Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two Friends With Publication News!

Thrilled to point you toward two friends that have just inked publishing deals.

One is Mary Robinette Kowal, last year's Campbell winner and the author of many lovely stories. She's signed a two-book deal with Tor's Liz Gorinsky. The first book, Shades of Milk and Honey, she describes as a "Jane Austen with magic novel". She posts about it on her journal, including describing when she got the news - while hanging out with Sir Scalzi, no less. I'm very happy for her.

The other is Nnedi Okorafor. She's just sold her first adult title, Who Fears Death, to Betsy Wollheim at DAW Books! This is very good news. I had the pleasure of reading the book in manuscript form. "Pleasure" is probably not quite the right word. It is an intense, often difficult book because of the subject matter, but it's also plenty brave and powerfully written. Come to think of it, I even offered a blurb. Among other things, I said...

"Her latest novel for adults, Who Fears Death?, is urgently topical, at times brutal, and always wholly original. It's no surprise she's been racking up awards. There are more to come, surely."

Her announcement is HERE. And here she is hanging out with Wole Soyinko...
Cool. Congrats to both!

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Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

Very good news! I'll be sure to keep an eye open for both as they are released. Thanks for the heads up and if the newly published authors read this, Congrats!

12:54 AM  
Blogger Mary Robinette Kowal said...

Thanks, David!

1:21 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hey, my pleasure. With all the bad news in publishing these days I think it's good for us all to hear that books are still being written, bought and published!


11:55 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Very cool!

2:21 PM  

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