Daily Archives: September 17, 2008
Douglas Adams’s increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy is to be extended to six titles, after Adams’s widow Jane Belson sanctioned a project which will see children’s author Eoin Colfer taking up the story.
And Another Thing… by Colfer, whose involvement with the project was personally requested by Belson, will be published next October by Penguin. No information has yet emerged about the plot of the novel but Hitchhiker fans will be hoping for a resurrection of much-loved characters Arthur Dent, Trillian and Ford Prefect, who were all apparently blown to smithereens at the end of the fifth novel, Mostly Harmless.
Full story here: Eoin Colfer to write sixth Hitchhiker’s Guide book | Books | guardian.co.uk (Thanks to Read Alert for the tip.)
Coleen Salley, a remarkable woman, passed away yesterday. While I cannot claim a personal relationship with Coleen I did meet her a few times. The most memorable occasion was many years ago when she hosted a party at her home in New Orleans during an IRA convention. Her home was a wonderful French Quarter place — I remember charming rooms off a lovely center courtyard. But it was Colleen I most remember — she was so vibrant and so striking. Being at that party at her home made me feel as if I were in a New Orleans novel or movie or play. It was unlike any such party I’ve ever been to before or since. Every time I saw her after that or read one of her books or her heard about her I thought back to that first meeting. Many others on list serves, blogs, and elsewhere have, are, and will post far more comprehensive remembrances than my puny ones. But all of us will agree that the world of children’s literature has lost one of the great ones.