News from the Book Multiverse

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Hello Friends and Fellow Travelers! As previously noted on several occasions, the Book Multiverse is a vast and mind-boggling place, full of life, full of stars, full of dark matter, nebulae, galaxies, event horizons, and space fish. Sure, I’m no astronomer, but I’m positive that somewhere out there, there are space fish. Still, though it is, indeed, super vast and awfully mighty, and though we may never fully comprehend it (or space fish) in its entirety, we here at the BookPeople blog continue to sally forth beyond the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning, determined to bring you, yet again, the latest in what’s new in the ‘verse:

The cover art for Harper Lee’s upcoming novel Go Set a Watchman, the highly anticipated sequel to her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, has been released, and can be viewed here. The UK edition will have a different cover, seen here.

The American Library Association has awarded the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity to librarian Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri.

Allen Ginsberg’s iconic poem, “Howl will turn 60 years old this year, and a group of musicians, actors, and performers will host a benefit concert in April to honor the occasion. The concert will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which assists individuals with post-traumatic stress through the application of transcendental meditation techniques.

The new Clean Reader app, which allows reader to block offensive words from their e-books, has received a large amount of criticism from a variety of authors, and subsequently, the creators of the app have removed all titles from their catalog.

The shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize has been released. Sadly, in related news, Martyn Goff, who was the administrator of the prize from 1970 to 2006, died this week at age 91.

Three previously unpublished works by the late poet Charles Bukowski are slated to be released, including one anthology all about cats. Bukowski’s letters on the art of writing will be published in July of this year, the book On Cats will be released in November, and the third title, On Love, will be published in 2016.

And in more previously unpublished news, an unpublished short story by Tennessee Williams will appear in the next issue of The Strand Magazine. The short story, entitled “The Eye That Saw Death,” is a horror story seemingly inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe.

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As ever, fellow readers and friends, we wish you smooth sailing through the star studded reaches of the multiverse, and stay tuned for more book news here on the BookPeople blog!

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