BIG congratulations to Mario
for Nymphos of Rocky Flats making the cut as a finalist for the Book Award in Popular Fiction offered by the Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book (that’s a mouthful.) There’ll be a bunch of us at the ceremony to harass—no, hassle—no, annoy—I mean support him in his moment of glory.
More good news from my friend Charlaine Harris:
“I know you'll all share my happiness. "True Blood" has definitely been picked up by HBO and will join its lineup. When I have a debut date, I'll let you know.”
Yippee!! Check out more on Charlaine’s
I love Shelf Awareness
. I always find interesting tidbits. These from the last two weeks:
Teen in Potter translation arrest
A French teenager suspected of posting his own complete translation of the latest Harry Potter book on the internet has been arrested.
And the follow-up on Tuesday, Aug 14:
Gallimard Jeunesse, the French publisher of Harry Potter titles, will not seek damages from the 16-year-old boy who apparently translated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into French and posted it online, according to the AP (via the Washington Post). The boy spent a night in jail and could still be prosecuted in the courts.
Read the full article
And this opportunity for Borders employees:
Borders Group is looking in-house for manuscripts for its new proprietary publishing program, State Street Press, which launched in June. The company is holding a fiction writing contest open to all its more than 30,000 employees in the U.S.--the winner will receive a book deal with State Street that includes "the full support of Borders merchandising and marketing arsenal." A panel at the corporate office in Ann Arbor, Mich., will judge the contest. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2008.
An article that makes you realize all those editors living in New York have the same problems most of the rest of us do. From Poes Deadly Daughters.
Editors: Underpaid and Overworked
Scroll down to August 8--
That's it for now, folks. Can you tell I'm still playing catch-up? We're still mulling our next contest. Maybe once summer is over, the heat will stop rotting my brain and I'll actually be capable of a coherent original thought or two.