The Faery Handbag

Fri 1 Jul 2005 - Filed under: Free Stuff to Read, Short Stories | 14 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

"The Faery Handbag" was originally published in the anthology The Faery Reel.

Magic for BeginnersI used to go to thrift stores with my friends. We’d take the train into Boston, and go to The Garment District, which is this huge vintage clothing warehouse. Everything is arranged by color, and somehow that makes all of the clothes beautiful. It’s kind of like if you went through the wardrobe in the Narnia books, only instead of finding Aslan and the White Witch and horrible Eustace, you found this magic clothing world–instead of talking animals, there were feather boas and wedding dresses and bowling shoes, and paisley shirts and Doc Martens and everything hung up on racks so that first you have black dresses, all together, like the world’s largest indoor funeral, and then blue dresses–all the blues you can imagine–and then red dresses and so on. Pink-reds and orangey reds and purple-reds and exit-light reds and candy reds. Sometimes I would close my eyes and Natasha and Natalie and Jake would drag me over to a rack, and rub a dress against my hand. "Guess what color this is."

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Magic for Beginners

Fri 1 Jul 2005 - Filed under: Books | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

hardcover · 9781931520157

Best of the Decade: Salon, The Onion, HTML Giant, Village Voice.
Best of the Year: Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times. 

Available in hardcover from Small Beer Press and in paperback and ebook from Random House. (See here for international editions.) The limited edition is sold out. See below for more.

Link’s engaging and funny second collection — call it kitchen-sink magical realism — riffs on haunted convenience stores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly apocalyptic poker parties, witches, superheroes, marriage, and cannons — and includes several new stories. Link is an original voice: no one else writes quite like this.

Each story is illustrated by cover artist Shelley Jackson. The cover is modeled on Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine.”

“Her exquisite stories mix the aggravations and epiphanies of everyday life with the stuff that legends, dreams and nightmares are made of, from pop culture to fairy tales. Some of these pieces are very scary, others are immensely sad, many are funny and all of them are written in prose so flawless you almost forget how much elemental human chaos they contain.”
Salon, Best of the Decade


“Intricate, wildly imaginative and totally wonderful. Whether or not you think you like fantasy, if you’re a fan of inventive plots and good writing (her use of language will fill you with awe), don’t miss Kelly Link’s collection.”
Nancy Pearl, NPR

“Link’s stories … play in a place few writers go, a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and J.K. Rowling, and Link finds truths there that most authors wouldn’t dare touch.”
Time Magazine

“Link’s writing shimmers with imagination.”
— Salon

Book Sense Pick: “Kelly Link is my favorite new fantasy writer. She mixes up fairy-tale monsters and our modern world to create unique, humane stories that illuminate the joy and pain of everyday stuff. These stories are magic.” –Michael Wells, Bailey-Coy Books, Seattle, WA

Story Prize recommended reading list.
Locus Award winner.
Young Lions Award, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Finalist.

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Table of Contents: The Faery Handbag : The Hortlak : The Cannon : Stone Animals : Catskin : Some Zombie Contingency Plans : The Great Divorce : Magic for Beginners : Lull.

Stories from Magic for Beginners have been published in McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Conjunctions, The Dark, and One Story. “Stone Animals” was selected for The Best American Short Stories: 2005. The Faery Handbag” received the Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Awards and was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Association and World Fantasy Awards. “Magic for Beginners” received the Nebula, Locus, and British Science Fiction Association Awards and was a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, Hugo, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Award.

The limited edition is now sold out.
Overstock, unnumbered unsigned copies are available for $70.

Hand-numbered and signed by the author and illustrator and includes two tipped-in plates: an enlargement of the title story illustration and a color reproduction of the trade dustjacket painting by Shelley Jackson which is based on “Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci held in The Czartoryskich Museum in Krakow. Printed by Thomson-Shore of Dexter, MI, on 70# Finch Opaque Cream White Smooth paper, with 80# Oatmeal Rainbow Endpapers, Smyth Sewn in Cobalt Blue Pearl Linen Cloth, with a ribbon to keep your place.

October 2, 2008: Released under Creative Commons.
September 30, 2013: Taken down from Creative Commons due to rights sale.

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 16

Fri 1 Jul 2005 - Filed under: LCRW | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

$5 · 60 pages

Gavin J. Grant: Still.
Kelly Link: Outtern. Tap.
Jedediah Berry: Intern. Distilled.
Gwyneth Merner: Intern. Effervescent.

Another issue of a zine. Printed in 2-point type and taped shut with duct tape to build anticipation (and microscope sales).

