Rose FoxAndrew AlbaneseAuthors’ representatives – otherwise known as literary agents – have done some writing on their own this week. In a missive to the US Department of Justice, the board of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) conveyed “in the strongest terms possible” its opposition to a proposed settlement with three publishers over alleged e-book price fixing.

“The AAR acknowledges they have no idea whether the publishers that settled colluded or not,” PW’s Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “And, all good points aside, that’s the key issue here. If these CEOs did get together to discuss a price-based response to Amazon, legal experts pretty much agree they are sunk.”

In her review of the upcoming week’s reviews, PW reviews editor Rose Fox, who blogs at Genreville, takes note of two emerging Sci-Fi series: Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey, is the second in the Expanse space opera series with aliens trying to spark war between Earth and Mars “The first book in the series, Leviathan Wakes, is starting to get award nominations,” says Fox. “Another notable book two is Queen’s Hunt by Beth Bernobich, follow-up to last year’s Passion Play. It’s a fantasy novel with intrigue among nations, daring escapes, and magical jewels. Our reviewer says that all the promise of the first book is realized in the second.”

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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