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It’s 2012, which means it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming apocalypse! This month, Tor Books is proud to present an apocalyptic chat, featuring three end-of-the-world authors: Tobias Buckell, Kristen Simmons, and Steven John! Join us this Wednesday, February 15th from 4 to 5 PM EST.
Tor Books (@torbooks) is thrilled to announce February’s #TorChat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter.
In 2012, the Mayan calendar abruptly ends. A popular conspiracy theory holds that the end of the calendar means the end of the world as well, which means it’s time to celebrate the apocalypse! And what better way is there to celebrate the beginning of the end than by chatting with three authors who have looked into the future – and found it rather grim? Our special guests this month are Tobias Buckell (@tobiasbuckell), the New York Times best-selling author of Arctic Rising, an all-too-realistic look at a world in meltdown; Kristen Simmons (@kris10writes), a debut YA author whose book Article 5 features a chilling near future dystopia; and Steven John (@StevenJohn3AM), the debut author of Three A.M., featuring a man who wonders why he keeps going in a world with no sun and seemingly no hope. These authors will discuss why their written versions of the future are so dark, their personal views on the 2012 apocalypse, and anything else dystopia and apocalypse fans want to discuss!
The chat will be loosely moderated by Digital Marketing Manager Cassandra Ammerman (@leanoir) and fans are invited to follow or join using the Twitter hashtag #TorChat!
About the Authors
Tobias S. Buckell (@tobiasbuckell) is a Caribbean-born writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol. His most recent novel, Arctic Rising, publishes on February 28, 2012.
Kristen Simmons (@kris10writes) has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. Article 5, published January 31, 2012, is her first novel.
Steven John (@StevenJohn3AM) and his wife, an elementary school teacher, live in Los Angeles by way of Washington D.C. and New York, respectively. He splits his time between many things, most of which involve words. Three A.M., publishing March 27, 2012, is his first novel.
#TorChat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #TorChat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favorite authors.
WORLD BOOK NIGHT U.S. 2012 ANNOUNCES ANNA QUINDLEN AS NATIONAL CHAIR AND NAMES ITS 30 SELECTIONS FOR FIRST GIVEAWAY OF 1 MILLION FREE BOOKS
New York City, December 14, 2011 – World Book Night U.S. has announced the selection of its honorary national chairperson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen, and revealed the WBN 2012 U.S. book picks. In addition, World Book Night U.S. has opened the registration process for those wishing to become volunteer book givers.
World Book Night is an ambitious campaign to give away a million free books across America all on one day — April 23, 2012 — by enlisting 50,000 volunteer book lovers to help promote reading by going into their communities and distributing free copies of a book they especially enjoy. World Book Night was successfully launched in the UK earlier this year, and now the U.S. is joining the effort, which is supported by American publishers, bookstores and libraries nationwide.
Anna Quindlen has enthusiastically agreed to be the campaign’s Honorary National Chairperson. Quindlen said: “What’s better than a good book? A whole box of them, and the opportunity to share them with new readers. The idea behind World Book Night is inspired, and as a writer and a reader I’m thrilled to be part of it.”
World Book Night U.S. board chairman Morgan Entrekin added: “We are thrilled and flattered that Anna has agreed to join our cause. Her energy has already been a great asset to the campaign, and we look forward to her being a leading voice among the many for this ambitious effort to promote reading and a love of books across America.”
Volunteer book givers are welcome to apply now. They can go to www.us.worldbooknight.org and register through February 1, 2012, by providing answers to several questions and picking a book to give out from the World Book Night U.S. 2012 list.
World Book Night U.S. Executive Director Carl Lennertz said: “We want the book givers to reach out to new or light readers, especially in underserved places like nursing homes, schools, hospitals and poor neighborhoods, but also in public gathering places like coffee shops and malls. And by offering a range of fiction, non-fiction and books for teens, we believe we have great books that the givers will be passionate about handing out, and will appeal to a wide audience of potential new readers.”
