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George R R Martin has revealed a tantalising fact about his future books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. The sixth novel, which fans are (im)patiently awaiting since its recent publication delays, will feature a character that has been killed off in HBO’s television series. The Winds of Winter will feature a twist that apparently will not under any circumstances occur on TV. Changes from the source material have been common on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but it seems as if Winds of Winter will take the book series in a direction even further from its successful small-screen adaptation.

A new £1,000 annual literary prize, the Jhalak Prize, has now been launched in the UK. The award will celebrate writers of colour, as a way to recognise and encourage authors of all genres who typically feel marginalised by the traditional features of prize-winning books – that is, books that fulfil ‘a romantic fetishisation of their cultural heritage’. The shortlist will be revealed in January 2017, following nominations cast in late 2016.

Ava DuVernay has been selected to direct the feature film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, the script of which has been written by Jennifer Lee (Disney’s Frozen scriptwriter). The original novel from 1962 is a beloved classic by Madeleine L’Engle, having sold around 14 million copies as of last year, that follows a young girl, Meg Murry, on a fantastical quest.

Following on from the recent new mini-series, there may be even more X-Files in the works. A YA prequel novel in fact. The novel will follow Mulder and Scully in their younger years.

Selections for the oddest book title of the year have been unveiled. This year’s Diagram Prize is upon us, with potential winners ranging from A Cultural History of the Anus to Transvestite Vampire Biker Nuns and Soviet Bus Stops. The public can vote for their favourite here.

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