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the-luminaries-eleanor-cattonIt was National Libraries Day on Saturday 8th February. Did you do anything special to support your local library?

New Zealand-set, Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries is now in the process of being adapted for a TV mini-series. Eleanor Catton’s novel will be filmed on location in New Zealand.

In other adaptation news, Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is going to get a BBC series. This novel is to be produced by the same company behind Last Tango in Halifax, while his novel American Gods is set to be made by American company Freemantle (following HBO’s contract for the novel expiring).

The 2014 London Book Fair, taking place from 8th-10th April, has now announced its opening day Author of the Day. The honour has gone to Terry Pratchett, best known for the internationally bestselling Discworld series of books.  There will be numerous events dedicated to Pratchett throughout the Fair’s opening day.

A new book has been bought by Aurum Press titled Royalty Inc, written by former royal correspondent Stephen Bates. The Guardian reporter has penned the book, which is an in depth look at the British Royal family – its fortunes, fame and thoughts on its future.

A statue of Charles Dickens has been erected in Portsmouth, the writer’s home town – the first full-sized statue of the author to be built in the UK.

The 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medals longlist titles have been announced. The latter prize is the UK’s oldest award for children’s books and awarded annually by librarians for outstanding title of the year while the Kate Greenaway medal is given in appreciation of illustration achievements. Take a look at the website for the lists of potential winners: Carnegie & Greenaway Prizes

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