Vintage is launching a new series, Vintage Minis, designed to
celebrate the publisher’s extensive backlist by turning snippets from great
contemporary and classic writers into small but compelling titles on
"big" subjects, such as death, eating and love.
The week after Christmas is the e-book equivalent of the week
prior to it in print: all those newly unwrapped e-readers and a whole week
off to lie on the sofa and eat chocolate coins makes the last week of
December prime digital-book-buying territory, akin to the mid-summer surge
propelled by “e” beach reads.
A bestseller linking Japan’s conservative government and prime
minister Shinzo Abe with an ultra-right lobby group seeking Japan’s return
to pre-war values and remilitarisation has had its sales suspended by a
court order in Tokyo.
The BBC plans to air a “poignant and humorous” documentary
about author Sir Terry Pratchett as well an Imagine programme on Maya
Angelou. A 50-minute documentary entitled "Terry Pratchett: Back
in Black" will run in early to mid February (yet to be confirmed),
telling the bestselling author’s story from his troubled school days to
becoming a successful author, with the help of Neil Gaiman, Val McDermid
and his assistant and business manager Rob Wilkins.