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Honouring Douglas Adams with Towel Day on the 25th of May!

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Happy Towel Day, Reading Addicts!

In case you didn’t know, Towel Day is a celebration that happens every year on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams who died in May, 2001.

On this day, fans around the universe honour him by carrying a towel, reading his novels, and generally spreading the word about the great man.

Fans of Adams’ work, and in particular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, started this celebration 2 weeks after Douglas died in 2001, and since then many of us have been honouring him in our own ways…

An Italian Orchestra- the Magister Espresso Orchestra– produced this beautiful video as a tribute to Adams, for Towel Day.

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7 Scandalous Sayings from Dame Barbara Cartland

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The English romance novelist, Dame Barbara Cartland, was born on the 9th of July in 1901 and died on the 21st of May 2000.

She was a prolific best-selling author and one of the most successful of the 20th century. She wrote 723 novels all of which were translated into around 38 languages, and in 1976 was entered in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in that single year.

Cartland was a self-professed “expert on romance”, however as she became more conservative in her later years this became a focus for ridicule. Barbara’s first novels were considered shocking and risqué however her later books were relatively tame, often involving virginal heroines and were lacking in saucy situations.

Her popularity never wained, though, and she will always be known as the Dame of romantic fiction.

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Ruskin Bond the Hip Hop Nature Boy

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Ruskin Bond was born on the 19th of May 1934 in Kasauli, and over the years lived in both the UK and all over India. His works have been influenced by his early life living at the foothills of the Himalayas.

His first novel, The Room On the Roof, was written when he was 17 and was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in a small rented room on a roof.

His first children’s book was The Angry River, published in 1972. On writing for children, Ruskin said, “I had a pretty lonely childhood and it helps me to understand a child better.”

Ruskin has written a series of autobiographical work: Rain in the Mountains, about his years spent in Mussoorie; Scenes from a Writer’s Life based on his life up until he was 21, and Scenes from a Writer’s Life focuses on his English adventures.

“It also tells a lot about my parents”, he says, “The book ends with the publication of my first novel and my decision to make writing my livelihood…Basically, it describes how I became a writer”.

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Visually Impaired Teenager Publishes First Book

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12 year old Julia Fleming, from Arab in Alabama, USA, is an award-winning, intelligent, young woman with a bright future in writing.

Earlier this year Julia won a State Literature title for students in grades 4-6. She surprised her teachers, parents, and friends by entering but not telling a soul when she did! The competition entailed taking a book they’d read and writing a letter to the author of the novel to explain how it impacted their lives. Julia did this without letting on that she is, in fact, legally blind.

Julia explained to WAFF News: “I’m legally blind, which means that I’m not totally blind, but that I was born totally blind,” She told of how she has had artificial cornea transplants to gain her some limited vision.

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10 Bookish Quotes from Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen was born on the 17th of May, 1939 in Minnesota, USA.

Paulsen is a Young Adult literature writer and is best known for coming of age stories based in and around the wilderness. He writes primarily for teens, and is the author of over 200 books, more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and has even written several plays.

The American Library Association awarded him the Margaret Edwards award in 1997 for his “significant and lasting” contribution in writing for teenagers. Three of Paulsen’s books (Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room) were also runners-up for the premier ALA annual book award for children’s literature, the Newbery Medal.

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Edward Lear: King of Nonsense (and so many other things)

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Edward Lear (12 or 13 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) is best known for his nonsense poetry but during his life he was a well known artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet.

Born in Holloway in North London, the penultimate of twenty-one children and the youngest to survive, Lear was already known for his art by aged 16 and was raised by his sister, 21 years his senior. Lear suffered from ill health all his life, by six he had suffered frequent grand mal epileptic seizures, bronchitis and asthma. He also probably suffered from depression, bouts of melancholy he referred to as “The Morbids”. Read More

Harry Potter Prequel Stolen in Burglary!

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Reported by the BBC today, a handwritten prequel to the Harry Potter series has been stolen from its owner in Birmingham, UK.

The collectors piece, bought in a charity auction for £25,000 nearly a decade ago, was penned by J.K Rowling herself on A5 card. It was one of many collectors editions donated by famous writers for the auction which raised funds for English PEN, and Dyslexia Action.

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A New Jane Austen Biography by Historian Lucy Worsley!

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As we know many of our Reading Addicts are great Jane Austen fans, we could not wait to share some great news with you! The British historian, and BBC history presenter, Lucy Worsley, has written a brand new book all about the life of Austen, and all the places she lived and visited. For a woman of her time Austen was very well-travelled, as Lucy explains in this video she made for the UK book shop, Waterstones.

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