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The National Book Critics Circle Awards nominees were announced last week, and the Canadian author Margaret Atwood is set to receive a lifetime achievement award. The awards span six categories, from biography to poetry, and also include honourary prizes. Yaa Gyasi will receive one for best debut novel, for her work Homegoing. Zadie Smith is in the running for the fiction award for the critically acclaimed release Swing Time, along with Michael Chabon for his recent novel Moonglow.

In other book news:

Good Omens, the novel co-authored by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett in 1990, is coming to the small screen in a six-episode series on Amazon Prime, to air in 2018. Gaiman is serving as showrunner, and he also penned all the episodes of the show, which follows the angel Aziraphale and devil named Crowley who must work together to stop the end of the world following the birth of the antichrist.

Paul Auster, the American author of the New York trilogy, is hoping to be elected to the presidency of the organisation PEN America in 2018, in reaction to the recent US election and Trump’s rise as POTUS. Auster wishes to take charge of the group in order to help campaign against the new White House presidency.

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