Posts Tagged ‘bestseller’

Defying the Terror

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

UnknownIn this time of angst, when civilization seems so perilous, it is particularly pleasing to celebrate my latest publisher, Zodyak Kitap of Turkey, coming to the fold. I hope the Haji family and Madame Mallory do particularly well in Turkey and Zodyak Kitap is justly rewarded.

Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey FIlm

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

It’s official. Dame Helen Mirren (Madame Mallory) and the fast-rising Manish Dayal (Hassan Haji) join the cast of The Hundred-Foot Journey film due out August 8, 2014. I am a lucky fellow. The wonderful Lasse Hallstom is directing; the screenwriter is Steven Knight, while the producers are Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. Rather good bones, as they say. But who will play Papa?

Helen Mirren to go The Hundred Foot Journey
Helen Mirren to go The Hundred Foot Journey. Helen Mirren is to star as Madam Mallory in The Hundred Foot Journey due out in August 2014. Dame Helen Mirren is to star in The Hundred Foot Journey. The 67-year-old actress will portray the unusual and 
Helen Mirren to Star in DreamWorks Drama ‘The HundredFoot Journey
Hollywood Reporter
Lasse Hallstrom will direct the film, which kicks off when an Indian family moves to southern France and opens an Indian restaurant 100 feet across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. A culinary battle ensues between the two that 

Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal join The HundredFoot Journey
Screen International
In The HundredFoot Journey, when an Indian family moves to Southern France and opens an Indian restaurant a hundred feet across the street from a Michelin starred French restaurant, a culinary battle ensues between the two. Production will begin in 
Helen Mirren & Manish Dayal To Star In ‘The HundredFoot Journey
Flicks and bits
Various sources are reporting that Helen Mirren will play Madame Mallory in the Lasse Hallstrom-directed (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) drama ‘The HundredFoot Journey,’ an adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ novel about the rivalry between an Indian 

Helen Mirren Joins The HundredFoot Journey
The Lasse Hallstrom-directed DreamWorks’ culinary movie The HundredFoot Journey has added the first two names to its cast, one an Oscar-winning actress, the other a virtual unknown, as the trades are reporting that Helen Mirren has been cast in one of 
Helen Mirren – Helen Mirren To Star In The Hundredfoot Journey Movie
British actress Helen Mirren has been cast in a Hollywood adaptation of author Richard C. Morais’ bestselling book The HundredFoot Journey. The Queen star will appear alongside rising actor Manish Dayal in the culinary-themed drama, about an Indian 
TOLDJA: Helen Mirren Set For DreamWorks’ ‘The Hundred Foot Journey
Helen Mirren The Oscar-winning actress will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr first reported in early June that Helen Mirren was circling the project to play eccentric and 

‘90210’s’ Manish Dayal to Star Alongside Helen Mirren in DreamWorks’ ‘The 
Manish Dayal, a star of the CW’s “90210” reboot and AMC’s “Rubicon,” will take the lead role in DreamWorks’ “The HundredFoot Journey,” the studio announced on Monday. Helen Mirren also will star in the film, which had been previously reported but just 
Helen Mirren Joins Oprah- and Steven Spielberg-Produced ‘The HundredFoot 
The film, based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, stars Mirren as Madame Mallory, an eccentric, renowned chef of a three-star Michelin restaurant whose life is turned upside down when an Indian family moves to her small town in southern France and 
Helen Mirren to Star in DreamWorks’ ‘JOURNEY
Broadway World
Helen-Mirren-to-Star-in-DreamWorks-JOURNEY-20130701. Variety reports that Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal have signed on to star in DreamWorks upcoming drama THE HUNDREDFOOT JOURNEY, based on the novel by author Richard Morais.
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Lasse Halsstrom is directing this adaptation of Richard Morais’ novel about a culinary rivalry between two French and Indian restaurants.…/helen-mirren-and-manish-dayal-join-t…
Mirren joins HundredFoot Journey – IMDb
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TOLDJA: Helen Mirren Set For DreamWorks’ ‘The Hundred Foot 
From Yahoo! Movies: The Oscar-winning actress will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike…/toldja-helen-mirren-set-dreamwork-hun…
Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal Set to Make ‘Journey‘ for  – Variety
Low ‘Big Brother’ Tops Anemic Sunday for the Broadcasters. Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal are set to star in the DreamWorks pic “The HundredFoot Journey,”…/helen-mirren-manish-dayal-dreamworks-12005…
Helen Mirren will star in Dreamworks’ ‘The Hundred Foot Journey 
Helen Mirren has officially signed on to star in Dreamworks’ ‘The Hundred Foot Journey,’ which is being co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.…/helen-mirren-will-star-dreamworks-hu…


