Unnamed Press and Rare Bird Open Bookstore

Publishers Unnamed Press and Rare Bird have jointly opened North Figueroa Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Highland Park, Los Angeles.

The bookstore opened November 9, 2022 and aims to “connect the independent publishing community with readers, booksellers, authors, and book lovers.”

For more information, see their website.

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Arizona Recognizes Speculative Poetry Day

Governor Douglas Ducey has declared November 30th Speculative Poetry Day in the state of Arizona.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) spearheaded the effort, and seeks to “highlight the vibrant legacy and extraordinary achievement of speculative poets,” as well as “introduce communities to the delights and benefits of reading and writing speculative poetry.”

For more information, see the SFPA post.

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2022 Rhysling Award Long Poem Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in the long poem category.

  • First place: “The Bookstore“, Beth Cato (New Myths Fall/Winter ’21)
  • Second place: “Reservation Fairy Tales 101—Final Exam”, Marsheila Rockwell (Augur Magazine 11/21)
  • Third place: “Alexander’s Babylon”, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Victims)

Honorable mentions include “Medusa Gets a

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Barlowe Retrospective

Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra CA is hosting a retrospective exhibition on the work of Wayne Barlowe from November 19 – December 3, 2022.

The show will feature “various reproductions from some of Wayne’s notable book projects and film work” and “a curated selection of original drawings and paintings,” available for purchase. The opening reception will be held November 19. Admission to the reception and the exhibit is free.

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Anne Fakhouri (1974-2022)

French SF writer and professor Anne Fakhouri, 48, died November 9, 2022 following a long illness.

Fakhouri was born March 3, 1974 in Paris. She earned her master’s at the Sorbonne, where she studied tales of King Arthur, and became a professor of literature, teaching in Paris and Rennes, where she lived in her final years.

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Sue Strong Hassler (1938-2022)

Sue Strong Hassler, 84, died November 9, 2022 of complications from back surgery and COVID. She spent her last days in a memory care unit in Hudson OH. She co-authored Arthur Machen & Montgomery Evans: Letters of a Literary Friendship, 1923-1947 (1994) with her husband, the editor and critic Donald M. Hassler.

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Martin Morse Wooster (1957-2022)

Fan and writer Martin Morse Wooster, 64, died November 12, 2022 in Williamsburg VA, the victim of a hit-and-run. He was attending an ale convention and was struck while walking back to his hotel from the event. He was a regular Locus correspondent, sending us news, letters, and corrections for decades, and will be greatly missed.

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Entangled Publishing Launches New Imprint

Entangled Publishing announced a new romantic fantasy and science fiction imprint, Red Tower Books. Red Tower “will champion feminist and empowered perspectives in the fantasy and science fiction space, while also enfolding in what Entangled Publishing does best…romance.”

Red Tower has planned seven titles for 2023. Their press release lists The Last One by Rachel Howzell Hall, The Wren in the Holly Library by K.A. Linde, Bloodguard by Cecy Robson, ...Read More

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Can*Con 2022

Can*Con 2022 was held October 14-16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Ottawa, Canada. There were 276 registered memberships; 194 members were in attendance, and 54 attended virtually. Guests of Honour were E.D.E. Bell, Nathan Caro Fréchette, and Suyi Davies Okungbowa, plus virtual guests C.L. Clark and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

In-person programming featured 84 panelists at over 60 sessions, discussing science, writing, literature, and more, such as ‘‘Disease and Medicine: How ...Read More

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HarperCollins Union On Strike

Following their earlier statements, the HarperCollins Union began their strike today, forming an in-person picket line as well as posting to social media. The strike was originally scheduled for November 7, but was delayed until after Election Day. This is the second strike action this year: the union held a one-day strike on July 20, 2022. This time the union plans to picket until they secure a new contract.

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SFWA Mentorship Program Open

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) Mentorship Committee has announced that the SFWA Career Mentorship Program is now taking applications for mentors and mentees for three-month-long mentorships set to run January 10 – April 10, 2023.

This all-volunteer service is provided free of charge. We aim to connect emerging writers with each other and established professionals for community, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities. This endeavor is focused on ...Read More

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Full PRH S&S Antitrust Decision

Judge Florence Pan has now issued her full decision blocking the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, following her brief announcement last week.

Her 80-page decision reveals that she had significant reservations about the merger from the start, and did not find the PRH and S&S arguments in favor of the deal convincing. Her conclusion reads,

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Léourier Wins Prix Joël-Champetier

Christian Léourier’s story “L’Auberge au bord du monde” won the seventh annual Prix Joël-Champetier , given to a non-Canadian author who writes SF or fantasy in French. Léourier will receive €1,000 and publication in Solaris #225 (Winter 2023).

The award is named in honor of the late editor of Solaris, with winners chosen by jury. This year’s jurors were Iseult Bacon-Marcaurelle of Alire Editions, Solaris literary director Pascal Raud, author ...Read More

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Anderson Elected SFPA president

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced that Colleen Anderson has been elected president following a vote by members of the organization. Anderson previously served as SFPA vice-president, and will replace outgoing president Bryan Thao Worra.

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2022 World Fantasy Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2021 has been announced during the 2022 World Fantasy Convention, held November 3-6, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in Louisiana.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Samuel R. Delany and Terri Windling.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Jasmine Throne, Tasha
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ICon: Tel Aviv 2022

This year’s ICon was the first major convention held in Israel with no COVID restrictions in force since the pandemic began, so it’s not surprising that it was themed “Awakening” – and it did indeed feel like things are back to what they used to be.

