Sebold News

Author Alice Sebold, who wrote fantasy The Lovely Bones (2002), has been in the news recently because a man who went to prison based on her testimony was released and had his conviction overturned. In Sebold’s 1999 memoir Lucky, she described her sexual assault and the trial of alleged perpetrator Anthony J. Broadwater. Broadwater, 61, spent 16 years in prison and was a registered sex offender after his release, ...Read More

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2021 AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Open

Public voting is open for the Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Awards, covering works published in their 2021 issues. Readers can select three favorite choices from each magazine in novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover categories, as well as a “Best Science Fact” article from Analog. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2022.

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2022 HWA Summer Scares Reading Program

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist for the fourth annual Summer Scares Reading Program. The program “introduces readers and librarians to new authors and helps start conversations extending beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come.”

Special guest author Alma Katsu and a committee of five librarians, Carolyn Ciesla, Kelly Jensen, Julia Smith, Becky Spratford, and ...Read More

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PRH Author Diversity Audit

As part of its attempts to improve diversity, Penguin Random House has published its “phase one” study on the demographics of authors, illustrators, and translators of works published from the start of 2019 to the end of 2021. They received 3,415 responses, and concluded that the company’s ‘‘contributor demographics do not reflect U.S. reader demographics when it comes to race and ethnicity. Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous representation is low, while ...Read More

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36th Annual Asimov‘s Readers’ Awards

The 36th Annual Asimov‘s Readers’ Awards ballots are now open for voting. The winners “join the pantheon of Asimov authors who represent the Who’s Who of science fiction writers over the past thirty years.”

The voting is open from now until February 1, 2022. For more information about the awards and how to vote, see the announcement here.

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2021 National Jewish Book Award Winners

The Jewish Book Council has announced the 2021 National Jewish Book Award winners. The awards “rec­og­nize out­stand­ing works of Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture” and include several authors of genre interest. Joshua Cohen won the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award for Fiction for The Netanyahus, and Helen Wecker won The Miller Family Book Club Award in Mem­o­ry of Helen Dunn Wein­stein and June Keit Miller for The Hid­den Palace. Gordon Korman won ...Read More

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2022 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

The 2022 Hugo Awards will be presented at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon 8, to be held September 1-5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago Illinois. Members with an attending or supporting membership for Chicon 8 or DisCon III are eligible ...Read More

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2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) has announced the finalists for the 2021 NBCC awards. Authors and titles of genre interest are below:

2021 Leonard Finalists

  • Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters (One World)

2021 Fiction Finalists

  • The Netanyahus, Joshua Cohen (NY Review)
  • Second Place, Rachel Cusk (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Burntcoat, Sarah Hall (Custom)
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Harper)
  • Harlem
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2022 Walter Award Winners

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has announced the winners of the 2022 Walter Dean Myers Awards, to “recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.” in the Teen and Young Readers categories. They have announced one winner in each category, and two honorees. Titles and authors of genre interest include:

2022 Walter Honors, Teen Category

  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club,
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Tóibín Named Irish Fiction Laureate

Author Colm Tóibín has been named the new Laureate for Irish Fiction by the Arts Council of Ireland. He takes over from Sebastian Barry, and his three-year term begins this month. The Laureate position “seeks to acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life by honouring an established Irish writer of fiction, encouraging a new generation of writers, promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally and encouraging ...Read More

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2022 Edgar Awards Nominations

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television,” with numerous authors and works of genre interest.

Best Novel
  • The Venice Sketchbook, Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)
  • Razorblade Tears, S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
  • No One Will Miss Her, Kat Rosenfield (Morrow)

Best First Novel By An American Author

  • Never Saw Me Coming, Vera Kurian (Park Row)
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Ron Goulart (1933-2022)

Writer Ron Goulart, 89, died January 14, 2022. Goulart was a prolific author in multiple genres, producing more than 180 titles in his long career.

