Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Medieval Manuscripts & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

More Magic From Harry Potter Coming This Fall

Two new publications are forthcoming from the world of Harry Potter on October 20th. No, they are not new novels by Rowling, but they do bring excitement to magic lovers and passionate fans of the series. The two books, Harry Potter — A Journey Through the History of Magic” and Harry Potter — A History of Magic are said to provide a “fascinating exploration of magical history.”

Game of Thrones Author Announces New Books

George R.R. Martin will be releasing a two part history of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood. The first book is set to be published in late 2018 / early 2019. Fans of the author are still patiently waiting the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter.

Scientists Uncover Secrets Hidden in Medieval Manuscripts

Researchers at Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies (NU-ACCESS) have developed “a new, non-destructive technology that gives access to medieval texts hidden inside of ancient bookbindings.” Fusing two imaging techniques — visible hyperspectral imaging and x-ray fluorescence, the researchers are uncovering medieval manuscripts that were previously unrecognizable. The project was initiated from a copy of the Greek poet Hesiod’s Work and Days from 1537.

The Book That Changed America

The Book That Changed AmericaRandall Fuller, a professor of English at the University of Tulsa, delivers a comprehensive look at how Darwin’s Origin of Species made a profound impact on the United States in his publication, The Book That Changed America – How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation. In this recent article from PRI, Adam Wernick discusses, among other subjects, that Darwin’s book challenged the theories of ‘American Ethnologists’, and as Fuller says in the book, “Darwin essentially brought to an already very fractious and volatile moment a new take on an old discussion about racial ideology and slavery.”

“Fuller sees parallels between the arguments about slavery and race back in 1859 and similar arguments taking place today. ‘“I think there’s a cautionary tale about bending evidence or facts to a preconceived narrative or ideology,”’ he says.”

But wait! There’s more…

Success on the festival circuit for an indie author. 

Trinity College Libary gets a donation of 10,000 comic books.

Online publishers get an interactive boost from Playbuzz offerings.

San Diego Comic Con 2017 panel speaks to aspiring writers. 

Our Video of the Week is from Hawkswell Theatre Sligo, uploaded on July 20th. Here is Tammy Armstrong, winner of the iYeats Poetry Competition 2017 reading her winning entry The Varying Hare in the beautiful setting of Nova Scotia, Canada.


Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am the Eggman” 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, a lot of red wine, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on Twitter @laurels_idea.

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