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The YA novelist Cassandra Clare (of Mortal Instruments fame) has yet another series of books coming out soon. This new set of adult stories will focus on Magnus Bane, the fan favourite centuries-old warlock from the Shadowhunters world of books. Readers will need to wait a while though, as it won’t be released until autumn/winter next year.

The rise of Donald Trump as the USA’s Republican presidential nominee has caused a lot of ire across the nation’s fifty states and abroad, and now close to 500 writers, of all genres (from Stephen King to Lydia David), have joined together to express their opposition to the larger-than-life figure. The online petition has drawn signed support from thousands of writers, including Jennifer Egan, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers and more who claim to oppose ‘unequivocally, the candidacy’ of Trump.

this-one-summer-book-coverAlso in America this week, another school has reached headlines for banning a work of literature. A school in Minnesota has banned This One Summer, an award-winning graphic novel about a coming-of-age story of a young girl during a beach summer with her feuding parents, for its profane language.

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible won the Ondaatje Prize last week. The £10,000 prize went to Ukrainian-born, London writer Peter Pomerantsev for his book about corruption in modern Russia. In other non-fiction prize news, with an interest in contemporary Russia, The Orwell Prize has gone to Arkady Ostrovsky for his The Invention of Russia.

Britain’s literary festival juggernaut, the Hay Festival, began on 26 May. Details of events, talks and more can bee viewed at the festival’s website.

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