S&S Launching New SF Imprint, Simon451 – Senior Editor Sarah Knight is heading the new imprint, which will be digital first, even though the publisher says they will deal in both print and digital. The first books will be released beginning in October 2014, including a trilogy of which Gillian Anderson is co-author. Interesting use of the Bradbury reference in the imprint title, too.Publishers Weekly
Book News: Prize-Winning Mystery Writer Is Also A Murderer – For those of you who may be reaching the upper limit of your New York Times free article limit for the month, I’ll link to this NPR summary instead. It refers to a story by Sarah Weinman on an author who won a publishing contract (complete with $10K advance) in a mystery-writing contest, and who, unbeknownst to the judges, is serving a life sentence for murder himself (it sounds like a felony murder conviction). Anyway, it’s an interesting situation, because state law allows Alaric Hunt to profit from his book, which raises all sorts of sticky ethical and literary issues:
“Weinman says that she was drawn to his story after receiving a galley copy of the book and noticing that Hunt’s bio said he “is currently serving a life sentence.” In an email to NPR, she writes, ‘I knew there had to be so much more to the story.’ Asked about the ethics of Hunt profiting from his writing, Weinman says that, ‘I thought about the ethical issues a lot while reporting out the piece, and I don’t believe there are easy answers — nor should there be.'”NPR
Peter Pan marriage proposal at SSE Hydro in Glasgow – I don’t generally enjoy public proposals (they always feel like grandstanding to me), and the Peter Pan context may not strike you as romantic, but give this video a spin and see if you found it as cute and earnestly touching as I did.You Tube
Unbridled Books P.S.A. on Vimeo – You will want to watch this over and over to catch all of the incredibly clever literary references and hilarious use of figurative language. Plus it made me look up Unbridled Books, which I figure makes it a pretty clever piece of advertising, as well. Vimeo
“Ms. Day, in a telephone interview, rejected the suggestion that her success was primarily attributable to the enormous sales of “Fifty Shades” and the widespread interest in romance in 2012. ‘The majority of readers say that they don’t believe they’re reading romance novels,’ she said of her books. ‘For them it’s just a story.'”New York Times
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