Celebrity news: Star’s Katie Daubs on longlist for Toronto Book Awards

The Star’s Katie Daubs is among the nominees for this year’s Toronto Book Awards, whose longlist of 12 titles was revealed Thursday by the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library.

Daubs is in the running for “The Missing Millionaire,” her account of the life, disappearance and legacy of Ambrose Small, a wealthy Toronto theatre owner who became the city’s most famous missing person by vanishing in 1919. The other titles selected for the 2020 long list are:

“Frying Plantain” by Zalika Reid-Benta; “The Skin We’re In” by Desmond Cole; “Subtweet” by Vivek Shraya; “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib; “In the Beggarly Style of Imitation” by Jean Marc Ah-Sen; “Artistic Glass” by Cloe Aigner; “Dancing After Ten” by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber; “Shame on Me” by Tessa McWatt; “Last Impressions” by Joseph Kertes; “Take Back the Tray” by Joshna Maharaj; and “Mobile” by Tanis MacDonald.

The five-book shortlist for the 46th edition of the awards will be announced on Nov. 2, with each finalist winning $ 1,000; the winner of the $ 10,000 top prize will be revealed on Nov. 30.

Garnet Fraser

Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik welcome daughter

Model Gigi Hadid and her musician boyfriend Zayn Malik took to social media to celebrate the arrival of an infant girl, with dad saying he’s “grateful” and “thankful.”

“To try put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine,” Malik wrote on Twitter. Neither parent revealed the baby’s name.

The supermodel confirmed her pregnancy in April at Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show.” It is her first child with boyfriend Malik, a former member of One Direction.

Hadid, 25, and Malik, 27, have been dating off-and-on for several years. She has become one of the world’s most in-demand models and he was the first to leave One Direction to strike out as a solo artist.

The Associated Press

Director Wang criticizes Howard’s film about Lang Lang

Amid ongoing scrutiny of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, AGC Studios has tapped Ron Howard to direct a film about Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang.

Many, including “The Farewell” director Lulu Wang, questioned the project Tuesday on Twitter after the Hollywood Reporter released details about the biopic, which will be produced by Brian Glazer and adapted for the screen by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, based on Lang’s memoir, “Journey of a Thousand Miles.”

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“As a classically-trained pianist born in China, I believe it’s impossible to tell Lang Lang’s story without an intimate understanding of Chinese culture + the impact of the Cultural Revolution on artists & intellectuals + the effects of Western imperialism,” Wang tweeted. “Just saying.”

The film will be executive produced by Polygram Entertainment’s Michele Anthony and David Blackman, along with Jean-Jacques Cesbron and Lang, who co-wrote “Journey of a Thousand Miles” based on his experience growing up as a musical prodigy in Shenyang, China, on a path to global superstardom.

“I’m not saying this because I want to direct this movie. I do not,” Wang continued in her Twitter thread. “I just don’t think these are the artists to grapple w/ the cultural specificities of Northeast China where Lang Lang (and my family) are from. Or w/ the cultural aspect of the physical violence in his upbringing.”

In a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Lang said, “Dream big, work hard, and always believe in yourself. This movie, thanks to Ron Howard’s vision, will inspire young people around the world to follow their dreams and never forget they are one in a million.”

Los Angeles Times

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