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Inferno– The newest book in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series – Inferno – will be released this week. This addition to Brown’s incredibly popular oeuvre explores the secrets of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, and will (very likely) focus upon deadly assassins, historical intrigue, and conspiracy theories concealed within cryptographic riddles.

– Charlaine Harris, author of The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, has recently received bitter feedback from enraged fans over the conclusion to the series in her novel Dead Ever After. A copy of the book leaked online, leaving many fans fuming at the resolution to the love triangle that had propelled the series through its 13 book run.

– Ever felt that children in the UK were suffering from a lack of access to international works of fiction? Pushkin Press has announced a new imprint – Pushkin Children’s Books – which will publish translations in English of new and classic children’s literature from around the world.

– Candace Bushnell has been targeted by a hacker named Guccifer, who released an early copy online of the opening fifty pages of her upcoming novel, tentatively titled Killing Monica.

– Best-selling and multi-award winning author Haruki Murakami made a public appearance in Japan for the first time in 18 years to promote his new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, which was released in Japan earlier this April.

– Harper Lee, author of seminal American masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird¸ is suing her literary agent for apparently tricking her into handing over copyright to the novel after having exploited Lee’s poor vision and hearing. The author is hoping to reclaim the rights to the book and regain any commission earned by the agent since 2007.

– A journal written by W.H. Auden in 1939 has been unearthed and will be auctioned in June at Christie’s for an estimated value of £40,000 to £60,000.

– Finally, I shall leave you with this: The new book lover’s social media website, Riffle, has finally gone live (looking remarkably similar to Pinterest!). It looks like a bit of fun, so check it out at http://www.rifflebooks.com/

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