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eleanor & parkRainbow Rowell’s 2013 novel Eleanor & Park is to become a film. Dreamworks will be adapting the story, which follows two teens as rather atypical protagonists – the slightly overweight Eleanor and half-Korean Park – falling in love in 1986 Nebraska, USA.

Russell Brand has penned some rewritings of classic fairy tales as part of a series titled Trickster Tales. The first story, to be released this November, will be Brand’s take on The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize (an award known to be the highest monetary prize for a short story) went to Adam Johnson for Nirvana, an SF near-future tale about a woman confined to her bed with an auto-immune disease, and the struggle of a man who fears she may take her own life. Johnson was influenced by the plight of his wife’s battle with cancer and a friend who committed suicide, as well as legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who appears as a ghost in the story.

In sad news, Peter Matthiesson, founder of the Paris Review and author of The Snow Leopard, died aged 86 this past week.

Gabriel García Márquez was hospitalised in Mexico City last week. The Nobel-Prize winning author was admitted with an infection and suffering from dehydration, although doctors were positive about his condition.

The National Portrait Gallery, London, will be holding an exhibition on Virginia Woolf. More than 100 paintings, photographs and drawings will be brought together to memorialise and explore the author’s life and works. Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision will run from July to October.

Suffering a bit from a lack of new books from Booker prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (1989’s The Remains of the Day)? You’re in luck, as the author will be releasing a new novel next year titled The Buried Giant. His most recent book, the acclaimed dystopian-Britain novel Never Let Me Go, was published all the way back in 2005, so it’s high time for something new!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves author Karen Joy Fowler has won the PEN/ Faulkner Award for fiction. The writer previously bagged success with The Jane Austen Book Club, although her latest novel has a far more twist-filled premise. Initially introducing readers to an American university student, Rosemary, in the mid ‘90s, the story explores her family upbringing and the heartbreak caused by the loss of her twin sister. There is far more to the book than this brief summary reveals, as evidenced by that fact that her win beat out 430 other novels and short-stories to the Award top spot.

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