Books Weekly News Digest – February 20th 2015

Books Weekly News Digest – February 20th 2015

Long Lost Dr. Seuss Book To Be Published This Summer

A never-before-seen Dr. Seuss book, entitled ‘What Pet Should I Get?’, will be published by Random House Children’s Books on 28 July. Dr. Seuss’ widow and secretary discovered the manuscript in a box in the author’s home back in 2013. The book features the same sister and brother as the 1960 book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and it is likely that it was written around the same time.

In a press release issued earlier this week, Random House said the story “captures a classic childhood moment – choosing a pet – and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!” Other unpublished manuscripts were discovered alongside the book, and Random House is planning to use them to publish two more Dr. Seuss books.

As well as featuring Seuss’ classic rhymes and illustrations, Random House said the first book will include an editor’s note that will discuss the author’s “creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work.” Dr. Seuss, real name Theodor “Ted” Geisel, died in 1991. This year marks the 25th anniversary of what was considered to be Seuss’ last book, ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Which Dr. Seuss book is your favourite?

Pharrell Williams To Write Four Children’s Books

American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams is turning his skills to children’s writing in a new deal with Putnam Books for Young Readers. Williams is set to write a total of four picture books. The first book, which is due to be published on 22 September, will be inspired by his 2014 hit single Happy. It will include photos of children from across the globe “celebrating what it means to be happy.”

Bath Literature Festival Kicks Off Next Friday

The 20th Bath Literature Festival kicks off next Friday, with a 10-day programme that will see 160 events taking place across the city. Authors attending the event include Man Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, who will be talking about his first novel in 10 years, The Buried Giant; Canadian-born writer Rachel Cusk; and One Day author David Nicholls. On the first Saturday there will be a Ted Hughes tribute event, where Frieda Hughes, daughter of the late poet, will be reading a collection of her personal poems dedicated to her father. Downtown Abbey actor David Robb and Mercury Prize-shortlisted performance-poet Kate Tempest will also be reading Hughes’ poems.

As well as readings, there will be debates, discussions, literary walks, musical performances, comedy nights and much more. Take a look on the Bath Festival website to find out more.

‘Author’ Is The Most Desired Job In Britain

New research from YouGov has revealed that an author is the most-desired job among both men and women living in Britain. Over 14,000 people were polled for the survey, with 60% saying that being an author would be their dream job. The second most-desired job was a librarian (54%), followed by an academic (51%). YouGov commented that “instead of actors and musicians, it seems the aura of prestige still surrounds the quiet, intellectual life enjoyed by authors, librarians and academics.”

Poetry Collection Belonging To Iain Banks Published

A poetry collection written by the late Iain Banks was published earlier this week in commemoration of his 61st birthday. The collection, simply entitled Poems, was compiled by Iain’s long-time friend and fellow Scottish writer Ken MacLeod. Banks, who would have turned 61 last Monday, was best known for his fiction, non-fiction and science fiction prose; but a few years ago he told MacLeod that he wished for their poetry to be published. The new book features poetry by both authors. Banks died in 2013 from gall bladder cancer and his last novel, The Quarry, was published 11 days after his death. In 2008 Banks was crowned one of the 50 great British authors since 1945 by The Times.

You can order your copy of Poems from our online store.

15th Anniversary Of Alex Rider Series Celebrated With New Editions And A Competition

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, publisher Walker Books is going to release new editions of the whole series. The 10 books, which will be published on 2 April, will feature brand new covers plus bonus content. The publisher has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) to launch a writing competition aimed at upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils. Entrants must complete a short story started by Horowitz, or try their luck at writing their own adventure story. More information on the competition can be found on the NLT website. For a sneak preview of the new editions, head to the recently-launched Alex Rider website.

Which stories were you most interested in this week?