Taylor Swift rights row, RJ Palacio, Nan Goldin and Judy Chicago reviewed, Le Mans '66 reviewed, Amazon's impact on publishing


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RJ Palacio’s first novel Wonder has been published in 45 languages, sold 5 million copies worldwide and been made into a film starring Julia Roberts. We speak to RJ about her new graphic novel White Bird which tells the back story of the classroom bully from Wonder, Julian, whose Jewish grandmother fled from the Nazis. A row involving Taylor Swift and her former record label has been resolved - for now. Music industry lawyer Duncan Lamont explains whether the company has the right to block Swift performing her old songs, and if this might be a landmark case for songwriters. Britcar Endurance Championship winner Sarah Moore dreams of successfully taking part in Le Mans, the iconic 24 hour French competition. She gives a racing driver's view of new film Le Mans '66 as it tears up the American box office. Publishers are now approaching the most important time of the year with Christmas sales, and all this week we're investigating different aspects of the books business. Today, agent and former publisher Clare Alexander, and John Mitchinson, co-founder of the crowdfunding publisher Unbound and former Marketing Director of Waterstones, consider the biggest change to have happened to publishing in the last 25 years – the arrival of Amazon. The artist Nan Goldin is well known for her protest against the corporate sponsorship of the arts by the Sackler Trust who own companies connected to the opioid crisis in America, and her new deeply personal show discusses her own addiction. And the Baltic in Gateshead are hosting the biggest show of Judy Chicago's work ever seen in the UK, but the exhibition omits her most famous piece, The Dinner Party. Emily Steer, Editor of Elephant magazine reviews both shows. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Hannah Robins

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