People & Publishing Roundup, June 2022

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ELSA SJUNNESON is now represented by Larissa Melo Pien­kowski at Jill Grinberg Literary.

RR HAYWOOD is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

JOSHUA COHEN’s The Ne­tanyahus (New York Review) won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category, given for ‘‘distin­guished fiction published in book form during the year by an Ameri­can author, preferably dealing with American life,’’ with its $15,000 prize.

 

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2022

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Horror author JOHN SKIPP, 64, has announced his retirement from writing and publishing fiction; his final title is col­lection Don’t Push the Button (Clash Books). Going for­ward he will focus on music and film. He has two new albums, The Antidote to Fear and Cry Me a Rain­bow, out via his own Fungasm Records label. He also wrote, produced, directed, and scored short film Doppelbanger, which premiered ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2022

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JOANNE HARRIS was re-elected as the chair of the Society of Authors board. She ran unop­posed for her second two-year term.

CELIA NERI is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

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EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS has been awarded a star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars, which was founded in 1992 and runs through the commercial district of Palm Springs CA. Burroughs lived in Palm Springs ...Read More

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2022 Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Jennifer Croft, Brandon Hobson, Ladee Hubbard, and Alexandra Kleeman are among the 2022 Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 180 recipients across 51 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling nearly $400 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: one for citizens and permanent residents ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2022

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BRONTE-MARIE WESSON is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency. She is an Australian bookseller and influencer.

SUZAN PALUMBO is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

IORI KUSANO is now represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Author COLM TÓIBÍN has been named the new Laureate for Irish Fiction by the Arts Council of Ireland, a position which seeks to ...Read More

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School Renamed for Butler

Washington Steam Multilingual Academy in Pasadena CA has been renamed “The Octavia E. Butler Magnet” in honor of the late author, who attended the school (then called Washington Middle School), graduating in 1961. The motion was “passed, approved, and adopted on February 24, 2022, at a special meeting of the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education.”

Octavia E. Butler is a role model for our students as she exemplifies ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2022

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LAURIE R. KING has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and will be honored at the 76th Edgar Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York on April 28, 2022. Reviewer LESA HOLSTINE won the 2022 Raven Award, for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writ­ing,” and Soho Press associate publisher (and author) JULIET GRAMES received ...Read More

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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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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2022

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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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Obama’s Top Books of 2021

Former President Barack Obama has announced a 13-title list of the best books of 2021. Titles and authors of genre interest include:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
  • Crossroads, Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  • Matrix, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • How the Word Is Passed, Clint Smith (Little, Brown)
  • The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles (Viking)
  • Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois
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People & Publishing Roundup, December 2021

MILESTONES

Author BRADLEY P. BEAU­LIEU suffered a stroke on Novem­ber 10, 2021, and was admitted for observation and testing. “Knock wood, it seems light so far…. It’s affecting my left hand (fingers, mostly) and the left side of my face a bit. Some slurred speech but not too bad.”

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MERCEDES LACKEY is the 38th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial SFWA Grand Master Award. Her award will be presented ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, November 2021

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Librarian MISHA STONE of the Seattle Public Library won the Librarian of the Year Award from the Greater Seattle Romance Writers Association. Stone is a Clarion West board member.

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Composer JOHN WILLIAMS received the Forry Award for life­time achievement in the SF field, presented by The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society at their October 9, 2021 meeting.

URSULA VERNON writing as T. KINGFISHER’s “Metal Like Blood in ...Read More

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Lackey Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Mercedes Lackey the 38th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA President Jeffe Kennedy said,

From the time I read my first Mercedes Lackey book as a young woman, her stories have illuminated my imagination and brought joy to my life. With multi-layered fantasy worlds, canny magical systems, and characters who step off the page as ...Read More

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Icons of Darkness Museum

Actor Rich Correll has opened Icons of Darkness, a new Hollywood museum filled with $15 million worth of props and costumes from beloved science fiction, fantasy, and horror franchises.

The collection, which represents “over 100 years of Hollywood film history curated and collected over the last 60 years,” includes props from Jurassic Park, a Darth Vader mask, and lots more costumes and memorabilia. The collection is currently on display ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2021

MILESTONES

N.K. JEMISIN was named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time. See the full list on their website.

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NANCY PEARL will receive the 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, to be presented November 17, 2021 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York. Pearl is the influential librarian who created the ‘‘One Book, One City’’ program.

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Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Fourth Edition

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) has launched its Fourth Edition. The online edition of the essential reference work was sponsored by Orion/Gollancz from 2011-2021, but is now published by SFE Ltd and Ansible Editions.

