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11-22-63-stephen-kingJames Franco has signed on to star in a nine-hour television adaptation of Stephen King’s JFK assassination novel 11/22/63. Franco will play Jake Epping, an English teacher who discovers a portal that whisks him off to 1958, 11:58am to be exact. This bizarre circumstance sets him on a mission to stop the eventual assassination of President John F. Kennedy, all while facing the many obstacles – ordinary and more supernatural – in his way.

James Patterson has remained the most borrowed author from UK libraries for an amazing eighth successive year. Dan Brown’s Inferno takes the number one spot for most loaned out book, with two Lee Child novels in second and third place.

The Folio Prize now has a shortlist for 2015. On 9 February, the Prize revealed its eight selected titles: 10:04 by Ben Lerner, All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Outline by Rachel Cusk, Family Life by Akhil Sharma, How to Be Both by Ali Smith and Nora Webster by Colm Toibin.

For your infographic of the week, take a look at this, a collection of various writers’ obsessive habits and pet preferences. For example, have you ever wondered if Donna Tartt is a cat person or a dog person? Or whether Stephen King is a coffee fan or tea lover?

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