November 21, 2017

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Setting Greater Expectations

This month, Titan Books will release a new edition of Nina Allan’s complex novel of a dystopian, but not-too-distant future society, The Race. In it, award-winning science fiction author Nina Allan proves that complex social dilemmas and troubled characters are not limited to traditional novels. We spoke with the author at her U.K. home to find out more.

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Celebrating the “Cozy Crime” Genre

Andrew Cartmel’s Vinyl Detective series combines the author’s eclectic love of mystery, treasure hunting, crime, humor, cats, and vintage vinyl records. Readers are about to get more of him, as on May 10, Titan Books will publish The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax, the first in Cartmel’s new three-part crime novel series. We spoke […]

Open Road Adds SF/Fantasy with E-Reads | PubCrawl

In February, Open Road Integrated Media announced that it would acquire E-Reads, a pioneer ebook publisher founded in 1999 by literary agent Richard Curtis. The deal is scheduled to close April 1, and adds 1,200 titles to Open Road’s catalog of 4,200 digital books. “It fleshes out Open Road’s growing genre list, specifically science fiction and fantasy,” said company cofounder and CEO Jane Friedman, “with authors like Harlan Ellison, Greg Bear, John Norman, Dave Duncan, Dan Simmons, Brian Aldiss, and Robert Sheckley.” The company plans to make the books available to all channels, including libraries, shortly after the agreement takes effect.

Open Road Capitalizes on Success | PubCrawl

The recent infusion of $11 million into Open Road Integrated Media by private equity firm NewSpring Capital and others should come as no surprise to those librarians familiar with company CEO Jane Friedman. In only a few years, the former HarperCollins CEO and her team took the digital publishing and multimedia marketing company from distributing a handful of pre-1994 titles by major 20th-century authors like William Styron to over 4,000 titles from 500 authors.

Popular Romance Project Connects Readers, Writers, Scholars, and Libraries

In some ways, romance novels are the dirty little secret of the literary world. Largely ignored by mainstream critics, regularly maligned by academics, and sometimes hidden away even by their readers, romances are nevertheless responsible for as much as 50 percent of annual mass market paperback sales in the U.S.. Now, the organizers of the Popular Romance Project (PRP) are trying to rewrite the narrative, bringing romance to the attention of those who might not already pay attention to the genre by showcasing its diversity and depth and the community of authors and fans that drive its enduring popularity.

BookNews: Random House Freebies for iPhone/iPod Touch

By Michael Rogers Backlist titles from Alan Furst, Julie Garwood, Charlie Huston, and others Materials available through Lexcycle Stanza Publisher Random House and imprint Ballantine announced December 8 that they are offering a handful of free ebooks for download to the iPhone and iPod Touch devices through Lexcycle Stanza, a popular ebook reader. Titles are from […]

Book News: Michael Crichton Dies of Cancer at 66

By Michael Rogers Died in Los Angeles, November 4 Books sold more than 150 million copies Created TV’s ER Best-selling novelist Michael Crichton lost his battle with cancer on November 4 in Los Angeles. He was 66. Crichton was the author of a string of best sellers including The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, State of Fear, […]

Book News: Michael Crichton Dies of Cancer

By Michael Rogers Died in Los Angeles, November 4, at 66  Books sold more than 150 million copies Created TV’s ER Best-selling novelist Michael Crichton lost his battle with cancer on November 4 in Los Angeles. He was 66. Crichton was the author of a string of best sellers including The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, State of […]

A New Focus (and Debate) on Street Lit in Libraries

By LJ Staff Public libraries have been collecting street lit for years, but the New York Times this week just discovered the trend, writes LJ‘s Wilda Williams on LJ‘s In the Bookroom blog. At least “the reporter was smart enough to interview our own street lit columnist Vanessa Morris… who defends the genre as a chronicle of the African […]

Dark Feasts

DARK FEASTS BUILDING A HORROR COLLECTION Alan Ziebarth, WEST LAWN BRANCH CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY ASID 2008 I. The Gothic Impulse Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey Beckford, William: Vathek Bleiler, E F, ed: Three Gothic Novels Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights Brown, Charles Brockden: Three Gothic Novels Choderlos de Laclos: Dangerous Liasions Collins, Wilkie: […]