The latest in publishing includes: a newly-unearthed James Cain novel is set to hit stores next year, another author sells a million books on Kindle, and Edna O'Brien wins the world's most lucrative short story prize.
- Connoisseur of hard-boiled crime fiction rejoice: paperback mystery imprint Hard Case Crime announced Monday it will release The Cocktail Waitress, a previously unpublished manuscript from Double Indemnity author James Cain next fall. In an interview with Arts Beat's Dave Itzkoff, Hard Case editor Charles Ardai says it took him five years trying to acquire the manuscript, which the author was working on at the time of his death in 1977. Cain fans should be intrigued by the book's set up, which Itzkoff describes as "a kind of hybrid of themes from [Cain's novels] Mildred Pierce and The Postman Always Rings Twice," involving a love triangle between a widowed waitress and two suitors, one young and handsome, the other old and rich. ("You know that older rich guy is not going to come to a happy end," Ardai observes.) One potential cause for concern: there are multiple endings in the manuscript and handwritten margin notes from Cain that need to be incorporated into the final text. [Arts Beat]
- Fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin is the eleventh author to join the ever-widening ranks of Amazon's 'Kindle Million Club.' Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly, John Locke, Janet Evanovich and Kathryn Stockett have all also sold more than one million Kindle ebooks, though only Stockett registered that number for a single book (The Help). [GalleyCat and The Bookseller]
- Irish author Edna O'Brien won the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for her collection Saints and Sinners, making her the first Irish author to win the world's most lucrative short story prize. Irish poet and novelist Thomas McCarthy, who was on the judging panel, praised O'Brien "the Solzhenitsyn of Irish life" but added the vote was "fraught" with disagreement among the judges. She receives €35,000 for the win. [The Guardian]