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HC and BFI to hold virtual sci-fi festival

HarperCollins and the BFI are collaborating to hold a virtual sci-fi festival on 15th and 16th November.
The festival will take place as part of the BFI’s three month celebration of sci-fi, "Days of Fear and Wonder", which takes place at BFI Southbank and venues across the UK until December.
The season will feature sci-fi films and television with a programme of talks and discussions with directors, actors and screenwriters.

Interactive trailer for Peter James paperback

Pan Macmillan has created a “choose your own ending” book trailer for the paperback release of Peter James’ Want You Dead.

Can you save Red? shows a kidnapped woman tied up, and asks viewers to choose one of three endings, placing the character’s fate and freedom in their hands.

Cheltenham festival sees 7% ticket sale rise

Cheltenham Literature Festival had a “record-breaking” 2014, with almost 140,000 tickets sold, up 7% from the year before.

People from all bar three UK postcodes attended the festival, and both Saturdays of the 10-day event saw more than 20,000 in attendance.

Meanwhile Waterstones, the official retailer for the festival, saw sales increase by 7% year on year.

Bonnier Publishing acquires Igloo Books

Bonnier Publishing has acquired Igloo Books, saying the acquisition makes the publisher a "dominant force" in children's mass market publishing.

Umbridge was based on a real person, says Rowling

J K Rowling has revealed that Dolores Umbridge, a Hogwarts professor and enemy of Harry Potter, was based on a real person.
In any essay posted on the Pottermore website, Rowling said she “disliked intensely on sight” the person she based Umbridge on, who was a teacher “in a certain skill or subject”.
She said: “The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say.”


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