By Women Authors. That is all. [via Flavorwire]

Emily Books asked several writers including Meghan Daum, Dodie Bellamy, and Eileen Myles to provide their list of “Books That Changed My Life.” Lotsa writers and books at the link! [via n+1]

Yipppeeee! Whit Stillman, filmmaker of important flicks such as Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco, sold a novel titled (deep breath now) Love & Friendship: An Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novella Concerning the Beautiful Lady Susan Vernon, Her Loves and Friendships, and the Strange Antagonism of the DeCourcy Family to Little, Brown. [via Publishers Weekly]

Book the Writer arranges for personal author appearances at book clubs for $750. (Hmm, small book club tours…another way the publishing biz is similar to the music biz I see…) [via NYTimes]

The rights to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In was bought by Sony Pictures. Lean In is going to be a movie. (This is all real.) Rachel McAdams is going to play Sheryl Sandberg. And there is already a sneak peek of the script. (This may be a joke, but I’m gullible.) [via Slate]