Hard Case Crime will resurrect a lost Lawrence Block novel after 50 years, publishing Borderline next May. Read an excerpt from the book at this link.
According to publisher Charles Ardai, the book “has never previously been acknowledged to be Block’s work.” Check it out:
This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment—and of lines that were never meant to be crossed. First publication ever under the author’s real name! Volume includes three of Block’s rarest short stories, from the pages of the pulp magazines of half a century ago.
Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.
Writer Bree Housley will appear at City Lit Books to talk about her title, We Hope You Like This Song. Join the fun on Tuesday, February 12th at City Lit Books starting 6:30 p.m. (Chicago, IL)
This week’s session of The Moth’s StorySLAM series will focus on the theme, “Love Hurts.” Check it out on Tuesday, February 12th at HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)
Here are some literary events to pencil in your planner. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please announce your event one week prior to its date.
Writer Lawrence Block will headline a session at the Center for Fiction’s Crime Fiction Academy master class. Hear him on Wednesday, September 19th starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)
The Network of Iranian American Society (NIAS) will be hosting a social mixer and an evening of stories. Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian will celebrate the release of her book, The Rose Hotel. Join them on Wednesday, September 19th at Bistango Restaurant from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Irvine, CA)
Rockstar Games and Little, Brown and Company imprint Mulholland Books have teamed up to publish a short story collection exploring the world of the upcoming video game, L.A. Noire. Above, we’ve embedded the game’s trailer.
While only some of the stories are actually set inside the video game world, the collection includes stories by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss. L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will be released on June 6th as an eBook at all the major eBookstores.
Little, Brown and Company publisher Michael Pietsch had this statement: “We are thrilled to be embarking on a creative partnership with the team at Rockstar Games … The possibilities for cross-promotions of this nature, encouraging gamers to read and readers to play games are huge. We’re looking forward to a new frontier of book publishing possibilities and see Rockstar as an ideal partner.”
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has joined with NetGalley to organize the distribution of HBG information and products. Through this deal, select reviewers, press, and booksellers will be given access to digital press kits and digital galleys.
Several enhancements will be included with the galleys such as video, audio, tour schedules, author Q&As and photos. The galleys will be readable on Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, Kobo or a desktop.
Here’s more from the site: “Volume #69 will resurrect a pair of early Lawrence Block novels: 69 Barrow Street and Strange Embrace, bound back to back in the classic ‘doubles’ format, featuring brand new art by Robert McGinnis. You can look for more details, including ordering info, later this year, with a projected publication date in the first half of 2011. We’d like to thank Larry Block, Charles Ardai, and Danny Baror for thinking of us with this one. We couldnâ€™t be happier than to publish an original in this acclaimed line.” (Via Publishers Lunch)
Today Little, Brown announced a new crime imprint entitled Mulholland Books, named after a curvy Los Angeles street that has inspired countless chase scenes and noir meditations. Editor John Schoenfelder will run the imprint, and Miriam Parker will serve as marketing director.
The imprint will debut in spring 2011 with mysteries by prosecutor Marcia Clark, Lawrence Block, and Duane Swierczynski. By 2012, the imprint aims to publish 24 books a year, releasing one hardcover and one paperback every month.
Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch had this statement: “There is an extraordinary body of suspense fiction being written today–
novels and stories whose goal is to entertain and surprise at all costs, from the first sentence. Everyone at Little, Brown is excited to be taking part in the launch of Mulholland Books, an imprint whose goal is to single out these writers and publish them with an eye to community building and fresh marketing that has only become possible today.”