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Jessie Burton's The Muse chosen as London's 2018 Cityread
Jessie Burton’s best selling second novel, The Muse, has been chosen as the focus book for the Cityread London festival 2018. Cityread is a city-wide book group which each May aims to help Londoners explore and celebrate their city through its stories. With a programme of events exploring the The Muse’s themes of arrival, creativity, art and family secrets; running across 26 London boroughs, the 2018 Cityread festival will celebrate the book’s portrayal of 1960s London life and culture.
Nick Clark Windo's THE FEED to become a 10-part TV series with Amazon
Amazon and Liberty Global are traveling into the future with their latest big-budget drama order – a social media-infused sci-fi series from The Walking Dead exec producer Channing Powell and British producer Studio Lambert.
The SVOD service and the European pay-TV operator have commissioned The Feed, a TV adaptation of Nick Clark Windo’s dystopian novel. It will air on Amazon in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, while Liberty Global will air across Europe including on UK cable platform Virgin Media. All3Media International will distribute globally.
The “Walking Dead-meets-Black Mirror”-style ten-part series is set in a near-future world where people can download a social media feed directly into their brains and follows a couple who find their six-year-old daughter missing after the ‘Feed’ goes down and society crumbles. The book, which was released last month, is published by Headline and HarperCollins US.
The drama is being overseen by Powell, who has worked on the last five seasons of zombie thriller The Walking Dead as well as crime drama White Collar. She will exec produce the London-set series alongside Studio Lambert Chief Executive Stephen Lambert and drama chief Susan Hogg. Humans and Black Mirror director Carl Tibbetts is the lead director.
Pan Mac acquires two from Theroux
Pan Macmillan will publish two books by TV presenter Louis Theroux, the first of which is a “professional memoir” of his time with disgraced children’s entertainer Jimmy Savile.
Pan Macmillan’s Ingrid Connell acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to the non-fiction titles from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens, at auction, acting in association with Anita Land.
The first, to be published as a lead title in autumn 2019, was described by Theroux as a “forensic and thoughtful appraisal of my life and career” - covering his 2001 BBC documentary “When Louis Met Jimmy” - in which he explores “the nature of evil”.
Theroux added: “I write honestly about some of the stories behind 20 years of making programmes and, in particular, spending time with Jimmy Savile and the impact of discovering that he was a predatory serial sex offender.”
Anna Mazzola in 2018 Edgar Award Nominations
Mystery Writers of America have announced, as they celebrate the 209th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at their 72nd Gala Banquet, on 26th April 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Anna Mazzola is in the running for best paperback original, for THE UNSEEING!
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
Ragged Lake by Ron Corbett (ECW Press)
Black Fall by Andrew Mayne (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper Paperbacks)
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark)
Penance by Kanae Minato (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books)
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
Hodder Children’s acquires new Taran Matharu series
Hodder Children’s Books, part of Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to a new series by YA author Taran Matharu.
The ‘Contender’ series is about a juvenile delinquent called Cade and Victorian cat-burglar Harriet who live in different eras. One day they are both transported to another world and are forced to become contenders in an “endless, brutal” tournament.
Hodder struck the deal for three books with Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens and will publish the first book in hardback in May 2019.
The publisher is also releasing several books in Matharu’s previous series ‘The Summoner’, with Summoner: The Battlemage paperback, a World Book Day edition of Summoner: The Novice, and a new hardback prequel called Summoner: The Outcast, all coming this year. The whole series is set to undergo a rejacket, starting with the World Book Day title and followed by the rest of the series in January 2019.
In addition, Hodder has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to gift book, entitled The Summoner’s Handbook, that will be published in October.
RNA shortlists announced
Katie Khan has made the shortlist for the 2018 Romantic Novel Awards (RNA).
There are seven award categories comprising the best in Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Epic Romantic Fiction, Paranormal or Speculative Romance, Romantic Comedy, shorter or category romance (The RONA Rose Award), and Young Adult Romance. This year's shortlists demonstrate the "diversity of romantic fiction" and show the genre to be in "excellent health across traditional, digital and independent author publishing", said the judges.
Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel
The Summer of Impossible Things, Rowan Coleman, Ebury Press
How to Stop Time, Matt Haig, Canongate Books
The Other Us, Fiona Harper, HQ
Max Seventeen: Firebrand, Kate Johnson, independently published
Hold Back the Stars, Katie Khan, Doubleday