Free Books for Life,Game of Thrones & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

Free Books for Life?

Heywood Hill, a bookshop in London, is holding a competition to win a free, newly published hardcover book every month for the rest of the lucky winner’s life. The contest is open to readers all across the globe until October 31st. To get a chance to win, submit the name of one book that has meant the most to you here. Good luck!

Apple Launches Game of Thrones Interactive Ebooks

Available only with iBooks, the George R.R. Martin books will have exclusive “Interactive character maps, new detailed annotations, animated character journeys and timelines, family trees and histories, house and sigil summaries, a new glossary of important terms and audio clips narrated by actor Roy Dotrice.” Providing some competition for Amazon in the electronic publishing business, iBooks is currently available in 51 countries. Check out this video of the author detailing the new editions including some really cool graphics.

Censorship in Texas Prisons

As a follow-up to Banned Books Week, September 25th to October 1st, I found this article at Slate by Dan Slater critiquing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s policy on literary censorship. In the piece, Slater is clear in his opinion of the policy, calling it a “national disgrace.” Addressing nonfiction and fiction, he references findings from a report issued by the Texas Civil Rights Project, among other sources, and comes to the conclusion that “If what matters is balancing security with free speech and the rehabilitation of inmates, no policy could be more errant.”

Writing to Help End Homelessness

Lizabeth Luna, a writer in Plainfield, Illinois, has started The Story Projects to help the homeless in Chicago. She wants to publish four books of short stories per year, and the proceeds will be split between homeless community outreach organizations and the contributing writers. There are six levels of membership to join the project. You can view the details here.


But wait! There’s more…

Wonder Woman writer confirms the superhero’s queer identity

Celebrate the written word in Idaho at the Death Rattle Writers Festival

New Halloween books for your kids including ::caution!:: Demon Dentist

If you are a screenwriter, check out this competition

Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor atChange Seven. Her short story “I Am theEggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on twitter @laurels_idea.

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