Bring on the trumpets: it’s 2014!
Having given a review of 2013 yesterday, you may ask me, what plans does LRK have for 2014? Not that I do Resolutions, but there’s a lot on my agenda, and yet more things crowding into the back of my mind.
Although before we do that, may I be the first to issue many happy returns of the day to Mary Russell, on her 114th birthday? Hip hip, hoorah, for Ms Russell!
First off: sorry, but as I said, there won’t be a new Laurie King novel in 2014. I’m in the process of moving my pub date out of the very crowded month of September and back into the spring, when the poor Indie bookstores aren’t run ragged and readers aren’t completely distracted by the start of a new school year. Also: weather, for those of us who like to tour. I won’t reach the April pub date until the 2016 book, but they’ve given me a halfway point, for the long-awaited story of Russell in Japan, of February 17, 2015.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to disappear from your life in 2014: oh no. Here’s what I know is going on so far:
Next week, Picador will issue their gorgeous editions of the first three Martinelli novels. Aren’t Kate’s new jackets handsome indeed?
And February marks Mary Russell’s 20th anniversary! That’s right, it’s twenty years ago since The Beekeeper’s Apprentice edged shyly into the world, with a first edition of some 3000 copies (now worth a lot more than it did in 1994!) Do you remember the cover?
But, do you also remember the cover they originally intended to condemn it to wear?
Can you imagine what Miss Russell would have to say about that? The mere shadow of a schoolgirl, with a bow in her hair, gazing up at the Big Manly Detective? Shudder. (You can review some of the book’s other covers at the bottom of this page.)
This summer, Picador will bring forth a brand new hardback 20th anniversary edition of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, with a new introduction by yours truly and a design based on their award-winning Adam Auerbach/Henry Yee trade paperback (here) except in what is called “paper over board” (that is, without a removable dust jacket.) I’m so excited about this, not only because it’s going to be beautiful, but because Beekeeper hasn’t been available in hardback for a long time. Libraries all over will be able to restore their LRK collection (and, I’ll be at the ALA conference to introduce it!) , and readers able to replace their tattered paperback with a book they can re-read dozens of times.
And, because it’s her 20th, you can expect to see a fair amount of Mary Russell—including a new, revised, expanded, all bells-and-whistles
Mary Russell e-Companion
(with Fun Things Aplenty!)
The Fun Things include annotated chapters of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, revisions of a number of things we’ve done over the years, and a number of new and original essays and stories. Watch for it later in the spring (and if you’re not signed up for the newsletter, you might want to do that now, so as not to miss anything.) I do know that it will be an ebook, to go with our other TeamLRK efforts, here.
Meanwhile, over in England, new editions of the missing Russells are finally on their way. A Letter of Mary and A Monstrous Regiment of Women will be out shortly, with The Moor and Justice Hall soon after. Their book page is here.
Later in the year—we’re hoping before its end—Les Klinger and I will be co-editing a new collection of Holmes-inspired stories: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes. The list of contributors is extraordinary, gob-smacking, just plain died-and-gone-to-book-heaven amazing. Sara Paretsky, on Holmes? Gahan Wilson? Larry Niven and Harlan Ellison and Michael Connelly and Lev Grossman and…? Yep. You’ll want a copy for absolutely everyone on your Christmas list.
And around that time, we’ll also start our annual torture-the-readers ritual of throwing out hints and tastes of the new book, with a Pinterest page, excerpts from the story, cover art, contests, giveaways, all that stuff that leave you panting for more. But hey, why should we wait until then?
The title of the next Russell will be—
(announced in the newsletter, next week…)
Let the speculation begin!