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April 2009

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during April 2009:

Book News: Abyss to be released one week early in US:
Posted: 21st April
LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni announced on StarWars.com Message Boards that Abyss, the third title in the Fate of the Jedi series, will be released in the US on 18th August, one week earlier than previously announced.
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: No paperback releases for TCW novels:
Posted: 21st April
LucasBooks' Executive Editor Sue Rostoni announced on StarWars.com Message Boards that there will be no paperback release for the five novel, The Clone Wars, series in the US. Citing that the US releases are in trade paperback format (Karen Traviss's The Clone Wars novelisation was originally to be released as such before changing to hardback), Del Rey has no plans to release any in the mass market paperback format.
As for the UK market, it appears that Arrow Books will still be releasing paperback editions (Amazon.co.uk have a paperback release of Traviss's The Clone Wars slated for 1st October, although that release date has slipped from its previous release date of 23rd July).
(Source: StarWars.com Message Boards[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Extended synopsis for No Prisoners:
Posted: 18th April
RandomHouse.com have posted an extended synopsis [CONTAINS SPOILERS] for Karen Traviss's forthcoming The Clone Wars: No Prisoners. The first synopsis was published back in October 2008 [CONTAINS SPOILERS] by StarWars.com, this new synopsis extends the previous one by offering some more information regarding this the third novel in the five book The Clone Wars series. The Clone Wars: No Prisoners will be published in trade paperback from Del Rey on 19th May in the US and in hardback from Century on 21st May in the UK.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Sean Williams to return to Star Wars:
Posted: 17th April
Australian author Sean Williams is apparently returning to the Star Wars galaxy with a new as yet untitled novel. Williams, author of The Force Unleashed novelisation and co-author of The New Jedi Order's Force Heretic trilogy, is supporting the Star Wars charity auction to aid the Victorian Bushfire Appeal by auctioning off a character's name in his as yet unannounced novel.
While we await official confirmation of this novel, fellow author Karen Miller (The Clone Wars: Wild Space) is also auctioning a character's name in her final The Clone Wars novel due in June 2010.
(Source: via www.starwarscharityauction.iwarp.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media News: First DVD volume of The Clone Wars TV series released today:
Posted: 13th April
A Galaxy Divided, the first DVD volume release from The Clone Wars TV series is released today in the UK. It features the first four episodes: Ambush, Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence and Destroy Malevolence. It was released in the US on 24th March.

Comic News: Star Wars: The Old Republic - Threat of Peace #4 now online:
Posted: 13th April
The fourth issue of Threat of Peace, the introductory online comic for the forthcoming MMO video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available to read online
[External site - opens in a new window/tab]. Threat of Peace occurs approximately 3,500 years before the Battle of Yavin, about 300 years after the events of the Knights of the Old Republic video games. It is written by Rob Chestney with art by Alex Sanchez and produced by Dark Horse Comics.
(Source: swtor.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Comic News: Preview for Free Comic Book Day release:
Posted: 9th April
Three weeks ahead of its publication on Saturday 2nd May, FreeComicBookDay.com have published 5-page preview of the Free Comic Book Day release from Dark Horse Comics. Written by Henry Gilroy (art by Ramon Perez) The Gauntlet of Death is a comic story set during The Clone Wars.
(Source: FreeComicBookDay.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Comic News: Comics for July:
Posted: 8th April
Rebelscum.com have posted solicitations from Dark Horse Comics for July releases. They include the first comic book issue of Invasion, Dark Horse Comics' new series set during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of The New Jedi Order. Also released in July is The Clone Wars #7, beginning a new 3 part adventure featuring Jedi Kit Fisto and Plo Koon and a glory-seeking young Republic officer: Captain Kendal Ozzel. Knights of the Old Republic #43 has Zayne Carrick clinging to the side of a comet in a new three-part story; while Legacy #38 continues Cade's Tatooine sojourn. Finally Dark Times #0 collates the two introductory chapters of the Blue Harvest story that were originally published online at MySpace Dark Horse Presents.
(Source: Rebelscum.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

