World Horror Convention gets off to a really horrid start

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention (a.k.a. WHC), also comprising the Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend, has just kicked off in Atlanta, running from May 7th to May 10th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. As part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of WHC, “Friday will be [...]

Fantastic fun at the York Pubmeet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

For anyone wanting to down a few jars or five to get over the shock of the UK General Election results, or the conviction that they’re now living in fantasyland, the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) have organized their third York Pubmeet, for fans [...]

Cheltenham LitFest comes out in favor of fair pay for authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The topic of fair pay for authors and other speakers participating in literary festivals is one that simply doesn’t ever seem to go away. I wrote a piece a couple of years ago highlighting how, in the words of Susan Hill, “litfests make a lorra lorra money for those who run them” [...]

Gen Con, other businesses displeased with new Indiana religious freedom law

By Chris Meadows
March 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

As I’ve said before, Gen Con’s reputation as the largest gaming convention in North America eclipses its status as one of the largest writing conventions in North America, offering guidance on all aspects of writing and publishing. On Monday, March 23, Gen Con’s CEO sent a letter (PDF) to [...]

London Book Fair introduces cross-media business matching

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has issued a statement about its first “Creative Industries Day,” designed to create partnerships “to open up new rights opportunities for publishers at the fair across film, TV, interactive media, games, comics and graphic novels.” The event, scheduled [...]

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day: The most charming unofficial national holiday?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

On February 26th, the U.S. celebrates National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, which could displace International Talk Like A Pirate Day as my favorite unofficial holiday. Although its origins appear shrouded in almost complete mystery, National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is widely attested, as the occasion to [...]

London Book Fair to follow publishing Around The World in 8 Hours

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a release to announce that it “will be holding the first ‘virtual conference’ for the world of publishing on 18 March 2015. Around The World in 8 Hours will follow the world of publishing across the globe in a day-long series of social media events, [...]

Burns Night burning a poet into a nation’s memory

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Burns Night, held on January 25th every year to commemorate the memory of Robert Burns, has succeeded in identifying a single poet with a whole nation more than perhaps any other country on earth. How? Well, they began soon after the poet’s death in 1796, informally among hs friends and [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival announces special spring event with Kazuo Ishiguro

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, which hosts the Scottish capital’s key literary event of the year every August, has further expanded its program of all-year outreach events with the announcement of a special spring event starring renowned Anglo-Japanese novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. [...]

Intelligence Squared audience decide Amazon isn’t the reader’s friend

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

As heralded in Teleread earlier, self-publishing poster child Joe Konrath and Matthew Yglesias, Executive Editor of Vox, appeared against Franklin Foer, former editor of The New Republic, and attorney and author Scott Turow, in the Intelligence Squared debate in New York , last weekend, arguing [...]

IQ2 heralds non-controversial debate in NYC: Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

New York-based debating circle with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), bringing you “Oxford-style debates live from New York City,” has put up an alert for a soporific and unprovocative little debate to open 2015, on the topic of: “Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend.” [...]

British Library’s Terror and Wonder show throws open its portals

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

As many will know, the British Library has been hosting a great show on the Gothic tradition, “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination,” since October. It’s the ideal show for the Christmas period, given the well-known British propensity for linking the festive season to ghost [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival gets lottery grant support for further outreach

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has just announced a  £175,000 ($275,000) grant that will enable it to branch out from its normal remit of organizing the summer Festival events at Charlotte Square Gardens “to give greater numbers of people access to authors and live literature [...]

Beat Museum to host grand reveal of Neal Cassady letter

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Following the recent news of the resurfacing of the near-legendary “Joan Anderson Letter” from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac, which gave us On The Road in its current form, Profiles in History, the auction house selling the letter, is hosting a media event on the morning of December 1st at [...]

Books on Tyne brings books in time to Tyneside

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Books on Tyne Literary Festival, a.k.a. the Newcastle Book Festival, is convening a literary gathering in Newcastle upon Tyne, one of northern Britain’s most unique and characterful cultural communities, for non-Brits out there. Cradle of the legendary Geordie dialect, Tyneside is also [...]

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