Pop Goes The News — It’s going to be a big year for Canadian author Margaret Atwood and her fans.

Just days after news that a miniseries based upon her novel Alias Grace will start shooting in Toronto in mid-August comes news that a series based upon The Handmaid’s Tale will begin production in the city in mid-September.

Pop Goes The News — Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson will be in Montreal this summer starring in a big screen adaptation of the 2005 bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls.

Joining 26-year-old Larson in The Glass Castle will be Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.

Pop Goes The News — Actress Amber Tamblyn shared her poetic side with a couple of dozen people Saturday night at a Montreal bookstore.

The 32-year-old film and television star read excerpts from her book Dark Sparkler, a collection of poems about actresses who died before their 40th birthdays, at Drawn & Quarterly.

Pop Goes The News — A Montreal duo has published a children’s book about “a chubby little man” who embarks on an adventure when his house is lifted off the ground by a bunch of balloons.

Mr. Zuko Takes Flight sounds a lot like the 2009 animated movie Up! — but it actually came first.

Pop Goes The News — People close to author and professor Stephen Galloway are publicly expressing support after he was suspended by the University of British Columbia in light of “serious allegations.”

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the Giller-nominated author’s publisher, Penguin Random House Canada, said it “is proud to publish Steven Galloway” and described him as “a friend to many of us here.”