Sherman Alexie, author of the World Book Night U.S. 2012 pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, said: “This is a celebration of the individual book and the individual reader. I am honored to take part.”
Also a World Book Night U.S. author, for her book Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo added: “It makes perfect sense to me that World Book Night will take place in spring. Extending your hand to give someone a book, a story, is a gesture of hope and joy. It is a chance for all of us, givers and receivers, to break into blossom.”
The book picks have been finalized and there will be 30 picks printed, rather than 25. Lennertz said: “We decided to expand several categories, notably from three to five YA/middle reader books, due to popular demand from booksellers and librarians, as well as adding a sci-fi novel, an additional mystery, and a surprise classic from an indie press. I am thrilled about this, as it broadens the appeal of the list to our two audiences: the 50,000 book givers and the million new readers we want to reach.”
The books were chosen by a panel of independent booksellers, Barnes & Noble buyers, and librarians through several rounds of voting. Thirty-five thousand copies of each World Book Night title will be printed as special, not-for-resale paperbacks, totaling over a million copies to be distributed nationwide. Copies of several of the picks will be shipped directly to military bases, and there will be an outreach to prison libraries.
Lennertz added: “We didn’t ask the panel to come up with a best-books-of-all-time list. I asked that they envision themselves handing out the book in a public or social services setting, and to imagine that book getting someone excited about reading. This is a beautiful mix of books.”
The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2012, alphabetical by author, are:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Ballantine)
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (Da Capo)
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Beacon Press)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Tor)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Blood Work by Michael Connelly (Grand Central)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (Riverhead); a Spanish-language edition, La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao (Vintage Espanol), will also be made available.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (Vintage)
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (Grove Atlantic)
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin)
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton (Berkley)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Ballantine)
The Stand by Stephen King (Anchor)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Perennial)
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Mariner)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Perennial)
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Atria)
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (Picador)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Back Bay)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Broadway)
Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
World Book Night will take place on April 23, 2012, in the U.K. and U.S., with thousands of volunteers going out into their communities to give away special World Book Night free paperbacks. World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization, and has filed for 501(c)3 charitable status. World Book Night U.S. is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Library Association, and Ingram Content Group.
Shadows in Flight releases next month but we have a chance for you to win one of five advance reading copies now. Comment below to enter for a chance to win.
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About War of Gifts: Orson Scott Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans with this short novel set during Ender’s first years at the Battle School where it is forbidden to celebrate religious holidays.
The children come from many nations, many religions; while they are being trained for war, religious conflict between them is not on the curriculum. But Dink Meeker, one of the older students, doesn’t see it that way. He thinks that giving gifts isn’t exactly a religious observation, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a present into another student’s shoe.
This small act of rebellion sets off a battle royal between the students and the staff, but some surprising alliances form when Ender comes up against a new student, Zeck Morgan. The War over Santa Claus will force everyone to make a choice.
(Ends December 17)
- Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card (Ends 12/2)
- Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Ends 12/2)
- Hard Knocks by Howie Carr (Ends 12/2)
- Sisterhood of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson (Ends 12/9)
- Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card (Ends 12/9)
- The Scar by Sergey Dyachenko (Ends 12/17)
- Artic Rising by Tobias Buckell (Ends 12/17)
- Living Proof by Kira Peikoff (Ends 12/17)
- Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters (Ends 12/17)
- Touchstone by Melanie Rawn (Ends 12/17)
- An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor (Ends 12/17)
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About Shadows in Flight: Ender’s Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel…
At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children–the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten–a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.
For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders–the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony.
(Ends December 2)
- The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman (Ends 11/3)
- EVE: Templar One by Tony Gonzales (Ends 11/3)
- Steampunk Sweepstakes - win 16 books! (Ends 11/9)
- Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Ends 12/2)
- Hard Knocks by Howie Carr (Ends 12/2)
- Betrayal by Robert Fitzpatrick and Jon Land (Ends 12/9)
New York, NY – Wednesday, July 13, – Tor Books (@torbooks) is thrilled to announce the theme and participants for July’s #Torchat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. This month’s chat takes place at a special time, Thursday, July 21st, 10am – 11am PST, live from the Tor Booth (#2707), the show floor and elsewhere at San Diecgo Comic-Con.
