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A release date has been announced by Sony for the adaptation of Stephen King’s much-loved Dark Tower book series. The studio wants to have the film version ready for audiences on 13 January 2017. Now all they need is the director and cast and crew, luckily they have a script by Akiva Goldsman.

In other book news:

If you’re a fan of books, television and book-reading in television, then this news bit is for you. The copies of best-selling sixties novels which appeared as book props in the hit show Mad Men were going to head to auction on August 7th last week. This includes the copy of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather read by Jon Hamm as Don Draper, as well as The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton and Hawaii by James Michener.

An independent bookshop in the US has made headlines this week for offering a refund option for the recently released Go Set A Watchman. The decision to refund customers comes after the bookshop owner (of Brilliant Books in Michigan) received messages from disappointed readers who felt it didn’t live up to its marketing tag as a ‘nice summer novel’. This is yet another incident of readers feeling let down, or simply astonished by the creative choice Harper Lee has taken with the hero of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch.

The new Dr Seuss book, which was only recently discovered and published, has broken sales records. What Pet Should I Get, in which siblings visit a pet shop but can’t choose which animal to take home, survived as a (forgotten) manuscript before being found and turned into a new best-seller, reaching 200,000 sales in a week in the US.

The Royal Society, with a judging panel including novelist Sarah Waters, revealed their shortlist of authors up for this year’s £25,000 Winton Prize, awarded each year to popular science books from across the world. The full list of writers can be seen here.

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