In which I continue bouncing off the walls with joy

by Matt Ruff on May 23, 2017

liberal horror show
Thanks to everyone who sent congratulations about last week’s big news, and a special high-five to Salon.com, who had my favorite headline on the story. “Liberal Horror Show” is the name of my next band.

A few Tuesday morning notes:

* Lovecraft Country is a finalist for best horror novel in the 2017 Locus Awards. To the extent that it is possible for me to be even more excited, I am psyched about this. If you are attending the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, I’ll be signing books at the noon autograph session on June 24, so come by and say hi.

* The Nebula Awards were announced last weekend. Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky won best novel, and Arrival, the film adaptation of Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life,” won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. Congrats, Charlie and Ted! (Full list of winners and nominees here.)

* The German translation of Lovecraft Country will be published early next year by Carl Hanser Verlag. I should have an exact publication date soon.

* If you’re in the UK or some other part of the British Commonwealth and are wondering why you can’t find an ebook of Lovecraft Country, this is an unfortunate side-effect of the way English-language publishing rights are divided up. English ebook rights in Britain, Australia, etc. are typically reserved for the UK publisher, so if a book doesn’t have a UK publisher—as is the case right now for Lovecraft Country—there’s no way to get the ebook. I’m hopeful that the novel will eventually find a British publisher, but for now, your best bet is to order a print copy of the American edition from the Book Depository.

* And finally, last Friday I had a nice chat with Robin Shantz for the Invaders from Planet 3 podcast. You can listen to our conversation here. It’s also available (free) on iTunes, here.

Eric R_o_M June 2, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Matt, congratulations to a fellow Seattlite on “LC”‘s success. Very interested in how the movie/tv show might turn out.

One thing I wondered: would cops of that era have had “belt radios” as depicted when ‘Hillary/Ruby’ picks up that one cop for lunch?

Thanks.

Matt Ruff June 3, 2017 at 6:34 am

No, the belt radio was an unintended anachronism that slipped by me. It’s gone in the paperback edition (but will live on forever in the audiobook).

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