Round-Up: Lost H.P. Lovecraft manuscript, Yalc, and publishing changes for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

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From a rediscovered H.P. Lovecraft manuscript to the discussion on how To Kill A Mockingbird will appear in classrooms, this is last week’s literary news:

  • A long-lost H.P. Lovecraft manuscript has surfaced from a collection of memorabilia belonging to the late Harry Houdini. The collection was purchased by a private buyer who discovered the manuscript, titled The Cancer of Superstition. Houdini had commissioned Lovecraft to write a piece investigating superstition through the ages, but the project was halted following Houdini’s death. This Lovecraft piece will be auctioned off on April 9 with bids starting at $13,000.
  • The Young Adult Literary Conference (YALC) has released a list of some of the authors that will be featured at this year’s event. The conference started in 2014 as the first dedicated to YA literature in the UK. Featured authors include Melvin Burgess, Alwyn Hamilton, Frances Hardinge, Nina LaCour, David Levithan, Simon Mayo, Melinda Salisbury, Maggie Stiefvater, and Lisa Williamson. The conference will take place in July.
  • HarperCollins has announced that it will now be offering its trade paperback of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird at a discounted price to schools. This came as a response to a discontinuation of the cheaper, mass-market paperback edition published by Hachette. This edition was discontinued “apparently in accordance with the wishes of Ms. Lee” following her death in February. Mockingbird, a staple in literature curriculums all across the nation, will be available to schools at a reduced price of $8.99.