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Star Wars Celebration Orlando: literature news

Updated: 15th April 2016 |

Capturing all the literature news from Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017.

 

Saturday 15th April | Star Wars Battlefront II panel:
During this panel it was revealed that Christie Golden's (Dark Disciple) forthcoming post-Rogue One novel, Inferno Squad, will be a Star Wars Battlefront II tie-in story:



Friday 14th April | Lucasfilm Publishing Writers’ Roundtable panel:
As with 2015's Journey to Star Wars The Force Awakens publishing program, tie-in literature to this year's Episode VIII release in December, will carry a Journey to Star Wars The Last Jedi banner. First to be announced was Star Wars: Phasma from Del Rey, a hardback novel by Delilah S. Dawson (The Perfect Weapon). Due early September this novel will reveal the origins of the mysterious chrome stormtrooper.
Marvel will also publish a Phasma comic series by Kelly Thompson and Marco Checcetto (Shattered Empire) that shows how the stormtrooper captain escaped Starkiller Base. Star Wars: Captain Phasma begins a 5-issue run in September with a trade collection published late November:


For younger readers, Claudia Gray (Bloodline, Lost Stars) will pen a young Leia novel, Star Wars Leia: Princess of Alderaan. Published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press this YA novel is also expected in September. While Ken Liu is writing Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker, also published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press, due late October:


DK Books will be adding to their repertoire of non-fiction and reference titles with an updated edition of Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know (first published in 2015) by Adam Bray & Cole Horton, expected October. And Star Wars Made Easy: A Beginner's Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away in September:


One of the most interesting titles is the deluxe edition of Star Wars: The Rebel Files from becker&mayer! Similar in style to the deluxe versions of The Jedi Path, Book of Sith and The Bounty Hunter Code, this book is presented in a special  case that mechanically opens to reveal the book itself. Expected November:


Other titles include Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Adam Bray, John Boyega, and Ryder Windham from HarperCollins (October). This title "explores these striking warriors and their evolution in depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandizing."
For the youngest of readers is Star Wars: A Leader Named Leia by Jennifer Heddle from Disney-Lucasfilm Press, a Disney Level 2 World of Reading book (September):


Expect more titles to be added to the Journey to The Last Jedi program in the near future.

Meanwhile publisher IDW are to launch a Star Wars comic series aimed specifically at younger readers: Star Wars Adventures is a monthly title penned by Landry Q. Walker (Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens) with art by Derek Charm, these stories promise readers "characters major and minor, classic and new, expand the world of Star Wars into new territory, telling larger-than-life stories that encapsulate the breadth of the galactic struggle between good and evil for a new generation of fans". The first volume consisting of 80 pages should be available mid-October:


 


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