Bookish News of the Week: The latest on Harry Potter, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah J. Maas, Veronica Roth and more.

by |July 17, 2016

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Withersoon’s production company, Pacific Standard, is set to produce the movie adaptation of Wendy Walker’s All Is Not Forgotten.

All Is Not Forgotten centres on a teenager’s rape in suburban Connecticut and the efforts by her parents and psychiatrist to help her recall the details of the attack.

This film will be Pacific Standard’s ninth development project; the company was formed to remedy the absence of movies with female protagonists. Since 2012 the production company has  produced Wild, Gone Girl, Hot Pursuit as well as the TV series Big Little Lies, by Australian author Liane Moriarty.

Learn more about All Is Not Forgotten here

Carve the Mark 2

Veronica Roth reveals plot of latest book, Carve the Mark, and that it will be published in 33 languages in a simultaneous global release.

The bestselling author of the Divergent series has revealed that her next series, a duology, will be released January 2017 and will be set on a planet where violence and vengeance rule. It’s a story she’s been writing “over and over again” since she was 12.

“I could never quite figure out how to make it work,” Roth said. “I wanted to tell the story of a boy who is kidnapped, and finds himself fitting into the place where he’s taken more than his home. I mean, what do you do when your nation has these bitter enemies and you have an affinity for them? What does that make you? The story has changed a lot since then, of course, but that plot is still there.”

This series will differ from the Divergent series. As Roth reveals, “For one thing, it’s not about good people doing the right thing to save the world – it’s more about desperate people doing whatever it takes to get what they want…Carve the Mark is also set in a big, expansive universe with a rich history and multiple languages and mysterious phenomena. It doesn’t have the claustrophobia of a dystopian setting. And it’s certainly nothing like our world.”

Learn more about Carve the Mark here


Sarah J. Maas has announced that she’ll be adding six new titles to her Court of Thorns and Roses series and two new additions to her Throne of Glass series.

Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series has been a massive success – the first book has been translated into seventeen languages and the second, A Court of Mist and Fury, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six weeks. Now, there will be an additional three novels, two novellas and a colouring book added to the series. The colouring book will be published in 2017; the other five works will be published in 2018 and will tell the stories of several characters both before and after the events that take place in the first three novels.

Additions will also be made to the bestselling Throne of Glass series. The World of Throne of Glass is to be the ultimate guide to the world of Erilea, which will include an illustrated compendium of characters, settings, magic, gods, politics, creatures, and vocabulary, plus a timeline of events. This will be published in 2017, along with the sixth and final book in the series. Maas will also write a new novella featuring fan favourite character Chaol Westfall, also to be published in 2017.

Learn more about the Court of Thorns and Roses series here
Learn more about the Throne of Glass series here

HPBN3 logo gold lettering

‘The Professors of Hogwarts’ has been named as the theme for the third Harry Potter Book Night, set to be held on Thursday 2nd February, 2017.

They say that the influence of a good teacher can never be erased so who better to celebrate on Harry Potter Book Night than those who taught Harry Potter and his friends their magical skills. Think Gilderoy Lockhart, Severus Snape and Professor McGonagall.

Since the first Harry Potter Book Night in 2015 there have been over 24,000 events organised, with 2017 set to be even bigger. 

Sign up at to register for an event kit. Share your Harry Potter ideas on social media using #HarryPotterBookNight.

Explore the magical world of Harry Potter here

Winnie the pooh

A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh has been voted the best-loved children’s book character in a recent poll commissioned by the Reading Agency (UK).

Surveyed were 1,200 adults aged 16 and over who read once a week.

The bumbling bear beat Harry Potter, who took out second position. Pooh came top because he is popular with all ages, said the Reading Agency, whilst Harry Potter is the favourite amongst 48% of 16-24 year-olds, but only 3% of those over 55.

The top 10 most popular children’s book characters: Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, George (The Famous Five), Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), Matilda, Lucy (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), The Cat in the Hat, Spot the Dog, Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web) and Tracey Beaker.

Lucy and Fiona

Fiona Wright and Lucy Treloar were announced as the 2016 winners of the Kibble and Dobbie Awards this week. 

Wright was awarded the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for established authors for her book Small Acts of Disappearance. Treloar won the $5,000 Dobbie Literary Award for a first-time published author for Salt Creek.

The Kibble Awards recognise Australian female writers who have published fiction or non-fiction classified as ‘life writing’. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, and any writing with a strong personal element. Learn more. 

Learn more about Small Acts of Disappearance here
Read John Purcell’s review of Salt Creek here


Jesinta Campbell has taken to Twitter to reveal the cover of her first book, Live a Beautiful Life, set to be released 25th October, 2016.

TV presenter and model Jesinta Campbell wants to do one thing – inspire you to be the best version of yourself. To do this, she shares her top tips for mindfulness, health and beauty in her new book.

“I am passionate about living a healthy, active life and often get asked lots of questions about my workouts, the food I eat, my beauty routine, how I have dealt with challenges in my life and what motivates me”. Now she wishes to share this with fans and readers. 

Pre-Order Live a Beautiful Life here



No comments Share:

About the Contributor

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.


No comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *