Books In The News: Paddington Bear, Bibles in UK Schools, Author Karen Russell

May 25, 2012 Updated: October 8, 2018
 Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)


Paddington Bear to Hit Big Screen

The lovable, marmalade-eating storybook bear, Paddington, will be heading to the big screen in his CGI live-action adaptation, according to Variety. The film is being described as a “modern take” on the character that has stolen the hearts of millions since his stories by Michael Bond were first published in 1958. Producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter”) told Variety, “Michael Bond’s books offer such wit and wonder, and I am so delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen.”

UK State Schools Receive Bibles

"Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell
"Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell (Courtesy of Knopf)

England’s Education Secretary Michael Gove rallied donors to support his project of delivering “a copy of the King James Bible to every state school in the country,” according to the Guardian. The anniversary editions of the Bible, published by Oxford University Press, come with a letter from Gove saying, “I believe it is important that all pupils—of all faiths or none—should appreciate this icon and its impact on our language and democracy.”

Author Karen Russell Awarded by NY Public Library

Author Karen Russell was awarded the New York Public Library’s Young Lions award for her acclaimed book, “Swamplandia!,” according to Publishers Weekly. The award was accepted by Russell’s brother at a ceremony on May 14, according to the NY Daily News. Winners of this affirmation of young writers receive a $10,000 prize.

Compiled by Barbara Danza, Epoch Times Staff

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