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■ Au­thor George R.R. Martin says the next Song of Ice and Fire book has a real chance of com­ing out in 2018. But read­ers shouldn’t count on it yet. In a week­end post­ing on his web­site, Martin wrote that he’s work­ing hard on The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth vol­ume in the se­ries adapted into the HBO hit Game of Thrones. He added that he has “good days and bad days” and is still months away from fin­ish­ing. Mean­while, he thinks it’s “likely” that he’ll have his first Fire and Blood book out by late 2018 or early 2019. The new book is a his­tory of House Tar­garyen, which has the motto “Fire and Blood.” His con­clu­sion: one, maybe two Wes­teros books in 2018. “A boy can dream,” he wrote.

■ French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has re­ceived pop singer and phi­lan­thropist Bono at the El­y­see Palace in Paris for talks about poverty. Bono met with Macron for over an hour Mon­day to dis­cuss the U2 front­man’s non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, the One Cam­paign, which its web­site says takes “ac­tion to end ex­treme poverty and pre­ventable dis­ease, par­tic­u­larly in Africa.” Ac­com­pa­nied by French first lady Brigitte Macron af­ter­ward, Bono said one of the main is­sues in the fruit­ful talks was the ed­u­ca­tion of girls and women in Africa. Bono, a high-pro­file ac­tivist, is no stranger to the French pres­i­den­tial palace, hav­ing met for­mer Pres­i­dents Jac­ques Chirac, Ni­co­las Sarkozy and Fran­cois Hol­lande. The singer was awarded the Le­gion of Honor, the high­est French order of merit for mil­i­tary and civil mer­its, in 2003.

■ Shake­speare’s Globe — Lon­don’s open-air, El­iz­a­bethan-style play­house — an­nounced Mon­day that Olivier Award-win­ning ac­tress Michelle Terry will be its new artis­tic di­rec­tor. Terry will take up the post in April 2018. She re­places Emma Rice, who is leav­ing early af­ter claim­ing a lack of sup­port from the com­pany’s board. Terry has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Globe, where her roles have in­cluded Ros­alind in As You

Like It and Ti­ta­nia in A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream. She has also per­formed for Bri­tain’s Na­tional The­atre and the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany, and played the lead in Henry V at Re­gent’s Park Open Air The­atre. Terry said she was look­ing for­ward to help­ing artists and au­di­ences “re­claim and re­dis­cover” the work of Shake­speare and his con­tem­po­raries, as well as new writ­ers. Terry’s ap­point­ment came as a sur­prise, since she has lit­tle di­rect­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but she is not the first ac­tor to head the Globe. Academy Award-win­ner Mark Ry­lance led the com­pany for a decade.




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