Ta-Nehisi Coates, award-winning writer of Between the World and Me, is going to publish two new books, one fiction and one non-fiction title (along with the previously announced Black Panther comic series he is headlining as writer). This is all the information that has emerged so far, as no speculative titles or release dates have been confirmed.
The Desmond Elliott prize, the £10,000 debut fiction award, now has its shortlist of three authors: Lisa McInerney, Gavin McCrea and Julia Rochester. The novels are, respectively, Mrs Engels, The Glorious Heresies and The House at the Edge of the World. The winner’s ceremony takes place in June.
Locus Award finalists have been announced. The authors in the running for the science fiction and fantasy prizes include Ann Leckie, Neal Stephenson, Joe Abercrombie, Terry Pratchett, Kim Stanley Robinson and Naomi Novik, among others. The Award’s Weekend takes place at the end of June.
The Best Translated Book Award revealed its winner last week. The shortlist for the 2016 award included frontrunner Elena Ferrante, Clarice Lispector, Valeria Luiselli and others, but in a surprise result Yuri Herrera came away victorious for the book Signs Preceding the End of the World. Herrera’s novel is about a woman journeying from Mexico to the US, and the obstacles faced and people encountered when trying to cross the border.
J M Coetzee has written a new novel, to be published by Harvill Secker in September 2016. The new book is a sequel to The Childhood of Jesus of 2013, titled The Schooldays of Jesus.
In a bit of J K Rowling news, and yet another apology by the author for her Harry Potter series, Rowling marked 2 May with an admission on Twitter that she was sorry for killing off Remus Lupin in the Battle of Hogwarts. This character was killed because, according to Rowling, Arthur Weasley needed to live. Lupin’s death has caused distress among fans since the final book was published, as he was always a favoured character for many readers of the series.