Literary News Roundup - Our Highlights this Week - 29 July 2020

29.07.20 05:32 PM By GAOLF

JLF Brave New World turns 100, Man Booker 2020 longlist announced, classic audiobooks dusted off for digitization, an open marquee for Wimbledon BookFest, the world’s lowest-budget film festival one of 12 creative events planned for Margate Bookie, and more.  

  • Jaipur Literature Festival’s ‘JLF Brave New World’ online series of programming celebrates its 100th episode with Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders today at 7pm IST, with more events coming up over the next few days including a conversation with Stephen Fry on 31 July. You can explore the events and register here
  • Literary festival Margate Bookie has announced a programme of 12 events which will run from now until December and include ‘the world’s lowest-budget film festival’ alongside author events, a poetry, a wellness weekend and more. 
  • Attica Locke, author and screenwriter of Little Fires Everywhere series fame, will give the ‘Noirwich Lecture’ this year at the Noirwich crime writing festival which is taking place online from 10 to 13 September. The Festival will also feature My Sister, the Serial Killer author Oyinkan Braithwaite and full programme details are available via their website.  
  • Thanks to positive responses to their July programming and continued support from their sponsors, The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival will extending its digital events into August with authors David Baldacci, Sara Pascoe and more. You can find out more here, and explore their programme here
  • Huddersfield Literature Festival are up for their third ‘White Rose’ award in five years for their quick and creative switch from live to digital this March. 
  • The 2020 Booker Prize longlist has been announced and includes veteran nominees Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler alongside eight debut novelists. You can explore the list of 13 writers here – it will be whittled down to a shortlist of six on 15 September. 
  • Classic audiobook recordings are being unearthed and digitized – including Adventures of Tom Sawyer read by Bing Crosby, and Complete Works of Shakespeare read by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and more. 
  • An open marquee will allow Wimbledon BookFest to run from 12-13 September on Wimbledon Common despite the pandemic, with author Mathew Syed already confirmed. You can read the letter from Festival Director Fiona Razvi here.
  • Authors write open letter opposing Saudi Arabia’s bid to host World Science Fiction Convention. More here
  • From 16 to 20 September Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival will be taking place and Hilary Mantel is one of the confirmed names. More here from The Bookseller
  • A scary Reddit short story, about a couple who buy a ranch and discover they’re not the only ones inhabiting the land, gets a seven-figure Netflix film deal.
  • Cliff Richard celebrates 60 years in the music business with a new autobiography which will be out at the end of October, titled The Dreamer: An Autobiography
  • Author Adrian McKinty has been announced as the winner of the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award for The Chain, a high concept novel about a chain of connected kidnappings. 
  • Best-selling novelist Josephine Cox has sadly passed away – she leaves a legacy of over 60 books, including The Beachcombers and Two Sisters. You can read more about her life and work here.
  • Crime Reads sheds light on Nigeria’s booming literary scene ‘Lagos: Africa’s Capital of Noir’.
  • 9 Books About Being Homesick for A Place That Doesn’t Exist Anymore via Electric Lit.
  • Five Japanese Authors Share Their Favourite Murakami Short Stories
  • On the trend of ‘mum noir’ ‘When Mums Go Bad: How Fiction Became Obsessed With The Dark Side Of Motherhood’ via Grazia Daily.
  • The oddest terms that antique book dealers use, from grangerized to elephant folio – explained in this New Yorker video
  • Every self-help book ever, can be boiled down to 11 simple rules according to Mashable.



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