Bill Clinton, James Patterson Courting Spielberg, Clooney to Adapt ‘President’ Book | Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood will be getting a visit from one of the most high-profile names in politics this week as a battle begins to brew for the film rights to one of the biggest literary properties of the year.

Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson will be meeting producers to talk about an adaptation of their novel The President Is Missing, due out in June 2018.

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Tom Hanks to unveil first book of short stories at London Literature Festival – The i newspaper online iNews

Tom Hanks will read his first collection of short stories, each themed around his passion for typewriters, when he makes a special appearance at the London Literature Festival. The Oscar-winning actor will reveal the inspiration behind his foray into fiction at the Southbank Centre event on November 1.

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This Startup Is Composing Music To Pair With The Book You’re Reading

Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than coming home after a tough day at work or going on vacation and picking up a great book and turning on some background music. Millions of people read with music playing, and now one app is working to bring those two worlds together into one digital experience, all-encompassing experience.

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Imaging Reveals Medieval Manuscript Hidden in Book Binding

This is seriously awesome!!

 

In the mid-16th century, a bookbinder picked up a piece of parchment — one that was already centuries old — and used it to bind a book of poetry. This parchment’s text remained unreadable for nearly 500 years, but now, thanks to state-of-the-art imaging techniques, people can read its words once more, according to a new study.

An analysis of the sixth-century text revealed that it was part of the Roman law code. Whoever made the poetry book likely considered the text to be outdated, as at that point, society was using the church’s code, rather than Roman laws, the researchers said.

Full Story:  Imaging Reveals Medieval Manuscript Hidden in Book Binding | livescience.com

Transforming literature into a video game: enter the world of a famous Henry David Thoreau book – Home | q | CBC Radio

American writer Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago this month, and if you know anything about the author of Walden, it’s that he was a real advocate for that simple life, always staying close to nature.

But fast forward to 2017 and people are following in his footsteps — wandering in the woods, fishing at Walden pond in Massachusetts, farming beans and building a cabin. Except the difference is: these people are all doing it via a video game.

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Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

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