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Brenda Romero Says It’s Unacceptable She Was Not Credited in TOMORROW, TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW: Today in Books

Prince Harry’s Book Spare Gets Spoofed in Spare Us!

Prince Harry’s bestselling memoir Spare is getting the parody treatment with the book Spare Us! A Harrody. The joke book is very real, and it will be available to buy in the U.K. on April 5. The book cover features an image of Harry with tape covering his mouth, and it was written by Bruno Vincent. It’s still unclear whether the book will be available in the United States.

Brenda Romero Says It’s Unacceptable She Was Not Credited in Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

One of the games developed by the characters in Gabrielle Zevin’s popular, bestselling novel Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow has become the center of a real-life debate about crediting ideas is novels. On Thursday, game developer Brenda Romero wrote in a Twitter thread that Zevin had pulled the ideas for the novel’s game “Solution” from Romero’s board game Train, which was developed in 2009. “A theme in the book is how women struggle to get credit for their work,” Romero wrote in her tweet. Zevin has acknowledged that she was inspired by Romero’s game, and yet Romero was not given credit for her contribution to the novel.

In response to Romero’s tweet, Todd Doughty, Knopf Doubleday’s senior vice president for publicity and communications, said in a statement, “The entire world, characters and themes of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow are solely Zevin’s fictional creation and the only games listed in the author’s acknowledgments are video games. Again, ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ is a novel and not an academic or nonfiction text containing indexes, notes, or works cited. Knopf stands behind Gabrielle Zevin and her work.”

Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist Includes Four Debuts

The shortlist for Swansea University’s Dylan Thomas Prize includes four debuts. The £20,000 award is for writers aged 39 or under and is open to all forms of literature. Di Speirs, chair of the judges and books editor at BBC Audio, said the list exemplified “not only the talent and excitingly fresh, often startling, writing we were seeking, but draw the reader in and on.” This year’s list is comprised of three novels, two short story collections, and one book of poetry. The winner of the prize will be announced on May 11, ahead of International Dylan Thomas day on May 14.

BookBeat Review: Better Than Scribd but Not Widely Accessible

In this in-depth BookBeat review, let’s find out what makes this service better than Scribd for English-language audiobook listeners.