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Portico Literature Award Under Threat After Losing Sponsor

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The Portico Prize for Literature is so esteemed it’s dubbed the “Booker Prize of the North”, but the entire award is under threat with the news that it will not be presented this year.

The Zochonis Charitable Trust has long supported the prize putting up the £10,000 prize money for the fiction and nonfiction categories. However, philanthropist Sir John Zochonis sadly passed away last year and now the trust says it cannot extend its ongoing support to the awards. Read More

American Gods Adaptation, Trailer, Poster and Release Date

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If you’re eagerly awaiting the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods then we have some news today as the first poster for the show is released. The novel is being adapted by Starz in the US and will be available in the UK to Amazon Prime viewers, and we have the premiere date for the first season!

The first episode of American Gods will air on 30th April 2017, announced this week with the poster below. Read More

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Longlist 2017 Announced

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The Walter Scott prize was founded in 2010 to celebrate quality, innovation and longevity in historical fiction. Longlisted works must reflect the subtitle ‘sixty years since’ of Scott’s most famous work, Waverley, in that the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago.

The award is handed out at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June each year and the winner receives £25,000 with shortlisted authors each receiving £1,000 each. Read More

Controversial Milo Yiannopoulos Memoirs Cancelled

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The furore has rumbled on for weeks with protests about Simon & Schuster’s plans to publish the memoirs of controversial far-right provocateur Milo Yianopoulos’ memoirs.

Protestors battled the plans to publish, quoting Yiannopoulos’ scathing remarks about women, and transgender people but that wasn’t enough to deter S&S from publishing the memoirs and they pressed ahead with the plan. Read More

Final Roald Dahl Book to be Published with new Illustrations

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The Minpins was the last children’s book by Roald Dahl published before the author’s death and was first published in 1991. Now it’s announced that the book is to be reissued with a new title and new illustrations.

Billy and the Minpins, a new title to reflect Dahl’s original name for the book will be published in hardback later this year and the book will come with brand new illustrations from Quentin Blake. It’ll be the first time the illustrator has illustrated a new Dahl hero in over 20 years, and fans are pretty excited! Read More

Gaiman Announces A Possible New Book

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Neil Gaiman is one of our favourite authors here at Reading Addicts HQ, we are still trying to scrape Shan off the ceiling after her Twitter Q&A with him in 2016!

We are very excited to hear he has another novel in the pipeline. February 2017 saw Neil Gaiman confirm his current project at London’s Southbank Centre; his announcement of being “three chapters in…” was met with rapturous applause from the audience there. Read More

Dick Bruna, The Creator of Miffy, Dies Age 89

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Dick Bruna, the creator of beloved bunny rabbit character Miffy, has died aged 89.

He wrote and illustrated around 124 picture books, and also designed posters and books for the Black Bear pocket edition books.

During a career spanning 60 years, Bruna became internationally well-known. Although he retired in 2011, his works continued to be published in over 60 countries!

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Professor Discovers Lost Footage of Proust

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A Canadian Professor has discovered a short clip from a wedding that he claims is the only existing moving footage of French author Marcel Proust. Sadly the black and white footage isn’t literary, and doesn’t contain any sound. It’s the 1904 wedding cortege from the marriage of Elaine Greffulhe, daughter of Countess Gruffulhe, Proust’s close friend. Read More