Today we pay tribute to Ralph Vicinanza, a literary agent and colleague whose clients included Stephen King, Augusten Burroughs and the Dalai Lama. Ralph passed away yesterday at the tender age of 60. Vicinanza was in publishing for nearly 40 years and early on took a special interest in what he considered an undervalued field – international rights, working on…Read more
Congratulations to John Lawn and Alex Carlton whose names came out of the hat first and will be heading off to Waterstone’s Piccadilly for the midnight launch of I Shall Wear Midnight. Commiserations to everyone else, but thank you for taking part. Better luck next time, eh? Serious note: Please DO NOT turn up to the shop in the hope…Read more
Going Postal is now available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray and if you order before August 23rd you will be in with a chance to win a bundle of (forged) Cabbage Grower’s Bank Bonds, a copy of the Ankh-Morpork Times and a display board of choice pins from Dave’s Pin Exchange.
All the best.
The midnight launch of I Shall Wear Midnight at Waterstone’s Piccadilly in London sold out in record time. However, if you were unable to get tickets you could still be in with a chance to bag yourself a pair. Just email us and include your name, telephone number and confirm that you can be at Waterstone’s Piccadilly for 10.30pm on…Read more
Random House Children’s Books and Waterstone’s are delighted to announce that Sir Terry Pratchett’s new Discworld Novel will be launched at Waterstone’s Piccadilly in London at midnight on 1st September. For tickets to the launch, which will include a talk between Sir Terry Pratchett and his friend the actor Tony Robinson, followed by Sir Terry’s only bookshop signing for SHALL…Read more
ANYWHERE BUT HERE, ANYWHEN BUT NOW Anywhere but here, anywhen but now. Which means we are after stories set on Earth, although it may be an Earth that might have been, or might yet be, one that has gone down a different leg of the famous trousers of time (see the illustration in almost every book about quantum theory). We…Read more
Folks, I Shall Wear Midnight is totally finished; we spent the better part of three days last week doing the final proof-read and let me tell you that the only way to proof read a manuscript with maximum accuracy is to listen to it read aloud. Well, it is for me at least. When it’s a simple matter of reading,…Read more
BBC Radio 4 – Monday 10th May 18.30 Prepare to have your synapses twisted into a string theorist’s nightmare, as Professor Lloyd and his new curator, the startlingly insightful comedian Jon Richardson, hurriedly throw the dust covers off the Museum’s clump of empty plinths for a brand new series of the BBC’s most improving comedy panel show. On Monday May…Read more
North American Discworld Convention 2011 Location Announcement It is with great pleasure that The Guild of Chelonavigators can now announce the location of the 2011 NADWCon, at which Sir Terry Pratchett will appear (circumstances and health permitting) as Guest of Honor! Both Seattle, Washington and Madison, Wisconsin put forth strong proposals for hosting the next NADWCon, and the Guild would…Read more
Folks, Thursday. A moment of unexpected peace and quiet which allows me to get on and do the mail. It’s a little bit difficult to do even that. My mother is dead, but not yet cremated. It is an uneasy period, feared all down the years, with rituals to ward off evil influences and keep the soul of the dead…Read more
Folks, The Museum of Curiosity is a half hour Radio 4 panel show hosted by John Lloyd and Jon Richardson, scheduled for transmission for 6 weeks from Monday 10th May 2010, repeated on Sundays. Each week they’re joined by 3 different guest panellists – a mix of entertaining experts and expert entertainers. The first recording is at the Pleasance Theatre,…Read more
Terry will present an impassioned plea for people to have the right to choose how, where and when they die when he delivers the Richard Dimbleby Lecture on BBC One on Monday 10.35pm. The best selling author, who was diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, will argue that ‘Assisted Suicide’ or, as he prefers, ‘Assisted…Read more
Who better than Terry to have provided the story for the National’s eagerly awaited new family show which follows on the heels of such past NT hits as His Dark Materials, Coram Boy and War Horse? Nation is a one-off novel rather than part of the Discworld series, and began, says Terry, with his vision of a boy standing on…Read more
Over 1200 of the best of the broadcasting industry were recognised with a coveted Broadcast Award at last night’s gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The Awards proved to be a fantastic night. Comedian and 8 Out of 10 Cats regular, Jason Manford hosted the evening and presented the awards. Big winners included The X Factor, The Inbetweeners,…Read more
Folks, So many people have contacted me since the Richard Dimbleby lecture that there is no possibility at all that I can reply to everyone individually. Generally speaking people are asking what they can do to help, support and, indeed, take some control over their own death. The people to contact for all this are at Dignity in Dying –…Read more
Howard and Liz Smith are the lucky winners of our prize draw and will be attending the Dimbleby lecture on February 1st. Congratulations! For everyone else, you will find it broadcast that evening on BBC1 at 22.35.
Admission to the Dimbleby lecture is strictly by invitation only, but we have one pair of tickets to give away to this prestigious event. All you have to do is email us with your name, address and phone number and your entry will be placed into our electronic hat. The event is taking place at 6pm in central London on…Read more
Folks, There are times when the phrase “Absolutely, totally, gobsmackingly, mindbogglingly amazed” just doesn’t cover it, but I find that in the Queen’s New Year Honours list I am now a Knight, for services to literature. This means that fans, while not calling me Sir, must now refrain from throwing things. Regrettably, no sword is included in the box 🙂…Read more
The Studio Theatre Club has lost one more of its original City Watch. Graham Cook died the week after appearing as Recent Runes in the STC’s Unseen University. It was unexpected, and a huge shock to all who knew him. Graham was a real character, irritating at times (like all of us!), but always chatting away about something and with…Read more