Green is in the running [with The Fault In Our Stars] against compatriot Rebecca Stead with Liar & Spy, her third novel. Stead, who won the prestigious Newbery award with her second novel, When You Reach Me, has tackled the coming-of-age of a lonely schoolboy who starts solving mysteries when he moves to a new neighbourhood.
In the British camp is the much-loved and much-garlanded author David Almond, author of the Carnegie-winner Skellig, with The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Set in a fairground, it’s a funny, freewheeling fishy fable about a boy’s journey to fulfil his destiny.
Also on the shortlist is Katherine Rundell with Rooftoppers, her second novel. Inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls College, Oxford, it features a girl who runs away to Paris with her guardian to try to find her mother and meets a community of children who live on rooftops.
The shortlist, which was chosen by two previous winners, Hillary [sic] McKay and Andy Mulligan, and the 2010 Costa-winner Jason Wallace, was announced by last year’s winner, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, at a party at the Edinburgh international book festival. The winner will be announced in October.
Just received an invitation to the launch of this new Templar/Candlewick imprint.
There will be hula hoop classes and live drawing. Going to RSVP YES 🙂
Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist
The prize is open to any writer publishing in English under the age of 30, with novels, poetry and drama all being recognised this year, the seventh in which the prize has been given.
Nine of this year’s works are debuts. The winner will receive £30,000 and a bronze bust of Dylan Thomas. Sponsored by the University of Swansea, the shortlist will be announced in the autumn, with the winner announced at a ceremony in Swansea in November.
The judges of this year’s prize are Peter Flrorence, Allison Pearson, Cerys Matthews, Carolun Hitt, Kim Howells, Nicholas Wroe, Kurt Heinzelman and Peter Stead.
The chairman, Stead, said: “Every year of the Prize is different from the previous one but this year, the sheer volume of new talent we’ve discovered leaves me with a feeling that we are going to have an exceptional year. These are books that readers will definitely want to get their hands on.”
The full shortlist is:
How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman (Picador)
The Last King Of Lydia by Tim Leach (Atlantic)
The Gurkha’s Daughter by Prajwal Parajuly (Quercus)
Call It Dog by Marli Roode (Atlantic)
Julie Sarkissian Dear Lucy (Hodder & Stoughton)
Beneath The Darkening Sky by Majok Tulba (Oneworld)
Watkins Battleborn by Claire Vaye (Granta)
Ballistics by D.W. Wilson (Hamish Hamilton)
Sins Of The Leopard by James Brookes (Salt)
The Shape Of A Forest by Jemma L. King (Parthian)
Our Obsidian Tongues by David Shook (Eyewear)
No Quarter by Polly Stenham (Faber)
N.B. This is the first time a playwright has been nominated for the prize.
The Boy With Two Heads by Andy Muligan, reviewed by Josh Lacey
In How to Get Ahead in Advertising, just as in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, there can only be one winner when two personalities are trapped in the same body. In The Boy with Two Heads, Mulligan rewrites tragedy as a triumph, and turns the story into a neat way to explore friendship and tolerance.
Charlie’s life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market. Months later, she meets Nat, whose family has also been left devastated by the same explosion. But as Charlie gets closer to Nat she uncovers secrets and a whole cast of shady characters that lead her to believe Nat knows more about the attack than he is letting on. Split Second is a breathtaking thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit. Watch the trailer to find out more:
Split Second will be published on 12th September 2013.
Puffin has released the cover and title of the eighth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney.
The book will be called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, and feature a distinctive lime green cover.
Puffin will undertake its largest-ever print run for the book when it is released on 6th November 2013, with 800,000 copies being printed.
From the British Library’s What’s On webpage
Tue 13 – Wed 14 Aug Handy Nonsense
Tue 20 – Wed 21 Aug Inspiration Britten
Sun 8 Sep Super Family Sunday: The End of Propaganda
Summer of Free Family Fun
There’s lots going on in our Summer of Family Fun – and it’s all completely free! Come along and play with props to make images in our pop-up photographic studio, create unique illuminated Letters in our artist-led workshops, enjoy writing Nonsense verses and turning them into works of art, or let yourself go by singing songs in Britten-themed workshops.
This series of free events, inspired by the Library’s world-famous exhibitions and collections, will bring you and your children together for unforgettable fun this summer.
It’s not too late to get involved in Creepy House, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, available in all public libraries.
And if you’re lucky, your library may be running the Arts Award Extension and be able to give you the booklet Chris Riddell describes in the video…
Arts Award Discover is a perfect fit with the Summer Reading Challenge, as it encourages children and young people to try out creative activities, find out about artists and writers behind books, stories and art works, record their discoveries in an arts log and share what theyve done with family and friends. Through Arts Award, children can start on an exciting arts journey, using the activities that are part of Summer Reading Challenge as a stepping stone to discovering other art forms. Macmillan Childrens Books have also helped make this affordable for libraries with their support for a special activity booklet called The House and the Mouse, which includes suggestions and ideas for all sorts of creative activities, presented through Chris Riddells curious and imaginative illustrations. By completing these alongside the Summer Reading Challenge, children will have completed the Arts Award Discover requirements.Get involvedContact your local library to see if they are running the Arts Award extension in 2013. As this is a pilot year it wont be available everywhere.
You know his work. You may have been one of the thousands of people who exposed their hidden beauty and the flaws that all humans have on their physical being to be a part of something magnificent.
His photographs of nude bodies are immediately recognizable. The same can’t be said of his subjects en masse. Humanity in all shapes, sizes and colors coalesce with each other and nature’s beauty. They form tessellations that wind through architectural wonders. His subjects become human cityscapes.
How old are your kids now? Do they come to your shoots?
ST: Six and eight. Yes, definitely, they enjoy my work. They try to take all my postcards. Kids just see all these little people on postcards that are naked and they think they are fairies.