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Could Japan’s next big science fiction author be Godzilla?
October 29, 2014 | 4:25 pm

A slightly unorthodox take on the thesis of living your art comes in the shape of Japan's Hoshi Award, a top science fiction prize, which is to be opened to aliens and AIs as well as humans. The Award was launched in 2013 in honor of Shinichi Hoshi (1926-97), "recognized as one of Japan's most influential science fiction writers of all time," who "published more than 1,000 of his signature 'short-short' stories, sometimes dubbed "the 'Haiku of Science Fiction'." Potential winners might not in fact be far away. Computer-generated literature and generative art have been around for over a decade, and it's...

Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib wins 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award
October 28, 2014 | 10:25 am

The Hidden Light of objects jacketThe Edinburgh International Book Festival has just announced the winner of the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award - Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib, for her debut short story collection, The Hidden Light of Objects, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP).  This is the first time in the Award's five-year history that it has been conferred on a volume of short stories. "I am incredibly grateful for this award," said Mai Al-Nakib in the announcement. "To have my book selected by readers is especially gratifying and encouraging. It means so much to know that readers from all over the world are connecting with The...

Morning Links: Nobel Prize a disservice to readers? Judges want to make it harder on patent trolls
October 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

patent trollsDoes the Nobel Prize do a Disservice to Readers? (Book Riot) To sum up so far, the Nobel potentially divides readers along the lines of literary merit and general worldliness. *** Judges Want To Make Life Harder On Patent Trolls: Want Them To Actually Have To Explain What Infringement Happened (Techdirt) A key part of the patent reform proposal that everyone thought was going to happen earlier this year was to change those rules to require the patent holder to have to actually explain where the infringement occurred. *** Amazon's Might Divides Opinion at World's Biggest Book Fair (The Economic Times) "We fear unfair competition on prices...

Morning Links: Print outsold digital for first half of 2014? NaNoWriMo Storybundle
October 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoA Special Storybundle: Writing Tools for NaNoWriMo (Storybundle) StoryBundle.com has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more. And you name your own price. *** Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014 (GalleyCat) Nielsen Books & Consumer has released the results of a recent survey focusing on book sales from the first six months of 2014. *** Adobe Confirms It's Gathering eBook Reader's Data (Digital Book World) Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by...

British Fantasy Awards deliver strong, diverse slate
September 11, 2014 | 10:25 am

The British Fantasy Awards 2014, as announced on September 7th at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2014 in York, held by the British Fantasy Society, demonstrated again that the Society, and the Awards, are anything but narrowly parochial and right-little-islanderish. American and South African as well as British, writers, publishers, and even TV networks, appeared on the list of winners. In the key categories for writers and readers, the Robert Holdstock Award for Best fantasy novel went to A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, from Easthampton, MA's very wonderful and already much feted Small Beer Press. The August Derleth Award...

‘Cli-fi’ movies getting own awards show, the Cliffies
August 21, 2014 | 4:25 pm

cliffies nominee Into the StormHollywood has a calendar full of movie and TV awards shows, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, and with a dozen other awards on tap as well. There's even the Razzies -- The Golden Raspberry Awards-- for the worst movies in each year's hefty bag of cinema surprises. Now a curtain is about to open on a new movie awards event, this one called ''The Cliffies'', and honoring the best climate-themed movies of the previous year. The Cli Fi Movie Awards, as the event is formally called, will shine a serious spotlight on important cli fi movies of the year....

Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure?
July 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneWe Love and We Hate Reading for Pleasure (Book Riot) Reading is great, and we can talk about it in a million different contexts, but we must always pause for a moment to offer a people now don’t read like people used to read, like there’s some sort of crusty Reading God to whom we must occasionally say these holy grumbles and offer a bow, lest the god be offended. And then we carry on. *** Man Booker Prize- Disappointing and Disappearing (Digital Book World) My guess will be the apathy for the list will pass over to the customer and we’ll see some...

Strong showing for indies in Shirley Jackson Awards
July 15, 2014 | 10:30 am

The Shirley Jackson Awards, first presented in 2007, are awarded annually, so far in conjunction with the science fiction convention Readercon, and have rapidly built a reputation as badges of distinction "for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic."  For those interested in building a taxonomy of the current resurgence in American dark and weird fiction, the list of past winners makes exemplary reading. And independent publishers featured handsomely in this year's winner list as well, presented in Burlington this Sunday. The Awards "are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and...

Author boycotts Booktrust prize over Amazon tax practices, Hachette dispute
July 11, 2014 | 10:24 am

UK children's author Allan Ahlberg has turned down the first-ever Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award from UK literacy charity Booktrust because it is sponsored by Amazon. In an open letter to The Bookseller, Ahlberg, 75, wrote: "A few weeks ago I learned that I had been chosen for the inaugural Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award. I was, of course, delighted. I told my wife, told my daughter and ran around the house. Then I discovered that the award was sponsored by Amazon and felt obliged to refuse it." He cited his objections to Amazon's practices on corporate taxation, as well as "Amazon’s baleful influence...

Eimear McBride shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize in “triumph for independent publishing”
May 27, 2014 | 3:25 pm

A Girl Is A Half-formed ThingA Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride, first published by Galley Beggar Press and previously covered by TeleRead, triumph for independent publishing, has been shortlisted for the UK's Desmond Elliott Prize, described by the Daily Telegraph as the "most prestigious award for first-time novelists." The book is one of a shortlist of three, also comprising The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison from Granta Books and  Ballistics by D.W. Wilson from Bloomsbury, which the Prize preamble describes as "a triumph for independent publishing." "Penned in just six months, Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing was initially shelved after being...

First Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards honor best of 2013
August 25, 2013 | 11:23 am

Announced close to the end of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the first ever Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards have recognized "the company who has the most exciting, progressive and developmental story to tell over the previous year of their activity," with an Award to Saraband, a former book packager that has transformed itself into an independent publisher, and a Commendation to Floris Books, a house with a strong focus on children's literature, and a very individual and innovative approach to commissioning and encouraging authors and illustrators. The Saltire Society exists "to improve the quality of life in...

Poetry gets serious support in Scotland as Edwin Morgan Poetry Award launched
August 21, 2013 | 9:48 am

Scotland is a nation that takes poetry seriously—its national day, after all, honors Robert Burns. How seriously? Take the new Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, launched this weekend at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and worth £20,000 ($31,300). The new award, as the official release makes clear, "is the result of a bequest by the late Scottish Makar, Edwin Morgan (1920-2010), and a Trust has been established in his name to administer the award and further promote poetry in Scotland." The first modern Scots Makar (Scotland's Poet Laureate), Morgan inherited substantial investments from his parents, which grew still further in the hands of his retained advisors. One...