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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The Literary and Film World Pay Tribute to William Goldman

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This week the tragic news of William Goldman’s death reached us, author of the Princess Bride among many other screenplays, adaptations, and novels. We paid tribute to Goldman in this piece and now the literary world has spoken out about the writer’s death.

Across social media well known names spoke out about Goldman, their relationship with him and the ways in which he touched their lives.
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Oprah’s Book Club Recommends Michelle Obama Memoir

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Oprah has made Becoming by Michelle Obama the latest edition to her book club.

Released November 2018, Michelle Obama’s memoir follows her life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.

Oprah has chosen Michelle’s memoirs for her honesty and vulnerability- naming it the perfect read this year to gain an insight into what it was really like being the ‘first Black First family’.

See Oprah and Michelle chatting about the new release here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Mrs Obama’s memoirs below!

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Irvine Welsh Wades in on Brexit and US Politics in His Own Unique Voice

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Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and many other gritty Scottish tomes is a regular on Twitter and can often be found wading in on the issues of the day.

The Scottish author and social commenter has made no secret of the fact that he thinks Brexit sucks and after government discussions, resignations and the possibility of a Brexit deal this week he’s made his feelings on the matter well known.
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Stephen King breaks his own rule and gets trolled

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Stephen King was on Twitter not long ago stating how overused the word ‘amazing’ is, and urging writers to choose a more interesting replacement.

He accused the word of being “very tired”, and asked for “something more pungent & specific, please”.

Skip a month later and King’s face soon turned red after he was caught using it in a review of Dominique Rocher’s latest zombie movie The Night Eats The World.”

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In Memory of Marvel Writer Stan Lee

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Stan Lee, writer, director, and modern comic book pioneer passed away in Los Angeles on the 12th of November 2018 aged 95.

His work with Marvel brought us iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, and Black Panther, and thanks to his innovative style of character development and storylines, he helped change the face of comic books in the 1960s onwards.

He wrote his characters with a persistent humanity, with flaws and quirks that his readers could see mirrored in themselves. When previously superheroes were depicted as unattainable perfection, Stan Lee’s stories showed powerful heroes who share daily struggles similar to our own. Stories to make any child believe that they too could be extraordinary.

Tolerance seemed to be Stan Lee’s driving force behind his stories and characters and throughout the 1960s he and his team worked at creating a more inclusive Marvel Universe. The stories became more topical, focussed on social justice and politics, while African-American characters were being brought to the fore. The first African-American character to play a serious supporting role- Robbie Robinson- was created in 1967, and Black Panther, the comic’s first Black superhero, was introduced soon after. Stan believed comic books are the perfect way to spread messages of tolerance and hope alongside a fantastic adventure with complex and meaningful characters… I cannot think of a better legacy than that.


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Margaret Atwood comes to the rescue on Twitter

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Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, came to a student’s rescue on Twitter after they reached out to her for answers.

Asking via the Twitter handle ‘GavrilovMomchil’, they write:

“My crazy English teacher is making us write essays on #TheHandmaidsTale where we are supposed to answer why @MargaretAtwood put the theme of power and control in the book. We do not have telepathy with @MargaretAtwood so I guess twitter is a close second… Helpppp!!!”

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Two authors hilariously take down classic horror tropes

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Horror trope classics like a masked killer, groups of teens being slaughtered, and an almost guaranteed sequel, are great fun but easily mocked for their predictiveness. Writers Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig explored a few of those tired horror clichés in an inspired and hilarious way, and the Twitter thread is still, over a year later, entertaining all who stumble across it.

If you are one of the lucky few who have yet to see the magic unfold, here it is in all its glory.

Don’t forget to follow Sam and Chuck on Twitter to enjoy their wit firsthand.

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