It’s nearly the end of the year, and we have some light reading for you to enjoy as you ease yourself into a holiday mood.
The Scottish Kingdoms of Elfin
Kate wrote an article for the Bottle Imp, the online magazine published by the Association of Scottish Literary Studies, on the Scottish elfin kingdoms in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin. It’s free to read online until sometime in February.
What Not in The Guardian
The story was about the serendipitous finding that one of Kate’s science fiction collector friends happened to own the first, 1918 edition of What Not with the pencilled-in excision marks, so we could recover the lost text that was cut out for fear of libel (even the British Library doesn’t have that edition).
The article was also about the very obvious debt that the much later Brave New World has to What Not, which led to an extraordinary day of pre-ordering by the world’s fans of early science fiction and lost feminist classics. It felt like standing under a torrent of money being thrown at us by the internet, so we are delighted by this evident enthusiasm for the book, and will be increasing the print run accordingly.
It goes to print next week, and review copies will be available from late January. You can pre-order it here (please do! everyone else in the world seems to have done so).
So Lucky gets luckier
Nicola Griffith’s So Lucky continues to collect plaudits and praise (we published the UK edition in November). It was named one of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2018, and is shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association Award. And (news just in) So Lucky is on the highly prestigious shortlist for the Tournament of Books prize, up against Milkman, Michael Ondaatje, Rachel Cusk, Oyinkan Braithwait and Esi Edugan. Previous winners include Wolf Hall and Cloud Atlas. You can buy it here to see what the excitement is about.
It’s been a year
We learned a lot in 2018, about publishing, about accounting, about our priorities, and about the flexibility and adaptability of a small business. We also learned the opening hours of the three nearest post offices, and how far away they are, by bike across the fields to Batheaston, along the canal path into Bath, or by car to the next town for the heavy review copies despatch. Kate’s bike is going to be upgraded next year to eight gears!
And what about 2019?
Next year, we’re taking on some student interns from Bath Spa University to help us design a marketing strategy for What Not and for Blitz Writing. We have four books already scheduled to appear in 2019, and four or five others jostling at the negotiation stage, hopefully to appear in autumn 2019 and spring 2020.
We’re launching Save Me The Waltz at Glasgow University where Kate will give a lecture on ‘What I learned about French 18th-century history from editing Zelda Fitzgerald’ (to be repeated at the University of Bedfordshire the week after).
What Not will be launched in Madrid on 28 March at the Desperate Literature bookshop (Madrid has many anglophone fans of sf and feminist fiction, so the bookshop invited us). We’re also launching it in the UK at EasterCon, the UK’s national science fiction & fantasy convention, in April. We’re still planning the launches for Blitz Writing, and Adrift in the Middle Kingdom. More news on those parties when we have it.
Have a joyous Christmas and a delightful New Year.
Kate & David