News from the Book Multiverse

extraHello Friends and Fellow Readers who traverse the vast and wondrous seas of the magnificent book multiverse! As ever, we endeavor to bring you the latest in news from said vastness each week, and this week, happily, is no exception:

First and foremost in literary news this week, it was announced that after 55 years, a sequel to Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird will be released in July of this year. The sequel is titled Go Set a Watchman, and Harper Lee released a statement recently stating that she is “happy as hell” about its upcoming publication.

A new interactive documentary about the Harvard Depository, an off-site library storage facility, is now available for viewing online, and explores the evolution of the library and its relationship to technology. The film, entitled Cold Storage, is part of the larger project The Library Beyond the Book, which explores the history and future of libraries.

A group of publishers, literary magazines, and bookstores, headed by publisher Grove Atlantic, are developing a website for readers that will cover a wide range of book-related content, including news, bookstore profiles, book excerpts, and reviews. The website, Literary Hub, is expected to go online in April.

Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has published his first novel in 13 years. The new novel, entitled The Festival of Insignificance, was originally published in Italy in 2013 and will be released in English this summer.

Actor James Franco will be directing an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, In Dubious Battle.

It will be a sad year for Game of Thrones fans, as it seems that George R.R. Martin’s newest novel in the series, The Winds of Winter, will not be released in 2015. An illustrated collection of three previous novellas set in the world of Westeros will be released in October of this year, however.

And, finally, it may come as no surprise to you, friends and fellow readers, but it turns out that reading for pleasure is good for your self-esteem.


As ever, stay tuned for more news from the book multiverse, right here on the BookPeople blog. And have a great week, BookPeople Nation!


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