Category: Publishing

Lambda Literary Award For LGBT YA Announced

LambdaLast night was the gayest night in literary culture. Until next year. It was the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. So many fantastic Young Adult authors were in attendance representing their LGBT stories, including: David Levithan, Tim Federle, Aaron Hartzler, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Bill Konigsberg, and so many more. The finalists represent books that were published in 2013. Every single finalist is deserving of the Lambda Award for LGBT Children’s/YA. Here’s the long list:

  • Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster, Inc./ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Boy In Box, Christopher R. Michael, Hubbub Publishing
  • Girls I’ve Run Away With, Rhiannon Argo, Moonshine Press
  • If You Could Be Mine, Sara Farizan, Algonquin Books
  • Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Rapture Practice, Aaron Hartzler, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Secret City, Julia Watts, Bella Books
  • The Secret Ingredient, Stewart Lewis- Author, Rebecca Short-Editor, Delacorte Press (Penguin/Random House)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • What Makes a Baby, Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square

But only one could come out the winner. Usually. This year, there was a TIE.Lambda-Medal Between David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing and Sara Farizan’s If You Could Be Mine. Both of these books are so special and deserve to be read widely. I’m so happy for these authors and cannot wait to see new editions of their books with the shiny gold award sticker shining from the front cover. Congratulations to both David Levithan and Sara Farizan!

J.K. Rowling Reveals She Ghost Wrote A Crime Novel

How couldjk there be a J.K. Rowling book that we didn’t know about?! Well, characteristically of a Slytherin, J.K. Rowling published a crime novel back in April under the pen-name of Robert Galbraith called The Cuckoo’s Calling. When news broke today that she was actually Mr. Galbraith in disguise, the internet exploded and I immediately ordered a copy for myself online.

The Telegraph received confirmation from the author as well as a statement. “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” said Rowling. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The author’s biography is as hilarious as this news that’s been kept secret from us for several months. It reads, “After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.”

The book is available right now on Amazon and currently has a nearly 5-star rating.

Here’s the book’s official synopsis:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I feel like it’s going to be so much more thrilling than I found The Casual Vacancy to be.

Will you be buying The Cuckoo’s Calling?

YA Fantasy ‘Red Queen’ Sells to Universal

20130513-175316.jpgAuthor Victoria Aveyard, whose trilogy just recently sold to HarperCollins, has officially signed a deal with Universal Pictures, acquiring film rights to her series. In what is sure to be a fantastic series, I really hope it makes it through the gauntlet of Hollywood.

Here’s what Deadline had to say:

Universal Pictures has optioned Red Queen, a novel by 22-year-old author Victoria Aveyard. Benderspink and Pouya Shazbazian are producing, and Christopher Cosmos producing in some capacity. The first in a trilogy, Red Queen is set in a fantasy world where society is divided by the color of blood. It features a 17 year old girl who, to save her family, must assume the role of a long-lost princess while secretly aiding a revolution; her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and her against her own heart. It is pitched as Divergent meets Game Of Thrones.

First of all, how amazing does this series sound?! Two of my favorite things, Game of Thrones and Divergent, coming together. It has to be good.

Pouya Shahbazian is the agent/producer behind the adaptation of Dan Kroko’s The Planet Thieves and Veronica Roth’s Divergent films! Benderspink has also produced countless films like The Ring, The Butterfly Effect series, and more recently The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. So you can see they have interests all over the genre spectrum. I feel like Victoria is in good hands and truly hope her series hits the big screen. Congrats, Victoria!

Carrie Ryan Strikes Two Book Deal

20130510-194146.jpg Carrie Ryan is the author of one of my favorite YA series ever. Her post-apocalyptic thriller trilogy,The Forest of Hands and Teeth, even pushed Ryan to become a New York Times best selling author. Since then, she has edited and published multiple YA anthologies as well as part of an intermediate readers series with the second book in the Infinity Ring series.

So when news broke that she sold two new books, I was thrilled. Believe me, more Carrie Ryan books makes the world a much better place.

Check out this post from Publishers Weekly about the sale:

Carrie Ryan, author of the YA hit The Forest of Hands and Teeth, signed a two-book, world English rights deal with Dutton Children’s Books. The first title, a YA romantic thriller, is called Turnabout. Julie Strauss-Gabel, at Dutton, struck the deal with Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House. Turnabout—which follows a young woman who, Dutton said, is “thrust into a web of intrigue…in a dangerous campaign to avenge her parents’ murders,”—is scheduled for early 2015. Forest of Hands and Teeth, the first title in a YA zombie trilogy published by Random House’s Delacorte Press in 2009, per Dutton, has been translated into over 18 languages and is currently in feature film development.

I am so proud of Carrie as a friend and as a reader/fan and cannot wait to be able to read these new books! And to nab Julie as an editor is so killer!

Congratulations, Carrie. I’m ecstatic for you and can’t wait to share your new books with the world!


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