Terry Pratchett has cancelled his appearance at this summer’s International Discworld Convention in Manchester. Pratchett blames his cancellation on “the Embuggerance,” his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Pratchett, “this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry.” His business manager, Rob Wilkins, will be bringing Pratchett’s trademark black hat to represent him at the con.
Sir Terry Pratchett received the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse for his novel Snuff. The Wodehouse Award is presented to a novel which “summons up the spirit”of British author P. G. Wodehouse. The prize consists of a Gloucestershire Spotted Pig named after the winning novel.
Sir Terry Pratchett will speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 14 as part of the book launch for his Discworld novel Snuff. The event is sponsored by the Club’s Book & Author Committee and a limited number of tickets are available.
Terry Pratchett has announced the winners of the first Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now writing contest. Two works, David Logan’s Half Sick of Shadow and Michael Logan’s Apocalypse Cow will receive a publishing contract from Transworld and will split the £20,000 prize. The two winners are not related.
The short list for Terry Pratchett’s Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize has been announced. The winner will receive a £20,000 advance on a publishing contract. The winner will be announced on May 31.
- Postponing Armageddon, by Adele Abbott
- The Platinum Ticket, by Dave Beynon
- Half Sick of Shadows, by David Logan
- Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan
- Lun, by Andrew Salomon
- The Coven at Callington, by Shereen Vedam
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The College of Arms has granted Sir Terry Pratchett a coat of arms, described as the Arms are blazoned: Sable an ankh between four Roundels in saltire each issuing Argent. The Crest is Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable On Water Barry wavy Sable Argent and Sable an Owl affronty wings displayed and inverted Or supporting thereby two closed Books erect Gules. The arms and crest work in the name of the main city of Discworld as a Morpork is a type of owl.
Three authors have been named as recipients of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award for 2010. The Awards will be presented on October 31 in Columbus, Ohio at the World Fantasy Con Banquet. The three winners are Brian Lumley, Terry Pratchett, and Peter Straub.
Transworld Publishers and Terry Pratchett have announced the Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize. This contest, which is open to unpublished authors living in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or the Commonwealth, is looking for novels which are set on an earth different from our own in some way. Submissions should be between 80,000 and 150,000 words with a synopsis of less than 600 words. The deadline is December 31, 2010.
The Boston Globe-Horn Awards have been announced. The awards are for excellence in children’s and young adult literature. Three awards are given out, one for fiction & poetry, one for non-fiction, and one for picture books. Terry Pratchett won of the Fiction and Poetry prize for his novel Nation. Runners up for the prize included Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves.