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News stories from the book world in October 2005

October 2005

A new literacy initiative

31 October 2005

The plans for next year's World Book Day, on 2 March 2006, are becoming increasingly ambitious.  Read more

Frankfurt Book Fair 2005

24 October 2005

This has been the weekend of the Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can attend last two., rather later this year than usual and, with 7,223 exhibitors from 101 countries exhibiting 380,655 titles, the biggest ever.  Read more

The Man Booker - triumph or disaster?

17 October 2005

The result of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction this week was a surprise to everyone. In a year when the heavy hitters were there in force, the Prize has gone to a relatively obscure Irish writer who was first named as a Booker contender in 1989. His book, The Sea, was the one which was selling least well from all those on the shortlist.  Read more

Still working on saving our short story

10 October 2005

Perhaps surprisingly, it looks as if the Save Our Short Story campaign may actually have had some effect.  Read more

Making poetry fun

3 October 2005

This week sees a great outpouring of poetry in Britain’s schools, many of which will be celebrating National Poetry Day with a visit from a poet. These visits have brought poetry to millions of children, making them realise just how much fun it can be.  Read more