News From the Book Multiverse


Hello readers and book friends! Here’s a sample of recent news from the vasty book multiverse, brought to you each week here on the BookPeople blog:

Alex Malarkey, the co-author of the title The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven has released a statement saying that the book is not a true account, and the book’s publisher reports that the book will be going out of print.

Author Robert Stone died last week at the age of 77. His novel, Dog Soldiers, won the National Book Award in 1974.

David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas, will be releasing a new short novel in October of this year. The book, entitled Slade House, was developed from a story Mitchell posted on Twitter in 2014.

Poets Elizabeth Alexander, Linda Gregerson, and Alicia Suskin Ostriker were recently elected as Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

A deluxe hardcover edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will also be released this October, and will feature artwork by Jim Kay.

BookExpo America 2015 will feature Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Salon columnist Laura Miller. Franzen’s new novel, Purity, will be released this fall.

Poet David Harsent is the winner of the TS Eliot Prize for poetry, for his collection of poems entitled Fire Songs. Previous winners of the TS Eliot Prize include Sharon Olds and Seamus Heaney.

Twenty-eight authors, including Margaret Atwood and Sara Maitland, have signed a letter to the Oxford Junior Dictionary expressing their concern regarding OJD’s recent changes, which included the removal of words such as “clover” and “lark” in favor of words such as “broadband.”

And it seems that use of the definite article “the” is in decline.

Have a great week, BookPeople Nation!

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