Starbucks has entered the publishing arena through its Starbucks Entertainment division. They have a co-publishing arrangement with Farrar Straus Giroux and will publish The Traveler [sic] by Daren and Daniel Simkin.
Over at SFScope, Robert J Sawyer has listed his four ‘must-read’ books for fiction writers. They are (in no particular order):
Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy also by Orson Scott Card
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success also by Donald Maass.
Want to hear the great part about that list? The last book is yours for free as a PDF download. Sawyer says that The Career Novelist is “the best book on being a commercial-fiction writer ever written”.
The Man Booker Prize was one by debut novelist and odds outsider Aravind Adiga for his novel The White Tiger. At 33 years old, he is the second-youngest prize winner. If you haven’t read it yet, The White Tiger follows a poor servant from an Indian village who moves to the city, becomes corrupted by modern life and ends up becoming a murderer.