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city of bones– Rhonda Byrne, author of worldwide self-help book success story The Secret (2006), has a new book coming out this November titled Hero. Considering the 25 million copies sold of The Secret it’s a fair bet Byrne’s publisher’s announcement will be generating a lot of anticipation, and perhaps even a new spike in demand for “vision boards”.

– Check out this popular online comic that made the rounds this week, by author Jim Benton – a funny remark on the state of reading amongst the younger generation… Wow that makes me sound old: http://imgur.com/7Exk1GD?tags

– The Guardian have compiled an extremely long longlist for their ‘Not the Booker Prize’. Authors chosen include Neil Gaiman, Kate Atkinson, John Le Carré, Christopher Priest and many more: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/aug/05/not-the-booker-prize-longlist-shortlist

– The Guardian has another fiction competition running – the Children’s Fiction Prize – for which the shortlist has recently been revealed. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, a “sick lit” novel about a romance between two terminally ill teenagers, is a potential winner, competing against Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy¸ David Almond’s The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas and Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers.

– Stephen King has revealed his favourite opening sentence he has ever written. The honour goes to the sparse yet spookily compelling opening line of Needful Things (1992): “You’ve been here before.”

– The pre-production wheels have already begun turning on the sequel to the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, meaning that casting rumours have started up again. Sigourney Weaver will possibly be coming on board as a lead Shadowhunter with shady (pardon the pun) morals in the adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Ashes.

– Award-winning author Dave Egger’s marvellous publishing company and literary journal McSweeney’s has sold its archive to the famous Harry Ransom Center. The archive of this literary institution included correspondence with David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith to name but a few.

– Here is some exciting competition news for any aspiring writers out there! The Harper’s Bazaar team have created another short story prize. This time the lucky winner will receive £3000 and their choice of a First-edition book from Asprey’s Fine and Rare Books department, plus a week away in Scotland. Fancy! Applicants must write a short story on the subject of “spring” by 13th December. Lookee here for more details: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/latest-news/short-story-competition

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