Wednesday News: RIP Tanith Lee, Sydney Writers Festival, BEA welcomes Chinese delegation, and marriage equality in Ireland
[M]ost of the so-called big publishers are unwilling even to look at a proposal. They aren’t interested in seeing anything from me, not even those houses I’ve worked with for many years. Where any slight interest in my turning in a book exists, I find I must work inside certain defined formulae. And to me that’s one of the arch inspiration-stranglers. I have at this time no new book, adult or Y.A, either out or due to come out, let alone any contract to produce a book for any of the main companies. And besides that only a couple of things are scheduled to appear from small, if reputable and elegant houses.
I must add, that doesn’t stop me actually writing. Writing is one of the most important things in my life. I have, so far, a cupboard stocked with 3 completed never published novels – contemporary, horror, 2 short (original) story collections, and proposals for 4 books, 2 of them adult fantasies. I’m just now finishing another novel. –i09 & NPR
On Saturday, the Sydney Writers’ Festival has, for the first time since I started paying attention (which, admittedly, hasn’t been that long) included romance authors in the program, to talk about romance books. The panel was hosted by the super-smart Jodi McAlister, and featured Kate Cuthbert, Avril Tremayne and Victoria Purman. –BookThingo
This year’s BookExpo America (BEA) for the first time hosts a Chinese delegation as part of its Global Market Forum (GMF) initiative, bringing the world’s largest market to U.S. shores and kicking off more than a dozen events to take place across New York City. The Chinese delegation at BEA will be the largest international delegation to ever attend the event, with more than 500 professionals representing more than 100 publishing companies, along with 26 of China’s most distinguished authors. The cultural exchange will include a series of panels and activities at BEA as well as offsite events open to the general public. It will also be highlighted by the appearance of several notables including Wu Shangzhi, the Vice Minister of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television; Cui Tiankai, the Ambassador of China to the United States; Zhang Qiyue, the Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate in New York; Penny Abeywardena, NYC Commissioner of International Affairs; and Robert Holleyman, the Deputy United States Trade Representative. –WSET
But by the time the final votes were counted Saturday, Braun’s lens captured the moment when victory for equality was declared. Don’t miss the poignant moment at the four-minute mark, when Riyadh K’s dad barely holds back his tears, lamenting his initial negative reaction to learning his son was gay.
Then watch in the video below as Braun, HRC’s Cobb, and Riyadh K join thousands gathered in Dublin to ring in a new era of genuine equality for same-sex couples on the Emerald Isle. –The Advocate & Vox