Around the Web: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Love Letters, Steinbeck's Werewolf Novel, and a Game Show
Hello again! This week I’ve got some great stuff in this week’s internet roundup of literary-themed web content: a story about The Little Prince author’s love letters, insight into John Steinbeck’s unpublished werewolf novel, a writer game show, and look at publishing trends.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Love Letters
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, may have been inspired to write his beloved story by Consuelo Suncin, a Salvadoran artist whom he married in 1930. Now, after a series of legal battles between their heirs, a book of their love letters is being published. Check out the Guardian for the full story.
John Steinbeck’s Werewolf Novel
Steinbeck is known for Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden—all books celebrated as part of the American literary canon—but like many authors, he had a number of manuscripts that never saw publication. Among them, is a werewolf novel called Murder at Full Moon. According to Open Culture, the story contains elements of horror, noir, and detective fiction, making it stand apart from Steinbeck’s other works. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like we’ll get a posthumous publication any time soon.
What do you get when you cross reality competition shows with SFF writers? FIYAH’s Em-Dash, a gameshow starring writer contestants competing to draft a piece of flash fiction and earn audience votes. Sounds like fun, right? Check out episodes on FIYAH’s website.
Self-Publishing and Shakeups
There’s no doubt there’s been a lot of shakeups in publishing thanks to Covid-19 and company mergers. In this article from The Conversation, Elizaveta Poliakova looks at changes in the industry and asks if self-publishing might provide some answers.