BOOK NEWS: New from Garth Nix and Jay Kristoff, Sponsorship withdrawn from Booker Prize and Kindred wins Arts Grant

by |January 29, 2019

Garth Nix announces not one but TWO new books!

Bestselling author Garth Nix has sold the rights to two new fantasy novels.

The first to be published is Angel Mage, a high fantasy set in an alternative 17th Century Europe full of angels and magic. Angel Mage is due to be published in October.

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The second book is very intriguingly titled The Left-Handed Booksellers of London,  due to be published in 2020. Set in 1980s London, the story will follow an art student who us drawn into “the arcane booksellers whose secret sideline is to ensure that mythic entities and dormant legends to do disastrously intrude into the modern world.”

 Angel Mage will be published by Allen and Unwin in October 2019 and is available to order from Booktopia

Jay Kristoff announces new trilogy!

Jay Kristoff has announced a new trilogy with the first book set to be released in 2020!

The Empire of the Vampire trilogy has been described as a “the love child of Interview with a Vampire meets The Road and The Name of the Wind.

This is the explanation of the series, taken from Jay Kristoff’s website:

Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michel, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell of his discovery of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night.

But the Grail was no simple chalice; it was a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.

But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Savior destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this unholy empire?

Empire of the Vampire is an illustrated dark fantasy epic; the bastard lovechild of Interview with the Vampire, The Road and The Name of the Wind.


Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories wins Australia Council for the Arts Grant!

The Australia Council for the Arts has awarded Michael Earp over $33,000 to assist with the tour of his new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, to literary festivals around Australia.

The grant will be used to help make sure all the contributing authors of the anthology are able to reach as wide an audience as possible

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“I am beyond thrilled that we’ve received this funding which means we can take Kindred to such a wider audience than would have been possible without it. Kindred, and its #OwnVoice authors, will be able to join in ongoing discussions surrounding identity and diversity in young adult literature as well as opening new avenues of conversation. Most of all, I’m incredibly excited how this funding will allow us to reach more queer youth. Seeing yourself on the page, or at least someone like you, is a wonderful thing. I’m humbled to be a part of that.” – Anthology Editor Michael Earp

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories is an upcoming anthology which will feature work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. Contributing authors include Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin.

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories will be published by Walker Books in June 2019 and is available to order from Booktopia 


Man Booker Prize will soon be getting a new name!

It seems the last “Man Book Prize” will be awarded in May, when the Man Booker International Prize is presented. After this, the name of the prize will be changed due to the fact that the Man Group have withdrawn their sponsorship of the Booker Prize.

‘We would like to put on record the Foundation’s appreciation of Man Group’s sponsorship. However, all good things must come to an end and we look forward to taking the prizes into the next phase with our new supporter.’ – Helena Kennedy, Booker Prize Foundation chair.

According to the BBC News, The Man Group has contributed $2.9 million dollars a year to The Booker. The Book Prize have yet to announce a new sponsorship.

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Angel Mageby Garth Nix

Angel Mage

by Garth Nix

The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long-believed dead, has woken from her century-long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer; Simeon the doctor; Dorotea the mage; and Henri, one of the Cardinal's clerks, and take them into utmost danger ...

Set in an alternate 17th century where angels can be summoned (and controlled) by those with a talent for magic, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.

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