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The biggest book news this week has been the announcement that J. K. Rowling will release a new Hogwarts-set book this year. Instead of a novel to add to the original series however, this will be a version of the script for the upcoming play, The Cursed Child, set to begin onstage this May in London. The book will be released on 31 July – significant to fans for being Harry Potter’s birthday.

In other book news: 

Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels – the European literary phenomenon about female friendship and relationships in Italy from 1950s to the present – are going to be adapted for television. An Italian production company will be turning the series of four books, which began in 2011 with My Brilliant Friend, into a series of eight episodes each (32 episodes in total).

Cassandra Clare has been sued by author Sherrilyn Kenyon for copyright infringement. Kenyon is the author of the Dark Hunter series, which, the writer claims, has been plagiarised by Clare, the author of the successful Mortal Instruments book series (now on Netflix as the recently adapted Shadowhunters).dark-hunters-the-mortal-instrumentsThe Stella Prize has announced the longlist for its best of 2016 Australian female authors (the award celebrates Australian women’s contribution to literature). The twelve authors in the running for the $50,000 prize can be seen on the Award’s website.

Aaron Sorkin, the Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter of The Social Network and Steve Jobs, has written a stage version of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The adaptation will appear on New York’s Broadway during the 2017-18 season.

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