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Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ditches Overdue Fees

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Bookworms who live in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be pleased to learn that, on July 1st, the Salt Lake City Public library will be doing away with fees for overdue books. A press release recently published states: “Starting July 1, overdue fines at the Salt Lake City Public Library will be filed under the Dewey Decimal class 930 — ancient history.” Read More

Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Revealed for 2017

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The shortlist for the Old Peculier Theakston Crime Novel of the year was announced yesterday, reducing the original longlist down to six fantastic crime novels, all worthy winners of the award.

The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of. Read More

Book Donations Required After School Fire

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The Kugaardjuq School in Kugaaruk serves a remote community with three hundred students and 45 employees. The school is a lifeline in such a remote community of just 900, but in March disaster struck as the school was gutted by fire. An arsonist has been charged with the crime of burning down the school, but while most media outlets are reporting the fire, we’re supporting an appeal for donated books! Read More

BBC Books to Publish first Doctor Who Poetry Collection

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With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!

Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year. Read More

New Margaret Atwood Adaptation Coming to Netflix

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We’ve been spoiled for choice recently with top-notch adaptations and Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale is going down a storm with season 2 confirmed. If you’re enjoying that and you’re a fan of Atwood then we have news of a new adaptation from the author as Alias Grace comes to Netflix!

Published in 1996, Alias Grace is a historical fiction that centres around the real life deaths of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his pregnant mistress and housekeeper. Two of Kinnear’s servants were convicted of the crime. Read More

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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Handmaid’s Tale Coming to UK Television

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If you’ve been reading about the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale and the surrounding media furore and you haven’t managed to stream the series you may be feeling disappointed. However there is good news today as it’s announced that Channel 4 have bought the UK rights to the series and the first episode airs in just 10 days!

The Margaret Atwood novel has been adapted into a ten part series, starring Man Men star Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Feinnes, among others, and has proved a hit with US audiences and now UK terrestrial viewers can get a glimpse too. Read More