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Judge Forbids PRH/S&S Merger

Judge Florence Pan has ruled in favor of the Department of Justice, blocking the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

According to Reuters:

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Clark Wins 2022 Prix Julia Verlanger

Ring Shout: Cantique rituel by P. Djélí Clark (Atalante) has won the 2022 Prix Julia Verlanger. The award is run by the Foundation de France, and is awarded to “a science fiction work of adventure, fantasy or fantastique.” The award was created by Jean-Pierre Verlanger in memory of his wife, who wrote under the pseudonym Gilles Thomas.

The award was announced on October 30, during the Nantes Utopiales Festival.

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Future Worlds Prize Opens

The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour is open now to submissions from unpublished writers of color based in the UK until February 6, 2023.

The winner will receive £4,000, one runner-up £2,000, and up to six shortlisted authors will each receive £800. All finalists will receive mentoring from one of the prize’s publishing partners. The prize is funded by author Ben Aaronovitch and actor ...Read More

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2021 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2021 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced in-person on October 29, 2022, as part of the Boston Book Festival, in partnership with Readercon. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Paul Tremblay, and included a pre-recorded remembrance of the late Peter Straub delivered by Elizabeth Hand. Shirley Jackson Awards Board Member Linda Addison also provided ...Read More

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Photo Story: Writers with Drinks

The final Writers with Drinks (‘‘for a while at least’’) was held September 10, 2022 at the Make Out Room in San Francisco. Readers were Lio Min, Tim Pratt, Shelley Wong, and Kate Greene, with Charlie Jane Anders as host. Anders has organized and emceed the ‘‘spoken word variety show’’ since its launch in 2001, featuring scores of authors and performers in an array of genres.

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B&N Ordering Controversy

In mid-Au­gust 2022, an outcry arose on Twitter among middle-grade and YA authors, agents, and others in the industry, alleging that Barnes & Noble had changed their policies for stocking those books. Numerous authors, including Kalynn Bayron, reported the discovery that their hardcover new releases wouldn’t appear on Barnes & Noble shelves at all.

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Ned Dameron (1943-2022)

Artist Ned Dameron, 79, died October 20, 2022 of ALS. Dameron was best known for his book covers and interiors, and for roleplaying game artwork.

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J.G. “Huck” Huckenpöhler

Fan J.G. “HUCK” HUCKENPÖHLER, 81, died August 26, 2022 in Washington DC. Huck­enpöhler was active in fandom for more than 50 years, and was the recording secretary for the Burroughs Bibliophiles for over 30 years. He attended his first Worldcon in 1967, and often created the calligraphy certificates handed out at Worldcon Masquerades.

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Summer Workshops

Taos Toolbox

The Taos Toolbox master class in writing science fiction and fantasy, delayed for two years by COVID-19, took place June 12-25, 2022. Because its normal site at Angel Fire NM was under threat by a massive forest fire, the workshop was moved to the Sonesta ES in Albuquerque. Taos Toolbox hopes to return to Angel Fire next year.

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Pemmi-Con Announces First Nations Travel Fund

Pemmi-Con, the 15th North American Science Fiction Convention, has announced the First Nations Travel Fund.

The announcement says:

Pemmi-Con has committed to reserve 10% of their Adult Attending memberships, or CAD $4,000, whichever is greater, to assist indigenous science fiction and fantasy fans to travel to Winnipeg to attend Pemmi-Con.  This fund will be under the direction of indigenous groups who will contact Pemmi-Con to request funds for individuals whom ...Read More

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Evaristo Receives CILIP Fellowship

CILIP announced the two recipients for their 2022 Honorary Fellowships, including author Bernardine Evaristo. The honor is described as “the highest recognition that CILIP can offer as a professional body” and fellowships have been awarded since 1896. Evaristo was selected for her “outstanding contribution to literacy, reading and representation in literature”.

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Waterstones Book of the Year 2022 Shortlist

The shortlist for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2022 has been announced, and features several titles of genre interest, including:

  • The Escape Artist, Jonathan Freedland (Harper)
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
  • The Golden Mole, Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
  • Skander and the Unicorn Thief, A.F. Steadman (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)

Shortlisted titles are nominated by Waterstones booksellers. For more information, including the

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SF Debuts Writing Prize Shortlist

Science Museum in London and UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton have announced the shortlist for their inaugural Science Fiction Debuts Writing Prize.

  • Twice-World, Richard Caves
  • Saturnine, Chris Chiam
  • Children of Clayby, Alexander James
  • Emotional Transport, Ruth E. Newton
  • The Forest That Eats Bone, Laura Tisdall
  • The Measurement Problem, David Whitmarsh

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Giles Wins Clarke Award

Deep Wheel Orcadia by Harry Josephine Giles (Picador) won the 36th Arthur C. Clarke Award. Giles receives £2,022 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber)
  • A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor UK)
  • A River Called Time, Courttia Newland (Canongate)
  • Wergen: The Alien Love War, Mercurio D. Rivera (NewCon)
  • Skyward Inn, Aliya Whiteley (Solaris)

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Donato Giancola Exhibit

The Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville AL is hosting an art exhibit, “Donato Giancola: Adventures in Imagination,” from October 30, 2022 – January 22, 2023. The artist will give a lecture and the museum will host a reception on November 1, 2022, and there will be a cosplay night and costume contest on November 17.

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Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has announced the 2021 and 2022 inductees into its Hall of Fame. Honorees “are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration.”

2021 Hall of Fame Laureates

  • Braldt Bralds
  • Craig Mullins
  • Floyd Norman
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Jean Alexandre Michel André Castaigne
  • Walter Percy Day
  • Dale Messick

2022 Hall of Fame Laureates

  • Charles Addams
  • George Booth
  • Emory Douglas
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