Book News: First look at The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
Posted: 7th April
Amazon.co.uk have published the cover for The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Written by Frank Parisi and Gary Scheppke it features an introduction by Dave Filoni and a forward by George Lucas. Published in hardcover by Chronicle Books (US edition) and Titan Books (UK edition) , The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is expected to be released this summer.
(Source: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: First look at The Complete Vader:
Posted: 5th April
Amazon.co.uk have published the cover for Ryder Windham and Pete Vilmur's definitive book on the history, myth and cultural impact of Darth Vader, The Complete Vader (formally known as Vader: The Dark Lord and his Universe). Published by Becker & Mayer in the US (Simon & Schuster in UK), this book will contain unique pieces both printed flat and removable, including never-before-seen concept sketches, rare promotional materials, early comic books, video games, action figures, merchandise, movie posters, and more.
This 200-page glossy hardcover is expected in October.
(Sources: Amazon.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via StarWarsTimeline.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: Outcast enters Best Sellers lists:
Posted: 5th April
Fate of the Jedi: Outcast has entered both The New York Times Best Sellers
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 3rd April) and Publisher Weekly Bestsellers[External site - opens in a new window/tab] (for 6th April) lists at number 3 after one week of sales.
(Sources: The New York Times[External site - opens in a new window/tab] & Publisher Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab] via EUCantina.net[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book News: More young reader books from DK in December:
Posted: 5th April
Amazon.com have listed two new The Clone Wars children's young reader books from Dorling Kindersley (DK): Pirates... and Worse! (Reader Level 1) and Beware of Bounty Hunters (Reader Level 2). Both will be available in the US in either hardback or paperback from 21st December.


Allston recovering after bypass surgery:
Posted: 4th April
As widely reported, Aaron Allston is said to be recovering following bypass surgery on Thursday 2nd April. SWBooks' wishes Mr Allston a speedy recovery and send our best wishes to him.
(Source: via[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Affiliates News - new affiliate:
Posted: 3rd April
Star Wars Books would like to welcome Teekay-421
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] to our Affiliates Program: TeeKay-421 is the Belgian Star Wars fanclub. The club was founded in 1997 by Christiaan Vertez, Laurent Bettens and Tim Veekhoven. TeeKay publishes four magazines a year (articles, interviews, reviews), organizes clubmeetings & Star Wars contests, runs a website with a message board & has held several charity actions. The magazine is written in Dutch and features original articles written by our own TeeKay editors. The magazine covers most aspects of the Star Wars fandom, such as source articles about the Star Wars universe, interviews, reviews, 'making of' articles and reports about events. We also participate(d) at events such as ‘Star Wars, The Exhibition’ and F.A.C.T.S.
The website of TeeKay (online since 1998) won the award of best non-professional website in Belgium in 1999. In 1999 TeeKay also became a vzw, which means a non-profit organization. TeeKay-421 also founded
Yodapedia
[External site - opens in a new window/tab], the Dutch Star Wars Wikia, which is being operated by people of TeeKay. TeeKay is also a founding member of S.W.O.R.A.[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
In September 2008 Teekay proclaimed the municipality of Kessel to be the Star Wars city of Belgium.

Visit Teekay-421
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] today.


Book News: Zahn'll be back:
Posted: 3rd April
StarWars.com have announced that fan favourite author Timothy Zahn will be returning to the Star Wars universe with a new, as yet untitled, book in 2011: The new tale of intrigue and action is set in the time of classic Star Wars trilogy, not long after the events of his previous novel, Allegiance. The legendary heroes return -- Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Chewbacca -- along with some of Zahn's most popular creations: Thrawn, Mara Jade and the Hand of Judgment stormtroopers.
This release will coincide with the 20th Anniversary of Zahn's first Star Wars book Heir to the Empire, widely acknowledged to be the beginning of the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Comic News: StarWars.com recovers 'lost' stories:
Posted: 2nd April
StarWars.com have republished three comic stories that were 'lost' during their website's upgrade a while back. Using Flash animation these stories were originally published in 1997, 1998 and 1999 as trailers (known as issue #0) to three new comic book stories from Dark Horse Comics: Crimson Empire, Mara Jade: By The Emperor's Hand and Prelude To Rebellion. Although Crimson Empire #0 and Mara Jade #0 were included in the graphic novel releases of their respective stories, Prelude To Rebellion #0 was never included in either its graphic novel release nor in the Rise of the Sith Omnibus Edition because it was believed to have been lost due to corruption within the original Flash file. Now Prelude To Rebellion #0 has been restored as jpg images at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab] giving all a chance to read this short introductory story of Ki-Adi-Mundi as he prepares for the arrival of Republic representative Silais on his homeworld of Cerea.


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