how-to-poo-on-a-date-bookThe Diagram Prize 2014, awarded to the year’s most peculiar book title, has gone to How to Poo on a Date, a self-help guide for those awkward romantic situations you may find yourself in. The authors Mats & Enzo also wrote How to Poo on Holiday and How to Poo at Work. As you may be able to tell, these are all humorous guides to toilet etiquette.

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will be coming to the big screen again in two upcoming versions, one to be directed by Andy Serkis (most famously LOTR’s Gollum) and the other directed by Jon Favreau and starring Idris Elba.

Is E. L. James back in the writing game? Do we hope so? Teasing fans with a twitter pic, the author began a wave of anticipation for a forthcoming book that may or may not be related to her hugely successful 50 Shades series.

Exciting library news! Manchester’s Central Library, celebrating its 80th birthday, will be reopening to the public for the first time since 2010 following a major £50 million reconstruction – now with gaming stations (XBOX and Playstation) and a Secret Garden inspired children’s reading area. I want to go to there.

JRR Tolkien’s translation of the poem Beowulf, edited by Christopher Tolkien, will be published by HarperCollins this May. Although written in 1926, it was never considered ready for publication in The Hobbit author’s lifetime and is only now to hit our bookshelves.

Australia’s Stella Prize (a literary award for female authors) has announced its shortlist: Hannah Kent, Fiona McFarlane, Anna Krien, Kristina Olsson, Alexis Wright and Clare Wright.

A national campaign has been launched in the UK to end gender-oriented marketing for children’s books. ‘Let Books Be Books’ will seek to get rid of books specifically labelled as ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’, allowing for children to choose their own reading list without external pressures typically asserted by publishers or retailers.

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