Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
JANUARY 2009 (Volume 12, Issue 1)
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====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
2) THE KNIGHTHOOD, CONTINUED
3) NATION: NEWS AND UPDATES
4) MORE ALZHEIMER'S NEWS AND SUCH
5) PRATCHETT PROMOTES SCIENCE
6) INTERVIEWS OF NOTE
7) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
8) MAKING MONEY: NEBULA AWARD NOMINATION
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS, REVIEWS AND STUFF
9) READING DISCWORLD NOVELS: IT'S A MUST
10) PTERRY MEETS TWITTER...ISH
11) PRATCHETT'S GREAT PLEASURE
12) BEARD OF THE YEAR, NOT QUITE
13) DISCWORLD MINIATURES: LATEST FIGURINES UPDATE
14) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
15) GOING POSTAL: A REVIEW
16) PAUL KIDBY INTERVIEWED
17) IMAGE OF THE MONTH
18) MOIST VON LIPWIG: A HERO DECONSTRUCTED
19) A CROCHETED DAFT WULLIE?!
20) DISCWORLD FAN ART
21) TALES FROM L-SPACE: THE HOLY ANORANKH
22) LOOK WHO HAS A BLOG...
23) RISE OF THE DARK CLERKS
24) WHERE ROUNDWORLD MEETS KOOM VALLEY: ANYONE FOR TROLL TEETH?
25) THE VIMES THEORY OF BOOTS INVADES THE BLOGOSPHERE
====Part 3 -- HOROSCOPE, LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE
26) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
27) FROM BU: A LITTLE KNIGHT MUSIC
1) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
So there I was, thinking January would be a quiet month in
Pratchettland after all the Hogswatch celebrations. No chance! Ah
well, at least it's all good and interesting news.
The discussion groups *have* been quiet, though. It's almost as if,
between the success of Nation and the frenzied press activity
surrounding Pterry-is-Sir-Terry-now, the Pratchett has gone from the
best-kept secret of millions of book-buyers to an international icon
who has -- to paraphrase another famous Knight when he played a
certain famous knight -- taken his first step into a larger world.
Like Luke Skywalker, Terry Pratchett belongs to everyone now... and
that, dear readers, is a wonderful thing. But hey, we knew him when!
-- Annie Mac, Editor
2) "BRAVE SIR PTERRY...", CONTINUED
2.1 ONCE MORE, WITH VISUALS
"I don't think I got the knighthood for having a disease..." Sir
Pterry in his own words, interviewed on camera by the BBC:
2.2 PRESS AND INTERNET
"Pratchett told The Bookseller: 'I really am in a very English way
you know beforehand so it's not exactly a surprise when a
whole load of journalists descend just flabbergasted especially
as I will now be married to a Lady after all these years.' ... Asked
whether the knighthood might help him in this campaign work he said:
'One imagines the "K" on the name will help the Alzheimer society
work but I have got it for services to literature that's what
it says on the tin.'"
Neil Gaiman's reaction:
"Let's see. The biggest and the best news of the day is that Terry
Pratchett is now Sir Terrence[sic] of Pratchett. Hurrah. I shall doff my
cap the next time I see him. It will be the best-doffed cap in the
land. I shall buy a cap first, specially."
The Alzheimer's research society is, naturally, pleased:
...as are the folk in his area:
...and those smarmy gi-, erm, nice people at The Guardian:
...while The Independent explains what this knighthood lark is all
...as Tor.com points out that no other fantasy writer has ever been
...and so on. There have been dozens -- nay, scores -- of articles
about this, but as most are identical or nearly so, I doubt you'd
want the full list of links. Of course, if you really do, feel free
to write in with a request! -- Ed.
3) NATION NEWS
3.1 STILL A BESTSELLER IN CANADA
...and still in the top ten:
3.2 PRINTZ AWARD
Nation has received a silver seal, one of four highly regarded
Michael L. Printz Honor Awards, from the American Library
Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA):
"Pratchett's trademark humor leavens this epic tale of ravaged
islands, shipwrecked nobles and survival."
"Terry Pratchett tackles big issues in a book that manages to be
entertaining while offering middle school readers lots to think
about... In an action-packed tale, Pratchett touches on the meaning
of religion and science, empire and colonialism, death, leadership,
politics and royalty. It's a thumping good read that is sure to find
a wide audience among fans of alternative history, fantasy and
An article on the Globe Newswire gives the full list of books:
3.3 NATION AUDIOBOOK AWARD FOR STEPHEN BRIGGS
The multitalented Stephen Briggs has been given an Odyssey Honor
Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production by the American Library
Association for his reading of Nation for HarperChildren's
Audio/HarperCollins (as reviewed in WOSSNAME recently). Nice one,
m'lord Patri-, that is, Mr Briggs!
3.4 A NEW DISTINCTION
Here's a message from from Pterry's Young Adult books editor at
HarperCollins on the subject of the Printz award:
"And now we have the excellent news from the American Library
Association (ALA) that NATION is both an ALA Notable Children's Book
and on the Best Books for Young Adults Top Ten list. Both Notable
and BBYA are fine, fine distinctions that help promote and sell
books. Terry's books have been on both lists before (I think all of
the Tiffany Aching books are on both lists), but this is his first
showing on the BBYA Top Ten. Hooray! NATION is also the only book
that was honored by both the Top Ten and Printz Committee."
