JK Rowling said in several interviews to coincide with Friday’s opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II film that she has written “quite a lot” of new material and has plans to publish it. (Previously she said she was working simultaneously on a political fairytale for children and a novel for adults.) “I think I always felt I didn’t want to publish again until the last film was out because Potter has been such a huge thing in my life. I’ve been writing hard ever since I finished writing Hallows, so I’ve got a lot of stuff and I suppose it’s a question of deciding which one comes out first. But I will publish again. In a sense it’s a beginning for me as well as an end.”
Charlaine Harris, meanwhile, indicates she has the final two novels in the Sookie Stackhouse series planned: “I’m writing Book Twelve and then there will be Book Thirteen. And then I’ll think of something else new and wonderful to do.” One new project already in the works is a graphic novel co-written with Christopher Golden called CEMETERY GIRL.
Barry Landau, the presidential historian and author of THE PRESIDENT’S TABLE, was arrested along with Jason Savedoff for stealing an assortment of documents from Maryland’s Historical Society worth millions of dollars.
Robert O’Dell has been named president and general manager of Jouve North America, charged with “consolidating [their] position in editorial and publishing services as well as eBook conversion.” He was president of Publishing at SPi.
Allison McElgunn has been promoted to assistant editor at Holt.
Kat Sherbo has been promoted to assistant editor at Berkley.
Olivia Griffiths has joined Sourcebooks as associate marketing manager, children’s and YA. Previously she was an associate marketing manager for Holiday House.
Sasquatch Books will move their sales and distribution from PGW to Random House Publisher Services, effective January 1, 2012. The agreement covers physical and ebook distribution in US, Canada, and international territories.
The Association of Canadian Publishers will use Ingram’s digital asset management platform CoreSource to distribute and archive content, a deal managed by the ACP’s new initiative eBound.
Yiyun Li, Colm Toibin, Suzanne Rivecca and Edna O’Brien are among the finalists for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, whose winner will be announced on September 18.