Museums, Dystopian Novels, Elton John & More: Weekly Lit News Roundup by Emily Ramser

Winnie the Pooh Author  AA Milne’s Home Up for Sale

Milne purchased Cotchford Farm as a country retreat for his family; however, it became much more than that. The farm is what provided inspiration for Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Many of the book’s locations are even based on sites surrounding the home. Currently, its on the market for £1,895,000. Though a little expensive, for many Winnie the Pooh fans, it is plenty worth it.


Milne with his son Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear, at Cotchford Farm, their home in Sussex. Photo by Howard Coster, 1926. (via Wikipedia)
Milne with his son Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear, at Cotchford Farm, their home in Sussex. Photo by Howard Coster, 1926. (via Wikipedia)


Museum of Linguistics is Coming to DC

Philanthropist Anna Friedman is helping to turn the historic Franklin School building into a $50 million museum dedicated to language and linguistics. The museum, called Planet World, is set to open in the winter of 2019.


Amazon Sells Out of George Orwell’s 1984

Last week, all physical copies of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 sold out on Amazon. It is still available via Kindle and more copies have been ordered according to the book’s publisher Penguin.

“We put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week. That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for ‘1984,’” a Penguin spokesman told CNN.

Several other dystopian novels dominated Amazon’s best-selling list last week, including The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Several news stations have suggested that sales of these novels are spiking as a reaction to the Trump presidency.


via Wikipedia
via Wikipedia


Roxane Gay Pulls Book from Simon and Schuster, Citing Milo Yiannopoulos Deal

Roxane Gay pulled her book How to Be Heard from Simon & Schuster’s TED Books Imprint. She explained her reasoning to Buzzfeed:

“Though TED Books and Threshold are vastly different imprints, they both reside within Simon & Schuster and so I guess I’m putting my money where my mouth is,” Gay told Buzzfeed‘s Jarry Lee. “Milo has every right to say what he wants to say, however distasteful I and many others find it to be. He doesn’t have a right to have a book published by a major publisher but he has, in some bizarre twist of fate, been afforded that privilege. So be it. I’m not interested in doing business with a publisher willing to grant him that privilege.”


Elton John Writing Devil Wears Prada Musical for Broadway

The show will be based off both the novel and film of the same name. John is excited about the musical. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said he couldn’t wait to get started on it. There is no word yet on when the musical will be finished however.


Buchi Emcecheta Passes at 72

The innovative Nigerian author passed away at the age of 72 in London this week. She published 20 novels throughout her life.


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Emily Ramser is an Editorial Assistant at Change Seven, as well as a poet, author, and avid enthusiast of the Oxford Comma. She has published four poetry books with Weasel Press, all of which are available on Amazon. She lives just outside of Dallas, TX with her fianceé, dog, and cat. She’s currently working on a series of short CNF essays focusing on sexuality.





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