Happy first day of June everyone! The summer is officially here and I can't wait to go to the beach. I've started the funny books themed read and it couldn't be a better theme for the season. But, as every Monday, let's see what happened in the literary world the previous week.
- Get to read the new exclusive excerpt from Purity by Jonathan Frazen. The author's long-awaited novel will by published on September 1st. Also, read an exclusive extract from Something to Hide by Deborah Moggach. The author's new novel will be published on July, 2nd.
- David Mitchell talked at the Hay Festival. In his talk, he compared the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series and The Fault in Our Stars to crack cocaine, but in a good way. More specifically, he argued that novels such as these help the young audience get addicted to reading. For this reason, he is also very optimistic towards the future for books. Another great idea from one of my favourite authors!
- A new graphic novel adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thomson will be released in October 2015. The adaptation will be made from Troy Little and the graphic novel will be published by Top Shelf Productions.
- Marian Keyes, the author of Watermelon, Sushi for Beginners and Saved by Cake, posed her objection about the tag "chic-lit", in her recent talk at the Hay Festival. She claimed that this term mocks women and maintain the gender gap. This is a very interesting and thought-provoking point. What do you think?
- A new James Bond novel will be coming on September 8th. Along with the famous spy, Pussy Galore will return, after 50 years. The story will take place in 1957, after the Ian Fleming's original novel Goldfinger. Trigger Mortis will be written by Anthony Horowitz, who has used an unused Flaming storyline called Murder on Wheels.
- The British Library will be re-issuing the crime novel The Incredible Crime by Lois Austen-Leigh, a relative of Jane Austen's. The novel was first published in 1931 and at the time was critically acclaimed. The edition is due to appear in early 2017.
- A rare proof of the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath will go up for an auction. The proof bears the pseudonym of the author, Victoria Lucas, and includes about 70 textual changes. The auction will take place on June 24. .
- This week's quiz is a little challenging. Can you guess these two-word novel titles?