Monday, August 1, 2011

A world without Sookie?


Charlaine Harris, best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse paranormal mysteries set in “Bon Temps,” Louisiana, has announced that there will be an end to the series.
Her novels featuring vampires, werewolves, fairies and a telepathic waitress — among other paranormal elements — is the basis of the popular HBO series “True Blood.”
In an interview with Canadian newspaper Maclean’s (Harris was recently in Toronto for a science fiction convention), Harris announced she would be concluding the series with book 13. Her latest, “Dead Reckoning,” was book 11, so two more are scheduled to be released, most likely in May 2012 and May 2013, which is Harris’ usual publication month.
Harris lives in Magnolia, Arkansas, just over the Louisiana line. She has also announced she will be a guest speaker at The Writer’s Colony on Oct. 1 in Eureka Springs, Ark.
To read the newspaper article, visit www2.macleans.ca/2011/07/20/an-end-in-sight-for-sookie-stackhouse. For information about her Eureka Springs event, visit www.writerscolony.org.
Also, on Tuesday, Charlaine Harris will publish “Home Improvement: Undead Edition” with Toni L.P. Kelner, a collection of paranormal short stories.
In other book news:
Michael T. Smith has published “The Enemy Within: Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North” with the University of Virginia Press. Smith’s book includes scandals involving Benjamin F. Butler in Louisiana and John C. Frémont’s administration in Missouri, among others. The assistant professor of history at McNeese is also the author of “A Traitor and a Scoundrel: Benjamin Hedrick and the Cost of Dissent” and “Letters from a North Carolina Unionist: John A. Hedrick to Benjamin S. Hedrick, 1862-1865.”
Carla Hostetter of New Iberia has sold two books to L&L Dreamspell. “Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball” historical romance is set for a January 2012 release and the mystery romance “Mardi Gras Madness” will be published in the fall of 2012.