April 01, 2011

April News Roundup

*You may have noticed a silence from Borderlands over the last few months.  Don't worry, we're still here!  We were in the process of doing some major computer and service provider changes, and now everything is (cross fingers!) running smoothly again.

*It is also possible that you're getting this newsletter for the first time in a long time.  Some of the changes we've made should allow folks to get this newsletter who have been blocked by their service providers in the past.  As it always has been, this is an opt-in list.  If you would like to be removed from the list, please reply to this email and put "remove" in the subject line.  We'll take you off the list immediatly.

*March was really crazy, with three conventions, two gigantic author events, lots of other events, and a partridge in a pear tree -- okay, not really.  April and May are chock-full of authors too, and the summer promises even more fun, with the likes of Jaqueline Carey and Steve Englehart.

* This is mostly of interest to writers and publishers, but regular folks might be curious, too -- this website lets you see Amazon sales numbers for books: <http://www.novelrank.com/>

* Thanks to Pat Murphy of the Tiptree Motherboard for alerting us: "The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council is pleased to announce that the 2010 Tiptree Award is being given to BABA YAGA LAID AN EGG, by Dubravka Ugresic."  What is the Tiptree Award, you ask? See here for more info <http://tiptree.org/>.

* We are very sorry to report the death of author Diana Wynne Jones at the age of 76.  She was a tremendous talent and the genre is poorer for her loss.

* We are also very sorry to report the death of April Derleth, daughter of August Derleth and co-owner of Arkham House publishers, at the age of 56.  We all liked April very much and she will be greatly missed.

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