Morning Cuppa – 04/24/13 – Iain Banks! James Patterson talks book bailouts! Glitter and Mayhem!

 

  • Iain Banks has posted an update on recent events including his honeymoon and a trip to the ER immediately afterwards. It’s a touching letter of thanks and respect for his fans.
  • James Patterson ran a couple of ads this past weekend asking for the government to step up and help the publishing industry survive. In the ad, which ran in the New York Review of Books and Publisher’s Weekly, he says,

    If there are no bookstores, no libraries, no serious publishers with passionate, dedicated, idealistic editors, what will happen to our literature? Who will discover and mentor new writers? Who will publish our important books? What will happen if there are no more books like these?
    The Federal Government has stepped in to save banks, and the automobile industry, but where are they on the important subject of books? Or, if the answer is state and local government, where are they? Is any state doing anything? Why are there no impassioned editorials in influential newspapers or magazines? Who will save our books? Our libraries? Our bookstores?

    It’s such a necessary conversation to have, but with elected officials who are so easily cowed by lobbyists and the desire to appear that they’re cutting rather than expanding services, I wonder how far it will get.

  • The Glitter and Mayhem anthology cover and table of contents have been revealed. This is the collection of stories by folks like Seanan McGuire, Christopher Barzak, Maurice Broaddus and more focusing on club life, debauchery, roller rinks and other things from a bygone, more glittery era, with a scifi/fantasy twist of course. Pre-orders are available now.