Ronald Joseph Goulart was born January 13, 1933 in Berkeley CA, and worked in advertising after college. His first SF story, “Letters to the Editor”, appeared in 1952, and he published a number of stories before debut novel The Sword Swallower (1968), first of his ...Read More

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J. Brian Clarke (1928-2022)

SF writer J. Brian Clarke, 93, died January 17, 2022.

James Brian Clarke was born May 23, 1928 in Birmingham, England, but spent most of his life in Canada. He began publishing genre work with “Artifact” in Analog in June 1969, where he continued to publish stories for the rest of his career. Debut novel Expediter (1990) includes material first published there, as does second book Alphanauts (2006), winner of ...Read More

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Feng Wins SLF Illustration Award

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has announced that artist Michelle Feng is the winner of their 2022 Illustration of the Year.

“Feng’s winning piece will be featured throughout 2022 on the Speculative Literature Foundation’s website and on social media. In addition, it may be featured in limited edition SLF-related marketing materials, such as bookmarks and pins.”

Feng wanted to “combine visual elements from traditional village living structures with futuristic elements ...Read More

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Bill Wright (1937-2022)

Fan and convention organizer Bill Wright, 84, died January 17, 2022 in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, the day before his 85th birthday.

Wright, born 1937, was a stalwart of Australian fandom since the late 1950s. He was a founding member of both ANZAPA and the Nova Mob; HonSec of the Eighth Australian Science Fiction Convention (the eighth Australian Natcon) in 1969; secretary of Aussiecon in 1975; awards administrator ...Read More

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José Luis Benício da Fonseca (1936-2021)

Brazilian illustrator JOSÉ LUIZ BENÍCIO DA FONSECA, who worked as Benício, 84, died De­cember 7, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Born September 14, 1936 in Rio Pardo, in the Brazilian South, he was a nationwide name in the fields of pulp art, pin-up art, movie posters, and advertisements.

After a stint plying piano for a radio show in Porto Alegre when he was only 15, Benício initially dedicated ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2022


JOHN VARLEY, 74, was hospi­talized last year with COVID, pneu­monia, and congestive heart failure, and received a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is home now, and expects to soon “be back at work on my next novel, a re-write and near total alteration of the horrible second draft of my first unpublished novel, Gas Giant.” Read his account here.

TOMI ADEYEMI’s publishing rights are ...Read More

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Dave Wolverton (1957-2022)

Writer Dave Wolverton, 64, who also wrote as David Farland, died January 14, 2022 in St. George UT after suffering a severe head injury falling down the stairs the previous day.

He was best known for his Runelords series, written as David Farland: The Sum of All Men (1998; published in the US as The Runelords), Brotherhood of the Wolf (1999), Wizardborn (2000), The Lair of Bones (2003), Sons ...Read More

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World Fantasy 2022 Guests of Honor

The 2022 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) announced its guests of honor in a press release on January 12, 2021.

Guests of honor are: Ginjer Buchanan, Andrei Codrescu, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton,  and Toastmaster Ursula Vernon. An artist guest of honor is pending.

World Fantasy 2022 chair Tom Hanlon said, “We are working hard to ensure that our guests and our program are representative of a variety of ...Read More

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Joel Gay Creative Fellowships

Roxane Gay has announced the Joel Gay Creative Fellowship, designed “to support three emerging writers over the course of the year as they develop and publish a newsletter on the Substack platform.”

Fellows will receive a $25,000 stipend, paid monthly from the initial publication of their newsletter, as well as up to $15,000 in services from Substack, including editorial support, design assistance in developing a logo for your newsletter, access ...Read More

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Strahan Calls for BIPOC Authors

Editor Jonathan Strahan has put out a call for submissions for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) authors for his anthology The Book of Witches (Harper Voyager). The anthology is “a big, inclusive, illustrated anthology of fiction and poetry, this time looking at ‘witches’, more specifically your witch and what it means to you.” He says,

So far writers who have agreed to contribute to the book include ...Read More

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2022 MWA Awards

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced several awards.

Laurie R. King has been named Grand Master, which “represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.”

