Thursday News: Harlequin + bull riders, Oyster + Harry Potter, indie bookstore + writers-in-residence, and Wonder Woman in hijab
This partnership seems similar to the NASCAR deal Harlequin struck a number of years ago, giving the publisher a chance to reach out to a potentially new readership and capitalizing on the Western themes within the bull riding context. I’m assuming, at least, that these books will appeal to readers who love Western Romances and/or athlete Romances.
I’ll wait until the books are out to render my own verdict, but I’ll admit to some trepidation around the potential alphaness of these heroes and the independence of the heroines.
Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world’s premier bull riding organization, today announced a book publishing partnership that will debut in May 2015. Under the agreement, Harlequin intends to publish four Harlequin Pro Bull Riders novels containing distinctive PBR content and featuring actual PBR bull riders on the covers. Harlequin Pro Bull Riders novels will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in the United States. . . .
Under the agreement, Harlequin will publish four previously released titles featuring bull rider heroes by USA TODAY and award-winning author Tina Leonard. The collector’s edition titles will feature covers showcasing top PBR riders Matt Triplett, Reese Cates, Harve Stewart and Zane Lambert. Additional exclusive content will include biographies, interviews, photos and signed reader letters from the riders featured on the covers. –PM Newswire
Oyster is noteworthy for having a customizable user experience: readers can alter the visual theme of their book. But those reading the Potter series can choose a Hogwarts house to read in — where the font and colors will reflect whether you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Users can even tap a Sorting Hat icon that will place them in a house to read in at random. (That is, you no longer need to make polyjuice potion to get inside Slytherin.) –Time
As part of the week-long residency (Feb. 21-28), Finch will host three author events: with Laurie R. King for Dreaming Spies, Priscilla Royal for Satan’s Lullaby, and Tessa Arlen for Death of a Dishonorable Gentlemen. In addition he will conduct a workshop at the bookstore on “Getting Your Novel Off the Ground,” as well as a day-long story structure master class with a break for an event with Francine Mathews for Too Bad to Die, who will be interviewed by Jeffrey Deaver. –Publishers Weekly
Oh, and here’s an interesting interview with Lauren Beukes, author of Wonder Woman #22, which features a South African theme. Plus the digital versions of the comics are available for .99 at Amazon, Apple, and the online DC Comics store.
I love Wonder Woman. We sing her theme song during dance parties. Ivy dresses up as her when we play superheroes. I own all three seasons of the classic television series. And a t-shirt. And an action figure.
So seeing hijab representation by my favourite super-heroine is pretty damn awesome.
That said, there’s a small part of me that couldn’t help wonder if someone at DC Comics was checking out the #hijabi cosplay hashtag on Tumblr and was inspired by badass Muslimah Tumblrer Nour and her collection of hijabified and gender bent superheroes… And then decided to capitalize on the concept behind her viral images. –wood turtle