The new Batgirl cover caused a bit of a stir this week, with fans of the series deeming it a completely inappropriate representation of the character and a distasteful reflection of abuse. The cover shows the Joker pinning a visibly distressed and teary eyed Batgirl against him. The comic creators took to Twitter to explain that it was a variant cover that had not been approved by the story’s writers or designers, and would not ultimately be used.
An appeal that started in the wake of losing Terry Pratchett, whose recent death encouraged an outpouring of acclaim and remembrance for his work, has now raised £28,000 in a single night for the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Donations flooded in for the charity, The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE) based in Bath, specially selected by Pratchett’s family. The author’s legacy does not stop here however, as his final works will be published over the next year. The Shepherd’s Crown, featuring teenage character Tiffany Aching, has been completed, and the fourth novel in the Long Earth series is due this June.
In a week inundated with advertising for the ‘re’-burial of Richard III, another famous historical figure has recently been unearthed. The remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, have been discovered in a convent. The author died in Madrid, Spain, in 1616, and now a team of Spanish researchers claim to have located his bones (found in various tiny fragments and apparently mixed with those of his wife, Catalina de Salazar).
The 25th Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 has announced its longlist of authors, with the shortlist due to be revealed on 9 April. The prize celebrates works of foreign fiction that were translated into English for the UK market in 2014, and includes authors from all over the world, although this year’s longlist has a high proportion of German writers making the cut. You can see the fifteen authors here.