Reviewer Lesa Holstine won the 2022 Raven Award, which “recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award 2022 Finalists

The 2022 Philip K. Dick Award finalists have been announced:

  • Defekt, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom)
  • Plague Birds, Jason Sanford (Apex)
  • Bug, Giacomo Sartori, translated by Frederika Randall (Restless)
  • Far from the Light of Heaven, Tade Thompson (Orbit US)
  • The Escapement, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
  • Dead Space, Kali Wallace (Berkley)

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The

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Jane E. Hawkins (1951-2022)

Author and conrunner Jane E. Hawkins, 70, died January 7, 2022 in Seattle WA. Best known as a convention organizer, she also wrote gaming tie-in novel Quantum Gate (1996).

Jane Emily Hawkins was born March 11, 1951 in Davenport IA and showed an early aptitude for advanced mathematics. She attended Case University as part of the first engineering class to admit women, and worked at Bell Labs in computing. She ...Read More

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NEA 2022 Creative Writing Fellows

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the 2022 Creative Writing Fellows, winners of the Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing which “provides $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

This year’s recipients of genre interest include:

  • Steve Almond
  • Yohanca Delgado
  • Calvin Gimpelevich
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Aubrey Hirsch
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Violet Kupersmith
  • Peyton Marshall
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The Best Horror of the Year Call for Submissions

Ellen Datlow is accepting submissions for her 15th The Best Horror of the Year anthology, to be published by Night Shade Books and covering material appearing in 2022.

I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: supernatural, uncanny, sf horror, psychological, dark crime, terror tales, or anything else that might qualify. This is an all reprint anthology, so I’ll only consider material published in 2022. Deadline ...Read More

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John Jos. Miller (1954-2022)

Author John Jos. Miller, 67, died January 5, 2022 at his home in Albuquerque NM. Miller was best known for his work in the long-running (since 1987) Wild Cards shared-universe series of original anthologies and novels, edited by George R.R. Martin.

John Joseph Miller (who wrote as John Miller, John J. Miller and John Jos. Miller) was born March 28, 1954 in central New York. He started reading the works ...Read More

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Publisher Reopenings Pushed Back

Many publishers have once again paused, post­poned, or rescinded their plans to open offices for in-person employees, this time in response to the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Macmillan was scheduled to reopen its offices in New York City on January 10, but the opening has been postponed indefinitely. Employees will receive 30 days notice before they have to come back. Vaccinated staff may continue to come in ...Read More

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Fantastika Report

Since a Certain Bug from outer space or wherever stopped last year’s national Swedish con, the year 2020 was added to the 2021 Swecon. The event took place in Dieselverk­stan, Stockholm, November 19-21 with guests of honor Peadar Ó Guilín (Ireland), Adrian Tchaikovsky (UK), Eva Holmquist (local writer), and Maria Nilsson (local scholar). But we were lucky! Despite having Europe’s lowest virus curves – with cases dropping – our ever-so-wise ...Read More

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Angry Robot Upgrades

Angry Robot has a new logo and an updated website:

We are happy to share our shiny “Maschinenmensch” inspired logo… designed and created by Kate Cromwell, a senior designer at Watkins Media. The logo goes hand in hand with our new website, which we’ve been soft launching for the past few weeks, and will be featuring on our books, starting with Ciel Pierlot’s Bluebird in February 2022. We feel that ...Read More

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New Science Fiction Exhibition

The Science Museum in South Kensington, London, has announced plans for a new “Science Fiction: Voyage into the Unknown” exhibit in autumn of 2022. The exhibit is planned as an interactive experience that “invites visitors to discover how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other to imagine and build new worlds to better understand our own” and explores “connections between significant scientific objects and authentic items from celebrated ...Read More

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Willie Siros (1952-2022)

Fan, conrunner, and bookseller Willie Siros, 69, died January 5, 2022.

William Siros was born August 1952 in El Paso TX. He earned a BA in political science in 1974, and briefly attended graduate school for political theory. He began attending conventions in 1974, and chaired early Texas SF conventions Solarcon I and II (1975 and 1976). He produced a fanzine, Cambion, around the same time. Siros co-founded the Fandom ...Read More

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