Books Weekly News Digest- October 31st 2014

Books Weekly News Digest- October 31st 2014

It’s A Happy Halloween For Potter Fans!

Harry Potter fans – you can forget about any ‘tricks’ for Halloween this year because today, you’re in for an almighty ‘treat!’ That ‘treat’ comes in the form of a brand new, 1,500 word Harry Potter story released especially for Halloween. The story focuses on Dolores Umbridge, arguably one of the most malicious characters in the world of Harry Potter and the only person (other than you-know-who) to leave a physical scar on Harry Potter. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has said the new story is filled with many new details, revealing the backstory of the evil witch, along with the author’s first-person thoughts and reflections about the character. Umbridge was first introduced to readers in the fifth Harry Potter book, the Order of the Phoenix. The cruel character was sentenced to life in Azkaban for her brutal battle to persecute all Muggle-borns.

So, without further ado, read the story for yourself at Pottermore (you’ll need to register first). Enjoy!

Signed Rolling Stones Books To Sell For $5,000 Each

If you’re a fan of the Rolling Stones (and we mean a huge fan of the Rolling Stones), then here’s your chance to get your hands on a boxed, signed coffee-table book that contains all you’ll ever need to know about one of Britain’s best rock bands. But there’s a catch: it will set you back $5,000, which is around £3,101. The book, published by Taschen and due to be released in December, contains hundreds of never-been-seen photographs spanning the band’s 50 year history. 1,150 signed copies will be sold, along with a slightly smaller, unsigned edition, costing a much cheaper $150.

Take a look at the more affordable Rolling Stones products we have available here.

Red House Children’s Book Award 2015 Shortlist Revealed

The full shortlist for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2015 was revealed this week. The award is split into three separate categories: Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers, and Books for Older Readers. Among the authors nominated for the award are David Walliams for his book Demon Dentist, Malorie Blackman for Noble Conflict and Sophie McKenzie for Split Second.

The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national book award that is entirely voted by children. You can read the full shortlist and place your vote on the Red House Children’s Book Award website.

Three Leading Political Parties Pledge Support For Literary Campaign

The UK’s three leading political parties have pledged to support the National Literacy Forum’s literacy campaign after it presented its ‘Vision for Literacy 2025’ to parliament on Wednesday this week. ‘The Vision for Literacy’ campaign is aimed at ensuring that all children born this year will have sufficient literacy skills by the time they leave secondary school. Minister of State Nick Gibb said that “tackling literacy failure is a priority for the Government, and our plan for education is designed to ensure every single child leaves school prepared for life in modern Britain.” The National Literacy Forum is led by the National Literacy Trust and is backed by organisations including The Reading Agency and Booktrust. The campaign aligns with the ‘Read On, Get On’ campaign which was launched by Save the Children in September.

You can find out more information on the ‘Vision for Literacy’ campaign on the National Literacy Trust website.

Former Children’s Bookseller Wins Montegrappa Scholastic Prize For Children’s Writing

Popular Authors To Auction Off Character Names For Charity

A group of 17 authors will be selling the naming rights to upcoming characters in their novels, with all the proceeds going to charity. Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes and Margaret Atwood are among the big-name authors participating in the ‘Immortality Auction,’ which will take place in London next month. The funds raised will go to the charity group ‘Freedom from Torture,’ an organisation that provides therapy and support for survivors of torture.

Patrick Ness To Release Two New Books

Acclaimed author Patrick Ness has announced that he will be writing two new novels, with the first book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, set to be released in autumn next year. The writer is most known for the award-winning A Monster Calls and More Than This. The upcoming books, aimed at young adults, will be published by HarperCollins, who acquired the deal earlier this week. Patrick Ness has written eight books, including two adult novels and a short story collection.

Marvel Announces A String Of Future Films

The plans were revealed at a Marvel Studios media event in Hollywood. Some familiar characters will be returning to our screens, including Captain America and Thor, along with the ensemble from the Avengers films. Some new faces will also be appearing in films such as Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel. The first film will be The Avengers: Age of Ultron which will be released May next year.

From stationery to comic books and DVDs, we’ve got a huge range of Marvel products. Check them out here!

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