Mon 22 May 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Book Expo — the annual trade show of the sliced wood imprinted with colored marks — is out of the way for another year. This time Small Beer did not have a booth (rather our distro, SCB, displayed some of our books and stacked up freebies of our catalog, the paperback edition of Mothers & Other Monsters, and Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead. One of the fun things of the show was Alan’s reading guide and drinking game which can be downloaded here: (PDF warning) The Cabana on the Lake of the Dead. Alan signed a ton of copies of his book and carried boxes of them all across our great taxed-but-not-represented capital city. Thanks, Alan!

There were awesome parties (PGW [w/ the Brazilian Girls], Consortium, SCB[!] and others at Madam’s Organ, maybe the one below), a good time was had by most, galleys were picked up, and food was gathered more sparingly than dietitians recommend.

Books at the top of the stack include:

There are tons more but now it is time to empty the suitcases into the washing machine (mustn’t mix up the galley-filled suitcase with the smoke reeking post-party clothes) and get ready to git on the road to WisCon.

May reading

Mon 22 May 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Not to be missed: a huge LA Times profile of Jim Sallis and review of his latest book.

– Takedown in Jill Lepore’s New Yorker review of Nathaniel Philbrick’s book Mayflower, a history of King Philip’s War (ca. 1675) in which Philbrick relies on a biography of Benjamin Church written by his son long after the war:

On the second-to-last page of his book, he [Philbrick] reluctantly concedes that Church is a “persona,” even as he insists that “Church according to Church is too brave, too cunning, and too good to be true is beside the point.” This is about as reasonable, and as indefensible, as writing a history of the Vietnam War that relies extensively and uncritically on an “autobiography” of John Kerry written in 2013 by Kerry’s daughter Vanessa.

– Congrats to Rick Bowes whose SCI FICTION story ” There’s a Hole in the City” won the Million Writers Award. (Seen at Matt‘s.)

– “The United States announced that it would free 141 of the 490 “enemy combatants” at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba because they do not threaten U.S. security after all.” (Harpers Weekly)

– New story on Strange Horizons by Gavin Grant: “We Are Never Where We Are.”

Today’s moral leader: Steve Almond? Wow. Go Steve. (Seen at Bookslut.)

Like the president whom she serves so faithfully, she refuses to recognize her errors or the tragic consequences of those errors to the young soldiers and civilians dying in Iraq. She is a diplomat whose central allegiance is not to the democratic cause of this nation, but absolute power.

This is the woman to whom you will be bestowing an honorary degree, along with the privilege of addressing the graduating class of 2006.

It is this last notion I find most reprehensible: that Boston College would entrust to Rice the role of moral exemplar.

L See RW May

Thu 18 May 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

– A review of LCRW 17 just as it seems to be sold out! Shocking. Must have been that massive sale. Luckily #18 is just sticking its pretty nose around the corner and will take up the slack.

New issue of LCRW (18, wherein LCRW can drink, drive, vote, and fight. Wait, can’t drink…) is taking shape. You can see the early, incomplete Table of Contents here. Feel free to preorder or subscribe. We have a wonderful story from David Schwartz who has a lovely gentle story this week on Strange Horizons. More SH goodies: an interview with our fave co-opist, Barth Anderson. Quote from his first line, “There’s no high culture without bug culture.”

– Also a new LCRW newsletter went out. Maybe with different stuff and maybe some the same.

Congrats to Deborah Roggie whose story “The Mushroom Duchess” from LCRW 17 is among the stories selected by the Fountain Award jury for the short list. Congrats to all!

Silly bugger

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

Some opinionist at Slate (in an attempt to get web traffic, therefore no link) says indie or local bookshops aren’t that important. We sell a lot of books at Amazon and in the chains but Small Beer Press basically wouldn’t exist without the support of indie bookshops. Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC, has sold 50+ copies of Mockingbird. Bailey/Coy has sold 200+ copies of Stranger Things Happen. These are booksellers who will read a new writer, such as Alan DeNiro, and put his book into customers hands — not everyone, but everyone who might appreciate it. Read more

Travel Light reviews

Wed 10 May 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

New review of Travel Light on a Scottish web site. Poke around on the site for a bit, there’s lots of good stuff.

Another great review.


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

More Jeff Fordian news: Gwenda Bond and others are pushing and pulling at The Girl in the Glass all this week at the Lit Blog Coop. Short and punchy, baby.

– Crazy good news as Jeff Ford’s The Girl in the Glass wins the Edgar Award for Best Paperback! World domination beckons as his new collection, The Empire of Ice Cream, is available for all those readers looking to find out more.

– Time travel? Jeff Ford says he can.