bret-easton-ellisBret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho, Glamorama and more, is apparently setting up to work on a film project with Kanye West.  The author has previously adapted his novels to screen, such as Psycho and The Rules of Attraction, but this time Ellis will be writing an original script for West. Wonder what craziness these two will concoct.

A photo of the cover for the Veronica Mars book has been released. The book, written by series creator Rob Thomas, will be a sequel following on from the events of the upcoming film. Called The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, the story will follow Veronica solving more dark and dastardly cases in the California town of Neptune . . . I guess that’s one big spoiler revealed: Kristen Bell’s Veronica doesn’t die in the movie (unless this is one big ruse by Thomas!) Veronica Mars

Crime author Lynda La Plante is planning a Prime Suspect prequel, to be called Tennison, which she will produce as a TV show for 2016 in connection with the 25th anniversary of the drama. The prequel is titled after the feisty, crime-solving protagonist Jane Tennison, made famous by Helen Mirren’s portrayal in the original series.

Iain Banks’ final book – a book of poetry – is to be published in 2015.

In Tokyo a few libraries have been hit by a confusing vandal attack, as many copies (over 200) of books about Anne Frank have been purposefully destroyed. Pages have been torn and entire books damaged, leaving them unusable and unreadable. Although no one has been arrested or caught in connection with the damage, public statements have been made by the libraries decrying the acts.

Alien invasion book The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey has won the Red House Children’s book award. This is a UK award that uniquely is voted for entirely by children. The book has been so successful so far among critics and readers that it is yielding high praise from studio heads as well, who are hoping to turn the tale of a teenage girl trying to survive in alien-conquered Earth into a blockbuster film.

The number of independent bookshops in the UK is now in further decline. 67 bookshops closed last year to bring the official figure below 1,000 for the first time ever. The increase in rent costs, online sales and fall in high street trade has made it continuingly difficult to keep the independent businesses running.

Weekly list from the web: 30 books by authors under 30, which includes Culturefly-reviewed The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, along with recent hit The Luminaries, popular John Green novel Looking for Alaska and more.

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