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2017 Book News You May Have Missed but Need to Know About

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We’ve got book news galore! 2017 has proven to be pretty eventful in the world of books so far. There have been a number of controversial stories (and heartfelt ones!) shaking up the publishing industry, including authors taking a stand, or beloved series getting some new and well-deserved love. Here’s a roundup of the biggest book news from the past month (or so!) that you definitely need on your radar: Philip Pullman Returns with New Fantasy Series Set in the World of His Dark Materials Yes, yes, yes! Pullman, author of the beloved children’s fantasy series, His Dark Materials, announced on February 15 that he has a new book coming out in October. The start of a trilogy, The Book of Dust will…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Apple Changes StoryTime Forever, Emma Watson is a Book Fairy, Trump’s Win Explained in Literature

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The election is understandably still on everyone’s mind. But there was some interesting literature news peppered into all the politics last week. Here’s our weekly roundup of what went down in the world of books: Apple Revolutionizes StoryTime Bedtime has never looked so electronic! This week, Apple launched a new app called iBooks StoryTime that allows parents to download and read children’s books on their TV. Not only are the pictures and words large enough for young eyes to see, but it’s also interactive: some books have sound effects and highlighted words. The whole app also has a Read Aloud function, which means that on certain books, pages will flip automatically when you’re done reading the words. The app is…

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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…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Naya Rivera’s Insider Look at Glee; Langston Hughes Banned in Texas Prisons; Most Challenged Books of 2016

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Welcome back to our mid-week book news roundup, where we find the most interesting and noteworthy happenings in the book world and share it with you! In honor of Banned Books Week, we have a few stories featuring diversity and tough topics, check them out below: Langston Hughes and Bob Dole Books Banned in Texas Prisons Texas prisons are doing the unthinkable, they’re banning books! And if you’re one of the inmates there, you’re not going to be allowed to read anything you want, ya know, like Bob Dole or Harriet Beecher Stowe. Why? Well, The Guardian reports that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is banning nearly 15,000 books from the correctional facilities it operates, including books by Langston…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Ben Affleck’s Batman 18-Months Out; Minecraft Meets Zombies; and Banned Books Then & Now!

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Yesterday was National Comic Book Day, and although we’re fashionably late to the party (sorry, we got distracted by Fear the Walking Dead and the return of Once Upon A Time last night) there are some awesome things happening in the comic and book world and we just can’t help but talk about them today. Here’s a round-up of just a few of our favorites: World War Z Author takes on Minecraft! Yep, you heard it correctly—the Max Brooks, author of World War Z is going to be writing a whole series of Minecraft novels. Seem like a weird pair? Nah! I have faith in the bestselling author who gave us such gems as The Zombie Survival Guide (it’ll come…

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Jennifer Lee and Ava DuVernay to Bring ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to the Big Screen

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle started all the trouble. I had never seen a book like it—a story that ventured into outer space that included siblings, science, stars, strange civilizations, tesseracts, angels and an awkward, intelligent girl who saves her father and brother. A girl like me was the heroine of a story! I was spellbound and racked up library fines as I reread it and reread it. It made me a science fiction fan and newly aware that a girl could be the hero of her own story. It was more foundational than any other book I read as a child. So it was no wonder that the interwebs thrummed with excitement when it was announced that…

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Move over Amazon, the Brits are in the sky race

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Before Amazon’s delivery drones even take flight, they’ll have some competition from across the pond. The competitors won’t be as shiny, or as easily wrangled, but they are programmed to fly. The British bookstore chain Waterstones announced on their website the launch of a new delivery system, O.W.L.S. (Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service). Introduced in the clip below by their aptly named press manager Jon Owls, this service “consists of a fleet of specially trained owls that, either working individually or as an adorable team, will be able to deliver your package within thirty minutes of you placing your order.” For those of you who have the tendency to lump all things British into a Hogwarts-sized heap, O.W.L.S. should not be…

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