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Massive cutbacks to library services begin

  29.11.2010 Unfortunately, in spite of the many protests, cutbacks to library services have begun. Librarians have said they are “angry and depressed” at the wave of library cutbacks announced, but feel “powerless” because they cannot speak openly about them. The Reading Agency director Miranda McKearney called “scary” the scale of library job losses involved. In fact, at least 25 local... read more

A new film for “The Green Lantern”

  24.11.2010 For those who love DC ‘s classics, there is definitely good news: a new film about the almost forgotten Green Lantern, a minor hero of the DC world, is going to be released in June, 2011. The trailer looks good and the film promises to be really action-packed and also pretty hilarious. The plot: a test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as... read more

Billions of “Galleons” for the new Harry Potter film

  Cheer up and be joyful Potter’s fans, since we’ve got great news for you: preliminary box-office reports are showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 opening-day haul to be $61.2 million, the most in the franchise thus far. The film is also very likely to break the all-time November box-office record, chasing Twilight: New Moon which brought in $142.8 million. Here is a breakdown... read more

Macmillan Children’s acquires a brrrrrlliant new title

  23.11.10| Macmillan’s Children’s Books fiction editor Emma Young has just acquired world rights in all languages for “After the Snow” by Sophie Crockett, following a “hotly contested” auction. After the Snow tells the story of 15-year-old Willo as he tries to survive, alone, in an endlessly wintery environment. Young said: “Everyone here at Macmillan Children’s Books... read more

BBC National Short Story Award

15.11.2010 The nominees for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award have been announced. Helen Oyeyemi, author of The Icarus Girl, is the youngest novelist yet to be nominated for the prize. Helen was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London when she was four. She wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl while she was still at school studying for her A levels, and she is now a student of Social... read more

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