Art and Lit News: Books You Can Wear and Diagon Alley Comes to Life

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Concept rendering of Diagon Alley

Books

  • America’s first all-digital public library has opened in Texas.
  • Dark horse and former mental health nurse Nathan Filer has won the Costa Book of the Year award for his novel The Shock of the Fall, detailing a descent into mental illness.
  • Among the weirder news I’ve posted in this column, an eco-terrorist in the States has been given some books to read as part of her five-year prison sentence.
  • Now this is cool: MIT scientists have created a sensory book-reading experience using temperature and lighting to really get you in the mood.
  • Useful for people like me: Huffington Books offers a guide to how to fake your way through nine classic novels you should have read already.
  • Universal Studios has released details about the new Diagon Alley expansion for the Harry Potter theme park and I want to go.

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Arts

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Our first look at The Giver.

Karri is a music teacher, an author and an indie publisher from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her novella, The Con, explores the frighteningly fascinating world of fandoms, and she is currently working on her first full-length novel, Bent. Connect with her at www.karrijustinashea.com.