Top 10 Book Stories of 2013

What a year for authors, publishers and literature fans -- 2013 had no shortage of surprises, milestone achievements and interesting trends. On this page, we're recapping our picks for Top 10 Book Stories of 2013, one story at a time.

salinger-100-smokes.jpg1. The (non-literal) return of J.D. Salinger

Fans of the iconic The Catcher in the Rye author got quite the thrill when three of the reclusive late writer's previously unpublished stories were leaked online. Read more.



book-background-100-73.jpg2. The Rise of the Shelfie

In this post, we look at the social media trend of posing with your book shelves. Read more.




gatsby-100-73.jpg3. The return of The Great Gatsby

It took years to make but after much anticipation, Baz Luhrmann's lavishly produced Great Gatsby adaptation finally hit theatres. Read more.




john-hurt-100-73.jpg4. The year of 1984

When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the U.S. National Security Agency's monitoring activities, Sales of the George Orwell dystopian classic 1984 skyrocketed on Amazon. Read more.


john-hurt-100-73.jpg5. The year of the foot in the mouth.

No one quite saw it coming when Canadian author and 2013 Giller Prize contender David Gilmour made inflammatory remarks about what authors he chooses and doesn't choose to teach. Read more.


john-hurt-100-73.jpg6. The year of Eleanor Catton.

In 2013, Eleanor Catton went from promising young writer to household name, thanks to her surprising Booker Prize win. Read more.



JK-Rowling-100-73.jpg7. The year Robert Galbraith was revealed to be J.K. Rowling


Galbraith was outed as Rowling by The Sunday Times after they began investigating the so-called first time author. Read more.



mark-darcy-death-100-73'.jpg8. The death of Bridget Jones's husband Mark Darcy

Bridget Jones fans had to wait 14 years for the latest instalment of the series, but got quite the shock when it turned out that author Helen Fielding, perhaps inspired by Game of Thrones, killed off Jones's longtime love interest. Read more.


anne-green-gables-100-73.jpg9. The year Anne of Green Gables went blonde

The world knows and loves her as the plucky, awkward and plain-faced young orphan -- but that changed in 2013, when Anne got an unsolicited makeover. Read more.



doris-lessing-100-73.jpg10. In memoriam: Authors we said good-bye to in 2013

This year saw the passing of a number of notable writers, including visionary novelist Doris Lessing. Read more.