– Way back when, in a column a long time ago, there was mention of a Portsmouth road being named after Neil Gaiman’s most recent publication The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Well, the time has come, as on Sunday August 18th, Gaiman officially christened the coastal street.
– In other city news, London has been named the most written about city in English-language literary history (1800-2000). Not surprising really, considering the specificity of the study.
– There is something so simple and beautiful about a teensy bit of animation magic. The team at Epic Reads have compiled a collection of 15 YA novels with animated covers, including Margaret Stohl’s Icons and John Green’s Looking for Alaska (which Culturefly reviewed not long ago): http://www.epicreads.com/blog/14-beautifully-animated-ya-book-covers/
– George Romero is creating a zombie comic book series for Marvel, although he has been quoted as saying that currently it is at a 15 book length, perhaps more suitable for novelization. As the master of zombie horror, let us all bow down to his wisdom, novel or comic, it doesn’t matter.
– The internationally inclusive Dylan Thomas Prize now has its twelve author long longlist, showing an even split of six female and six male writers, including Polly Stenham (acclaimed young dramatist famous for 2007’s That Face), poet Jemima L. King and Emma Chapman. Stenham is the first playwright ever to be a contender for the Prize, which typically awards poets and prose writers. The winner will receive £30,000 and will be revealed in November.
– The winners of the 2013 PEN Literary Awards were announced on August 14th. The $25,000 Bingham Prize was awarded to Sergio de la Pava for A Naked Singularity, whilst Katherine Boo won the Gailbraith Nonfiction award for Behind the Beautiful Forevers. More info about these and other winners can be found over at the PEN website.
– Haruki Murakami’s latest book is being translated for English language readers, and is expected to become available end of 2013.
– E.L. James is now the world’s richest author for her 50 Shades series, topping the Forbes Literary 2012/13 rich list with a staggering £62 million earning.
– Amazon Publishing have announced a new project titled ‘Icons’, which will see various authors writing short biographies of iconic figures to be published on a bi-monthly basis. Here’s hoping they’re well researched books, and not simply commercially appealing fodder.
– If any of you booklovers have already heard of the kickstarter project Books: A Documentary then awesome. But if not, go and take a look now! A pair of American documentarians have partially completed their film about our modern love of books as collectibles and beloved objects, yet they need funding support to complete. Inspired by the 2012 auction of 300,000 books from a Texas used book store, Books is a biopic, love letter, and in depth look at the contemporary bookselling business: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/studioseven7films/books-a-documentary