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Cassandra Clare to Follow Up ‘Mortal Instruments’ with Three New Book Series

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Last night, novelist Cassandra Clare headlined a 92Y event to celebrate the launch of the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. Fellow writers Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and David Levithan joined her on stage.

The group kicked off the night by reading a series of voice mail messages that were recorded by the protagonists some time in between book five, City of Lost Souls, and book six. Johnson announced that this material would be featured in the print edition of The Bane Chronicles; this short story collection is due out for release on November 11, 2014.

At one point during the night, Black teased that Clare plans to have “lots of fairies” in the stories of her forthcoming new series, The Dark Artifices. In addition to the first installment of Dark Artifices, Clare’s fans have plenty of projects to look forward to including the middle-grade Magisterium series co-written with Black and a trilogy set in the Edwardian era called The Last Hours. What do you think? (Photo Credit: Joyce Culver)

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Books of Wonder Named the Official Bookseller for the ‘YA Lit at 92Y’ Reading Series

Heavenly Fire92Y has named Books of Wonder as the official bookseller for the “YA Lit at 92Y” reading series events. Both institutions will collaborate on the development of future programming.

This partnership kicks off on May 26th during an exclusive launch party celebrating the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Fellow authors Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and Scott Westerfeld will also appear as special guests.

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Free Samples of the 2014 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners

076366040xThe American Library Association has announced that Flora & Ulysess author Kate DiCamillo is the winner of the prestigious John Newbery Medal.

This middle grade novel features illustrations created by artist K.G. Campbell. DiCamillo, the newly crowned National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, earned a Newbery Honor in 2001 for Because of Winn-Dixie and a Newbery Medal in 2004 for The Tale of Despereaux.

We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. Follow this link to access free samples from last year’s pool of Youth Media Award winners.

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Humble eBook Bundle 2 Adds More Books

The organizers of the second Humble eBook Bundle have added four new books to the offer. Readers can pay what they want for a science fiction collection worth well over $70.  The video embedded above explains how the bundle will help support both authors and charity.

Last year, the first Humble eBook Bundle counted more than $1 million in sales. Here’s more about the new books added to the collection:

xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe, an intelligent humorous collection of comics covering everything from romance to math. Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, an ethereal graphic novel of a man’s last days. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black, a dark collection of short fantasy stories. Machine of Death edited by Ryan NorthMatthew Bennardo, & David Malki, a collection of short stories surrounding a device that can predict a person’s cause of death. For those that have already purchased a bundle, this content will appear automatically on their download page. New customers can access them by paying more than the current average on the site, which will also get them all six books from the first week of our promotion!

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Free Samples of the Nebula Award Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards have been revealed, and we’ve collected free samples of all the nominees below–the best science fiction books of 2012.

Many of these stories are available to read for free online. These are marked “COMPLETE” among the links.  Here’s more about the awards:

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of 78 writers; it now has over 1,500 members, among them many of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy.

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Fantasy Fiction Writers to Pose for Charity Calendar

Photographer Lauren Zurchin (pictured, via) has lined up fourteen well-known fantasy fiction writers for a charity calendar.

At the moment, Zurchin is fundraising on Kickstarter to cover the cost of producing this calendar. Once the calendar has been assembled and marketed, the proceeds will be donated to First Book and Worldbuilders.

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Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson Collaborate on Shadowhunters Spinoff

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare will collaborate on a digital short story series called The Bane Chronicles, working with The Lynburn Legacy author Sarah Rees Brennan and The Name of the Star author Maureen Johnson.

This spin-off series, set in Clare’s “Shadownhunters” universe, profiles the character Magnus Bane. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will publish the first title in February 2013. Each of the ten Bane installments will come out on a monthly basis leading up to the release of The Mortal Instruments film adaptation. In 2014, the publisher will release a single volume containing all ten stories.

Here’s more from Publishers Weekly: “The novelty of this approach is new enough, Galen said, that S&S is having to do some things ‘on the fly.’ Unfamiliar with this type of schedule, which invokes Aaron Sorkin more than Charles Dickens, S&S is, Galen explained, still working out ‘the whole process of delivery, editing, and distribution.’ Also being worked out, albeit in a different way, is how readers will take to this model. Given the growing number of options to deliver staggered content in a quick manner, projects like The Bane Chronicles are cropping up more frequently.”

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Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Ink Deal for 5-Book Series

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare and The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black have landed a book deal for a five-book middle grade fantasy series.

Scholastic will publish the first book, The Iron Trial, in 2014. Editorial director David Levithan negotiated the deal with literary agents Russell Galen (for Clare) and Barry Goldblatt (for Black).

Here’s more from the release: “In this exciting new series, twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.”

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Holly Black Inks Deal for Vampire Novel

The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black has inked a deal for a YA vampire novel titled The Coldest Girl in Coldtown with Little Brown Books for Young Readers. Black (pictured, via) wrote a short story by the same name for a vampire anthology, The Eternal Kiss.

In her blog announcement, Black emphasized that the vampire tale is “loosely based” on her original short story. She also revealed that this project will be “a single, fat stand-alone book” with a release set for fall 2013. Literary agent Barry Goldblatt negotiated the deal with editorial director Alvina Ling. Ling will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the release: “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is set in the not-so-distant future, where the vampire population has surged, resulting in the establishment of Coldtowns, quarantined cities of vampires and humans where predator and prey coexist in a never-ending blood party of revelry. These isolated meccas of debauchery are the pillars of pop culture, with vlogs, live feeds, and YouTube videos constantly streaming from the endless parties at vampire mansions. Drawn into this bizarre and dangerous world is Tana, who willingly enters Coldtown with an infected ex-boyfriend on the brink of turning and a mysterious vampire with a tortured past intent on seeking revenge.”

Amazon Launches The Back Story with Author Interviews & Guest Reviews

Amazon has launched The Back Story, a page promising “author interviews, essays, guest reviews, recipes, and much, much more.”

Amazon has uploaded five videos featuring author interviews with celebrity chef Tom Douglas, bestselling author Joshua Foer, teen fiction writer Holly Black, young-adult novelist Cassandra Clare, and Gossip Girl producer John Stephens. Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell revealed Carrie Bradshaw’s 1980s playlist in honor of her new title Summer and the City.

What do you think? Managing editor Mari Malcolm explained: ”We love these conversations so much that we wanted to share them with our customers. We hope that customers will take the opportunity to submit questions on our Amazon Books Facebook page or through our blog, Omnivoracious. They can also contact us at authorinterviews@amazon.com.”

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