Critical Linking: January 10, 2016

From a new novel by Julian Barnes to the film of The Girl on the Train, from the most hotly tipped debuts to Henning Mankell’s farewell essays – everything you need to know about the literary year ahead.

Make your 2016 bookish plans with the help of this handy literary calendar.

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The concept of a book town first came into being in the 1960s, when the fortunes of Hay-on-Wye, a small market town on the Welsh/English border, were transformed by the power of books. The opportunity to regenerate struggling villages and towns by opening up secondhand bookstores and welcoming literary events has since been embraced by many other locations around the world, creating a network of fascinating places to visit, all with books at their heart.

This would make for one heck of a travel itinerary.

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So my advice? Always read the book first. This can be difficult, however, when you suddenly realize an awesome flick is coming to theaters this Friday, and you haven’t even downloaded the e-book to your Kindle yet. To avoid this from happening, here are 13 of the most exciting movie adaptations coming to the big screen this year so you can get a jump start on your reading list.

Here’s a look at 13 books hitting the big screen this year.

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Actress and feminist activist Emma Watson has officially launched her new book club which she’s dubbing “Our Shared Shelf.”

Watson polled her Twitter followers to figure out a name for the book club on Wednesday, then quickly launched the group via GoodReads on Thursday.

I clicked “join” on that Goodreads group so fast I got finger burn.

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