Hello, everyone! My reading year has started really well! I've finished an amazing novel (review to come tomorrow) and even had the chance to create a new Play(list) by the Book! I've also decided to take part in my first blog tour, which will take place later in this week, so look out for it. Anyway, let's see what happened in the literary world the previous week.
- The 2015 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize has been awarded to Sarah Howe for her collection Loop of Jade. It's noteworthy that this is the debut collection of the poet. The Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression has been announced. Sadly, none of the three winners was able to attend the ceremony. Eritrean poet and journalist Amanuel Asrat and Turkish author and journalist Can Dundar, are both imprisoned, while the Egyptian writer and librarian Omar Hazek was unable to leave his country.
- An upcoming thriller is The Widow. You can now watch the book trailer and read an exclusive excerpt from it! The novel is due on February 16, 2016.
- Phillip Pullman is no longer a patron to the Oxford Literary Festival. The reason is that the organisers don't pay the speakers.
- Infographic: These are the most powerful Sci-Fi weapons! Which one is your favourite?
- The new app, Crave, is an essential for all the romance novel lovers out there! And I have to admit that I'd like to try it, seems like it could offer a new experience!
- Who's Your Perfect YA Boyfriend? Take the quiz to find out! I got Augustus Waters from The Fault in Out Stars, how about you?