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      21) LATE BREAKING NEWS...AND STUFF

      21.1 UU'S WELL COVERED!

      A cover of two halves...here's a sneak preview of Paul Kidby's cover
      for Unseen Academicals. Good to see Rincewind back on the playing
      field -- we all know his running skills are nonpareil:

      http://www.paulkidby.net/UA.jpg


      21.2 UNSEEN ACADEMICALS RELEASE DATE

      Unseen Academicals, the 37th Discworld novel (at least by my
      counting), is due to be released on 8th October 2009. But even
      though that's many months away, you can already pre-order it on
      Amazon:

      http://tinyurl.com/dlyzjk


      21.3 NEW COLLECTION OF JOSH KIRBY PRINTS FOR SALE

      Traditionalist Discworld art collectors will be delighted to learn
      that the Josh Kirby estate is offering a selection of Kirby's
      Discworld art to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first
      Kirby/Pratchett collaboration.

      http://store.joshkirbyart.com/

      Also, an unexpected intersection of (fantasy) worlds: it turns out
      that Music with Rocks In veteran Tony Harnell is married to the
      owner- director of the Josh Kirby estate. So here's something you
      won't see every day on a heavy rock site -- the name Terry
      Pratchett:

      http://www.bravewords.com/news/105828


      21.4 PRATCHETT SPOTTED IN THE WILD

      "A single, surprised 'Oh!' escapes her chapped lips at something
      he's read. They aren't on the subway; they're in the story, saving
      mankind..."

      A short, charming slice of city life from The New Yorker:

      http://tinyurl.com/dzktft


      21.5 WYRD SISTERS IN...TEXAS?!

      Yes, a Texan university-students production of Wyrd Sisters hit the
      stage in Houston earlier this month, courtesy of the Rice Players.
      Sadly, according to this long, intelligent and thorough review of
      cast and crew versus play, the cast and crew came a poor second. But
      American productions of Discworld plays are a good thing to see
      happening!

      "The play, based on Terry Pratchett's novel from the Discworld
      series and adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs, rests upon a web
      of light-hearted fantasy threaded with wit and charm. Largely a
      parody of Macbeth, the story offers a raucous romp through a
      storyline well-trodden by readers of Shakespeare or Tolkien... The
      actors of Wyrd Sisters do an admirable job of tackling a script so
      chock-full of punny wordplay and fast-paced dialogue, but the entire
      cast could use a burst of energy to propel them to the final
      curtain. Too often throughout the show, the audience is treated to
      what feels more like a guided reading than an actual performance..."

      http://tinyurl.com/adtxzm


      21.6 TERRY PRATCHETT: THE SOUL OF WIT

      The all-genres literary website Books and Authors has reprinted a
      superb lit-crit essay, Terry Pratchett: The Soul of Wit, by Faren
      Miller. Originally published in Contemporary Literary Criticism 197
      (2004), this articulate, well-researched piece examines and
      critiques the development of the Pratchett oeuvre and its underlying
      themes, from the earliest novels through to the most recently lauded
      young reader books at the time. Well worth a read! Some sample
      extracts:

      "Pratchett is no stereotypical epic fantasist incapable of telling a
      story in fewer than three volumes, or a dull artisan stamping out
      endless variations on the same scenario. Over the years he has honed
      his skills as observer and ironist - which is to say moralist --
      into a lean, flexible instrument that can skewer absurdities in the
      space of a paragraph and deal with any mode from slapstick to
      tragedy in the course of a largely self-contained narrative, with
      Discworld as his stage."

      "Stripped of their grandiose theatricality or aura of supernatural
      mystery, Discworld's aristocrats, witches, wizards, and multitude
      of uncanny creatures can become all too human... Pratchett
      chronicles the mishaps that ensue, threatening the very fabric of
      reality, with a journalist's eye for detail: literalized, the
      cosmos that metaphysicians regards with awe becomes a matter of
      simple cause and effect, governed by absurd yet tidy logic."

      For the full text of the essay, go to:

      http://booksandauthorsblog.com/archives/148


      21.7 FOR KNITTERS: DEATH OF RATS KEEPS YOUR BOILED EGG WARM

      Welsh super-knitter Sally Pointer has designed a fabulous Grim
      Squeaker egg cosy, and Kentuckian knitter (and self-confessed "huge
      Terry Pratchett fan") Suzanne the Knitting Samurai had a very
      successful go at Sally's pattern. The results are...well, DANGER!
      CUTENESS ALERT! -- in other words, wonderful! For a photo of the
      finished creation and Suzanne's comments, go to her blog:

      http://tinyurl.com/dhvzsh

      For more of Sally's work, visit her blog at:

      http://wickedwoollens.blogspot.com/


      21.8 PREVIEW: NEW DISCWORLD FIGURINES

      Micro Art Studio have posted photos of the "greens" for three
      awesome new 30mm miniatures in their Discworld figurines collection.
      This time it's the Librarian, Cohen the Barbarian, and Death with
      his Soul Music guitar. These are possibly the best ones to date. No
      idea of the release date yet, but watch this space...

      http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2009/02/16/23420


      21.9 ADAM'S DOG FROM GOOD OMENS?

      Icanhascheezburger strikes again...

      http://tinyurl.com/bx32wc

      (spotted by Mrs Cake of BU)


      21.10 PTERRY'S STILL THE BOOKTHIEVES' FAVOURITE AUTHOR

      "A bookseller from Bakewell in Derbyshire recounts how an
      'unassuming, doddery old lady' would come to the shop every week and
      steal a novel by Terry Pratchett, the author of the hugely popular
      Discworld fantasy series -- who, incidentally, is the most stolen
      author in the UK. Police eventually found some 60 Pratchett books on
      the old lady's shelves."

      A very interesting article in The Times Online about who steals
      books and why (apart from those readers whose need for a Pratchett
      fix outstrips their budgets, of course):

      http://tinyurl.com/c5kjxs


      21.11 GRACE UNDER FIRE

      Author Christopher Moore's tale of a dreadful heckler at one of his
      book signings, and how he admired Pterry's equanimity when
      confronted by the same horrid old lady at his own signing in San
      Francisco:

      http://www.powells.com/blog/?p=4580


      21.12 PTERRY ON ALZHEIMER'S TREATMENT

      Here be a further article about proposed "memory clinics" for
      Alzheimer's sufferers. The page includes a short video of Pterry
      (looking charming in a Fourecksian drover's coat) talking about the
      future of Alzheimer's treatment:

      http://tinyurl.com/ckm59x

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      22) AND IT'S GOODNIGHT FROM US

      And another quiet month turns out to be a not-quiet month. Very
      special thanks as always to the Newshound Gang, the most excellent
      Colin Smythe, the vital news conduit Sandra Kidby of PJSM Prints,
      the very odd student body of Roundworld's Bugarup University, and
      the nice people who made it possible for our household to watch
      Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's. Now it's time for your
      Editor to get some sleep. See you next month!

      -- Annie Mac

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