June 24, 2020

George RR Martin predicts penultimate Game of Thrones book finished next year

Jun 24 2020 As lockdown eases around the world, George RR Martin has revealed he is currently isolating in “an actual cabin in the mountains” and hopes to finish his long-awaited fantasy novel The Winds of Winter “next year”. Martin said he was spending “long hours every day” working on the book, which will be the sixth in his series A Song of Ice and Fire. Although the television storyline concluded a year ago, fans have been waiting for The Winds of Winter, the penultimate book in the series before A Dream of Spring, since the publication of A Dance...

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Booker Prize Foundation abolishes Baroness Nicholson’s role

The Trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation have abolished the post of honorary vice president, previously held by Baroness Emma Nicholson. The decision followed controversy on social media surrounding Nicholson's views on same-sex marriage and her attitude to trans people. A statement this evening (Wednesday 24th June) read: "We, the Trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation, met today and wish to reiterate that the views expressed by Baroness Nicholson on transgender people are her own personal opinions.

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Trump family sues to block publication of tell-all memoir by his niece

Jun 24 2020 The family of President Donald J. Trump is suing to block publication of a bombshell memoir by the president’s niece. Filed on June 23 by the president’s brother Robert S. Trump in Queens County (NY) Surrogate's Court, the suit seeks an order blocking Trump’s niece Mary L. Trump and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, from proceeding with the publication of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, citing a sweeping confidentiality clause agreed to into in 2001, when the estate of the the president’s father, Fred Trump Sr., was settled....

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OverDrive to acquire KKR-owned RBmedia’s library business

Jun 24 2020 Moving swiftly after their recent acquisition by private equity firm KKR, OverDrive, the leading digital library platform, announced that it will acquire the library assets of another KKR-owned property, RBmedia, including the RBdigital platform in North America, the U.K, and Australia. The deal represents a major development in the digital library market. OverDrive is the market leading distributor of digital content in libraries, and RBmedia is a major producer of audiobooks with a catalog of more than 45,000 exclusive titles through its various brands. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories

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Why the #247challenge matters

The National Literacy Trust today released new research for National Writing Day, which found that more young people have been writing and reading in lockdown. Following already promising research from the Reading Agency in April, showing that 45% of young people were choosing to read more, it’s really heartening to see a significant increase in the number of children and young people choosing to write stories, poems, letters and journal

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