Books Weekly News Digest- December 19th 2014

Books Weekly News Digest- December 19th 2014

Book Sales Up This Year As Young Adult Novel Sales Skyrocket

New data released by the Association of American Publishers suggests that we’ve been buying more books in the first nine months of 2014 than we did in the same period during 2013. Interestingly, it seems as though YA (young adult) and children’s books have shown the biggest growth in popularity, increasing by a staggering 22.4%. On the other hand, adult fiction and non-fiction has decreased by 3.3% – are more adults turning to YA books such as ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘ or is reading just becoming more popular among the younger generation?

In relation to book formats, eBooks and paperbacks seem to have grown in popularity this year whilst hardbacks have seen a slight drop.

What has been your favourite book this year? Tell us in the comment box below!

Norman Bridwell, Creator Of Clifford The Big Red Dog, Dies Aged 86

US illustrator Norman Bridwell, best known for his Clifford the Big Red Dog books, has died at the age of 86. Bridwell’s big loveable dog, Clifford, made his first book appearance in 1963 and has since starred in over 40 stories. The runt of the litter, it was his owner Emily’s love for Clifford that saw him grow to over 25 feet tall. The book series has sold over 120 million copies across the world. Bridwell had written two further books, which will be published by Scholastic in 2015.

ITV Announces New Beowulf Drama

Earlier this week, ITV announced that it will be filming a 13-part adaptation of the Old English epic poem, Beowulf. The drama will be set during the ‘Game of Thrones’ era, with ITV describing it as ‘a western set in the Dark Ages.’ Beowulf is said to have been written by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet between the 8th and 11th century. There have already numerous adaptations, perhaps the most well-known being the 2007 film starring Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie. The filming will start next April in Northumberland and County Durham in North East England. Casting details are yet to be released.

You can pick up a copy of Beowulf from our online store!

Judy Blume To Release Adult Novel Next June

Judy Blume, one of America’s most-loved children’s and YA book authors, is venturing into the world of adult writing once again following a 16 year break. Her upcoming book, In the Unlikely Event, will be based on a series of plane crashes in her hometown of New Jersey in the 1950s. It will follow the lives of three generations of strangers, friends and family, all of whom are greatly affected by the incidents. Blume is best known for her children and YA titles, including Deenie, Forever and Tiger Eyes. Her last bestselling adult book, Summer Sisters, was published in 1998.

On her Twitter page, the writer told fans that she had started research for her new book in 2009. In the Unlikely Event is due to hit shelves in June next year.

Professor Snape Is NOT A Vampire, Rowling Confirms

Following years of speculation from Harry Potter fans, author JK Rowling took to website Pottermore to quash rumours that Professor Snape is a vampire. Despite his pale complexion, the fact he’s dressed head-to-toe in black and that he can transfigure into a bat, Rowling confirmed that Snape is definitely a wizard and not a blood-sucking vampire. She explained: “We meet him outside in the castle by daylight, and no corpses with puncture marks in their necks ever turn up at Hogwarts.” To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, JK Rowling has been releasing daily Harry Potter updates to her fans via the Pottermore website.

Did you ever think that Snape was a vampire?

Michael Bond Writes New Paddington Story

Paddington creator Michael Bond has written a new short story for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The story is in the form of a letter, sent by the Peruvian bear to his Aunt Lucy. In the letter, Paddington describes recent visits to the theatre and a restaurant, both of which don’t end as hoped. “People aren’t as polite as they used to be and sometimes they are hard to understand,” Paddington tells his Aunt before recalling his experience.

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the new Paddington film, did an exclusive reading of Bond’s new story. You can listen to it via the BBC website.

Which stories were you most interested in this week?