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It’s been a quiet week on the bookish news front, but we have the latest on the Hay Festival line-up and the most recent literature awards announcements.

The line-up for this year’s Hay Festival is now available. The UK’s massive literary festival – host to 700 events over eleven days – will feature guest authors Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Irvine Welsh, Jessie Burton, Helen Macdonald and many more. Neil Gaiman will also be at the festival to pay tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett. Find out more about Hay here.
hay-festivalIn the latest awards news, Haruki Murakami has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In odd circumstances, the 2015 award also features a Colombian novel from 1983 (In the Beginning Was the Sea). Even though the author is well known in his native country, this, his first novel, has only now become available in English.

Finally, in genre news, the Hugo Award finalists were announced on 4 April, the winner of which will be revealed on 22 August. The shortlist for Best Novel includes former winner Ann Leckie, Kevin J. Anderson, Katherine Addison, Marko Kloos and Jim Butcher.

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