Neil Gaiman will be helping to turn Good Omens, the novel he co-authored with the late Terry Pratchett, into a six-episode television series. This was revealed at a ceremony at the Barbican Centre over the weekend in honour of Pratchett. Also, a graphic novel by Pratchett, Small Gods, will also be published soon (July 2016).
In other book news:
The Man Booker International Prize shortlist has now been published, announcing the six finalists for the prize. Elena Ferrante is still the favourite to win for The Story of the Lost Child (even though the rules have changed this year to award an author/translator team for one book, it is likely that if Ferrante wins it will be in recognition of her Naples-set book series as a whole). Ferrante is joined by Jose Eduardo Agalusa, Han Kang, Orhan Pamuk, Robert Seethaler and Yan Lianke.
HBO will be producing an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, the dystopian story about the systematic, government-decreed book-burning that occurs in a highly regulated totalitarian state.
A new book-access campaign has been announced to support young people coping with mental health issues. GP surgeries and libraries across the country will aim to stock reading programmes, promoting books such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in association with Reading Well for Young People, the charity campaign to recommend reading lists for medical professionals to prescribe to youngsters in need.
The world’s biggest bookshop will soon open in the city of Tehran in Iran. The huge building will stock thousands of books alongside student study spaces and a theatre auditorium for children (not to mention a 5,000 capacity car park). The current record for the largest bookshop is held by a New York City store, but this new site plans to top the American shop.