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Thom Peart

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is Barnes and Nobles’ Fastest-Selling Book of 2018

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Released a week ago today, Michelle Obama’s latest book Becoming has become Barnes and Nobles’ fastest-selling book in terms of first week sales. The book has enjoyed the most successful first-week launch of an adult book in over three years and has also surpassed other high profile releases such as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s Fear.

As Good Reader reports, the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced that Becoming sold over 725,000 copies on its first day of release, meaning it’s the publisher’s highest single-day sales of any book this year.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Discusses Future Books, Fame, and Getting Kids Away From Screens

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Jeff Kinney is one of the world’s most successful children’s authors of all time and his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sold over 200 million copies. The author has met three presidents and has even attracted the attention of the Pope after his books were translated into Latin. In an interview with the BBC, Kinney discusses the popularity of his books, and his efforts to get kids away from screens.

The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book made its debut in 2004 and has since evolved into a series that now spans 13 books which are available across 140 countries. The cartoon artwork and handwritten font follows a middle-scholar named Greg and his best friend Rowley. The books follow their adventures whilst also aiming to encourage young children, particularly boys, to read.
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Bloomsbury to Publish Anne Frank Collection Next Year

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Next year, on what would’ve marked Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, Bloomsbury Continuum will be publishing Anne Frank: The Collected Works. The collection has been described by the publisher as “an essential book for scholars and general readers alike”. The publication brings together all of Frank’s writings along with important documents and photographs.

As The Book Seller reports, the collection will be released on May 30th, the set includes both Anne’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ diaries, which are made up of the original diary and the edited one. A definitive readers version called ‘D’ is also included which has been edited by Mirjam Pressler, the German translator of Frank’s diary who has also published a book about her life.
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Montreal Libraries Introduce Bicycle Desks

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For some, the idea of sitting still for long periods of time with a good book is hard to beat, but for others, particularly children, it can be extremely difficult to remain still and concentrated on their book of choice. Fidget Spinners recently became popular with those who need some stimulation whilst focusing, and now libraries in Montreal, Canada are introducing bicycle desks. Read More

Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute to the Great Stan Lee

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The news broke this week that legendary comic book creator Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. Lee was easily the most iconic face behind publisher Marvel and created many of the world’s most famous superheroes, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Loki, Nick Fury, and the X-Men.

For decades Stan Lee worked on creating new and interesting heroes and villains, and then fleshed them out with back stories, adventures, and flaws. Comic books may have started out as somewhat of an underdog pastime when compared to regular books, and they’ve certainly faced opposition from concerned parents over the years, but today superheroes are everywhere and not a year goes by without at least one big superhero flick hitting cinemas. Read More

Erin Morgenstern’s New Novel ‘The Starless Sea’ to Be Released Next Year

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US author Erin Morgenstern shot to fame in 2011 with the release of her debut novel The Night Circus. If you enjoyed her first magical outing then you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s been announced that she’s currently working on a second novel that’s set to be released next year.

As The Book Seller reports, a new magical love story from Morgenstern is currently being written and will be published on November 5, 2019 by Harvill Secker. Called The Starless Sea, the novel takes place in a secret world that’s full of magic and intrigue. Publishing director at Harvill Secker, Liz Foley, described the book as “exhilarating and glorious”. She went on to state that “nothing else like it will be published next year”.
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London Library Discovers Books Annotated by Bram Stoker

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If there’s one thing librarians would appreciate you not do when you borrow a book, it’s start scribbling in it, and yet the London Library in Mayfair is very pleased to have found a number of books that have been annotated by their reader. Who is this rapscallion who dare deface a borrowed book? None other than the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker.

As Londonist reports, 28 books have been discovered during a research effort lead by Paul Spedding. They were seemingly used by Stoker as he researched his now classic book Dracula in 1897. Stoker was a businessman living in Chelsea at the time and and joined the library in 1890 at the proposal of Hall Caine, whom Stoker dedicated Dracula to. The gothic horror novel may now be considered a classic, but it seems Stoker wasn’t highly praised for his writing prior to Dracula’s publication. “Stoker was a dreadful writer. His other stuff is dreadful,” said Spedding. Read More

Trailer Released for ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’

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If you’re a fan of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book then you’ll be pleased to learn that a new film adaptation is set to be released later this year on Netflix. The film is being directed by Andy Serkis, who’s best known for providing the motion capture for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and sees a star-studded cast coming together to bring Kipling’s book to the big screen. Read More