BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Shakespeare’s New Co-author; ‘Divergent’ Author Plans Big Tour; Dress Your Kid Like a Roald Dahl Story

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Welcome to another edition of BookTrib’s Book News Roundup, where we collect the most exciting book news for the week and deliver it right to you. This week was all about old classics getting new spins, and favorite authors stepping back into the spotlight:

Shakespeare Gets Co-author


After extensive research, a team of 23 academics has concluded that Christopher Marlowe was Shakespeare’s co-author on Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three. It has long been rumored that Shakespeare collaborated with Marlowe, but this is the first time a co-authorship has been confirmed. Marlowe’s name will officially be added to the title pages of the Henry VI plays in the New Oxford Shakespeare. There’s a long-standing belief that Shakespeare and Marlowe were rivals who merely influenced each other. But now we know that their relationship had deeper levels, and (as reported in The Guardian) that even if they were rivals, they still worked together on occasion. Apparently, Shakespeare wasn’t as solitary a writer as many believe: he may have collaborated on as many as 17 of his plays.

Veronica Roth Touring for New Novel


51cby0latoL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Roth took the Young Adult world by storm with her bestselling Divergent series, which was made into a set of movies starring Shailene Woodley. Now Roth has a new novel to promote: Carve the Mark ( Katherine Tegen Books, January 17, 2017), a science fiction romance that is being described as “Romeo and Juliet meets Mortal Combat in space.” The young adult story is the beginning of a two-book series. Roth is planning on touring for the book, hitting 10 cities during January and February, and meeting fans across the country. According to The Seattle Times, she wants to treat the tour like a “sojourn,” and learn a bit about each place she visits. Fans of Divergent won’t want to miss this tour, and you can find more information on Roth’s website.


Roald Dahl-Inspired Kid’s Clothing Line Offers Tons of Whimsy


Photo: Boden

In the most adorable book news of the week, British clothing company Boden has released a children’s clothing collection that’s inspired by one of the greatest children’s book authors of all time: Roald Dahl. Boden worked directly with Dahl’s literary estate to craft clothing that’s true to the author’s work and filled with enough magic and whimsy to please any child (and parent!). “Roald Dahl’s bonkers imagination and British sense of humour are the perfect match for Mini Boden,” Boden says. Now you can buy your child a Matilda-inspired dress with a hidden book spine lining, a purple velvet Wonka jacket, or some Fantastic Mr. Fox gloves. If only these clothes came in adult sizes!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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