News from the Book Multiverse


Hello Friends and Intrepid Explorers of the great and unfathomable depths of the eternally expanding, perpetually ineffable, gloriously vast and deliciously mysterious book multiverse! As ever, we here at the BookPeople blog have returned from our own amazing adventures sailing said galactic seas to bring you the latest in newsy goodness from the far reaches of literary space:

Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, and you can read an inspiring list of readers talking about their favorite women writers here. And speaking of women writers, a recent study as shown that self-publishing has increasingly allowed women to break through the publishing “glass ceiling.”

A new app has been released that will allow readers to remove objectionable language from e-books.

We reported just last week that the United States Postal Service will be issuing a stamp in honor of Maya Angelou, and a preview of the stamp can now be seen here. The stamp is set to be released in April.

Actor, musician, and author Steve Martin will be involved in the upcoming film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The film will be directed by Ang Lee.

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has donated a rare first edition of JRR Tolkein’s fantasy classic, The Hobbit to Texas A&M University. The book will be the university library’s five millionth volume.

The shortlist for Britain’s 2014 Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year has been released. The list includes titles such as Divorcing a Real Witch, and Nature’s Nether Regions. Previous winners include How to Poo on a Date, and Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop. The winner of this year’s award will be announced later this month.

The Poetry Society of America has awarded the 2015 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry to poet Kamau Brathwaite. Brathwaite is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Ancestors, and Born to Slow Horses.

The 27th Lambda Literary Awards finalists have been announced. The “Lammys” as they are also known, are awarded to the best in LGBTQ literature. Winners will be announced at the Lambda Literary Award ceremony in June.

And sadly, author Mal Peet has died. His popular novels for young adults included Keeper, and Tamar. His first novel for adults, The Murdstone Trilogy, was published last year.


Once again, fellow travelers, we bid you adieu. As always, stay tuned to the BookPeople blog as we traverse the star-studded, newsy seas of the multiverse, and have a great week!

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