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Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event. Step into the book doctor's surgery and let an author prescribe the perfect book to cure you. A Dutch team used artificial intelligence and a 3D printer to create the portrait, based on a computer algorithm that worked out the average features of a typical 17th-century Rembrandt subject.
David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book
British contemporary artist David Hockney unveiled a 500-page art book at the Frankfurt fair on Wednesday that is so large it comes with its own stand -- and a price tag of 2,000 euros ($2,200). The tome, "A Bigger Book", gives a visual overview of his decades-long career and includes everything from his earliest drawings to his famed swimming pool paintings and polaroid collages, to his more recent iPad drawings. "A book like this doesn't need much text," Hockney told the audience.
Belgian author creates stir with tale of ice-cold revenge
Reviewers in Belgium and the Netherlands have hailed Spit as the voice of her generation, while international publishers have jostled to snap up the translation rights to the haunting coming-of-age story. "I think it's very important to keep that distance," she said, expressing disbelief at fans of the book who tour her childhood village of Viersel in northern Belgium expecting to see all the same places as on the page.
New J.R.R. Tolkien title to be released next year
An existing tale from legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien is to be published in a new book, due for release next year. Christopher Tolkien has edited the new work and presented together for the first time Tolkien's original text as well as passages from later texts that rework the tale.
Young adult book trilogy gets a virtual reality deal
In what is being reported as a world first, rights for a trilogy of young adult books have been acquired with the specific intention of turning them into a virtual reality production. The news was reported by The Bookseller and retweeted by Guy Gadney, whose interactive entertainment company To Play For acquired the virtual reality (VR) rights. Amy Lankester-Owen's Fallow Trilogy is the focus of the newly announced book deal.
Alex Rider author announces a new novel is on its way
Hockney presents 'Bigger Book' at world's largest book fair
By Georgina Prodhan FRANKFURT (Reuters) - David Hockney presented the largest book ever devoted to his art on Tuesday, a limited-edition volume costing $2,500 that spans more than 60 years of work by one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. "David Hockney: A Bigger Book" - a collaboration with publisher Taschen - weighs 35 kg (77 pounds), measures 50 by 70 cm (20 by 28 inches) when closed and comes with its own custom-made stand. Hockney, 79, at the opening news conference of the Frankfurt Book Fair, spoke however of his new-found passion for drawing on the Apple iPad, and before that the iPhone.
US songwriter Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize
American music legend Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers. Dylan, 75, was honoured "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," the Swedish Academy said. The choice was met by gasps and a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement.
Francis Ford Coppola set to release 'The Godfather Notebook', based on his iconic mafia movie
A new tome based on Francis Ford Coppola's iconic mafia movie "The Godfather" is slated for release next month, described by by Coppola as a "multi-layered roadmap to directing" the film. Titled "The Godfather Notebook", the book will be published by Regan Arts and is set to feature a bevy of annotations on the novel "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo and other marginalia written before and during production (via IndieWire). Now available for pre-order, as is a limited edition signed by Coppola, both versions will be widely available from next month.
Mr. Men books warp into Doctor Who crossover
Speculation abounds ahead of Nobel Literature Prize
Literary circles are abuzz with speculation ahead of Thursday's Nobel Literature Prize announcement, with award watchers suggesting this year's honours could go to a controversial writer such as Syrian-born poet Adonis. "That leaves a little more time to speculate" about the 2016 laureate, joked Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg, interviewed by AFP. "If you ask me, it's absolutely not a 'calendar' issue," said Bjorn Wiman, cultural pages editor at Sweden's main daily Dagens Nyheter.
"New Order" drummer Stephen Morris to release memoir in 2018
"New Order" drummer Stephen Morris is set to publish his autobiography in 2018, with Constable & Robinson on board to publish the tome. The deal makes Morris the latest band member to pen a memoir, following previous books released by his band mates. "New Order" singer Bernard Sumner published his autobiography "Chapter And Verse" in 2014, followed by bassist Peter Hook, who released "Substance", his memoir about his time in the band, just last week (October 6).
Anticipated highlights at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair, held this year October 19-23, features 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honor country, which showcases its book market, literature, and culture in a variety of ways at the Guest of Honor Pavilion. Flanders & the Netherlands will be this year's joint Guest of Honor. With the slogan "Dit is wat we delen" ("This is what we share"), novels, nonfiction, and poetry -- 454 new book releases in total -- join new forms that have emerged from creative industries and other artistic fields, like a virtual-reality rendering of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion for the 1929 Catalonian world exhibition.