Editors John Clute and David Langford say of the move:

With the release of the Fourth Edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, we have a new publisher and a new web server; but ...Read More

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Breuer Exhibit

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles will host an exhibition to honor Czech-American writer Miles J. Breuer (1889-1945) on October 14, 2021. The event will commemorate the 76th anniversary of Breuer’s death.
Breuer is the author Paradise and Iron (1930) and co-author of The Birth of a New Republic (1931, with Jack Williamson), along with numerous stories, including “The Gostak and the Doshes” (1930) and “The
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2021 Nielsen Bestseller Awards

The Nielsen Bestseller Awards have been announced, and include several titles and authors of genre interest. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape) was a Platinum Bestseller; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) was a Gold Bestseller; and The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Penguin UK & David Fickling) was a Silver Bestseller. Several titles by Matt Haig ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2021

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DOMINICA PHETTEPLACE has been chosen for the Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency. She will spend two weeks writ­ing at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, working on her novel Robot Country, “a dystopian sci­ence fiction novel which imagines robots as the agents of the next wave of American colonization and forced resettlement.” For details see the website.

Writers LAUREN DIXON & DALLAS TAYLOR were married July 31, 2021. ...Read More

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SF Opera Premieres

A new 20-minute opera, Stars Between, with a libretto by SF writer E. Lily Yu and music by Steven K. Tran, is now available on the Seattle Opera website. The opera tells the story of the Voyager space probes, following them “into the interstellar unknown, exploring death, beauty, wonder, space, and time.”

The opera was created as part of the inaugural year of the Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab: ...Read More

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Jemisin On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Time has named author N.K. Jemisin as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 in the “Artists” category. Jemisin is the award-winning author of The City We Became, the Broken Earth trilogy, the Inheritance Trilogy, and more.

For the full list and more details, see the Time article.

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People & Publishing Roundup, August 2021

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TA-NEHISI COATES is joining the faculty of Howard University, his alma mater.

NNEDI OKORAFOR accepted an appointment at Arizona State University as a Professor of practice as part of the Interplanetary Initia­tive and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

TADE THOMPSON has been voted vice president of the British Science Fiction Association.

RB KELLY is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

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Museums Honor Butler and Afrofuturism

The Smithsonian Institution plans to honor Octavia E. Butler as part of their upcoming Futures exhibit, scheduled to open November 2021 in the Arts and Industries building. An Olivetti typewriter originally donated to the museum by Butler “will represent Butler’s life,” and will be displayed alongside a portrait of Butler by Nettrice Gaskins, an artist who “uses algorithms meant to be employed in machine learning to produce artworks.” The exhibit ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2021

MILESTONES

KAT HOWARD is now represent­ed by Allie Levick of Writers House.

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V.E. SCHWAB‘s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor) won the Bisexual Book Award in the Specu­lative Fiction category, presented by the Bi Writers Association.

DAVID DIOP‘s At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin), translated by ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS, won the 2021 International Booker Prize. The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and ...Read More

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Rediscovery Award Judges Empaneled

The administrators of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award have announced a new panel of judges: Rich Horton, Steven H Silver, and Grant Thiessen. New judges were selected from a call for volunteers after last year’s judges, Robert J. Sawyer and Barry Malzberg, resigned from position.

Established in 2001 by the Cordwainer Smith foundation, the Rediscovery Award is intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. Award recipients include ...Read More

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President Obama’s 2021 Summer Reading List

President Barack Obama announced his 2021 Summer Reading List via Twitter, including a few works of genre interest:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)
  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)

For the complete list, see his post on Twitter.

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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2021

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TOBIAS S. BUCKELL has joined Bluffton University in Bluff­ton OH as a full-time member of the creative writing faculty. He will be teaching writing and American Literature classes, and directing literary magazines Shalith and The Bridge. “I’ve ordered a jacket with leather patches, and expect your mental image of me to be updated accordingly!”

DAVID CRAIG is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2021

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ALICE BELL is now repre­sented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

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JEAN-CLAUDE MOURLEVAT won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Me­morial Award, honoring children’s and young adult literature, which includes a prize of five million krona ($572,000).

MICAIAH JOHNSON‘s The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey) won the 2021 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the “best debut novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.” The $1,000 award will ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2021

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JOHN VARLEY, 73, began having chest pains in late February 2021, and subsequently underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He re­turned home on February 28 and is recovering well. “I thank you for the good vibes and wishes and karma sent my way during my recent travails. Yes, and your prayers as well, though I’m an atheist and don’t know quite what to do with them. Is anyone really listening? ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2021

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VAJRA CHANDRASEKERA is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Liter­ary Agency.

J.A. BRADLEY is now repre­sented by Paul Stevens of the Don­ald Maass Literary Agency.

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ANTHONY R. LEWIS won the Edward E. Smith “Skylark” Award for contributions to science fiction, and HILARY CLARCQ received the Gaughan Award, given annually to an emerging artist, both pre­sented by the New England Science Fiction Association at Boskone 58, ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2021

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MONIQUE ROFFEY‘s The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree) won the £5,000 Costa Novel award, given to one “of the most enjoyable books of the year, writ­ten by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” She’s in the running for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award.

BOOKS SOLD

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES sold My Heart Is a Chainsaw and a second book to Joe Monti at Saga ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2021

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ALAN WHITE won the 2020 Rotsler Award for “long-time won­der-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award is sponsored by the Southern Califor­nia Institute for Fan Interests, and includes a $300 honorarium.

Editor and author PATRICE CALDWELL and author and artist MOLLY KNOX OSTERTAG are on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Media category.

GILLIAN CHANDLER won the 2020 A. ...Read More

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