Kelly in March

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

Hugo Award nominee: Best Novella: Magic for Beginners“, Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners, Small Beer Press; F&SF Sep 2005)

Magic for Beginners was voted #3 in SF Site’s Editor’s Choice of 2005 and #5 in the Reader’s Choice. Yay for readers and voters. Voters!

The Faery Handbag” in Hebrew!

Kate Wilhelm: Hugo Nominee

Thu 30 Mar 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Congratulations and good luck to all the Hugo Award nominees (inc. Small Beer authors Howard Waldrop and LCRW contributor Sarah Monette), especially:

Best Related Book Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)

Also worth noting: Kate Wilhelm will be Guest of Honor (with Jane Yolen) at WisCon, Madison, WI, May 26-29, 2006.

There’s a groovy excerpt from Storyteller, My Silent Partner, at SF Site.

In 2005 we donated $5 from each sale of Storyteller through our website to the Clarion Foundation. In early 2006 we sent in a check for $850 — thank you readers for helping us help future Clarion Workshop attendees.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Fri 17 Mar 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Drive out the snakes! Don’t drink that green stuff. Go to bed early. (Pardon?)

Variety and other sources say Hugh Jackman’s production company has optioned Jim Sallis’s short novel, Drive. Yay! (Another link: Dark Horizons)

A couple of things. Karen Joy Fowler has a thoughtful piece on Octavia Butler on Salon. Among the letters is one from a guy who has never read Butler and therefore she must be completely unimportant. Makes a limited amount of sense. Not mocking, just hope he gets to read some of those messy, fluid novels sooner rather than later.

From the Times Argus in Vermont comes the best reason for someone to call you at 6 AM: “Katherine Paterson wins international award, $640,000 prize.” The award is the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature established by the Swedish government and is great PR. Hopefully other governments will pick up this idea and start new awards. More awards?! Sure, more book awards which pay like that!

On $$$, Borders revenues were $4bn in 2005. B+N’s were $5bn. Small Beer tops them all with $5.0000001bn! The surprise breakout bestsellerdom of LCRW No. 15 (1.14bn sold and counting [if you’re waiting for yours we just got the 291st printing in stock]) added an unexpected $5bn to Small Beer’s revenue which resulted in a year on year percentage gain in sales that is too large for our tiny calculator to calculate. Paradise Copies in Northampton, MA, who print LCRW, were reported as saying over and over again, “Sure, we can get this to you by Monday.”

Great art. Neko Case‘s new CD has cover and some interior art by Julie Morstad — see more of her art here or order a kid’s book she illustrated When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary.


Mon 13 Mar 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

AWP, Austin, Texas: Well, you had to be there. Wait, too annoying? Ok. It was a blast. We will probably go back to AWP next year in Atlanta, Georgia. If you want to put together a panel, email us. The proposals have to be in by May 1.

Food in Austin is fan-foodie-tastic. Breakfasts at the must-go-back-to Las Manitas Avenue Cafe — where some newspaper piece warned of the possibility of running into Karl Rove. And me not exercising my right to bear arms (very necessary if any Friend of Cheney is around). Was that tipping the free speech card a little early? Back to food. Manuel’s has great margaritas (and wandering Iowa poets) which made waiting around survivable then the little bit fancy good Mexican food (and actually spicy salsa) was verrry welcome.

Reading at Book People seemed to go well — 6 readers and it didn’t run over long. Phew. Book People started off as “Grok Books” — how funny is that? Huge store, tons of great books, so much space for all the good books (and huge shelves of staff picks) that they have tons of, uh, junk? Or sidelines, you pick. Being we were overstuffed with books and lit mags and so on, we bought books, cards and a Keep Austin Weird T-shirt — which kind of campaign you might want to get behind if you likes your local town stuff before it all becomes McWal-Margeted. The reading was put together by Omnidawn, who successfully launched their new short fiction anthology Paraspheres. [Between that and the upcoming Firebirds Rising anthology that’s the start of a pretty good year for spec. fic. short stories.] Tons of new fiction and some fave stories from Kim Stanley Robinson and Alasdair Gray.

Did it suck that SXSW was starting as we were leaving? Yes. But we wouldn’t have had a place to stay or tix to see anything. Before we left we had breakfast with Howard Waldrop and Martha Grenon at Guero’s (another great breakfast, oy!). Will need to add her site which has many excellent pix from Kosovo and Albania. In the meantime there’s this book site.

On our second try, we saw the bats!

One flying thing: if you can avoid United Airlines: do. Good lord. Fortunately there was plenty to read while waiting including the Backwards City Review and the Doris anthology.

Future books

Wed 1 Mar 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Since we’re talking about the future, two more books: June 1, 2006: Small Beer will publish a trade paperback of Maureen F. McHugh’s Story Prize finalist collection, Mothers & Other Monsters. This will have added material (no extra stories, so no worries there, completists) for book clubs and reading groups. There’ll be an interview with the author, questions, and a reprint of Maureen’s fabulous essay, “The Evil Stepmother.”

You can pre-order this one on Book Sense, Powells, Amazon, etc. or from here. Do not miss!

September 1, 2006: Small Beer is happy to announce that they will publish a small hardcover edition of Ellen Kushner’s new novel The Privilege of the Sword. This edition will complement the Bantam trade paperback edition (available here). The publication date is Sept.1 This one won’t be on Amazon, etc., for a bit, so if you want to make sure you get your copy of the first edition (which by our contract is pretty small), order it here.