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the-fall-of-arthur– What better way to begin a news round-up on a Bank Holiday weekend than a festival update! Britain’s Hay Festival 2013 has been taking place since May 23rd, on-going until June 2nd in a celebration of Literature and the Arts. Authors such as Will Self, Lydia Davis, Lionel Shriver and Mark Haddon to name a few are on the programme. Festival updates can be tracked on twitter @hayfestival

– Speaking of Twitter, it was announced by the secretary of the Swedish Academy over the social media site that the five candidates for the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature have been selected (though none have been revealed to the public).  These final five will be whittled down to one Nobel Laureate in October who will receive the Prize in December, per Academy procedure.

Now, from the grand stage of the Nobel Committee to the world of fan fiction…

– In a remarkable, though not entirely unexpected announcement (at least if recent trends indicate), Amazon Publishing have decided to venture into the fan fiction marketplace. Kindle Worlds is a platform that will allow writers to create and sell fan fiction based on other authors’ works. Royalties will be split between the original creator and the fan fiction writer. Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros., will be working with Amazon to enable fans to publish fiction for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries.

– The Nebula Awards for novels written in 2012 have awarded their winner. Kim Stanley Robinson won the coveted title for 2312, the novelist’s 17th book, which was published by Orbit Press. The novel depicts a future where a biologically-augmented humanity has departed from an overheating Earth and has set about terraforming other planets. E.C. Myers won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy for Fair Coin.

– Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International Prize, a £60,000 award that rewards an author’s overall contribution to literature, rather than a single work.  Davis is an American author and translator who has written one novel, The End of the Story (1995) and various short story collections published over the last few decades.

– J.R.R. Tolkien’s final epic poem The Fall of Arthur has been compiled and finally published by Christopher Tolkien through HarperCollins UK. The poem traces the legend of King Arthur, specifically focusing upon the repercussions of Queen Guinevere’s relationship with Lancelot.

– The New Yorker has published a wonderful article concerning the art of reading (or re-reading) and forgetting; a common issue of short-term memory loss shared by book lovers everywhere. Added here for your enjoyment: http://nyr.kr/111YaMZ

– The Guardian has released their long list for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2013: http://bit.ly/17bAayZ

– Finally, take a gander at this awesome pictographic chart over at Pop Chart Lab cataloguing the different drink choices for your favourite film and literature characters: http://bit.ly/14SCMNY

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