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Today in Brit Lit news, 1st February 2018

Bloomsbury are holding their annual Harry Potter Book Night today, launching a host of literary events across the world, all centered on this year’s theme: Fantastic Beasts. They also revealed that 500 million Harry Potter books have now been sold worldwide.

Meanwhile, Dumbledore will not be “explicitly” gay in the new Harry Potter film, and not everybody is happy about this.

Afua Hirsch’s book, Brit(ish), questions who we see as British and why – and has angered as many as it has enthralled.

Beware of men bearing flowers: Lit Hub has some indispensable advice from Muriel Spark.

The London Book & Screen Week line-up has been revealed and includes a screening of Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You”, an evening to celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein, and a sing-along screening of “Mary Poppins”.

The Century Girls, Attack of the 50 Ft. Women, and The Female Persuasion are among the rush of feminist books expected this year.

 This week’s Guardian Books Podcast discusses women and food, and Helen Dunmore’s posthumous Costa prize.
After the Presidents Club scandal, several booksellers pulled David Walliams’ kids’ books from shelves. The Guardian asks: is he a Dahl-esque maverick or an old-fashioned bully? 

Ex-soldier and novelist Jan Morris CBE has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to travel writing by The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, while Kapka Kassabova has been honoured with the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year for Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe.

Sally Rooney has been longlisted for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize alongside others including Bailey’s Prize shortlistees Gwendoline Riley and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀.

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