It looks like we won't have to wait nearly as long as we thought to learn about what occurred between Episode VI and VII. Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm have just announced a publishing program that will include about 20 titles coming out in the Fall, leading up to the movie itself.
The titles will be coming out both in print and digital, and will include stories for young readers, comics and illustrated features. As with everything else that has been released since Disney took over, all of these titles will be canonical with everything else that is being released.
There have been some titles released, which may give us an idea of the direction they're going in.
Star Wars: Aftermath (Novel)
Lost Stars (YA)
Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure (YA)
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (YA)
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (YA)
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (Illustrated-DK)
Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens (Marvel Comics)
Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens-C-3PO (Marvel Comics)
Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy (Probably a sourcebook)
It appears that a lot of this is is aimed at the younger generation, but as with many YA novels they are still good reads for us...mature readers. Also, it's great that we won't have to wait until the very beginning of the movie to figure out what's happened. Hopefully I don't have to buy it all though...
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