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Television Adaptation for Feminist Horror Collection Her Body and Other Parties

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FX is to adapt the feminist collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties into a television series, which the creators claim will be a ‘feminist Black Mirror’. The short story collection from Carmen Maria Machado has won several awards despite being the author’s debut collection and now we’re about to see it on the small screen, as announced by the author on her Twitter page. Read More

Swedish Academy Recruit New Members to Shake off Scandal

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It’s been the worst time in the history of the Swedish Academy who hand out the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mired in scandal as one of its members was accused (and now convicted) of rape charges, the 2018 prize was cancelled. In the history of the prize it’s just the third time it hasn’t been handed out, but now three new members have been recruited as the Academy attempts to recover from the scandal. Read More

PEN America to Sue Donald Trump for Restricting Freedom of Speech

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Writers’ group PEN America, which consists of many well known writers and novelists, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against President Donald Trump for ‘violations of America’s First Amendment’.

The group is attempting to “stop President Trump from using the machinery of government to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes”. The First Amendment of the US constitution protects freedom of speech and PEN aren’t the only group to voice concerns about how Trump has attempted to shut down journalism.
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Carey Mulligan, Andy Serkis, Daniel Kaluuya, and Martin Freeman Join the cast of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Movie

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the moat beloved books of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The book reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas is not about presents or delicious food, but rather, goodwill to your neighbours, even those as cantankerous as Scrooge. The novel has been adapted into countless forms of media, from films, TV shows, and even graphic novels, and now a new film adaptation is on the horizon.

As reported by Screen Daily, Saboteur Media gained worldwide rights for the project and is currently being pitched to buyers after the film wrapped in August. The story will take a new look at the classic story and begins with a Victorian family preparing a toy stage in order to do a production of A Christmas Carol. We then see the story through the eyes of a young viewer, as the cardboard sets and toys are transformed into a fantastic and vivid tale.
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PG Wodehouse to Be Honored with a Memorial at Westminster Abbey

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Fans of PG Wodehouse will be pleased to learn that, 43 years after his death, the author is set to be memorialised by Westminster Abbey. The news was especially exciting to the the Wodehouse Society and by Ben Schott, the author of a new Jeeves and Wooster story, who described the Jeeves and Wooster creator as the “personification of a very specific breed of English writing.”

Schott stated that when the news was announced that the Dean of Westminster had given permission for a memorial to Wodehouse in the abbey, “there was a ripple of joy that it was happening, but also puzzlement that it hadn’t happened before.”
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Waterstones to Open Two New Stores

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Reading has never been so cool and many bookshops are bucking the current high street trends and thriving. Today we hear the fantastic news that Waterstones is to open two new books and they’ll be trading in time for Christmas.

It’s a grim time for retailers with many proclaiming the high street ‘dead on its feet’ so the news that two new stores are opening is absolutely fantastic, especially as it’s bookshops in particular who are suffering from the effects of online trade and the digital revolution.

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Winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize is Announced

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Back in August it was announced that a New Academy had been created to award an alternative Nobel Prize for Literature after the Swedish Academy was caught in a mire of controversy amid a rape scandal. The New Academy was put together by more than a hundred important cultural figures, journalists, writers and authors to honour literary greats with a new prize.

In August four authors were shortlisted, Haruki Murakami of Japan, who soon withdrew himself from the competition, Vietnamese-Canadian writer Kim Thúy; Maryse Condé of Guadeloupe; and British author Neil Gaiman who is based in the USA.
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Cyber Criminals Attempt to Steal Manuscripts

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Books are as old as the printing press and as such you might think they are above becoming victims to modern crime, but this week we have learned that cyber criminals have attempted to steal manuscripts and other sensitive author information from Penguin Random House.

This week PRH issued an urgent warning to all staff over a phishing scam that attempted to access manuscripts and other author details. The company sent the email to staff on Wednesday reading “Important: New Phishing Alert” and reads: “We have recently seen an increase in attempts to steal our manuscripts. This has occurred in multiple locations across the globe. The individuals attempting to access these manuscripts have a sophisticated understanding of our business. We need to protect ourselves from these threats.”
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National Book Award Finalists 2018

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Last month we brought you the longlists in each category for the National Book Awards 2018, and now it’s time for the finalists! There are five finalists in each category, making 25 books in all, with an extra category added this year for translated literature too.

The winners for each category will be announced on November 14th, but for now let’s take a look at those finalists and the books that made the final cut.

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