Gollancz signings this weekend, and a competition!

There’s lots of exciting signings going on this weekend, so we thought this would be a good chance to let you know about some of our author’s movements. Ben Aaronovitch has been all around the country over the last few days, but this Saturday he’s right at the centre of the bookselling world as part of the Love Charing Cross Festival, which Foyles and Blackwell’s are running together, and which I talked about here. Ben will be interviewed by the brilliant Paul Cornell, who has a book coming out later this year with a lovely quote from Ben already adorning…

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Friday Reads: Catching Fire

Last week I blogged about the first of The Hunger Games novels and I was, I admitted, not convinced when I started and somewhat addicted to it – flaws and a few misgivings aside – by the end. So much so, that I dived straight into Catching Fire. Here, from the beginning, were things I liked. The strain of [SPOILERS] the fake-or-is-it relationship with Peeta. Picking up the friendship-or-more with Gale again. And, particularly, the sense that while they’ve escaped the arena The Hunger Games aren’t over. Not by a long way. I’ve had the impression online that those who…

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Recently we’ve been on a big adventure …

We went to a far away land . . . Where things like this were common: Where you needed a qualifier for how to tip . . . . cows Or people. We were definitely not in London anymore . . . For those of you who might have guessed, Team Gollancz has been Stateside with none other than Charlaine Harris herself to get details about all things Sookie, Dead Ever After (the final Southern Vampire Mystery) and beyond . . . yes, beyond! I know, that’s very teaser-ish of us, but if you want the news before everyone else…

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Love Charing Cross Road Festival

This weekend, two of London’s best bookshops have joined together to put on a day of literary, musical and culinary events to celebrate Charing Cross Road, spiritual home of the UK bookselling trade. In recent years, many of the wonderful bookshops that dotted the Charing Cross Road have gone. I started work on CXR in 2002, and can still roll off the list of the deceased. Al-Huda Books, Sportspages, Murder One (recently revived in Forbidden Planet), Comic Showcase, Silver Moon, Bookends, Waterstone’s, Borders, Zwemmer’s, Shipley’s, lots of second hand ones, and probably some more I can’t remember. Border’s became a…

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale has been optioned by a Hollywood studio so we asked Graham what it was like to sell to the film industry. This is what he told us. Once upon a timely time a fine young fellow sat upon a large toadstool and wrote himself a story, he did. And no sooner had he written those holy words The End than did the Feather-giver appear in a puff of smoke from nowhere and handed him a feather. And what a feather it was! Luminous and beautiful, so he stuck it in his cap. Then the next…

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