News of the Week: the latest from Andy Griffiths, Garth Nix, Tim Minchin, Horrible Harriet and more.

by |April 11, 2017

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye to be published in September

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, the fifth book in the second continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series by the Swedish author David Lagercrantz, will be released on 7 September, 2017.

David Lagercrantz is an acclaimed author and journalist. In 2015 The Girl in the Spider’s Web, his continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, became a worldwide bestseller, and it was announced that Lagercrantz would write two further novels in the series. He is also the author of the prize-winning and bestselling I am Zlatan Ibramhimovic, and Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a novel about the death of Alan Turing.

The film of David Lagercrantz’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web is due for release on October 5, 2018. It will feature an entirely new cast, with the search for the new Lisbeth Salander currently underway. Explore the Millennium novels here.

From Oprah’s Book Club Pick to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author: Colson Whitehead Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

It was in August 2016 that Oprah gushed about her latest Book Club Pick. “Oh, have I found a great book!” she exclaimed to the world. The book she was talking about? Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

Since being read by thousands of Oprah Book Club fans, he’s also been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Carnegie Medal, has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and been awarded the #1 Time Magazine Book of the Year. Now, he has just won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious awards an author can be awarded.

Discover all recipients of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes here.

13 new levels to explore in the Treehouse series

The cleverly silly duo that is Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are back with the seventh instalment of their bestselling Treehouse series – The 91-Storey Treehouse!

In their earlier books, we fell in love with the marshmallow machine that would shoot marshmallows into our mouths, the chocolate waterfall, and the open-air movie theatre. Now, we have 13 new levels to explore! What crazy adventures will Andy and Terry take us on now?

The book is available to pre-order now. Release day is 8 August, 2017.

Discover the Treehouse series and The 91-Storey Treehouse here.

Garth Nix’s Frogkisser! to be adapted into an animation

Michael McCullers, the screenwriter for The Boss Baby is adapting Garth Nix’s fantasy adventure Frogkisser! into an animation for Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios.

McCullers previously wrote and directed the Amy Poehler-Tina Fey comedy Baby Mama and wrote the screenplays for two Austin Powers films. His upcoming projects include scripts for Hotel Transylvania 3 and Shrek 5.

Read a review of Frogkisser! and listen to Sarah McDuling chat to Garth Nix about this book here.


Liane Moriarty, Jimmy Barnes, Candice Fox, and Tracey Spicer to attend the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The 20th Sydney Writers’ Festival, under new Artistic Director Michaela McGuire will run from May 22 – May 28.

Tied together by the theme of REFUGE, it will offer 400 events with over 450 writers attending locations across greater Sydney. Free events make up approximately 40%  of the program.

More than 400 Australian authors from across the country will attend the festival. Discover all the authors here.

Horrible Harriet currently playing at the Sydney Opera House.

The wicked, wild and horrible Harriet by Leigh Hobbs is now a stage play at the Sydney Opera House. The season runs from Saturday, 8 April to Sunday, 23 April 2017.

Filled with songs, laughs and mischievous fun, this hilarious tale of friendship and identity is sure to have kids captivated as they watch this bestselling series come to life on stage.

Discover the books here. Learn more about the play here.

Tim Minchin to release children’s book in October.

Australian musician, actor, writer and comedian, Tim Minchin, will be publishing a children’s book based on his lyrics from When I Grow Up, one of the songs in his musical, Matilda.

Based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life.

Minchin’s celebrated smash hit is presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the most acclaimed theater companies in the world, and the Dodgers, Tony Award®-winning producers of hits like Jersey Boys. to publish a Young Adult novel.

Mere weeks after we discover that The Black Eyed Peas are publishing a graphic novel, has revealed he’ll also be releasing a book – a young adult book called Wizards and Robots.

Originally intended as a graphic novel, the book morphed into a traditional book over time. teamed up with with science fiction author Brian David Johnson to write the book. Expect it in January 2018.


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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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