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Library lifeline

Kensal Rise library, which has been threatened with closure could survive as a community-run project. The leader of Brent council in north London said they had agreed to sit down with local people who have been campaigning to save Kensal Rise … Continue reading

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London has a new book festival

Thanks to the Telegraph online for this one… Jimmy Carr, P.D. James and A.S. Byatt are among the speakers at the first ‘Words In the Park’ Festival in London’s Holland Park. London will host a new literary festival next weekend … Continue reading

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Greek financial tragedy turned into fiction

Murders at the heart of Petros Markaris’ new book echo the fury felt towards Greece’s tax-dodging elite. Markaris’ novel tells of a serial killer stalking the wealthy suburbs of Athens for rich Greek victims who have failed to pay their … Continue reading

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World Book Night

Stephen Fry joins 20,000 volunteers that are giving away a million free copies of books, as part of the annual reading event, World Book Night. The event held on Monday 23 April, involved many celebrity voluteers ranging from Stephen Fry, … Continue reading

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‘Coarse language’ and violence top list of UK parents’ complaints about books

Thanks to the Guardian for this one… Children’s books from Roald Dahl to the Horrible Histories series spark complaints to UK library authorities While Americans are busy protesting about the violence and offensive language present in dystopian smash hit The … Continue reading

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Mobile library cuts to hit elderly and rural dwellers

Thanks to the Telegraph online for this one… Nearly a third of local authorities have reduced or cancelled their mobile   library service in the last year, according to statistics obtained by The   Daily Telegraph. The cuts are having a disproportionate … Continue reading

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Pottermore will finally open to all in April following lengthy delay

J.K. Rowling’s interactive website, where users can navigate the world of Harry Potter, has been in beta since launching on 31 July. It was opened to one million registered test users, and set to go live last October. However, developers … Continue reading

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Library closures protest heads to Westminster

Authors Kate Mosse and Philip Ardagh join library campaigners to march on Westminster. They plan to lobby MPs about a public library service they say is in “crisis”. With new research from Unison showing that more than 100 libraries across … Continue reading

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JK Rowling announces new novel – for adults

Rowling is drawing a line under her children’s writing for publisher Bloomsbury by signing up to Little, Brown for her adult output in the UK and USA. JK said of today’s announcement: “Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70th anniversary marked by star illustrators

Much-loved illustrators including Quentin Blake and Helen Oxenbury have reimagined the Famous Five to mark the 70th anniversary of the adventurous quintet’s first appearance, bringing new looks to Enid Blyton’s classic characters. Blyton’s publisher approached Blake with the idea of … Continue reading

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