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The Hunger Games series is now going to attempt success in another form: first the books, then the films, now the theatre experience. Production company Lionsgate are venturing into the world of the stage to bring the Hunger Games to life. The stage adaptation of the book phenomenon will open in London in 2016, at a purpose-built theatre by Wembley Stadium. The creative team in charge of the project are calling it a ‘uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world’.

Away from the stage and over in TV land – or, more rightly, Netflix-land – Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will become a new drama series for the digital outlet. This thirteen-book series follows the orphaned Baudelaire children as they seek to evade the clutches of the evil Count Olaf and various other nefarious individuals, all while trying to solve an increasingly bizarre mystery surrounding their late parents.

The John Lewis Christmas advert is out, which means the festive season has finally begun. Monty the Penguin has captured our hearts, and now the lovesick bird will feature in a new children’s picture book, titled Monty’s Christmas. The book is being sold at John Lewis stores and it’s fairly certain this one will be a bestselling stocking filler come Christmas morning.

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker) has won the Dylan Thomas Prize. This is an annual award given to any novelist, poet or dramatist aged 39 years old or younger, which was Thomas’s age when he died.

HelloGiggles has published a list on 40 books that every woman should read – a rebuttal to Esquire’s recent list ’80 Books Every Man Should Read’ (which included only one solitary female author). This new list features plenty of century-spanning classics, from authors such as Charlotte Bronte, Toni Morrison, Alison Bechdel, Isabel Allende, Joan Didion, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’ll stop here for risk of spoiling a very interesting and lovingly chosen selection!

Finally, is anyone NaNoWriMoing this month? It’s November folks! Time to get creative and spew out 50,000 words in 30 days! (Well, 21 days now . . .)