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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Buzz: 'I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell'... the play?

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Tucker Max's book 'I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' is being adapted into an off-Broadway play. (Photo: Andrew H. Walker Getty Images)

Here's a look at what's buzzing in the book world today:

Star-studded 'Sniper': We already knew that Bradley Cooper would star as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the movie adaptation of Kyle's memoir American Sniper, and now Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct it. American Sniper has spent 40 weeks on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. Kyle was killed at a Texas shooting range in February.

On the Boston Marathon: Japanese author and six-time Boston Marathoner Haruki Murakami muses on the significance of the race to runners in The New Yorker: "For me, it's through running, running every single day, that I grieve for those whose lives were lost and for those who were injured on Boylston Street. This is the only personal message I can send them."

Best mysteries: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane has won best novel at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, given annually by the Mystery Writers of America. The Expats by Chris Pavone won best first novel. Check out a full list of winners.

Poems for Mars: Do you think you can write a great haiku? An out-of-this-world haiku? (Excuse the pun. It's Friday.) NASA has launched a poetry contest for "anybody on planet Earth" to write a message to Mars in haiku form. The three favorites will make it to the red planet on NASA's MAVEN spacecraft in November.

'Beer' on tap: The amount of frat boy humor is about to spike in the theater industry. Tucker Max's 2009 book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is being adapted into an off-Broadway play. It's not the best-selling book's first adaptation: USA TODAY's Claudia Puig panned the movie, writing, "This unfunny, ├╝ber-misogynistic adaptation of Tucker Max's audacious best seller of the same name is unlikely to please anyone."

Sylvia Plath drafts: Up for auction next week are drafts of one of Sylvia Plath's final poems before she committed suicide in 1963. Author Olivia Cole analyzes the dark themes in the drafts and what they reveal about the elusive Plath. For those fascinated by the author of The Bell Jar, Olivia Barker reviews the new book Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953.

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