This Saturday, July 9, 2011 marks the centenary of Mervyn Peake's birth, and an international celebration of the brilliant creator of Gormenghast in now under way.
Several new books will be published to coincide with the centenary, including Maeve Gilmore's conclusion to the Titus trilogy, Titus Awakes.
The Overlook Press is also publishing The Sunday Books, a truly remarkable collaboration featuring Peake's amazing drawings with verse by world-renowned fantasy writer (and friend of the Peake's) Michael Moorcock.
Also available this summer is a landmark edition of Gormenghast, The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, a beautiful, definitive, clothbound edition that surpasses all previous editions.
Last week The Guardian ran a tribute to Peake with wonderful essays by Michael Moorcock, China Miéville, Hilary Spurling and AL Kennedy. And The New Yorker's "Book Bench" blog recently posted a tribute and slide show celebrating Mervyn Peake's Wonderland.
And Peake fans will definitely want to visit the superb Mervyn Peake website for all the latest information and birthday events!