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May 09, 2022

Singer’s global initiative to offer a book each month to 200 refugee children in London until they turn five

Refugee children in London will be given a book each month until they turn five, thanks to a new project from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The global organisation is partnering with publisher Penguin Random House and charity Give a Book to offer books to 200 refugee children in the capital.

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May 04, 2022

Award given for books that evoke the spirit of place goes to work that chronicles the author’s coming-of-age in Albania during the fall of communism

Academic Lea Ypi’s “darkly humorous and deeply serious” memoir, Free, which speaks “so resonantly to our lived moment”, has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize.

The award is given for books that “best evoke the spirit of a place”. Free chronicles Ypi’s coming-of-age in Albania at a time when it was one of the last Stalinist outposts in Europe. In December 1990, statues of Stalin and Hoxha were toppled, and life changed overnight for people, who were now able to vote freely, wear what they liked and worship as they wished.

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May 03, 2022

Women’s prize judge Lorraine Candy, journalist Sarah Shaffi and Guardian readers Kate and Saffron discuss the titles they’ve read over the last month. Join the conversation in the comments

In this series we ask authors, Guardian writers and readers to share what they’ve been reading recently. This month, recommendations include women’s prize shortlisted novels, a thrillingly-paced account of financial corruption and a 1980 Booker prize finalist. Tell us what you’ve been reading in the comments.

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Apr 27, 2022

The Blue Eye, which features ‘scary’ people in street market, has been withdrawn from sale after complaints

One of the books in the popular Biff, Chip and Kipper series for children has been withdrawn from sale, with all remaining copies pulped by the publisher, Oxford University Press, after complaints that it was Islamophobic.

The series is written by Roderick Hunt and illustrated by Alex Brychta, and consists of more than 220 stories. The books were created in 1986, and have been used in schools for years to help children learn to read.

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Apr 26, 2022

The ‘fascinating insight into what was to become an iconic work’ is the only known surviving copy of its kind and is to be auctioned along with a first edition signed by Rowling

A prepublication version of the first Harry Potter book by JK Rowling is expected to fetch at least £20,000 when it is auctioned this week. The galley proof (a publishing term for the printed version of a book before its final proofread) is the only known surviving copy of its kind. A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone signed by Rowling is also up for auction and is expected to sell for at least £25,000.

The bundle of galley sheets, to be sold by Chiswick Auctions, consists of 109 pages. Accompanying the advance copy of Philosopher’s Stone are letters from 1997, the year of the book’s publication, showing correspondence between Rosamund Walker, then marketing manager at Bloomsbury Children’s Books (now Rosamund de la Hey, co-owner of independent bookshop The Mainstreet Trading Company), and children’s book reviewer Fiona Waters.

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Apr 20, 2022

Bernardine Evaristo and Jasper Fforde are among the authors whose books will be sold to raise money for Oxfam’s appeal

Waterstones has partnered with publishers and authors including Bernardine Evaristo, Marina Lewycka and Jasper Fforde in a bid to raise £1 million for Oxfam’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Every branch of Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwell’s, Hatchards and Hodges Figgis will have a curated Read for Ukraine table at the front of the shop, featuring a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles donated by publishers and their authors.

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Apr 13, 2022

Event in Peckham, London, this weekend will allow visitors to pick a title they want alongside a range of author events

A campaign set up to make books accessible to all will hold its first literary festival this weekend, including a series of free events and a bookshop where people can “buy” free books.

The Free Books Campaign was founded by cultural historian and researcher Sofia Akel as a fundraiser in July 2020. Her initial goal of £1,000, which would be used to buy books by authors of colour to donate to those who are unable to access them, surpassed expectations.

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Apr 13, 2022

The publishing jamboree was finally back after a two year break with clues of what we can expect in bookshops once all the deals are signed

After two years off because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the London book fair, one of the biggest international literary events, returned in full force last week.

Publishers, authors and illustrators gathered at Olympia in Kensington to buy and sell the books we will all be reading next year.So what did we learn from the deals made at the fair?

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Mar 25, 2022

Move comes in the wake of writer’s controversial comments about Kate Clanchy’s book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me

Philip Pullman has stepped down as president of the Society of Authors (SoA) after comments he made about Kate Clanchy’s controversial memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me. In a letter sent to the SoA’s management committee this month, the children’s author said he “would not be free to express [his] personal opinion” as long as he remained in the role.

Pullman, who will remain a member of the trade union’s council, came under fire last year when he spoke out in support of Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, which was criticised for racial and ableist stereotyping. In response to a tweet that he incorrectly assumed was about Clanchy, Pullman, in a now-deleted tweet, said that those who criticised the book without reading it would “find a comfortable home in Isis or the Taliban”.

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