In honor of this infamous and legendary convention devoted exclusively to all the things we geeks love, the #Torchat will take a look at goings on within the Tor Booth, panels and everything else we think is exciting and interesting. We just hope we can cover it all in an hour! Four members of the Tor staff will be Tweeting: Tor Books Ad/promo Manager Theresa DeLucci, Digital Marketing Coordinator for Tor; Laura Fitzgerald, Director of Publicity Patty Garcia, and Senior Publicist Extraordinaire Justin Golenbock. Fans are invited to follow or join in using the Twitter hashtag #torchat.
Not at the Con? Follow @torbooks throughout the week, July 20th – 24th, for their 2nd annual “Not at Comic-Con” sweepstakes via the Tor/Forge blog.
About the Staff
Theresa DeLucci (@tdelucci) is the Ad/promo Manager at Tor Books and also a blogger at Tor.com where she writes about television among other things. An avid gamer, DeLucci is also a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. She can also be found working on the perfect cup of homemade chai tea and mouth-watering brunches.
Laura Fitzgerald (@Laura_FitzG) is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Tor and self-proclaimed Anime nerd. She keeps up a blog in her copious amounts of spare time where she writes about publishing, marketing, Anime, YA, “fantasay” and other things that rhyme with “A” and end in “ing.” She is a force to be reckoned with.
Patty Garcia (@opattyg) a.k.a. yours truly, is Director of Publicity. She likes the hard stuff, both sci-fi and otherwise, and has one of the best offices in the Flatiron building thanks to her meticulousness/borderline obsessiveness. She is also the bass player for The Rats, a NYC garage punk band, and is proud owner of a 1977 Rickenbacker 3000 and a 1976 Fender Musicman.
Justin Golenbock (@jgolenbo) is Senior Publicist and works with some of the bigger authors and campaigns on the Tor list including The Wheel of Time® series and Brandon Sanderson, Cory Doctorow, Vernor Vinge as well as our gaming properties comprised of Halo®, CPC Games, Bioshock and Dragon Age, to name a few. He is a beer aficionado, baseball enthusiast, Thundercats devotee, and general all around nerd. #Torchat was his brainchild; watch out for this one.
#Torchat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #Torchat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favorite authors.
About Tor Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, an imprint dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, and David Lubar. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperbacks, books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and has been named Best Publisher 24-years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.
Tor/Forge Books Announces Digital Download Initiative
New York, NY – Thursday, June 23, 2011 – Tor/Forge Books is pleased to announce Tor/Forge Author Voices Digital Downloads, a three-volume digital initiative whereby consumers will download exclusive content via company social networking sites, website and newsletter. Said content will be available via mobile as well as online at us.macmillan.com and Tor.com. The exclusives will be promoted at conferences this summer beginning with Romance Writers of America (RWA) next week and San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in July.
Tor/Forge Author Voices Vol #1 will release at RWA via a QR code at the Tor table and will take fans to a landing page allowing them to download roughly 400 pages in a pdf or epub file. Excerpts from upcoming books by Tor/Forge and an original short story by RITA nominated Deborah Coonts, (Lucky Stiff, Forge 2011) will be some of the content available in the volume. The landing page will also have a newsletter signup and information about the Tor panel at the show as well as a reminder to visit HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, the Macmillan owned community website for romance readers. The file will become available for download on all ebook retailer sites on July 5th.
Tor/Forge Author Voices Vol #2 will debut at San Diego Comic-Con, July 20th-24th and will feature author excerpts and chapter previews with special attention to gaming properties. Tor/Forge and Tor.com will partner with a joint landing page on Tor.com where the file will be available for download. Tor.com will also offer a variety of sweepstakes including a tablet. On the Tuesday after the con, July 26th, the file will become available on all ebook retailer sites.
Macmillan’s Digital Marketing department will take advantage of the Comic-Con promotions to test run a mobile campaign which will feature a keyword whereby the public can text a number to receive a link to the landing page, though it will also be available via QR code. Tor/Forge plans on promoting this effort via posters, postcards and other promotional items in the Tor Booth (#2707, 2709).
“Mobile, in combination with traditional marketing channels, is a great way to reach a new audience and establish an immediate connection with fans. We are testing four different mobile channels at once during San Diego Comic-Con with two great partners, Link.me and Zoove. If the Comic-Con campaign proves successful, we plan to integrate mobile marketing channels into more of our traditional marketing efforts moving forward,” says Michael Harbolt, VP, Digital Markets.
Tor/Forge Author Voices Vol 3 is currently in production and will offer similar content to promote at New York Comic-Con in October. Included in this volume will be an ad with links to all the publisher’s online assets and other Tor/Forge digital marketing initiatives. The company hopes to design the ads for the individual imprints in the future and are looking into creating a similar campaign for their YA and children’s imprints, Starscape and Tor Teen.
About Tor and Forge Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is also the home of award-winning Forge Books, founded in 1993 and committed (although not limited) to thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and general fiction. Forge includes books by bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Douglas Preston, Eric Lustbader, W. Bruce Cameron and Former Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen. Together, the imprints garnered 20 New York Times bestsellers in 2010.
“Everything about this book is clever and exciting, from its protagonist’s name (John Wayne from serial-killer Gacy, Cleaver from Beaver) to young John’s narration (he’s a sociopath but damned likable) to the thrilling story (during which we, like John,don’t know who the villain is until it’s too late)….Horror and fantasy fans of all ages, especially those who get a kick out of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, should embrace this third and perhaps final novel about John Wayne Cleaver.”
I Don’t Want To Kill You releases March 29, 2011.
Meet Dan along the I Don’t Want To Kill You book tour in these eleven cities.
I Don’t Want To Kill You Book Tour
Salt Lake City, UT– Sam Weller’s
Tuesday, March 29, 6:00pm
Orem, UT–Barnes and Noble
Wednesday, March 30, 7:00pm
Seattle, WA–University Books
Friday, April 1, 7:00pm
Portland, OR–Powell’s (Cedar Hill Crossing)
Monday, April 4, 7:00pm
San Francisco, CA–Borderlands
Saturday, April 9, 3:00pm
Los Angeles, CA–Dark Delicacies
Sunday, April 10, 2:00pm
San Diego, CA–Border’s (Camino Del Rio)
Thursday, April 14, 7:00pm
San Diego, CA–Mysterious Galaxy
Friday, April 15, 7:00pm
Baltimore, MD–Barnes and Noble
Wednesday, April 20, 7:00pm
Atlanta, GA–Peerless Book Store
Thursday, April 21, 7:00pm
Minneapolis, MN–Uncle Hugo’s
Saturday, April 23, 1:00pm
Houston, TX–Murder by the Book
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30pm
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About Hybrids: For years, people have feared that sexual material removed from victims of alien abductions might lead to the creation of something that modern science considers impossible: hybrids of the alien and the human.
They would think like aliens, but appear human, and be able to do something that full-blooded aliens can’t–walk the earth freely.
In Hybrids, Whitley Strieber unleashes his unparalleled skills as a thriller writer and his unique knowledge of the abduction phenomenon to explore, what might happen if hybrids invaded the earth–not from the stars, but from exactly where the aliens told him they would emerge, when one of them said, “We will come from within you.”
(Ends April 12) Open to US and Canada only.
- The Pirate Hunters by Mack Maloney (Ends 3/17)
- The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt (Ends 3/20)
- The Kingdom Beyond the Waves by H.T. Stephen Hunt (Ends 3/20)
- The Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt (Ends 3/20)
- A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! by Harry Harrison (Ends 3/20)
- The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays (Ends 3/22)
- Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov (Ends 4/1)
- Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader (Ends 4/14)
- The Fund by H.T. Narea (Ends 4/14)