And Finally…

And Finally...

Everyone’s talking about…

Bloomsbury have announced the launch of a new imprint today. Bloomsbury Circus will be “unashamedly literary, always fresh and sometimes surprising.” And according to Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Pringle, “we are determined to make our books look more desirable and collectable than ever.”

The first book will be The Trapeze Artist by Will Davis, a story of circus life and gay love, followed by The Forrests by New Zealand writer Emily Perkins. We can’t wait to see them!

Granta launch their latest issue, Exit Strategies, at Foyles next week. This issue features new work from Claire Messud and Susan Minot, amongst others, and the launch event will involve a dramatic reading from Anne Tyler‘s forthcoming novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye. Can’t make it? Get along to Exit Strategies Live, a storytelling salon at the Betsey Trotwood the following week.

In case you missed it…

On Monday, we went to Manchester’s 3 Minute Theatre for The New Libertines. Coordinated by For Books’ Sake favourite Dan Holloway, it was a brilliant night, and you can check out photo evidences (plus links to all the performers) on Eight Cuts.

Earlier this week, the Costa Book Award of the Year went to Andrew Miller for his sixth novel, Pure. It was also announced that from this year, they’ll be adding a short story award to their assortment of prizes.

And on the site this week, we’ve been discussing our favourite YA novels with lesbian heroines, as well as getting the lowdown on Natterjack Press and Gay’s The Word.

In other news…

Been hibernating for January and about to emerge post-payday? There’ll be chip butties and spooktacular tales at tonight’s ghost-themed edition of Are You Sitting Comfortably? at Toynbee Studios in London.

Then next weekend, it’s the Go Feminist! conference in London, with workshops, speakers, performers and more. Ticket prices are on a sliding scale so head here for all the details.

Happy weekend!

 Alex Herod

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