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Barack Obama Salutes Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury died today, but writers around the world are reflecting on this great author’s legacy. President, science fiction fan and author Barack Obama shared this tribute:

For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury’s death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age.  His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.  But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values.  There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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Publishing Leaders Ponder Epic Fall Lists

9781594202247L.jpgWith big novels from Audrey Niffenegger, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Russo, A. S. Byatt, and many, many more big-name writers, the fall 2009 release schedule reads like a contemporary literature syllabus from 2019.

In a short essay, the NY Observer ponders the pros and cons of building this magical list in the middle of a deep, dark recession. If you want to find out more about upcoming titles, GalleyCat interviewed a number of writers about their favorite upcoming books, including a chat with Salman Rushdie.

Here’s a choice quote from Sterling Lord Literistic agent Ira Silverberg, from the article: “All these books are coming out in three months, and there’s overlap in their core audiences. Also, these are hardcover books– at 25 to 30 dollars! That’s tough.”

Publishing Happenings on Second Life

The Bookseller reports that The Random House Group held the first meeting of its virtual book group in Second Life yesterday (Tuesday), as the first step in a series of initiatives the publisher is planning to engage with the virtual world. Members discussed Audrey Niffenegger‘s THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in the Rose Garden of the Elysian Isle, an area specially developed for RHG to host book-related events. “The book group is the first of a series of initiatives planned to engage with Second Life communities, creating opportunities for them to access and interact with our content and to meet our authors,” said Ros Lawler, digital marketing and publicity manager of Random House.

Meanwhile, Transworld announced that Richard Dawkins, author of the bestselling THE GOD DELUSION, will appear in a week of screenings to be held in Second Life, launching on Tuesday May 29th. Dawkins will appear on video, addressing the Second Life audience for 15-20 minutes. The video will run as a continuous feed, from 9am to midnight UK time, for seven consecutive days so avatars can attend the screenings whenever they like during this time. Outside the auditorium, Transworld have built two message walls, one for supporters of Dawkins’ thesis and one for the dissenters.