The trend of colouring books for adults doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon, and the newest one is probably the most eye-rollingly on trend yet. The Corbyn Colouring Book – a collection of random illustrations featuring Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – will be published 18 November by Old Street Publishing. Perfectly in time for Christmas.In other book news:
Gary Oldman, the actor famous for his role as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, among others (True Romance, anyone?), is set to publish his own fiction novel about vampires – not just any vampires, Wild West ‘vampire cowboys’. Blood Riders will be released in hardback in October 2016.
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, a new prize introduced this year in Australia, now has its inaugural winner. Sally Abbot won the AUS$10,000 prize, beating out a huge list of 1,000 other hopefuls, for her manuscript work Closing Down, about a future Australia facing a rising swell of refugees attempting to reach her shores. As well as receiving the monetary award, Abbot has been granted a year-long mentorship with the publishing house Hachette Australia and her final work will be published in the Guardian Australia. In other Australian literary news, Joan London has won the Patrick White award for her contribution to the country’s literature.
It seems that these days there’s always something in the news about a soon-to-be adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman’s stories – and thankfully, that is a wonderful thing. Now it’s the turn of his Likely Stories, which will soon begin filming for a four-part television adaptation on Sky Arts channel, based on some of Gaiman’s short stories (although it is not yet known which ones). Another of Gaiman’s short tales slated to begin filming this month with Elle Fanning in the lead role, is ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’, about two teenage boys in Britain in the 1970s who meet some strange girls one night at a party.
Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been the target of a school book ban in the U.S. state of Illinois this week, after the book was pulled from a school’s English reading list for being age inappropriate and ‘extremely’ vulgar. The ban itself has raised ire from many free speech groups urging the school to reconsider its decision.
In other Illinois-based news, Chicago will soon (in 2017) be home to the American Writers Museum, the first museum of its kind in the U.S. to celebrate the nation’s literary heritage, from poetry to digital media and journalism.