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THE CASUAL VACANCY to be the new Downton Abbey?

The Casual VacancyJ.K. Rowling fans take note: The Casual Vacancy is being adapted for television! Rowling will be working in collaboration with the network to create an exciting adaptation of the novel to air sometime in 2014 on BBC One. Rowling says she is "thrilled" about this new development, and I'm guessing that the Canadian public, along with book lovers the world over, share this sentiment. After all, The Casual Vacancy dominated the Quill & Quire's list for Canadian booksellers top fiction of 2012.

Set in the small English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy begins with the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, one of the local city parish councilors. His untimely death becomes the catalyst for a shocking trajectory of events that pits neighbour against neighbour, and leaves the entire town reeling in its aftermath.

Definitely ideal BBC subject matter of the dramatic variety.  I can't wait to see it!





Click for Literacy a Success!

Click for LiteracyThanks to everyone who helped make our Click for Literacy campaign a success. We'll be sending 300 books to public libraries in Africa with the help of our campaign partners S.T.E.L.L.A.A. Feel free to visit their site for more information on what they do, and for other ways you can contribute!



Click for Literacy extended

We've decided to extend our Click for Literacy campaign for another week, because we're pushing to meet our goal of 300 Facebook Page Likes in order to send 300 books to public libraries in Africa. Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far! If you have not yet participated, please click the "Like" button at the top of the Manda Group Facebook Page or the "Like" button on the Facebook widget in the right column of the Manda website to participate. There's no other obligation.

And if you'd like to know more about STELLAA, our partners in this promotion, please have a look at their website.



Click for Literacy

Today, we have set out on an ambitious journey. We are working with the organization S.T.E.L.L.A.A. to build a library in Africa, and are asking for your help. It’s as easy as following us on Facebook, and forwarding our message to your friends and colleagues. At the end of this journey, we will donate as many books as we have Facebook Page Likes. It’s that simple. We aim to make reading come alive for a resource-deprived community in Africa and your gift of friendship will put a book in the hands of someone who needs, and more importantly, desperately wants one. We are not afraid of setting daring targets to achieve impactful results, and are inviting you to help us achieve our goal of donating 300 books in the next two weeks.

Join Manda in making a difference. Your gift of friendship is bigger than you think.

One Click = One Friend = One Book