STEPHEN KING AND J.J. ABRAMS TEAM UP FOR HULU ORIGINAL SERIES CASTLE ROCK

 
 

Having had good success together on the miniseries 11/22/63, Stephen King and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams join up again, this time on an original series named ‘Castle Rock’.

‘Castle Rock’ will be an ongoing episodic drama – 10 episodes in the initial season - set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, a town which is featured or mentioned in many of King’s best-loved stories and novels, including THE BODY (STAND BY ME), CUJO, THE DEAD ZONE, IT, NEEDFUL THINGS, and many others.  The show will serve to capture and explore the various themes and obsessions that populate the King canon while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved characters and locales.  WBTV describes it as an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. 

Writers are Sam Shaw and Dustin Thompson (Manhattan).  As with 11/22/63, Bad Robot Productions (Abrams’s production company) is teaming with Warner Brothers to bring the series to life. 

Casting has yet to be announced.  Filming is set to start in June 2017, with a release date sometime in 2018, though that has yet to be firmly set. 

Here’s a link to the teaser trailer that accompanied today’s announcement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGHupqE1LCI

A STICKY NOTE GUIDE TO LIFE BILLBOARD PROMOTION

 
 

On October 13, HarperCollins UK published Chaz Hutton’s A STICKY NOTE GUIDE TO LIFE.

To kick off their promotional campaign, Harper erected two 48-sheet interactive billboards in Dalston (North East London) and Shoreditch (Central London).

A further batch of advertisements will go up on the 21st November for two weeks across London - including in Brixton, Clapham, Shoreditch and Hackney - with new designs for each that will tie into the individual location.

In addition to the interactive billboard, HarperCollins also produced billboard ads throughout the city, like this one:

ROBERT J. SAWYER NAMED MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

 
 

Robert J. Sawyer—called the ‘dean of Canadian Science Fiction’, and a staunch supporter of up-and-coming authors—has been named one of 113 new members of the Order of Canada.
 
Founded in 1967, the membership to the Order (one of the highest civilian honors in Canada) is given to those who “desire a better country”.   All living Canadians are eligible for membership, except federal and provincial politicians and judges while they hold office.  Since its inception, the Order of Canada has been bestowed on 6, 531 people.  Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including scientists, artists, actors, humanitarians, and businessmen.  Members are selected by the Chancellery of Honors following a nomination and a consultation of experts.
 
We’re thrilled has been given this wonderful honor.  Meanwhile his latest novel, QUANTUM NIGHT, is his second consecutive Canadian bestseller, making 2016 a very nice year for Rob.

HARPER LAUNCHES NEW CHIMA SERIES WITH 200,000 COPY PRINT RUN

 
 

Publication is gearing up for the first book in Cinda Williams Chima’s enthralling new trilogy, the Shattered Realms series. 

Keying in to Cinda’s already large audience in the US, and the potential to grow dramatically, this “next generation” series has an aggressive first print of 200,000 copies, to be supported by a robust marketing campaign.

She was featured last week in Publishers’ Weekly:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/69556-cinda-williams-chima-moves-on-to-new-realms.html

This week, she is featured in USA Today:

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/04/04/cinda-williams-chima-interview-flamecaster/

We have a starred review from Kirkus:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/cinda-williams-chima/flamecaster/

And a Library Journal review:

http://www.slj.com/2016/03/collection-development/read-watch-alikes/magic-dastardly-villains-and-less-than-perfect-heroes-new-ya-fantasy/#

QUANTUM NIGHT HITS THE BESTSELLER LISTS AT #1 AND #7

 
 

Robert J. Sawyer’s new book, QUANTUM NIGHT, debuts this week at #1 on the McNally Robinson Hardcover Fiction list, and at # 7 on Maclean’s bestseller list in Canada. 

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The novel is set in a dark near-future North America where the election of a  Donald Trump-like jingoist American President is counterbalanced by the rise of Canada’s first Muslim prime minister, the real-life current mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi.  Told of his appearance in the book, Nenshi took the opportunity to plug it on Twitter. 

In its combination of mind-bending science fiction and the political and social themes of today, QUANTUM NIGHT follows such classics of their day as THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.  The novel is a dark portrayal of a very real political downturn in the U.S., and is remarkably prescient given Sawyer finished it before Trump rose to political attention.  A news story about it can be found here:
 
http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/books/nenshi-in-prime-minister-and-the-u-s-is-being-run-by-a-psychopath-in-robert-j-sawyers-newest-novel