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Official Hobbit Dates and Titles Relasted by ( 31 May 2011 / ) - From Variety: Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" movies have been given official release dates and titles. The first will open Dec. 14, 2012, as "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and the second will be released on Dec. 13, 2013, as "The Hobbit: There and Back Again."

Both pics had been expected to see release during the holiday season. "An Unexpected Journey" will open against Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" from Fox while "There and Back Again" is the first pic set for the 2013 holiday season. (Source: ) Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America by ( 27 May 2011 / ) - Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America Cambridge, Mass., tops the list with the most books, magazines and newspapers purchased per capita of any city in the United States

Just in time for the summer reading season, announced its list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

    1. Cambridge, Mass.
    2. Alexandria, Va.
    3. Berkeley, Calif.
    4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
    5. Boulder, Colo.
    6. Miami
    7. Salt Lake City
    8. Gainesville, Fla.
    9. Seattle
    10. Arlington, Va.
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Renovation Announces Memorial Day Sale on Attending Memberships by ( 26 May 2011 / ) - Renovation, The 69th World Science Fiction Convention, Reno, Nevada - August 17-21, 2011

Reno, Nevada, USA - Renovation is pleased to announce a special Memorial Day sale on Adult Attending memberships.

Adult Attending rates will be reduced to $180, a discount of $15, for all adults joining online through the Renovation website on Memorial Day, May 30. An equivalent reduction will also apply to adults upgrading from Supporting to Attending status. The Family Attending rate will be reduced to $460, a discount of $20. (Source: )

2011 Nebula Awards Presented (May 21, 2011) by ( 21 May 2011 / ) - SFWA, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American, announced the winners of the this year's Nebula Awards at their annual Nebula Awards Weekend held in Washington, DC.

Best Novel: Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)

Best Novella: "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window," Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)

Best Novellette: "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made," Eric James Stone (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 9/10)

Best Short Story (a tie):

    "How Interesting: A Tiny Man," Harlan Ellison (Realms of Fantasy, 2/10)
    "Ponies," Kij Johnson ( 1/17/10)
Also presented:

SFWA Service Award: John E. Johnston III
Solstice Awards:

    Alice B. Sheldon / James Tiptree, Jr.
    Michael Whelan
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Inception Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (Screenplay) (Universal)

Andre Norton Award: I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz, Harper).

Pyr Imprint Enters the YA Genre Fiction Market by ( 18 May 2011 / ) - Prometheus Books' Pyr Imprint Enters the YA Genre Fiction Market and Introduces Pyr for the YA Reader with Three New Titles in Sci-Fi Adventure, Paranormal Romance, and Fantasy Adventure

In November 2011, Pyr, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, will introduce its first book specifically for the Young Adult (YA) market. Two additional YA titles follow, in December 2011 and February 2012.

"Several titles in the Pyr catalog have had crossover appeal to the young adult reader—including The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1), Sasha (A Trial of Blood and Steel Book One) and The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One)," says Prometheus Books president Jonathan Kurtz, "so it was a natural progression for us to decide to publish books intended specifically for this market segment." (more ...)

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