Foreign Publishers Buy Buddhaland Brooklyn

Thursday, August 30th, 2012


Foreign publishers have been slowly but steadily buying into Buddhaland Brooklyn. First to sign in was HarperCollins Publishers India. This is especially sweet to me. HarperCollins India gave me my first break in publishing, buying my little novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, when it was a mere novella and then having me come to India for a book tour. Shortly thereafter the walls of indifference that I had met in the US and the UK crumbled, all because of the extremely generous reviews I received in India.

The classy Italian publisher, Neri Pozza, has also bought into Buddhaland Brooklyn. They, too, were among my first supporters in Europe and it’s a huge vote of confidence that this respected publisher, fighting it out in the stressed Italian economy, so believe in my skills as a writer that they have again placed a bet on my fiction.

Pretty fine, particularly since just north of the Italian border, the Pendo imprint of the great German publisher Piper Verlag, have also signed on. Pendo is the powerhouse that produced the elegant German hardback of my first novel and has come back for seconds, even before they have released the paperback of my first novel. For some reason I can’t pull Pendo’s logo off their home page, but the absence of a logo here doesn’t mean tepid excitement. Quite the opposite. It’s red-hot.






Thursday, June 21st, 2012

My Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, created the eye-catching split cover for The Hundred-Foot Journey that was adopted in the U.S. and the UK and helped turn that book into an international bestseller. The talented artists at Allen & Unwin have once again created an outstanding example of cover art, in my opinion, with this warm and elegant front flap for Buddhaland Brooklyn (see above left). I can honestly say that both the Scribner cover (right) and Allen & Unwin’s efforts, each very different, are very pleasing to my eye. May both houses be rewarded for their efforts.

Aussies on Board for Buddhaland Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

One of the finest publishers I came across when The Hundred-Foot Journey started its rollout across twenty-one territories around the globe, was Australia’s much-respected independent, Allen & Unwin. The firm was voted Australia’s Publisher of the Year in 2011.

I am not surprised Allen & Unwin got it’s 10th industry hat-tip. I found that right off the bat, everyone from Allen & Unwin’s managing director, Patrick Gallagher, to its charming publisher, Annette Barlow, put their weight behind my tale of the Haji family and powered my little book right through the bookshops of Australia.

It was seriously impressive to watch these publishing pros at work. What they accomplished with my novel in Australia and New Zealand speaks for itself, including the fact that Scribner in the US and Alma in the UK dropped their own The Hundred-Foot Journey covers to adopt Allen & Unwin’s stunning design. That’s the sincerest form of flattery.

So imagine my delight when I learned Allen & Unwin have signed up for round two of the Morais merry-go-round. My Australian publishers are publishing BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN in September of this year.

Woohooo! That means all my publishers in the US, UK, and Aus/NZ have come back for seconds – a huge vote of confidence, for which I am very grateful. Life can indeed be very good.

May they all be handsomely rewarded.

Audio On Its Way

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Anyone who has ever heard me read from The Hundred-Foot Journey knows how much fun I have acting out the voices of the Haji family. Particularly Big Abbas, Hassan’s father, with all his characteristic bluster.

So I am thrilled that my US publisher, Scribner, has done a deal with Blackstone Audio to come out with the audio versions of both Buddhaland Brooklyn and The Hundred-Foot Journey. Anyone who wants to pre-ordeer can do so by going directly to Blackstone Audio or through the usual suspects like AmazonPowell’s, or Barnes & Noble.