[Thanks to Colin Smythe for the above item -- Ed.]
3.5 ON CAMERA: THE MAN HIMSELF
"There's nothing Disney about it": a video clip of Pterry talking
about Nation on the HarperTeen website:
4) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S: THE LATEST NEWS
4.1 LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S DOCUMENTARY: A REMINDER
Part 1 : Wednesday 4th February at 21:00 GMT
Part 2 : Wednesday 11th February at 21:00 GMT
4.2 A NEW BLACK HAT FOR THE MASTER
As originally reported in The Northern Echo:
"THE idea that patients with Alzheimer's disease might be able to
slow down, or even reverse their dementia by wearing a therapeutic
helmet sounds like pure science fiction. But, as The Northern Echo
reveals today, one of the world's best-selling fantasy writers, Sir
Terry Pratchett, has been using such a helmet..."
"Dr Dougal, who was aware of Sir Terry's interest in finding ways
of treating Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, was glad to
help... 'When Sir Terry's people contacted me I was very happy to
help,' he says. 'We made another prototype helmet and he has had
that since last August.'"
Also in The Daily Mail, with photos of the helmet:
...and the Daily Mail again, with a photo of the helmet on its
famous wearer -- could this be proof that Pterry has been
assimilated by the Borg, we wonder... Discutus of Borg?
The IT Examiner has reprinted the article with an appropriate sub-
heading -- The Light Fantastic:
The Alzheimer's Society reminds us that it's early days yet:
"We welcome any new initiatives to help fight dementia, but the
infra-red helmet is still at an early stage of research. We need a
proper clinical trial to determine whether or not it is a safe and
effective treatment... It is vital that we do not generate false
hope and that all potential treatments are rigorously tested."
4.3 A STEP FORWARD IN THE BATTLE
from the Tenerife News:
"All NHS GPs in England are to be trained to spot the early symptoms
of dementia, under government plans. Ministers also want to set up
'memory clinics' to help the growing number of patients live as
normally as possible... Terry Pratchett, dementia campaigner, said:
'As well as national training for GPs, we'd like to see memory
clinics in every town, where people can go for treatment and support
to help them live their life as normally as possible.' "
5) THE SCIENCE OF...ROUNDWORLD
Terry Pratchett and Bill Bryson are among the high-profile science
fans who have been invited to Downing Street for a debate on how to
promote science, supported by UK science minister Lord Drayson. A
campaign, "Science (So What? So Everything)" has been launched, with
the aim of making the public more "science-literate",including a
website with information on relevant careers and events:
Various events, including National Science and Engineering Week (in
March) and regional science festivals, will be held throughout the
year. According to Whitehall, up to 2.9 million new jobs could be
created in the fields of science and technology by 2017.
And here is The Guardian's article on it, with photo:
6) SOME GOOD PTERRY INTERVIEWS
6.1 IN THE IRISH TIMES
by Donal Clarke
"The Discworld books may not be to everybody's taste, but they are
humane, funny and stuffed full of big ideas. He deserves the
knighthood he got this month and (more importantly) his status of
Confirmed National Treasure... I suspect that Terry has a few more
books in him yet. We tend to use the word "fighter" sentimentally
when discussing people with life-threatening conditions, but
Pratchett really does manage to sound like a man who will battle to
the (distant, I trust) end."
6.2 IN THE BOOKSELLER
by Alison Flood
"It's one of those thingsthe big literary people get the kudos
and the chance at the big literary prizes. The rest of us can go off
with the money."
7) THE PLAY'S THE THING: DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
7.1 WYRD SISTERS IN SOUTHPORT
Sefton Theatre Company are performing Wyrd Sisters in March.
Where: Southport Art Centre Studio
When: Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th March 2009
Time: all evening performances start at 7:45pm.
Tickets: £5.50 and £7.00
Box Office: 01704 540011
7.2 CARPE JUGULUM IN COLSTERWORTH
Newton's Players, are putting on a production of Terry Pratchett's
Carpe Jugulum. This follows on from their very successful production
of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters in both Grantham and Colsterworth.
Where: Colsterworth Village Hall
When: 6th and 7th March 2009.
Tickets: can be obtained from mark.wesson@...
calling 01476 862039.
7.3 MAKING MONEY IN ADELAIDE
Adelaide's Bakehouse Theatre continues what is now a well-
established tradition of presenting Discworld plays with the
offering of an adaptation of Making Money, in March.
Where:Unseen Theatre Company, The Bakehouse, 255 Angas Street
When: April 10 to 25th (Wed. to Sat.)
Tickets: $18/$15 Available by writing to
7.4 REVIEWS OF WYRD SISTERS IN ABINGDON
"Granny Weatherwax was the spitting image of Paul Kidby's excellent
drawings, inspired by the books, and got the perfect balance between
'stubborn old woman' and 'most powerful witch of her time'. Nanny
Ogg was suitably bawdy... Stephen Briggs, as Vitoller, was even
better than we had expected... I'm now very much looking forward to
the STC's next Discworld play, due November 2009 I believe, and
would recommend any Discworld fans in the area to look out for it,
but book early..."
...and by Carsten Schmitt
"The play was tremendously funny and staged with an eye for detail.
The actors were good and I dare say they enjoyed it as much as the
audience. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and I will keep my eyes
open for the next performance!"
8) MAKING MONEY NOMINATED FOR A NEBULA AWARD
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