News of the Week: the latest from Patrick Ness, Harry Potter, the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and more.

by |June 23, 2017

The film adaptation of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls will be hitting our big screens on July 27, the story of a young boy who escapes into a fantasy world of monsters and fairytales as a way of escaping the reality of his mother’s illness and his bullies at school. The film stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Lewis MacDougal.

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival has announced its guest line-up. And what a line-up it is! Over 130 writers and thinkers will attend the event that will run from 4-6 August, 2017. Expect authors such as Jimmy Barnes, Julia Baird, Cosentino, Richard Fidler, Peter FitzSimons, Hannah Kent, Magdalena Roze. View the full line-up here.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award – one of Australia’s most prestigious awards honouring our talented Australians who write specifically about our country – announced its five finalists recently. Congratulations to Emily Maguire, Philip Salom, Mark O’Flynn, Josephine Wilson, and Ryan O’Neill. Learn more about the finalists here.

Want to know if your edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone can fetch you big money at auction? Want to know who won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for translated fiction? Watch Episode 21 of BOOKED with Anastasia to find out! (also below.)

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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.

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