Book Riot has book recommendations based on your favourite Harry Potter character.

Why do readers send authors links to their negative reviews? Danuta Kean explores this in Guardian Books, and I’m here to beg you: please don’t.

Refinery 29 UK rounds up the best books of 2017 so far — and they’re not just the ones you’ve already heard of, either. Olivia Sudjic’s Sympathy sounds especially good.

British Vogue has its own favourites for spring 2017.

Jane Austen has been airbrushed for the new £10 note, and people are not pleased.

One reviewer at the New York Times is a fan of the Baileys-shortlisted First Love by Gwendoline Riley.

The Hay festival is to mark its 30-year anniversary with — what else? — a bookHay Festival Conversations: Thirty Conversations for Thirty Years to mark the anniversary.

Dame Hilary Mantel is to give a series of  history lectures around the UK. They will be broadcast by BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Publishing network BAME in Publishing is celebrating its first birthday by offering one writer from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background the opportunity to have their work edited by W&N publishing director Arzu Tahsin.

Consultancy Speckled Pen is launching a remote work experience placement scheme aimed at encouraging diversity in publishing.

The Creative Industries Federation has cancelled its planned general election event with Jeremy Corbyn, because it says Labour refused to give up as much time as other parties to questions from the floor.

Prizes

Robin Stevens and Simon Mason have won the inaugural awards for Best Crime Novel for Children and Young Adults respectively at the annual CrimeFest Awards, Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike, and Mason for Kid Got Shot.

David France’s insider account of the AIDS epidemic, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS is the winner of the Green Carnation Prize.

The shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year is out.

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award has also announced its shortlist.

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