Illustrator Sarah McIntyre calls for co-author credits

Top authors back campaign for front covers of children’s books to include artist’s name

Where would We’re Going on a Bear Hunt be without Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations of the children’s search, or the Meg and Mog books without Jan Pienkowski’s images of the witch and her cat, or The Gruffalo without Axel Scheffler’s depiction of the monster? But illustrators are not getting the credit they deserve, according to the Carnegie-nominated Sarah McIntyre, who today announced that she would not be buying any new illustrated children’s books unless the front cover includes the artist’s name along with the writer’s.

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George RR Martin urges ‘every true fan’ to rally for Hugo awards vote

‘The clock is ticking,’ says Game of Thrones author after rightwing writers organise slate of titles to storm science-fiction prize shortlist

George RR Martin is urging “every true fan” of science fiction to vote in the Hugo awards before the ballot closes at the end of July, for what the Game of Thrones author said was “proving to be the most controversial and hotly contested Hugo race in the award’s long history”.

The awards – which have run since 1953 and have been won by some of science fiction’s greatest names, from Frank Herbert to Philip K Dick – are proving contentious this year after a group of right-leaning authors calling themselves the Sad Puppies organised a slate of titles, which were voted on to shortlists by supporters. Several nominees have withdrawn in protest, objecting also to their inclusion on further lists organised by the provocative rightwing blogger Theodore ...

American Psycho pulled from shelves by police in Australia

Bret Easton Ellis’s satire of 80s consumerism falls foul of ‘classification law’ due to absence of sealed wrapper in Adelaide shop

American Psycho was found to be “deeply and extremely disgusting” by Andrew Motion and “the most loathsome offering of the season,” by the New York Times when it was first published. Almost quarter of a century later – in a move which would no doubt delight its controversial author – Bret Easton Ellis’s divisive novel has become the subject of a police raid, after a bookshop in Adelaide was asked to remove copies of the book from shelves when it was discovered to be on sale without the required plastic wrapping.

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Salman Rushdie parody Twitter account drops name at the author’s request

Popular @RushdieExplains feed switches handle after the novelist himself appeals for the joke to end

A popular parody Twitter account that provided satirical commentary on India under the handle @RushdieExplains has changed its name after Salman Rushdie told the academic behind it that “the joke has worn thin”.

Rohit Chopra told the Times of India earlier this year that he set up the account – which now has more than 30,000 followers – after “chatting on Twitter … with friends about a somewhat tedious Pankaj Mishra article on India’s election and Modi’s victory”, and wondering aloud what Rushdie might have said about the events.

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Sarah Hilary’s debut wins crime novel of the year award

Someone Else’s Skin acclaimed for ‘astounding’ mix of subtle storytelling and bloody subject matter

One of the UK’s top crime-writing awards has gone to a debut, after Sarah Hilary won the Theakstons Old Peculier crime novel of the year award with Someone Else’s Skin.

Featuring a detective inspector whose parents have been murdered by her foster brother, a murky mystery involving domestic violence and a hair-raising torture scene, the novel saw off shortlisted titles by major writers including Peter James and Belinda Bauer to win the £3,000 prize on Thursday.

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Leading authors call for government probe of Amazon’s ‘damaging’ power

Malcolm Gladwell and Ursula Le Guin lead call to US justice department to investigate its ‘monopoly as a seller of books’

Authors including Malcolm Gladwell, Ursula Le Guin, Michael Chabon and Ann Patchett are putting their names to a letter attacking Amazon’s “abuse of its dominance in the world of books” and calling on the US justice department to investigate the retailer’s “power over the book market”.

The letter, which is due to be submitted to the department later this month, is the latest initiative from the group of powerful authors calling themselves Authors United, which was set up in the wake of the dispute over terms between the internet shopping site and Hachette last year. Douglas Preston, who founded the group, said that signatories were “pouring in” for the letter this week, with “many hundreds” putting their name to the letter, including Sara Paretsky, Francis Fukuyama, Elizabeth George, ...

Italian authors ask Venice to ban their books after gay children’s stories pulled

After picture books about same-sex families are pulled from city’s schools, 267 writers ask for their work to be taken off shelves

More than 250 Italian authors have written to the mayor of Venice asking him to remove their books from the city, in an act of solidarity with the writers who have seen their picture books about same-sex families pulled from Venice’s schools.

Businessman Luigi Brugnaro, who says he is neither “left or right”, was elected mayor of Venice last month, and swiftly moved to take around 50 books from the city’s classrooms. In June, Brugnaro had told la Repubblica that he had “promised” this during his election campaign, and “I have done it”. “We do not want to discriminate against children,” he said. “At home parents can be called Dad One and Dad Two, but I have to think about the majority of families where there is ...