Hulu has secured the rights to Sheila Heti’s upcoming book, which is written in alphabetical order.
The streamer has an option: The Alphabetical Diaries, in which Heti took a decade of diary entries and rearranged the sentences in alphabetical order, to develop as a series. After cutting “thousands of sentences,” the exercise became more like a novel, she explained in the introduction to a series New York Times columns representing an abbreviated form of the work. The book is expected to be published in 2023 by FSG in the United States, Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom and Knopf Canada.
Hunting Lane, the production company behind HBO’s I know this is very true and feature films Holler, Captain Fantastic and Blue Valentine, is behind the project. The company’s Jamie Patricof and Katie McNeill produce.
Heti is the author of 10 books, including the critically acclaimed novels How should a person be? (2012) and Maternity (2018), both of whom made a number of critics’ lists for the best books of their respective years. her latest novel, pure color, was published 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 full of creatures. She is assisted by Gersh and attorney Will Jacobson.