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Chalk–Paul Cornell’s Most Important Work–Now Has its Own Soundtrack

Paul Cornell’s Chalk, the novel he calls “the heart of all my work,” comes out today in print and ebook worldwide, and now there is a perfect auditory accompaniment for your reading experience.

In addition to being a compelling dark fantasy about bullying and youthful trauma, Chalk is a love letter to ‘80s pop music: one character in the book practices a form of magic based on the tunes that are topping the charts, and every teen in school is keenly aware of which musicians are in (or out) from week to week. We’ve put together a YouTube playlist of the songs featured in the book, including a few bonus hits from the era that speak to the Chalk‘s themes. Listen along to songs by David Bowie, Blondie, Kate Bush, Michael Jackson, Bananarama, Culture Club, and many more as you read (and check out those amazing vintage videos)! And if you haven’t had a chance to pick up Chalk yet, you can get started with this excerpt, with a letter from Paul explaining more about why he considers this book his most important work.

Join Publishing and Tor Books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!

We’re thrilled to have several Publishing and Tor authors on panels at this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!

The Festival will be held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on April 22nd and 23rd, and features a wide array of authors, from Margaret Atwood to George Saunders to Roxane Gay, celebrating great books and talking about the latest happenings in literature. This year, you can see Seanan McGuire, Ellen Klages, Matt Wallace, Brian Evenson, John Scalzi, and Cory Doctorow at various events over the weekend: see more information below!

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Congratulations to Our 2016 Nebula Award Nominees!

The 2016 Nebula Awards were announced yesterday by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and we’re incredibly proud to have so many great books on the ballot from our first full year of publishing. Publishing earned seven nominations for our novellas, novelettes, and short stories, and we want to congratulate all of our nominated authors for this recognition of their excellent work!

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Join Caitlín R. Kiernan to Celebrate Agents of Dreamland!

Caitlín R. Kiernan is an acclaimed writer of dark fantasy, and her new Lovecraftian novella Agents of Dreamland, out February 28th from Publishing, pulses with hypnotic prose and mycological horrors. (Read an excerpt here.) This spring, the “Fungus Among Us” tour will take Caitlín across the reaches of the Northeast and New England, and you’ll have a chance to hear her read and discuss her newest work in Boston, New York, and Rhode Island!

See the full list of events below!

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Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway Wins the Alex Award! Publishing is excited to announce that Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire has been selected as a 2017 Alex Award winner at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards!

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Every Heart a Doorway, the first installment in the Wayward Children series, tells the story of what happens to children who tumble into magical worlds after they return from their adventures and find themselves unable to cope with their old, mundane realities. In June, the Wayward Children series continues with Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which transports readers to the dark otherworld of Jack and Jill, the twisted twins (and fan favorites) featured in Every Heart a Doorway.

The Alex Award winners were announced today at the Youth Media Awards ceremony at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. See more about the awards and a full list of winners here.

See Ellen Klages and Celebrate Passing Strange This Spring!

Next Tuesday, you’ll finally be able to get your hands on Passing Strange, the new novella from Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages. Called “a moving and genuine love story” by The Washington Post, the book takes place in San Francisco in 1940, and revolves around the intersecting lives of six women discovering romance and danger in the boundaries where magic, science, and art intersect. You can read an excerpt over at the Book Smugglers, and if you’re in the Bay Area, Oregon, or Orlando, you’ll have a chance to see Ellen as she celebrates the release of Passing Strange with readings and events this spring!

See a full list of events from January to March below.

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See Infomocracy author Malka Older at the Harvard Coop!

Malka Older’s debut novel Infomocracy features a thrilling global election campaign, which makes it the perfect read for this political season! Catch up with Malka on November 12th at 7:00 PM at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge, MA, to hear her read from Infomocracy and talk about the parallels between her fiction and our own electoral politics.

Malka Older is a writer, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Infomocracy is her first novel.

You can find additional details on the event here, and get started with the first five chapters of Infomocracy!

Celebrate the Launch of Laurie Penny’s Everything Belongs to the Future!

On October 17th at 8 PM, join us at McNally Jackson Books in New York City to celebrate the launch of Laurie Penny’s new Publishing novella Everything Belongs to the Future!

Laurie will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley (Magonia, Aerie) for a conversation, and you can pick up your copy of Everything Belongs to the Future the day before it releases everywhere else. RSVP here, and learn more about Laurie and Maria below!

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See Paul Cornell, Zen Cho, and Cassandra Khaw at Forbidden Planet London!

