Hulu has acquired the rights to author Sheila Heti’s upcoming book, which is written in alphabetical order.
The streamer has chosen Alphabet diary, in which Heti spent a decade journaling and rearranging the sentences alphabetically, to develop into a sequence. After cutting “thousands of sentences,” the exercise is more like a novel, she explains in the introduction to a series of New York Times The columns present 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’s I know many of these things are true and feature films Holler, Captain Fantastic and Green Valentine, located behind the project. The company’s Jamie Patricof and Katie McNeill are producing.
Heti is the author of 10 books, including critically acclaimed novels What should a person become? (2012) and Mom-and-son love (2018), both shortlisted critics for the best books of their respective years. Her latest novel, Pure color, 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 Botanical Garden. She is represented by Gersh and attorney Will Jacobson.