This year marks the 70th anni- versary of the Mystery Writers of America and the 69th year of the prestigious Edgar Awards, which honors the best in mys- tery fiction, nonfiction, and writing for television and the
theater. In celebration, Quirk Books has
just published The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White.
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook presents “wickedly
good” recipes from some masters of the genre, such as Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, Nelson DeMille, Scott Turow, and
others. Each of the more than 100 recipes comes with the
author’s explanation of the link between food and foul play.
Here’s Scott Turow’s Innocent Frittata:
After two decades and 400 million copies of Goosebumps books sold worldwide, R.L. Stine gets to talk about the series in a whole new way: as a major motion picture. He
joins actors Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee in the
Special Events Hall at 4: 15 p.m. to discuss the
long-awaited project of bringing his popular children’s comedy-horror books to the big screen.
“We’ve been talking about a Goosebumps movie
for at least 20 years,” Stine says. “And this is how
long it took before people got a script and an idea
they liked. I think a lot of people are expecting a
single book to be dramatized, but instead they came
up with this really great idea of using all the monsters from all the books.”
It’s not the most straightforward approach to a
Goosebumps adaptation, but it’s a pragmatic solution to an unusual problem: Stine has written so
much over the years that there isn’t a logical starting point for a film. There are 180 Goosebumps
titles, and multiple spinoffs. “It is staggering, isn’t
it?” Stine says. “Who would be crazy enough to
write so many books?
And after all those years, the feature film will
make Stine the star character of his own series. Jack
Black will play the prolific author, whose monsters
are let loose from the Goosebumps books in which
they’ve been kept. Stine himself is suddenly front
and center. “It’s very strange to be the main character in a movie,” he says.
True to form for the series, Stine the character
will need the help of some good-hearted teenagers
to fend off monsters and save the day, while Stine,
the real-life person, is quick to praise the actors who
bring those heroes to life. “The three teenagers in
it [Minnette, Lee, and Odeya Rush] are just won-
derful. They’re just so real and very sweet, and
they’re great in it.”
Stine’s goal is for Goosebumps, the movie, to
introduce another generation of kids to the books—
and through those, the joy of reading.
“For me, the biggest achievement of it is all the
millions of kids who learned how to read from [my
books],” Stine says. “To me, that’s the legacy.” Now
the film is poised to do its part to entertain and
inspire kids as well. —J;;; C;;;; ;
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