This week’s news is full of FanLit favorites. I had fun scouring the net this week. It’s definitely award season, and it is great to see so many people getting the recognition they deserve. I hope you enjoy this week’s column, and feel free to comment with some of your recent favorites that might not have made the awards lists. Also, if you find something interesting you think everyone should read, drop me a line via the contact form and let me know, or just post it in the comments below. Let’s get started:
1) John Picacio nominated for 2011 Hugo Award: A Fanlit and personal favorite artist, John Picacio gets his 7th consecutive nod for a Hugo. I think it’s well past time that he wins it. Good luck, John!
2) 2011 Hugo Award Nominations Announced: Here are the rest of the Hugo nominations. A couple of my favorites are listed. N.K. Jemsin for Novel and Pyr Books Editing Director, Lou Anders for long form editing. Pyr in general is making quite a splash in the award nominations.
4) Self-Publishing: An Interview with Scott Nicholson: Jim C. Hines talks with Scott Nicholson about his experiences in self-publishing. Scott has managed to make it work. I have to admit that Scott makes some interesting points.
6) Michael Chabon essay about The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster’s classic was a major influence on me as a child. It taught me to look at words in a completely different way. The book is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it is still the book I recommended most for young readers.
In this section I’ll post bits and pieces of news from various fantasy authors:
- Neil Gaiman: A little about his episode of Doctor Who
- Nate Simpson: An interview with the creator of a rather beautiful comic
- Brent Weeks: An ebook-only release from Orion
- Patrick Rothfuss: Pat extends the deadline for his photo contest
- Lou Anders: Our favorite editor from Pyr blogs about Norwescon