Today in books and publishing: Newspaper pulls book serialization critical of football team; science fiction awards announced; mapping DFW's world; Tesco buys e-bookstore.
Hugo Awards. Have you finished Dune, plowed the Bradbury bibliography, exhausted the PKD oeuvre and are now looking to read some science fiction that's a bit more contemporary? Well you're in luck, because the 2012 Hugos—the prestigious science fiction and fantasy awards that date back to 1953—have just been announced. You might want to read Jo Walton's Among Others, which took Best Novel. Previous Best Novel winners include Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman and China Miéville. Other 2012 Hugos went to Kij Johnson, Charlie Jane Anders and Ken Liu. The blog SF Signal was dubbed Best Fanzine. [Galleycat]
Scottish newspaper won't serialize football book after all. The Scottish Sun, buckling under pressure from enraged football fans, has made a last-minute decision to not serialize Phil Mac Giolla Bhain's Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-Destructed. Financial woes sent the Glasgow football club into liquidation earlier this year, and Mac Giolla Bhain has chronicled the team's murky mismanagement on his blog, as well as in his upcoming book. The Sun recently ran articles praising Mac Giolla Bhain's work, and announced a plan to serialize excerpts from his book. But after receiving an influx of hate mail from Rangers fans, the paper has pulled the plug on the serialization. Rangers FC threatened to bar Sun reporters from its grounds, and Mac Giolla Bhain says he has received death threats (his Irish background may also be a factor for the more xenophobic Rangers hooligans). Mac Giolla Bhain says, "I think this is a dark day for journalism in Scotland when a major title can be forced into self-censoring in this fashion." [The Guardian]
The longlist for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the award for English-language Canadian fiction, is up. Check out the authors who've come one step closer to joining the likes of Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and Michael Ondaatje. [National Post]
Infinite Atlas. For the past two years, William Beutler has been working on an interactive map of Boston (and beyond) as David Foster Wallace describes it in Infinite Jest. "The underlying idea is simple to explain: my goal was to identify, place, and describe every cartographic point I could find in the novel—whether real, fictional, real but fictionalized, defunct or otherwise," Beutler writes in a post explaining his Infinite Atlas Project. Whether or not you've read DFW's novel, you should check this out—it's definitely one of the neatest things to hit the literary web in a while. [Infinite Atlas]
British retail giant Tesco purchases Mobcast, a cloud-based e-bookstore. It's probably a smart move, since UK e-book sales rose 366 percent in the last year alone. "Mobcast will help us offer even more choice for the large and growing number of customers who want to buy and enjoy books on their digital devices whenever and wherever they want," says Tesco executive Michael Comish. The deal went down for £4.5 million. [The Telegraph]
Michiko Kakutani likes Telegraph Avenue. Michael Chabon passes the New York Times book critic's muster. Kakutani writes, "Mr. Chabon has constructed an amazingly rich, emotionally detailed story that addresses his perennial themes — about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and the consolations of art — while reaching outward to explore the relationship between time past and time present, the weight (or lightness, as the case may be) of history, and the possibility of redemption and forgiveness." [The New York Times]
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