Weekly books agenda: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' follow-up, prequel

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March 2 sees the release of a new book by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the hit mashup title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. At the end of the month, Quirk Books will publish a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies prequel , called Dawn of the Dreadful, by Steve Hockensmith.

'Mr. Nobody'
March 1

An original Mr. Men character by Roger Hargreaves, discovered in archival material, is due to be published in March. About the invisible Mr. Nobody and his quest to become a somebody, the title was in fact published in 1985 in a limited-edition run but had since been forgotten. The new addition to the catalog brings the total number of classic Mr. Men books to 47. More than 100 million Mr. Men titles have been sold worldwide since they were first published 39 years ago, beginning with the 1971 title Mr. Tickle.

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' by Seth Grahame-Smith
March 2

Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of the runaway hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now on its way to becoming a feature film. In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he uses the same mashup of history and horror in a retelling of the life of Abraham Lincoln, beginning when the one-day US president learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

March 2-7
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2009, 637 publishers from 52 countries presented more than 500,000 titles in Arabic, English, and many other languages. Confirmed international authors for the 2010 event include Adam Haslett (US), Ahlam Mosteghanemi (Algeria), Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan), Mathias Enard (France), and Tarun Tejpal (India). Visitors can look forward to daily author lectures, book signings, poetry performances, and live cooking shows.

Read an E-Book Week
March 7-13

The annual Read an E-Book Week was created to promote and share the advantages of reading electronically. During this week, visitors are invited to browse the event website, where dozens of publishers, authors, and booksellers offer free titles for a limited time. Going since 2003, the event took off in 2009, with more than 30,000 web hits coming from around the globe.

Best Translated Book Award
March 10
New York, NY

Belgian author Hugo Claus, Austrian writer Wolf Haas, and Argentina's César Aira are among shortlisted authors for the 2009 Best Translated Book Award, presented by Three Percent, a resource for international literature based at the University of Rochester, USA. The award was created in 2007 to draw attention to the otherwise overlooked world of translated titles. Choosing this year's winning books is a panel of nine judges, including representatives from the Center for the Art of Translation, Words Without Borders, and Public Radio International.

National Book Critics Circle Awards
March 12
New York, NY, USA

Among the US's most prestigious literary awards, the National Book Critics Circle Awards honor all books published in English, including translations. NBCC winners in the categories of autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, and nonfiction are selected by more than 600 literary critics. Among nominees for the 2010 fiction prize are Man Booker Prize-winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and National Book Award finalists American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell and Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips. American author Joyce Carol Oates will receive a lifetime achievement award at the NBCC awards ceremony.

'Twilight: The Graphic Novel'

March 16

A graphic novel of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga will be released in the US and UK on March 16. Korean artist Young Kim created the art and adaptation for Twilight: The Graphic Novel, reportedly working side-by-side with Meyer. Yen Press will publish Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 in the US; in the UK, Atom will publish the title on the same date. A release date for the second volume has not yet been announced.

'Solar' by Ian McEwan
March 18, 30

The latest novel by Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan will tell the story of a Nobel prize-winning physicist who receives an invitation to travel to New Mexico - an opportunity that offers him a chance to, according the the book's description, "extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster."

PEN/Faulkner Awards
March 23
Washington DC

Sherman Alexie, Barbara Kingsolver, Lorraine M. López, Lorrie Moore, and Colson Whitehead are in the running for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner fiction award, a prestigious US prize. Nominees include Alexie's tragicomic story collection War Dances, Kingsolver's historical novel The Lacuna, López's Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, Moore's post-9/11 novel A Gate at the Stairs, and Colson Whitehead's coming-of-age story Sag Harbor. The winner - whom the PEN/Faulkner Foundation recognizes as the "best among equals" - will be announced March 23 in Washington DC. Winners recieve $15,000, while each of the four finalists receives $5,000.

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls'

March 30

The Quirk Classics series combines "popular fanboy characters like ninjas, pirates, zombies and monkeys" with classic public domain book titles. Quirk Books' first title, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, made US and UK bestseller lists and is now being made into a film. Due out March 30 is a prequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith.