This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by Avery / TarcherPerigee, publisher of 50 WAYS TO GET A JOB by Dev Aujla.
A “New” Tolkien Book Will Be Published
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Fall of Gondolin while convalescing in the hospital after the Battle of the Somme. His son, Christopher, edited the work, which Tolkien described as “the first real story of Middle-earth.” The story features a reluctant hero, a dark lord, and a big battle narrative. Sounds about right.
The 2018 BTBA Longlist
The Best Translated Book Awards announced the 2018 longlists for fiction and poetry. The longlists feature authors from twenty-five different countries, writing in eighteen languages, and published by twenty-six different presses. They include Remains of Life by Wu Wu He, translated by Michael Berry; The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Sarah Booker; and, Things That Happen by Bhaskar Chakrabarti, translated by Arunava Sinha.
Cassandra Clare’s New Ebook De-Listed By Amazon
Son of the Dawn, an e-book by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, was de-listed by Amazon after the company misidentified it as a fraudulent listing. The book was launched as part of Clare’s small-publishing initiative. According to Clare, the explanation she received from Amazon was that they didn’t believe she would self-publish, and assumed the listing was an attempt to impersonate her. The book was taken down on April 6, and relisted the following day.