I know that The Reading Book Post is supposed to be published every Monday, but yesterday I've been travelling for almost all day. When I finally got home I was so tired that I didn't even want to look at the screen. Anyway, it's been a fun weekend, plus I got some amazing comic books! As usual, here are the most interesting literary news from last week.
- Last week, on April 20, The Pulitzer Prizes announced the list for the 2015 winners. The winner for the fiction prize is Anthony Doerr for his historical novel All the Lights we Cannot See. I'm so happy to see this amazing book being awarded for such a prestigious prize! Also, Yiyun Li was awarded The Sunday Times short story prize for A Sheltered Woman. The short story was first published in March 2014 in The New Yorker and Li became the first woman author to win this prize.
- The announcement by PEN American Center that the Freedom of Expression Courage award will be given to the french satirical newspapers Charlie Hebdo has stirred the literary world. Six authors, Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi, have withdrawn from the gala, which will take place at the Natural History Museum in Manhattan on May 5.
- Fight Club 2 is about to get published. The first issue will be out on May 27 by Dark Horse Comics and the covers are absolutely amazing. Meanwhile, the author Chuck Palahniuk explains the jump from the novel to graphic novel format, whether a movie sequel will happen and the biggest problems he had to face.
- Are you a Girl Online fan? Then you will be happy to learn that Zoella is writing Girl Online 2, the sequel to her first best-selling novel. She has teased that the sequel will be written without the help of a ghostwriter and she is already in chapter 11.
- The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is due to be published on November 3, but this week the complete list of the short stories included in the collection has been made public. Among those, there is A Death, a short story that was published earlier this year in The New Yorker. Well, anything new by Stephen King is always welcome, don't you agree?
- Another long awaited book is Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. The news we had this week concern its audiobook version, which will be narrated by actress Reese Witherspoon. This will be the first audiobook project for the actress and the unabridged version will be published alongside the novel's debut on July 14.
- Which is your favourite Agatha Christie novel? This is what the Agatha Christie estate is trying to figure out. More than 80 novels are in the running to be named the world's favourite Agatha Christie novel and several famous fans of the author have already voted. This survey is to celebrate the 125 years from the birth of the famous novelist. The winner will become known in September, the month when Agatha Christie was born.
- Avengers: The Age of Ultron has come. Before we watch the film let's take this quiz, in order to find out which Avenger we are. I got Quicksilver, which one did you get?