Kelly update

Tue 31 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Check out the great illustration and read an excerpt of a new Kelly Link story, “Origin Story,” on the site of a new mag, A Public Space.

Jason Lundberg does the Creative Commons thing and podcasts (ie reads) Kelly Link’s “The Specialist’s Hat.”

There are two 2005 Best of the Year lists on Locus that include Magic for Beginners: Claude Lalumiere and Matt Cheney. Some good books (and other things) on those lists.



Nancy Pearl

Thu 19 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

On Morning Edition today Nancy Pearl (the action-figure’d Librarian! and author of Book Lust) in her regular NPR feature, “Librarian’s Picks,” chose some “Books for a Rainy Day” including Maureen F. McHugh‘s Mothers & Other Monsters. She called it “fabulous” and so on. Whee!

(Nancy, email us if you want any more books!)



Faery film

Sun 15 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Well, that’s a first: FILM RIGHTS: Kelly Link’s Hugo Award-Winning short story “The Faery Handbag,” included in her collection Magic for Beginners, optioned to David Kirschner of David Kirschner Productions, by Sarah Self at The Gersh Agency, on behalf of Renee Zuckerbrot.



Storyteller ebook

Mon 9 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Added another ebook: Storyteller, Kate Wilhelm’s book on writing and the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Will get some more of these books added to Fictionwise at somepoint soon.



PreliminNebs

Fri 6 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Congratulations to Jennifer Stevenson! Her debut novel Trash Sex Magic made the preliminary Nebula Ballot. We have a signed copies if you like that sort of thing or you can get an ebook edition. All this commerce. Or, the lack of it.

Congrats also to Kelly Link whose “novelette” (long story!) “The Faery Handbag” and “novella” (longer story) “Magic for Beginners” also made the ballot. Congrats and good luck to all the peeps on the ballot (inc. Small Beer authors Carol Emshwiller, Ben Rosenbaum, and Ray Vukcevich). The jury will add some booksto the young adult category but it’s groovy to see Holly Black’s dark and tasty YA novel Valiant sitting in the Norton Award catbird seat.



Tiptree

Tue 3 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A book for yous to read: The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, and Jeffrey D. Smith. So why do you need it?

  • One of the best short stories of the previous decade: “Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation” by Raphael Carter.
  • An essay by Nalo Hopkinson.
  • Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, and Eileen Gunn & Leslie What.

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2All of that (and more) would have been enough to make this an anthology worth your while. But what really makes it a must read is a second essay and a letter.

The essay, “Talking Too Much: About James Tiptree, Jr.”, is by Julie Phillips, author of this summer’s big biography: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. Why do I say “big”? Because the letter is by James Tiptree, Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon) and it’s great. It’s the kind of letter that should give any writer pause when next they dash of an email. It’s not that long but it was enough to make me look forward to this 480 page bio. Making space on the calendar now.

The Tiptree Award anthology series is a great idea, well executed, with beautiful design by John Berry. This one’s just hitting the stores now: go on, start the new year off right.



Happy new year.

Tue 3 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Another slow start. Just the usual, then. No switch to WordPress yet. Maybe later. (Hmm!)

– Happy new year.

– Pictorial list of SBP 2005 publications:

Magic for BeginnersMothers & Other MonstersThe Story PrizeStorytellerMockingbirdTravel Light15 Luddite Cumbrian Rutabaga Wranglers Lies Calumny Rage WeepingLCRW is made of chocolateLCRW 17