P.L. Travers's iconic character, Mary Poppins, was based in part on her great aunt. In 1941, she wrote a story about her aunt for family and friends, and now it's coming to the general public for the first time.
J.K. Rowling's bestseller 'The Silkworm' – previously unavailable to Amazon customers – can now be ordered, although shipping time is still slow. 'The Silkworm' is published by Hachette, with whom Amazon is currently involved in a dispute.
The author of 'The Satanic Verses' and 'Midnight's Children' has been selected to receive the 2014 PEN Pinter prize for his literary works for their 'unflinching, unswerving' views on society, according to the English PEN organization.