It looks like the MP3 CD and the 7 CD audio set of Buddhaland Brooklyn will be first up, the emergence of Reverend Seido Oda’s voice and narrative timed to coincide with the book’s US and Canada release on July 17th. The Hundred-Foot Journey appears set for a later release. Still, better late than never and very sweet news.

Can’t wait to find out which actors Blackstone are hiring to read my little books.



Alma Publishing UK Edition of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


I am delighted to announce that my UK publishers, the talented husband-and-wife team that built both Alma Books and Alma Classics, will be publishing BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN in late February or early March in 2013.

BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, to be published in the US July 17 by Scribner, is about a repressed Buddhist priest sent to New York to open a temple.

Alessandro Gallenzi and Elisabetta Minervini have created an author’s publisher in Alma Books, their passion for literature defying the cynicism of the modern book industry. They did a wonderful job publishing The Hundred-Foot Journey in the UK, and I can honestly say that their tag line – “A publisher with a soul” – pretty neatly sums up Alma Books.

If you doubt my word just read their recently published Brilliance by Anthony McCarten, a riveting tale about an impoverished Thomas Edison getting sucked into the bear-like embrace of the famous American banker, J. P. Morgan.

McCarten sure can write. The first line of the novel – “The inventor poured himself a glass of milk and listened for the twentieth century” – had me hooked. Alma Books quietly and consistently produces such intelligent, well-written books for discerning readers who love literature. So I am thrilled my scribbles are included in Alma’s exquisite portfolio of contemporary novels.


New Trend: Restaurants and Book Stores Teaming Up

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkep

In East Sandwich, a town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Titcomb’s Bookshop and Momo’s Food Emporium are cleverly teaming up to start a “Food & Book” series. As the Cape Cod Times reports:

The first gathering is Jan. 25. Momo’s Food Emporium on Route 6A in East Sandwich will cook recipes from Richard Morais’ debut novel, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (Scribner Book Company, $15). The book, rich in detail and well-researched anecdotes, is about a boy from India with lowly beginnings who ends up taking on some of France’s greatest chefs.

“We’re going to mimic the opening night meal described in the book,” says Neila Neary, owner of Momo’s.

The evening will feature passed hors d’oeuvres. Neary says attendees will have a chance to socialize, collect recipes and learn a bit about how spices are used in Indian cooking. Momo’s four chefs will also prepare Indian dishes to sell in the specialty shop’s takeout case.




Monday, January 2nd, 2012



Happy New Year folks. May we all enjoy a quality vintage in 2012. I think we’re all overdue for a good year.

As to my 2012 calendar, besides a move to New York, I have the joy of overseeing the birth of my second novel. On July 17, 2012, Scribner publishes BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Featuring rich descriptions and a cast of eccentric characters, this is a contemporary fable about a Japanese Buddhist priest who ends up finding himself in the unlikeliest of places. Growing up in a quaint mountainside village in Japan, Seido Oda’s boyhood is spent fishing in clear mountainside streams and helping his parents run their small inn. At the age of eleven, Oda is sent to study with the monks at a nearby Buddhist temple. This peaceful, quiet refuge in the remote mountains of Japan is the only home the introverted monk has ever known until he approaches his fortieth birthday and is ordered by his superior to cross the ocean and open a temple in Brooklyn. 

Ripped from the isolated, serene life of his homeland temple, Oda encounters a shock to the system in New York—a motley crew of American Buddhists whose misguided practices lead to a host of hilarious cultural misunderstandings. It is only when Oda comes to appreciate the Americans, flaws and all, that he sees his own shortcomings and finally finds that sense of belonging he has always sought.

A lively and vivid novel, this entertaining and edifying meditation on the meaning of true acceptance stirs from the very first page.




More rants and raves from Canada

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

More from up north where my little book appears to be doing quite well.

Here is a fun take from a librarian and book lover with her own blog roll of reviews.


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