Anne Rice has announced the return of her fans’ favourite character, the vampire Lestat. Now don’t get too excited, we won’t be seeing Tom Cruise donning a luxurious wig again. A new book in the series that follows from Interview with the Vampire (1976), titled Prince Lestat, will be published in October this year. Rice’s reveal has caused a lot of excitement among fans, but time will tell if her return to the genre series that made her a household name will be a success and continue to inspire readers.
George Saunders won the Folio Fiction Prize for his short story collection Tenth of December. The prize awards the best English-language fiction published in the UK. Following Saunders Folio Fiction Prize win, the Guardian published a great article about the current debate over British vs American writing and the contemporary critical ‘success’ of U.S. authors in comparison to their overseas counterparts: The Guardian
Russell Brand is writing another book, this time with a political edge. Due out in October, the new book will look into how, according to Brand, ‘the Revolution will work’. Coming from a comedian best known for his quirky interviewee presence and autobiography My Booky Wook, this new publication dealing with the economic, ecological and political strife facing the nation today should be an interesting and much anticipated read.
J.K. Rowling has released an essay online: a nearly 2,500 word ‘History of the Quidditch World Cup’. The story is available on the Pottermore website and is the longest piece written on the site so far by Rowling.
The U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award has gone to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for her novel Americanah. The highly successful novel is part love story, about a Nigerian blogger who travels back to Africa from the U.S. to meet up with a former love.
The YALC is set to be the UK’s first ever Young Adult Literature Convention and now some more authors have been announced for the lineup. Sally Gardner and Charlie Higson will now join a list of others including Will Hill, Meg Rosoff, Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Darren Shan and Sally Green (author of this year’s Half Bad).
In book to movie adaptation news, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch will be made into a film by the producers of hit franchise The Hunger Games.