Weekly JACBA Newsletter

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions will distribute Sundance title ‘Z for Zachariah’


Craig Zobel’s post-apocalpytic thriller “Z for Zachariah,” one of the biggest buzz-generating titles in the U.S. Dramatic competition, has secured distribution by a partnership between Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the industry news site The Wrap reported this week. The movie – based on the novel by the 1973 novel by Robert C. O’Brien (who also wrote the book that was the basis for “The Secret of NIMH”) – stars Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) as the last woman on Earth, or so she believes after a global disaster wipes out most of civilization.

Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee

Interview with Vanessa Brantley Newton


A good friend of mine called to say that she was coming over to visit. She and I never spoke about our careers. She came to visit and looked at the artwork on the table and asked, “Vanessa, who does this artwork?” and I told her, “I do.” She then said, “In all the 8 years that we have known each other you never told me that you were an illustrator. Do you know who I work for?” “No,” I said. “Vanessa, I work for Scholastic Books and you are hired,” she said. The rest is history.

Read More | Vanessa Brantley Newton 2014 Awardee

Keillor, Erdrich, Gaiman join others in PEN condemnation of murders at Paris magazine


The PEN American Center, an international literary and human rights organization, has issued a condemnation of Wednesday’s terrorist killing of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo, the Paris-based satirical publication. The PEN condemnation was signed by area writers Garrison Keillor, Louise Erdrich and Neil Gaiman. Also signing were Woody Allen, Carl Bernstein, E.L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Smiley, Anne Tyler, Tobias Wolff and others.

Read More | Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

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