by Joycelyn McClurg)
Voice-off: What's Dan Stevens been up to since his Matthew Crawley character was killed off on Downton Abbey? Earning kudos for his narration of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein on audio. He's a nominee for the 2014 Audie Awards, announced today. He'll square off in the "classic" category against Jake Gyllenhaal reading The Great Gatsby. Other nominees include Rita Moreno narrating My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor in the biography/memoir category. Winners will be announced May 29.
New USA TODAY reviews: Hard to believe it came out in 1976, but the movie Network looks quite prescient today, in light of the blurring between TV news and entertainment. USA TODAY's Elysa Gardner says Dave Itzkoff's new book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies is "absorbing and revealing" (***½ out of four). And reviewer Patty Rhule says of Alice Hoffman's latest, a love story: "Hoffman employs her trademark alchemy of finding the magical amid the ordinary in her mesmerizing new novel The Museum of Extraordinary Things (***1/2)."
Mavis Gallant dies: One of Canada's most distinguished international literary figures has died in Paris, according to her longtime editor. Gallant was 91. She published more than 100 stories in The New Yorker beginning in 1951. Her collections include The Other Paris, My Heart is Broken and Home Truths.
Go girls!: Gillian Flynn started the craze with Gone Girl. And now it's a bona fide trend in publishing – the twisted marriage thriller. The Daily Beasttakes a look at the phenom.
More Moore: It's been 15 years since Lorrie Moore's last story collection. She returns next week with a new collection, Bark. "I don't know. I'm slow," Moore, now a professor at Vanderbilt, tells The New York Times, noting she wrote a novel, A Gate at the Stairs, in the meantime.
Boychik, ha!: We have to agree with Claire Cameron at themillions.com that Boris from Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is one of the most entertaining fictional creations in recent memory. Here she imagines how Boris would tweet (exclamation points included!). Clever!
Murakami returns: Knopf has announced it will publish a new novel by Haruki Murakami, titled Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, on Aug. 12. It was a best seller in Japan. Murakami's 1Q84 hit No. 9 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list in 2011.