The Girl with the Valuable Laptop: There's been a lot of speculation about the mysterious "fourth manuscript" that Stieg Larsson apparently left behind on his laptop, which his longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson has been holding, without further explanation, since his death. (For people who haven't been following the controversy, Larsson died without a will, and his estate, literary and otherwise, went to his family--with whom he was either close or estranged, depending on whom you ask--rather than Gabrielsson, his partner of over 30 years.) But today the AP reports on a friend of Larsson's, who says the book was about two-thirds completed, although it's unclear which, if any, characters from the Millennium Trilogy play a role in the story. (You can see our video interview clips with Larsson's Swedish editor Eva Gedin, quoted in the story, on our page for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.)
Top thrills: The International Thriller Writers announced their 2010 Thriller Award winners on Saturday, including Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor for Best Novel, Tom Piccirilli's The Coldest Mile for Best Paperback Original, and Jamie Freveletti's Running from the Devil for Best First Novel.
The year in weird: Lots of awards announcements this weekend: The relatively new Shirley Jackson Awards were given for the third year for the "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic." Among the winners, from a group of nominees from mainstream literary publishers and small presses that reflects what our own Jeff VanderMeer might call the New Weird: Victor LaValle's Big Machine for best novel, and Kevin Wilson's Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and Robert Sherman's Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, which shared the prize for best "single-author collection."
Still good at one thing: And in the UK, Nadine O'Regan, judge for the €35,000 Frank O'Connor prize for short story collections, was "a little sad" that other countries didn't put up a better show on the shortlist this year, as five of six spots went to US writers:
- If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
- Mattaponi Queen by Belle Boggs
- Wild Child by T.C. Boyle
- The Shieling by David Constantine (available in the UK only)
- Burning Bright by Ron Rash
- What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Lauren van den Berg