Hulu has secured the rights to author Sheila Heti’s upcoming book, written in alphabetical order.
The streamer chose alphabetical newspapers, in which Heti took a decade of journal entries and rearranged the sentences alphabetically, to expand into a series. After cutting out “thousands of sentences”, the exercise took on the feel of a novel, she explained in the introduction to a series of New York Times columns which presented an abbreviated form of the work. The book is expected to be published in 2023 by FSG in the US, Fitzcarraldo Editions in the UK and Knopf Canada.
Hunting Lane, the production company behind HBO I know it’s true and feature films Holler, Captain Fantastic and blue valentine, is at the origin of the project. The company’s Jamie Patricof and Katie McNeill are producing.
Heti is the author of 10 books, including the critically acclaimed novels How should a person be? (2012) and Maternity (2018), both of which have compiled a number of reviews’ lists for the best books of their respective years. His latest novel, pure color, was released in May. Other works include Women in Clothes, a collaboration with Leanne Sharpton, Heidi Julavits and 639 other women around the world, and children’s books we need a horse and A garden of creatures. She is replaced by Gersh and attorney Will Jacobson.