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Book News Roundup: The Folio Prize Has Been Suspended For A Year

The annual Folio Prize has been suspended for a year (the 2016 competition), a consequence of the lack of sponsorship for the prestigious award. It seems that the Folio Society have decided not to run the £40,000 prize due to commitments to other projects, but will ‘return with a full-scale Prize in 2017’.

The third annual Goldsmiths Book Prize has announced its shortlist of six titles which will be vying for the win on 11 November. The contenders for the £10,000 Prize, for fiction ‘that breaks the mould’, are Tom McCarthy (Satin Island), Max Porter (Grief is the Thing with Feathers), Adam Thirlwell (Lurid & Cute), Magnus Mills (The Field of the Cloth of Gold), Kevin Barry (Beatlebone) and Richard Beard (Acts of the Assassins).

J.K. Rowling took her readers and followers by surprise this week after responding to some fan theories online. The Harry Potter author answered to one person that her favourite theory was ‘Dumbledore as Death’, and she also assured all that Ron was most definitely NOT a time-travelling Dumbledore.

Patrick Ness, author of the Chaos Walking series, A Monster Calls and the recent anti-superhero novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here, is writing a children’s television spin-off of Doctor Who. The eight-part series, titled Class, will air next year on the BBC.

American author Don DeLillo will be publishing a new novel next year (May in the UK). The new title by the award-winning writer, famous for Underworld, White Noise, Falling Man and more, will be called Zero K.

In non-book news, it is now the Great British Bake-Off Final week! For fans of the show who want some literary related news, the show’s comedian presenter Sue Perkin is publishing her memoir – Spectacles – which will be available to buy this week from Thursday 8 October.

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