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FOULED! Part 1: Taking on Scammy Publishers. . .and other book news

fouledFOULED! Part 1: Taking on Scammy Publishers | Indies Unlimited.

“IU is devoting the month of March to authors who have been scammed by scummy publishers, and what to do if you’ve been caught by one.”

Also in the News

  1. News: ‘Frozen is not a book!’ Elsa costumes take over World Book Day. . .Annoyance as children flock to school dressed as Disney’s record-breaking princesses (and Darth Vader), by  Kat Brown – “As anyone who has gone within half a mile of a school will know, today is World Book Day, and children in the UK and Ireland have been encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. ”  The Telegraph
  2. A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

    A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

    Feature: Black Bodies In White Words, Or: Why We Need Claudia Rankine, by Syreeta McFadden – “I refer friends, allies and enemies to Claudia Rankine’s National Book Award-nominated Citizen to help them navigate the complex waters of how racism is lived, seen and felt by black Americans. Reading her, you come out with a sense of knowing what it means to fill these shoes, this hoodie, this body.”  NPR

  3. News: L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists Announced, by Clare Swanson – “The finalists for the 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced March 4. Fifty nominees in 10 categories are up for the awards, recognizing titles published in 2014, and the winners will be revealed on April 18 at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. ”  Publishers Weekly
  4. News: Coffee House Launches First Imprint with Emily Books, by Claire Kirch – “Coffee House Press is launching its first imprint in the spring of 2016. The Minneapolis literary nonprofit is partnering with Brooklyn-based feminist publishing project Emily Books to launch its Emily Books imprint, which will focus on “original books that speak to the aesthetic excellence, experimental boldness, and social concerns of both organizations.” The debut release under the Emily Books imprint is Jade Sharma’s debut novel, Problems.” Publishers Weekly
  5. truthReview: ‘The Porcupine of Truth,’ by Bill Konigsberg, reviewed by Michael Cart – “Konigsberg (Openly Straight, 2013) employs a colorful style (a day is “warm, like bread just out of the oven,” and Carson’s new room is “like a remote bunker where people store their afterthoughts”) and crafts fascinating, multidimensional teen and adult characters. ”  Book List
  6. News: Pubslush Foundation Gives $10K Grant to NaNoWriMo, by Dianna Dilworth – “The Pubslush Foundation revealed a new grant for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The $10,000 prize will be used to fund future literacy initiatives, including NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program.” Galley Cat
  7. How to: Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain, by Beth Hill – “I find myself writing don’t explain again and again on edits of fiction manuscripts. Most of the time, there should be no need for obvious explanations.So we shouldn’t need to write—’He ran away because he didn’t want to be seen at the fire.'” The Editor’s Blog
  8. climentInterview: Jill Climent (“Act of God”), with Megan Labrise – “‘Every writer I know wants one compliment,’ says Jill Ciment, author of the aforementioned Act of God. ‘Some of my friends who are writers want you to say, God, that was so intelligent! And others want you to say, Oh, your language—! Each person has theirs, and mine is original. That’s the big thing that I want to be, in my own privateness.'” Kirkus
  9. News: Sixteen Canadian authors nominated for Lambda Literary Awards, by Becky Robertson – “The finalists for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which recognize excellence in LGBT literature published the year prior, have been announced. Sixteen Canadian authors were shortlisted in 11 of 27 categories. ”  Quill & Quire
  10. Looking Back: “On this day in 1954, Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood was published in England; coming out just four months after his death in New York, it was an immediate best seller.” – Today in Literature

Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Conjure Woman’s Cat”


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