National Book Foundation announces its 5 Under 35 for 2016
Each year, the honorees are selected by National Book Award Winners and Finalists, as well as by previously-recognized honorees for the very same prize. "We ask acclaimed authors in the Foundation's family to pay it forward," Benjamin Samuel, the director of the program, explained to the LA Times. Notable honorees in the past have become burgeoning literary names like Nam Le, Karen Russell, Téa Obreht, and Phil Klay, among others.
Indian author Roy announces second novel after 20-year gap
Indian author Arundhati Roy announced on Monday that her second novel will be published in 2017 -- 20 years after she won the Booker Prize for her debut one. Roy, an activist and outspoken government critic, said through her publishers that "The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness" would be released next year. "I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in 'The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness' have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers," Roy said in a statement.
Teaser video unveiled for new 'Harry Potter' Illustrated Edition
Bloomsbury Publishing has released a trailer teasing the contents of the latest "Harry Potter" illustrated edition set to drop next month. The book -- "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" -- is part of a Bloomsbury and Scholastic tie-up to eventually publish illustrated editions of all J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" tomes, and follows the release of the "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Illustrated Edition last year. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is set to arrive on shelves on October 4, with a new video giving fans a sneak peek at some of the images within (via /Film).
Nobel Literature Prize announcement pushed back to Oct. 13
Good things come to those who wait, and the saying may ring true for the next Nobel literature laureate as the prize will be announced on October 13, a little later than usual, the Swedish Academy said Friday. The prestigious Nobel Literature Prize, first awarded in 1901, has traditionally been announced on a Thursday, generally the first one during the same October week as the other prizes created by Alfred Nobel. The date change has to do with "arithmetic" and the calendar, academician Par Wastberg told AFP.
DJ Khaled to publish book on 'major keys' to success
DJ Khaled is set to unleash a book based on his personal philosophy for success, with the tome slated for release on November 22 via Crown Archetype (a subsidiary of Penguin Random House). The book, titled "The Keys" in a nod to his recently released ninth LP "Major Key," sees Khaled break down "all of the major keys," via anecdotes from his own life and featuring "mogul talk" from Jay Z, Rick Ross, Puff Daddy, L.A. Reid, Lyor Cohen, Arianna Huffington, and others (via Rolling Stone).
'The Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown to publish new novel in series for 2017
Kirkus announces finalists for its 2016 prize in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers categories
Kirkus Reviews, the esteemed journal dedicated to book criticism, announced its third annual prize finalists in a trio of categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers' Literature (subdivided into picture books, middle-grade books, and teen books).
WP Kinsella, whose novel became 'Field of Dreams,' dies
Canadian author WP Kinsella -- who wrote the novel that inspired the hit film "Field of Dreams"-- has died, his literary agency said. Kinsella wrote nearly 30 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, according to his agency, and his final work of fiction "Russian Dolls" is slated for publication in 2017.
George W. Bush to put out book of his paintings to help veterans
Former President George W. Bush will put out a book of his paintings of veterans to raise money to support those who served in the military, using the hobby he took up after leaving the White House. The book, "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," will be published by Crown Publishing Group on Feb. 28, 2017, his office and the publisher said on Wednesday. Proceeds will go to the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, which aims to help veterans of conflicts after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States adjust back to civilian life.
Prince's ex-wife to write memoir about life with singer
Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia will release a memoir about her life and marriage to Prince, to be released in April 2017, reports Rolling Stone. The release of "The Most Beautiful" will be timed near the one-year anniversary of the pop musician's death, and will look at the couple's marriage from 1996 to 1999. Garcia has said that the death of their son ultimately led to the end of their relationship.
Tired of adventure, Forsyth gives up on fiction
After a dozen novels and 70 million book sales under his belt, British writer Frederick Forsyth told AFP he is giving up on thrillers because his wife told him he can no longer travel to adventurous places. "I ran out of things to say," said the soft-spoken Forsyth, who trained as a Royal Air Force pilot before joining Reuters news agency in 1961 and beginning his career as a novelist in the 1970s. Forsyth, who has only ever written on a typewriter, said he had tried an online search for Somalia but had been "very dissatisfied" with the results.
African writer's American Dream comes true
Imbolo Mbue's rise to the top of the literary tree is a true fairytale of New York. Two years later the book that Mbue wrote at the kitchen table of her tiny New York apartment -- often while breastfeeding her babies -- is getting the kind of reviews that authors dream of. The New York Times called it a "dissection of the American dream that is savage and compassionate in all the right places".