News Roundup: Awards for UK Authors, Clare Ashton at the VLR, New Book Covers and Trailers, and BSB a Hit in Nottingham

10 Jun

Whew, back to earth with a bump after a fabulous weekend at the BSB Nottingham bash, where the sun sort of shone, loads of folks turned up, lots of laughs were had and I got to meet my blog co-mistress for the first time. More on that anon; what else has been happening in the past few days?

lambda-literary-awards_s345x230On June 3rd, the winners of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary awards were announced at a sold-out gala ceremony held in New York city. Nicola Griffith was presented with her Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist prize, and she has posted a lovely, candid write-up of her “Night at the Lammys” on her blog. Due to popular demand, she also posted the text of her acceptance speech:

I’ve spent my whole writing life feeling like a stranger in a strange land: the foreigner, the cripple, the queer. But tonight this award says: You belong here. We value who you are and what you do. We see you, we know you, you’re one of us. And I like that. A lot. So thank you.

Many congratulations to Nicola, and also to Jeanette Winterson who triumphed in the Lesbian Memoir/Biography category for Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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Sticking with the awards theme, Val McDermid will be presented with an honorary degree from Dundee University in a ceremony later this month. Val published her first novel in 1987 and has since written more than 30 books. Her shortest story to date was also published this last week when she took part in the Guardian’s Twitter Fiction challenge to come up with a story in 140 characters or less:

He couldn’t work out why she’d grown interested in TV DIY shows. Then he leaned on the fatally weakened balcony wall of their highrise flat.

Ha! Nice one!

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717930A heads-up now about a Spot-On feature this weekend at the Virtual Living Room. Running from 14-17th June, the theme will be Lesbian Moms in Lesbian Fiction, aka cute kids, and our very own Clare Ashton will be chatting about the topic, along with Karin Kallmaker, Lara Zielinsky, Sunny Alexander, Melissa Brayden, Joann Lee, Barbara Winkes and PJ Treblehorn. The VLR is a lively Yahoo discussion group that focuses on lesbian literature in all its permutations. To sign up and take part in the fun, hit the link.

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nightingaleNot only has Andrea Bramhall recently finished the first draft of her forthcoming novel Nightingale, she has given readers a sneak peek at its shiny new cover as well as its synopsis, over on her blog

When Charlie Porter meets Hazaar Alim her first year of University, she’s instantly smitten. Hazaar has it all: beauty, talent, and brains. What she doesn’t realize is that Hazaar’s future has already been decided and Charlie has no place in it.

Hazaar desperately wants to break with her traditions and stay with Charlie, but when forced to choose, she chooses her family over love. When she realizes the choice she made is the worst one possible, it’s too late…

Nightingale is due for release in Spring 2014.

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HSWidgetWith scores of novels being published each year, it is harder than ever to make your work stand out in a crowded market. To this end, book trailers are becoming a popular way to engage a potential audience. RJ Samuel has just completed a trailer for her novel Heart Stopper. Hop on over to YouTube and see what you think.

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Finally, a big thanks to all the folks who came to Nottingham this last weekend to support the UK BSB authors. We hadbsb a brilliant couple of days with our largest audience ever, and I know that a few of the people who went along keep an eye on this blog. I took a ton of notes and will – day job permitting –  attempt to write a bit of an overview for those who couldn’t make it. There are some lovely photos (courtesy of Clare Ashton, who has a far better camera than me!) over on our Facebook page. If you don’t do FB, this link should take you to the album.

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2 Responses to “News Roundup: Awards for UK Authors, Clare Ashton at the VLR, New Book Covers and Trailers, and BSB a Hit in Nottingham”

  1. Devlyn June 11, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Thanks for keeping us updated.


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