Book Empire Vol. 15

All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis.

We understand how busy you are and how difficult it is to keep up with all the book news that’s being thrown at you every day. To make your life a little easier, we’ll compound the most important bits into 1 blog post every week, exactly telling you what you need to know. Please don’t worry your pretty little head about the possibility of propaganda or censorship. We’ll do that for you.

Matt Haig has made a small video for aspiring authors. He will tell you exactly what to do and what not to do to become just as successful as he is.

Prisoners in the UK are no longer allowed to receive books sent from the outside world. English authors like Philip Pullman and Mark Haddon created a petition to ensure prisoners can still read the latest novels without any form of censorship.

Recently we reported on the Amtrak Writing Residency, but HTML Giant has one-upped everyone with their fictional writer residencies.
I especially look forward to reading my tweets to Don DeLilo in a Starbucks.

I can’t help but be excited about the prospect of living in a bookstore. The literary community of Shakespeare & Co is revealed, showcasing the Tumbleweeds who are a small group of authors working and living in the dreamlike bookstore.
If bookshops in Holland don’t start doing this I will have to move to Paris.

We all know how hard it can be to tear yourself away from that TV screen and actually sit down and read a book. The Airship has found a solution called ‘Stop Watching TV & Read a Fucking Book’.
A great self help article with amazing book recommendations!

Meg Wolitzer, known from The Interestings fame, is writing a YA novel inspired by Sylvia Plath.
Expect a whole lot of sad teenage girls contemplating suicide, but then in an awesome and hopefully heartfelt way.

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