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Rushdie Awarded Peace Prize at Frankfurt and Its Pulped Fiction for The Da Vinci Code

Rushdie Awarded Peace Prize at Frankfurt and Its Pulped Fiction for The Da Vinci Code

Festival News:

The 9th Islamabad Literature Festival, organized by Oxford University Press, will be held from November 3 to 5, 2023, at the Gandhara Citizen Club in F-9 Park. This year’s theme, ‘People, Planet, Possibilities,’ promises an exciting programme featuring renowned authors such as Victoria Schofield, Iftikhar Arif, Khaled Anam, Sarmad Khoosat, and Beo Zafar. The festival will showcase keynotes, discussions, book launches, exhibitions, and film screenings. Traditional elements like a Mushaira and Ghazal Night are included. Eminent experts will lead discussions on a wide range of topics, from AI to women in publishing. The event is held in collaboration with several partners.


The Portland Book Festival, taking place on November 4th, is a literary extravaganza offering an array of exciting events. These include award-winning author Charise Mericle Harper‘s storytime session on imagination, a special conversation between Viet Thanh Nguyen and Tommy Orange, and Dave Miller’s interview with New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. In addition, there will be discussions on topics ranging from plant-based cooking with Aaron Adams, Liz Crain, and Hetty Lui McKinnon to a talk on Tim O’Brien’s new novel. The festival also features readings by authors like Kendare Blake, Kayvion Lewis, and more at various locations, providing a diverse and engaging literary experience for attendees.


Wimbledon BookFest recently concluded a 10-day event, welcoming over 15,000 attendees, including 5,000 children who were gifted copies of books by Cressida Cowell, SF Said, Nikita Gill and George the Poet. The festival gained recognition as “one of the UK’s most important literary festivals” by the Evening Standard as it featured a diverse and engaging program, with events ranging from Steve Backshall’s Deep Blue tour to Philippa Gregory’s book discussion. Notable speakers included David Baddiel, Anne Enright, Bernardine Evaristo, Sebastian Faulks, Peter Frankopan, Natalie Haynes, Afua Hirsch, Tom Holland, Paterson Joseph, Mikaela Loach, Annie Macmanus, Tim Marshall, Alexander McCall Smith, Ben Okri, Katherine Rundell, Lisa Snowdon, Wes Streeting, Rose Tremain and many more, discussing topics like climate change, AI, and geopolitics. Wimbledon BookFest also emphasized inclusivity, offering lower ticket prices and partnerships with Merton Libraries to make the festival accessible. The event focused on cultural engagement and connecting diverse voices, including a partnership with the Lahore Literary Festival.


Read this article by The Guardian about the growth and impact of the Black British book festival, which concluded in its third year. The festival, held in London, aimed to celebrate Black British authors, especially emerging ones, and change the audience’s perception of Black literature. With a diverse lineup of speakers, including Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and dancer Oti Mabuse, the festival focused on sparking meaningful conversations, addressing disparities in the publishing industry, and promoting reading for pleasure in marginalized communities. It represented a vital platform for showcasing Black British literature and fostering a sense of community among readers and authors.

Book News:


BookBrunch has and in-depth report on Frankfurt Book Fair looking at trends and feedback from literary agents.


Founding Edinburgh International Book Festival Director Jenny Brown has been recognised by Edinburgh Napier University as ‘a woman who revolutionised the way Scotland thinks about reading, writing and publishing.’


Michael Magee was awarded the 2023 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature at a ceremony in Trinity College Dublin  for his debut novel Close to Home, set in the writer’s native West Belfast.


The Booker prize-winning author Salman Rushdie received the German Book Trade’s peace prize at Frankfurt Book Fair.  He said ‘yes, we should of course defend speech that offends us, otherwise we are not defending free expression at all’  and that writers must be allowed to create characters outside of their own experience: …. ‘if only women can write about women and straight people about straight people’ then it signals the ‘death of art’


Nobel prize-winning Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa says latest novel will be his last


6,000 The Da Vinci Code novels turned into Nineteen Eighty-Four in “pulped fiction” edition.

Artist creates new edition of Orwell classic after Swansea charity shop had its fill of Dan Brown bestseller


Scholastic reverses decision reported last week to separate books on race, gender and sexuality

After backlash, company will no longer separate catalog at school fairs, which allowed districts to opt out of diverse books


Publisher Penguin Random House has launched a new writing award in the US celebrating freedom of expression in response to a rise in book bans across the country.


The entire collection of Geoffrey Chaucer’s works held by the British Library is being made available in digital format after the completion of a two and a half year project to upload 25,000 images of the often elaborately illustrated medieval manuscripts.


Britney Spears criticises ‘dumb and silly’ press coverage of her memoir

Singer says on social media that she didn’t mean ‘to offend anyone’ with her new tell-all book The Woman in Me


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