London-based SFF fans, mark your calendars: on October 15th, Paul Cornell, Zen Cho, and Cassandra Khaw will join forces for a signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore! All three writers have crafted visions of alternate Englands in their fiction, from a small village in the Cotswolds where supernatural forces converge to a Regency era rich with magic to a Croydon where monsters creep the streets. You can pick up a copy of Zen Cho’s lauded debut, Sorcerer to the Crown, and Cassandra Khaw’s Lovecraftian noir novella Hammers on Bone, out from Publishing next week. And attendees will have a chance to get their hands on Paul Cornell’s The Lost Child of Lychford early—it’s not out until November 1st, but a small quantity will be available for purchase at the signing!

The signing will take place from 1 PM to 2 PM at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore. Find out more here.

Win Every Book Publishing Has Ever Published!

If you’ve been following the news from Publishing, you know we’ve been releasing new novellas from writers like Victor LaValle, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, and Nnedi Okorafor (who just won the Nebula Award for Binti!). Our line includes everything from contemporary fantasy to spine-tingling horror to science fiction adventure, and we want to give one lucky winner the chance to brag to all of their friends about having the whole Publishing line on their bookshelf.

We’re giving you a chance to win every book we’ve published from our launch in September 2015 to the first week of June, from Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps to Malka Older’s Infomocracy. That’s right: Every. Single. Book.

Just go here to sign up for the Publishing newsletter and enter to win your very own novella library!

See Every Heart a Doorway Author Seanan McGuire in April!

In two weeks, you’ll finally get to dive into the many worlds of Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway—though you can prepare in the meantime by checking out our illustrated mini-excerpts or interview with Seanan and editor Lee Harris about the ideas behind the book.

And if you’re in the Bay Area, you’ll have a chance to see Seanan in person to celebrate Every Heart a Doorway next month! Drop by the Booksmith on Haight Street in San Francisco for the Every Heart a Doorway launch party at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4th, where you can get your hands on the book a day early. And on Saturday, April 23rd at 6 p.m., see Seanan at Borderlands Books on Valencia Street in SF for even more EHaD goodness.

If you’re in Seattle, make sure to catch Seanan at Emerald City Comicon April 7-10th (and also look out for Genrenauts author Michael R. Underwood)!

For more on Every Heart a Doorway, sign up for the Publishing newsletter here.

Unreliable Histories: Language as Power in The Tempest

To me, The Tempest has always been Shakespeare’s most intriguing play, the one most open to interpretation and contemporary update. It is also one of the most difficult Shakespearean works to stage, from its stormy, chaotic first scene to its ethereal masque to its ambiguous resolution, with Prospero facing his silent, treacherous brother and renouncing the power that has made every action in the story possible.

Advances in theater technology mean that directors can now stage The Tempest as everything from grandiose spectacle to minimalist dreamscape, but the slippery, potent language remains the central force and mystery of this fathomless play.

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“A Giant of Literature”: Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman at the 2014 National Book Awards

Last night at the 2014 National Book Awards in New York City, Neil Gaiman presented science fiction and fantasy legend Ursula K. Le Guin with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an honor that has previously gone to such luminaries as Joan Didion, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison.

Gaiman spoke of the debt he owes Le Guin, who was a major influence on him as a young writer, while Le Guin’s acceptance speech highlighted the importance of the award as a recognition of the place of science fiction and fantasy in literature. She also called upon the next generation of writers to push for the liberation of their art from corporate demands and profiteering.

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These Are My People: Building Community in the SF/F World

The title was unwieldy, but the theme of the “These Are My People/Aliens/Zombies/Vampires/Dragons!: Building Community in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy World” panel at NYCC on Saturday was clear: building community in genre is all about positive engagement and respect.

The panel brought together a varied mix of SF/F authors and artists, including N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms), Daniel José Older (Half-Resurrection Blues), Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim series), YA author Arwen Elys Dayon (Seeker series), Nicholas Sansbury Smith (ORBS), cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, and Trevor Pryce and Sanford Greene, collaborators on An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel.

Moderator Petra Mayer of NPR Books facilitated a conversation with panelists about how to engage with fans, how to build community as a creator, and how to use social media practice to your creative advantage.

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Fairy Tale Remix: “What Else is Disney Not Telling Us?”

What gives fairy tales such power? Why do writers return to them, again and again? And what do fairy tales reveal about the people who love, hate, and choose to retell them?

Thursday’s Fairy Tale Remix panel at San Diego Comic-Con explored all of these questions, with an entertaining, well-matched panel of new and veteran authors who have all put their own spin on traditional tales. Moderated by Shannon Hale (Ever After High series), the panel brought together Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles), Cornelia Funke (The Inkheart trilogy), Ben Tripp (The Accidental Highwayman), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Danielle Page (Dorothy Must Die), John Peck (Charming series), and Katherine Harbour (Thorn Jack) to talk character development, genre mashing, and their particular approaches to reclaiming and reinterpreting fairy tales.

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