Wednesday News: Edgar nominees, Phil Gigante, Oxford Literary Festival resignation, and Oscar’s lack of diversity
2016 Edgar® Awards nominees announced – The Edgar nominees have been announced in categories ranging from First Novel, to Paperback Original, to Grand Master, and even TV Episode. I appreciate the fact that they separate Young Adult from Juvenile (given how many actual adults read YA). Nominees for Best Novel are as follows:
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Penguin Random House – A Marian Wood Book)
Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House – Dutton)
Canary by Duane Swierczynski (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Night Life by David C. Taylor (Forge Books) – The Edgars
Phil Gigante pleads guilty to accosting a child for immoral purposes, possession of child sexually abusive material – This apparently flew under most everyone’s radar, as the article is from October. If you Google his name, this article doesn’t even show up on the first page of results. But popular audio narrator Phil Gigante — particularly well known and for his narration of Karen Marie Moning’s books, as well as works by Linda Howard, Diana Palmer, and Christine Feehan, among others — agreed to a plea deal that would result in a whopping four months in jail and three months on monitored house arrest. More details on Gigante’s arrest and the circumstances surrounding the charges can be found here and here. The five felony charges are detailed below. I stumbled on this 2011 AAR interview with Gigante, some of which is especially troubling given the charges.
Gigante had been charged with accosting a minor for immoral purposes, a four-year felony; possession of child sexually abusive material, a four-year felony; and two counts of using computers to commit a crime, both 4- to 10-year felonies. – Ludington Daily News
Pullman resigns from Oxford Lit Fest over author pay – Author Philip Pullman, president of the Society of Authors, has resigned as a patron of the Oxford Literary Festival over the fact that they do not pay their speakers, and, in addition, restrict the professional appearances they can schedule during the Festival at other nearby venues. A representative for the Festival went on record saying that because the Festival is a charity, and receives no public or government funding, that they cannot afford to pay authors. Apparently OLT is in the minority when it comes to paying authors, and Pullman argues that
“…In the early days the Oxford festival was a small-scale and much more informal affair, run on a shoestring,” he said. “In recent years it’s become much larger and grander, putting on an air of being ‘prestigious’ and ‘exclusive’ and flourishing its large array of corporate sponsors. It seems contradictory to me to lay on lavish ‘black tie dinners’ and at the same time claim that it can’t afford to pay speakers.”
He added that he “disapproved very strongly” of the festival’s demand that authors should not speak on the same subject or do any signings within 30 days or 40 miles of the festival event. “That’s equivalent to saying ‘we’re not paying you, and we’re not letting you get paid anywhere else either’,” Pullman said. – The Bookseller
See the Entire History of the Oscars Diversity Problem in One Chart – A vivid illustration of how overwhelmingly white the Academy Awards have been, in this case around the four major acting awards, from 1928 – 2015. Not surprisingly, the Academy is more than 90% white, a huge problem that President Cheryl Boone Isaacs insists that the Academy will be working to change.
In all, as the graphic below shows, 6.7% of acting nominations of the total 1,668 since the awards began in 1929 have gone to non-white actors. Isolating for the past 25 years, only 62 actors—12.4% of the total—were non-white. – TIME Magazine