Actual zine hoped to have the same size front and back covers. Also, a rich creamy cover, not actually white. As with much of the information on this page, you’ll have to take it on trust unless you get a copy in your hands. Well, except for the few linked things.

Tie-in (and tie on) rosebud wristlets (made of edible rice paper) will be given out with every Veggie Delite Subway sandwich.

Eric Gregory
— You and I in the Year 2012
Cara Spindler — We Lived in a House
Yoon Ha Lee — Moon, Paper, Scissors
Scott Geiger — The Pursuit of Artemisia Guile
Kat Meads — Reality Goes On Here More or Less
Eric Schaller — Three Urban Folk Tales
John Kessel — The Red Phone
Matthew Kirby — Little Apocalypse
David Lunde — The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann
Christina Manucy — Cat Whisker Wound
Jenny Ashley — The Perfect Pair
Sean Melican — Gears Grind Down

Michaela Kahn — village of wolves, Fall Comes to the Central Valley of California
Two Poems by Sandra Lindow
Chris Fox — Scorpions, Scenes
Two Poems by Ursula K. Le Guin

Gwenda Bond — Dear Aunt Gwenda

Tom Berger — Berger on Books: Snow (online only)


Jenny Ashley is married to a man with beautiful feet. She lives in San Luis Obispo, CA, and teaches freshmen how to fall in love with words. Her stories and poems have appeared in The Allegheny Review, Mars Hill Review, Oxford Magazine, and The Peralta Press.

Gwenda Bond communicates to us through the local MI-5 dead letter office. She is working on a young adult novel. She is funnier than you. She did not write this bio.

Chris Fox. Aries. Born: Cincinnati, OH. Attended Appalachian State University. Resides: Greensboro, NC. Employed: Benjamin Branch, Greensboro Public Library. Fiction: The Bishop’s House Review, Slave, and the News and Observer. Poetry: Wavelength and Rosebud. Guitar: political ghoul-punk band, Crimson Spectre.

Michaela Kahn is an indentured servant tied to the slaving-meat-wheel of mindless, meaningless labor. She’s heard there’s a ritual you can perform out in the desert with a penny, a piece of yellow legal paper, sage, a fountain pen, mouse-droppings, and the recitation of a few choice phrases that will put an end to global capitalism. She’s currently searching for the correct words.

After his brief stint as the Dalai Lama, John Kessel earned his living exclusively by selling kelp to passengers of the Orange Line in the 14th Street IRT station.

Matthew Kirby lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a frequent contributor to the film criticism journal, and his fiction has appeared in 3rd Bed, Diagram, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of twenty novels, ten short story collections, six books of poetry, four volumes of translation (including Angélica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial), and thirteen books for children. She lives in Oregon.

Yoon Ha Lee‘s fiction and poetry have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lenox Avenue, Strange Horizons, and Star*Line. She was born in Houston but lacks the accent to prove it. She used to make her own paper dolls.

Sandra Lindow, officially past her 55th birthday, takes the responsibilities of apprentice cronehood seriously. She has published three poetry chapbooks, Rooted in the Earth, The Heroic Housewife Papers, and Revision Quest, and a longer collection, A Celebration of Bones. She is working on a chapbook, Walking the Labyrinth: Poetry of Conflict and Resolution.

Christina Manucy is directs exhibitions on the nature of light and weeble-wobbles. She has been neither to Ireland nor Egypt and is kind to cats. She lives in Baltimore among the “Hons” with her sculptor husband.

Kat Meads‘s novel, Sleep, was on the 2004 long list of works recommended by the Tiptree Award jury. She lives in California.

Cara Spindler lives in Michigan and teaches high school English. The story is for Morgan, who shot god in the sky, and asked about the netherworld dreams.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet Iteration 16, July 2005. This zine is supposed to go out each June and November (but wasn’t this also supposed to be an occasional outburst? What’s the occasion?) from Small Beer Press, 176 Prospect Ave., Northampton, MA 01060 $5 per single issue or $20/4. Contents © the respective authors. All rights reserved. Submissions, requests for guidelines, &c all good things should be sent to the address above. No SASE: no reply. Apologies for the lack of margin space. We keep expecting to increase the margins and page count. The economic bullet that would entail refuses to be bit. Please take your copy of this zine apart and paste on an extra inch of paper all round. This issue brought to you by reduced personal freedoms, a scandal proof monkey, and water, rising waters. Read. Revolt! As ever, thanks. Paradise Copies, 30 Craft Ave., Northampton, MA 01060 413-585-0414