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bloomsbury-spark– The Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has announced the creation of a new Literature Convention in the UK for YA fans. This is fantastic news for authors and readers of the genre, as it will be devoted to seeking out up and coming new writers and their works as well as encouraging the promotion of YA books to young and adult readers across the UK. It will take place at London Film and Comic Con 2014.

– In more children’s and YA news, Bloomsbury are launching Bloomsbury Spark in December this year – an imprint designed for e-book first publications for the Young and New Adult genres.

– Wondering what the fastest selling children’s book of the year is thus far? Recent reports indicate it is none other than comedian David Walliam’s Demon Dentist, released September 26th. Children these days are clearly horror enthusiasts!

– Tom Clancy, bestselling thriller author, has died at the age of 66. The American writer has quite the backlist, having penned bestselling novels such as The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, based around one of his most famous characters, American hero Jack Ryan.

– Have you ever found yourself trapped in a conversation about something that’s way over your head but your too embarrassed to try and escape? How about telling someone that you’ve  read a classic work of literature, when in fact you read the blurb and decided, nah, not my cup of tea. Well, if the internet is good for one thing these days its condensing complex, longwinded things into easily manageable forms, aka the GIF. Check out this summary of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, explained in GIFs, and then do like me and attempt to create your own – it could be a fun new project!: http://nydn.us/19snqVx

– This week is the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, where publishers across the world come together for a week of book-related shenanigans, contract negotiations and hotly debated deals. Twitter will surely be alight over the week with exciting book news. Like Glastonbury for the written word.

– The new novel by Sarah Waters now has a title – The Paying Guests ­– to be published by Virago Press in Autumn 2014. The novel is set in London, 1922, following disillusioned citizens struggling to live in the aftermath of the First World War.

– Do you love book-related objects, trinkets and oddball miscellany? Here’s some lovely looking bookends to add to your Christmas wish list…except the cutlery one (that one I can’t quite figure out): http://bit.ly/16MYzMc

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