Monday, April 27, 2009

Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood around the world

Agent Joshua Bilmes reports of a slew of Charlaine Harris and "Sookie Stackhouse" news:

Harris sold a Sookie Stackhouse Companion to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace Books. Harris will edit the volume and write a new Sookie novella for it.

Since the launch of the HBO series True Blood, based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels, Bilmes has negotiated numerous foreign deals for the series, which is now available or forthcoming in 23 languages. In France, J'ai Lu has continued with the series, buying rights to the newest novel From Dead to Worse, as did Russian publisher AST (which also re-licensed the first two books), while Estonian publisher Keskus continued with Living Dead in Dallas, Dutch publisher Luitingh moved on to Dead as a Doornail, and Open Book in Korea added books number 3 through 8 to their list. Brazilian publisher Saraiva came on board to the series, taking rights to the second, third, and fourth Sookie novels, while Santillana in Spain took pocket rights to the first three books and volume rights to the remainder of the series. Portuguese publisher Navalha will launch with the first three Sookie novels, Norwegian publisher Cappelen with the first two, Japanese publisher Softbank with the first three, and Israeli publisher Kidmat Eden with Dead Until Dark. In the UK, the Hachette group has decided to consolidate the entire Sookie Stackhouse series under Jo Fletcher at Orion/Gollancz, moving the first four books over from their Little Brown/Orbit imprint. Gollancz will rejacket the books, beginning in early 2009, for the Australian market, to coincide with the launch of True Blood on the Showcase channel. Later in Spring 2009, they'll launch in England, ahead of the British True Blood launch on Fox.

HBO offers other True Blood launch dates around the globe: 23 December 2008 on France's Orange; December 2008 on Canal Plus in Spain; January 2009 in Israeli network DBS; 1 February 2009 on in Belgium; 9 February 2009 on HBO Asia; February 2009 throughout Eastern Europe via HBO CE; and March 2009 for SVY (Sweden) and YLE (Finland) second airings.

In domestic publication numbers, Nielsen Bookscan records that a boxed set of the first seven Sookie paperbacks has been the #1 selling boxed set in the country for four straight weeks, with weekly sales thousands of copies ahead of the next closest title on the list. More than 100,000 copies of the boxed set have been shipped. From Dead to Worse, the most recent hardcover, now has 180,000 copies in print.

And in non-Sookie Harris news, Poland's Fabryka Slow bought rights to her Harper Connelly novel Grave Surprise, and Germany's DTV took rights to the anthology Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, which Harris co-edited with Toni L.P. Kelner.

True Blood premiers tonight in Italy

True Blood Premiers April 27th
Fox/Sky channel 110

TB Italy very cool website here :

The website also promotes the books:
Purchase from Delos books here

True Blood Italiano - Sookie incontra Bill per la prima volta
ahh... Bill's Italian voice is pretty nice , huh ?

12 Actors to Watch in 2009 (And Beyond)

This was one of my observations from Paley - I have said I thought years from now we'll be saying "Gosh, do you remember Alexander Skarsgard when he starred in that little TV show, True Blood? "

The most difficult part of putting together this 'Actors to Watch' feature was whittling down the field to just one dozen. The decision process was made somewhat easier when the criteria was narrowed down to the actors who've generated the most buzz and/or have films coming up in 2009 that are impossible to ignore. Making the cut this year are (in alphabetical order): Emily Blunt, Bradley Cooper, Kat Dennings, Rachel McAdams, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Stewart, Jim Sturgess, Channing Tatum, Sam Worthington, and Anton Yelchin.

Author- Author Shreveport featuring Charlaine Harris June 12-13th

Author ! Author! Book Festival Shreveport, LA-- June 12-13 2009

Municipal Auditorium
705 Presley Avenue
Shreveport, Louisiana ( see map below)

June 12, 2009 Friday - Pre Opening Event
Author Author Prologue
Meet and Greet the Authors
5pm - 9pm

*right now Charlaine is only scheduled for June 13th
so I recommend anyone who wants to see her wait to buy the Meet and Greet tickets until we know for sure about CH, unless you just want to see the other authors.

$20 per person TICKET *Sponsor table and VIP ticket , for $25 each ( or $5 more ) a group of us can get a special sponsor table and I'd like to do that, if anyone else would like to get a VIP pass and be part of a sponsor table email me

We will have a meetup (s) email me if you are coming and want to be included in any "Dallas" LTBiD events! We have quite a few people coming from Dallas.

June 13, 2009 Saturday - Book Festival
To get your FREE festival ticket

Click here for Event Ticket TICKET Good for up to Six Free Admissions

Event web site:

Charlaine Harris

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels ~ Berkley Prime Crime Books ~ The Lily Bard Mysteries

Charlaine Harris was born in Mississippi and lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and daughter and three dogs. Their sons are out of the nest. In her years as a published writer, she’s written four series and two stand-alone novels in addition to numerous short stories and a novella or two. Her Sookie Stackhouse books have appeared in twenty-five different languages and on many best-seller lists. They’re also the basis of the HBO series True Blood written and produced by Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under”).

"Charlaine is an avid reader of genre literature, and she is deeply involved in the life of the small town where she and her family live." Quote from author - web site ~

Hosted By: Friends of the Muncipal Auditorium Shreveport, Louisiana
Promoting Reading and Literacy in Arkansas ~ Louisiana ~Texas

Shreveport Travel information HERE

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Stupid Girl by Cold

Stupid Girl by Cold LYRICS

Thanks to the always wonderful Nafterlife