Hey, look what UPS delivered from my British publisher Picador. The official publication date is tomorrow, January 25th, but because I’m not J.K. Rowling, I’m guessing the actual on-sale date is “whenever the books arrive at the shop,” so you may be able to snag a copy at your local bookstore already. (It’s also available as an ebook.)
In related news, the long-awaited German translation of Lovecraft Country is coming from Carl Hanser Verlag on May 14. Brazilian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Taiwanese editions are also in the works.
The San Francisco Public Library has posted the video of my panel with Nnedi Okorafor, Victor LaValle, and moderator John Jennings at the Black Comix Arts Festival last Sunday, so if you wanted to catch our act but couldn’t make it, here you go:
It was a fun weekend. In addition to the festival, I got to have breakfast with Victor at this vaguely Pulp Fictionish diner called Lori’s on Nob Hill, and go parrot-watching with Christopher Moore along the Embarcadero.
I owe a big thank you to Naomi Jelks and the SF Library for inviting me to BCAF—if they ask you next year, say yes. And in the meantime, if you’d like to check out some of the other programming from the festival, the library’s Youtube channel is here.
…so that’s one great thing the new year has going for it.
Also, a reminder for my fans and friends in the Bay Area: Tomorrow, Sunday, January 14, I’ll be appearing on stage at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.) with Victor LaValle and Nnedi Okorafor, as part of the 2018 Black Comix Arts Festival. Doors open at 1 PM and the event starts at 2; we’ll be hanging out and signing books afterwards.
Ms. McKillip and I will split a $1000 grant. We also each get an engraved glass plaque which, in photos at least, looks large enough to re-enact the David Warner death scene from The Omen. Can’t wait to play with mine! In the meantime, thank you very much to the award judges: This is a wonderful addition to what has already been a very good year for me, career-wise. Woot!
(P.S., submissions for the 2018 Endeavour Award are open. The eligibility requirements and entry rules are here, and the deadline for applying is February 15.)
Because of the way English-language publishing rights are divided up between the U.S. and the British Commonwealth, ebooks of my novels are typically unavailable in Commonwealth countries until and unless I find a British publisher. This week’s good news is that I’ve signed a contract with Picador UK, who will be bringing out a British hardcover edition of Lovecraft Country on January 25, 2018. If you want the ebook, though, there’s no need to wait—now that the rights are unlocked, it’s available for immediate download.
The long-awaited German translation will be published by Carl Hanser Verlag on May 15, 2018. Brazilian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Taiwanese editions are also in the works, though I don’t yet have publication dates for any of those.
Tonight at 7 PM the main branch of the Seattle Public Library is hosting the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. Lovecraft Country is nominated in the fiction category, so if you’d like to cheer me on, come on by. There will be a reception and book signing immediately afterwards, and Third Place Books will be on hand with copies of all the nominated works. Hope to see you there!
As you’ll know if you’ve ever read the magazine, Locus’s interviews tend to be these rambling stream-of-consciousness type deals. I’d always wondered how they did those, and it’s pretty much what you’d guess: They get you in a room with a tape recorder, ask a bunch of questions, and then produce a raw transcript with the questions omitted. The result, after a bit of judicious editing, resembles a written record of someone telling stories to their imaginary friend. Which, come to think of it, is kind of what my novels are like, too.
You can find the magazine on newsstands now, or buy it online, here.
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And speaking of things that are on sale, the ebook version of Lovecraft Country is just 99 cents right now! Get it while you can: