The planning team for the Historical Novel Society's North American conferences is looking for board members and committee volunteers to work on their next event, to take place in June 2015 (location TBA). I co-founded the conference, along with author Ann Chamberlin, and worked on four successive events as registration coordinator and treasurer (2005-2011). It was a rewarding and informative experience, if occasionally a hectic one as the conference dates approached! The board of directors is volunteer-based and needs new helpers and ideas. If you'd like to get more involved in the historical fiction community, working directly with authors and others in the publishing field, this is a great way to do so. Interested? Want more information? See their website for details.
For Sarah Waters fans, The Bookseller announced last week that she'll have a new novel out in autumn 2014: "Set in a tense London in 1922, in the wake of the First World War, with disillusioned ex-servicemen, and the out-of-work and hungry demanding change."
The HNS website has a new series of feature articles, written by Stephanie Renee Dos Santos, about the role that serendipity plays in the writing and publishing of historical fiction. Each of these articles features a different historical novelist who reveals an eerie coincidence or aspect of synchronicity that happened to him or her during the research or writing process. New entries appear every Sunday and will continue over eight weeks in total. So far the authors interviewed have been Maryanne O'Hara, Essie Fox, and Erika Mailman; Glen Craney is next.
From Variety: Roma Downey's Lightworkers Media has optioned Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers for a miniseries.
The Oxford University Press blog examines the six novels (including four historicals) on the Man Booker shortlist.
Turner Publishing has just reissued all four books with the classy cover designs above – a big improvement over the ratty old paperbacks I own – and since I enjoyed reading them so much way back when, I thought I'd share the following giveaway offered by the publisher. Up for grabs is one set of all four books, to be given away to one US or Canadian reader. Interested? Please fill out the form below. Deadline Friday, September 27th. Good luck!
(Sorry, this giveaway has ended.)