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Christopher Fowler
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When 'The Book of Forgotten Authors' was about to go to paperback, my young editor became worried about the lack of BAME authors featured. The book was mainly about postwar paperback writers, and there had been no populist BAME authors working in this field. The ones who wrote in the UK were university educated and therefore aimed at pretty rarified literature, not pulp. Eventually we included a…
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Christopher Fowler
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'If you're woke, you dig it.' Well, that answers the question; the word 'woke' first appeared in 1962, after William Melvin Kelley said it in a New York Times article that suggested beatniks had appropriated slang from African-Americans. Kelley was 24 at the time and lived 'uptown, way uptown.' He was interested in idiomatic language, and said his grandmother had told him that 'ofay', meaning a…
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Christopher Fowler
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When 'The Book of Forgotten Authors' was heading to paperback, the editor and I realised that some changes would have to be made from the hardback; a year would have passed, and some of the authors were starting to get republished. Occasionally this was a direct consequence of the new attention the author was receiving, sometimes we merely added to a growing awareness of that writer, and sometimes…
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Christopher Fowler
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Here it comes, on October 3rd - the snappy paperback version of 'The Book of Forgotten Authors'. But the stories of 99 missing authors are now the stories of 100. I've revised the hardback, updating it with any publication changes that have happened in the one-year interim between the editions, and decided to add a new section. One thing that concerned Rich, the editor, and myself was the question…
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