It may not be May anymore but we still think you may enjoy these literary links from May. (OK I’ll stop now… maybe.)
Netflix announced its first comic book with a trailer. The Magic Order will be a miniseries of 6 issues, and you’ll need to grab them quick once they arrive in comic book stores on June 13th – there won’t be a second printing regardless of sales.
In other comic book news, Baltimore collector Stephen Geppi is donating more than 3,000 items to the Library of Congress. Valued “in the millions,” the collection also includes pop-culture memorabilia like Mickey Mouse storyboards. You should be able to start viewing some of the donated items this summer.
George R. R. Martin continues to announce anything other than The Winds of Winter publication. This time he’s helping Warner Bros. Animation adapt his 1980 children’s novel The Ice Dragon. No word yet on when the animated film might hit theaters.
London hedge fund De Montfort Capital has launched a new publishing company, De Montfort Literature. The company “…is offering a £24,000 starting salary to writers who pass its selection process.” Founder Jonathan de Montfort’s goal is to allow more authors to write as a full-time occupation, which he believes will increase accessibility for talented writers. If this sounds a little too good to be true, you may be interested in some of the terms and conditions which include “…De Montfort’s intention to share copyright with an author, to claim copyright in “ideas”, not just the work, as well as the requirement for an author not to write for another publisher for two years after leaving De Montfort.”
One author who doesn’t need seem to need that starting salary is Maria Konnikova. Last year Konnikova decided her next book would be about poker and began working with poker star Erik Seidel to learn about the game. Seidel must be an amazing teacher, because Konnikova recently took 1st and 2nd in two different tournaments. Her winnings? $84,500 and $57,519 respectively. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the book has been delayed while she focuses on raking in the poker chips.
Now it’s your turn: What literary news did we miss? Let us know in the comments!