Possibly the biggest news in the book world over the past week was the reveal of who won this year’s Man Booker International Prize. Han Kang, from Korea, was victorious, winning the £50,000 prize (along with the British translator Deborah Smith) for The Vegetarian. This was a hotly contested prize – Han beat Elena Ferrante and Orhan Pamuk among others.
In other book news:
Is It Evil Not to Be Sure? Lena Dunham asks in her surprise new book, released out of the blue last Tuesday 17 May. This collection of the writer’s journals from a decade ago sold out in under 24 hours. The 2,000 copies of its first print run, all signed by Dunham, sold out, with all proceeds going towards Girls Write Now, a mentoring scheme.
Marvel can add another success story to its unbelievably popular brand, as the rebooted Black Panther comic series – written by MacArthur genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates – has become the best-selling comic of the year so far after selling more than a quarter of a million copies in a month. The first issue of the newly launched series raced straight to the top of the comics charts in the US following its release in April.