No-Ka

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

Lovely loverly blogosphere look at the the fun thing you have popped up for us: an expose of a chocolatier! Ha. Everybody is pointing to this story and it is worth reading. Poor No-Ka, soon No-business.



Endless Things galleys

Thu 28 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Proof (ahem) that John Crowley’s final Ægypt novel, Endless Things, exists, and is one more step along the road to being. These Advance Uncorrected Galleys just arrived (thanks UPS and Fidlar Doubleday!) and in the next couple of days will start to wend their way out to reviewers and so on.

It’s been 20 years since Ægypt was published and we know (from the fantastic number of pre-orders — yay!) that tons of people have been patiently waiting for this one to appear.
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Logo redux

Thu 28 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

And so the web did us more good than harm again and we did receive another set of logos, these all from Candace Bradbury-Carlin:

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Lone Star Stories

Thu 28 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

LCRW 19In our great quest to become the number one consumers of chocolate bon-bons while lying on the couch reading comics and drinking champagne we have taken to selling off the pages of LCRW at exorbitant rates to anyone whose cheque book is big enough to take the hit.

Because we are such indolent proles, sometimes this doesn’t go as well as we’d like.* For instance, for LCRW 19 among the other lovelies spreading good word about Fictionary Devices and so on, there was the following ad for an online zine we have enjoyed more with each issue, Lone Star Stories. Those with Great eyesight may be able to see on the inside back cover where the ad should have gone. Were that PDF sent to the printer. It wasn’t. Eek! Sorry, Eric! Should be in the next one, but in the meantime, here it is:

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* What we’d like is the bon-bon truck to come to the door once a day and someone cheery to refill the bon-bon tray and perhaps refill the record player with a new set of 78s. How we struggle with how to make this come to pass?!



Some LCRW stories in a book

Wed 27 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Thanks to Gwenda (and Meghan) for the reminder to post something about this.

Next November or so, in a stunning experiment in bindery, Del Rey editor Jim Minz will personally hand-sew* a collection (or, properly, an anthology) of stories (and so on and so forth) from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. This anthology will not, however, be graced with any of the following titles:

  • God of Mars, Cadbury, Nestle, and Even Some Grown Up Chocolate Brand Maker Thingies
  • The New Yorker: Best Stories, 1996 – 2006
  • Wall, What Waaaaa? and Other Marathon Questions
  • Sliding into Home and a Sportsbag Full of Other Obliquely Misused Sports Metaphors
  • Ringtones of Glory: Poetry and Prose for Your Mobile! Kidz! Cool! Daddio? Myspace? A Little Help Reaching the HipsterKids Here? Bebo?
  • Minxes!
  • Celebrity Zine with the Stars!
  • Whistling in the Corner: 10 Years of Happy Penguin Stories
  • Weirdness Quotient: Bagel — 10 Years of Poisoned Mushroom Tales
  • A Little Bit Off the Left, Please: Twenty Years (Minus 10) of Damn, That’s Wacky Good Stuff
  • You Tube Used to be An Insult and Other Pithy Tales from PreHistory
  • Not Bad
  • Scene: Lady Zine Been Seen with Lean Queen and Mean Dean (Better Writing Inside)
  • Vidblogging the Wikipod: 10 Years of Rebelde, LCRW, and Metacafe
  • Actually Comes with Chocolate and Other Wonders from the Pages of LCRW, Perhaps the Only Zine Named After Jennie Jerome, Mother of Winston Churchill (and Editor of a Short-Lived Journal (The Anglo-Saxon Review) Which Was Beautiful and We Would Love a Full Set, Please)

Actual publicity notice picked up from Meghan from Publishers Marketplace:

Gavin Grant and Kelly Link’s UNDER THE RADAR: The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, an anthology of the best fiction, nonfiction. and poetry that has appeared in the ‘zine, with an introduction by Dan Chaon and contributions from Karen Joy Fowler, Karen Russell, Jeffrey Ford, James Sallis, and Nalo Hopkinson, to Jim Minz at Del Rey, by Renee Zuckerbrot at Renee Zuckerbrot Literary Agency (NA).

Ta da!

*The contract lets Minz outsource a limited percentage of sewing to assistant editors (as long as he plies them with martinis) and should the book sell out** he will have the option to use a stapler on future printings.

** Isn’t any book a sell out? Discuss. Endlessly. Meanwhile, put some old people up against the wall. Use them to climb said wall. Take possession of the “palace”. Put the kettle on. Make a zine. Wonder what that disturbance in the garden. Wander outside with your now-somewhat-crumbly mates. Get put up against the wall. Offer them the “palace”in return for your life. Sigh as they explain (endlessly) that they’ll never sell out.
Could have been worse. You could have been born a Bush.



SBP logo

Tue 26 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A long time ago (April 5, 2005) we posted this in our newsletter:

Possible logo
Ok, so we don’t have a logo, have never really felt the need for a logo, have rejected a couple of ideas, and laughed when we were told we’d disappear without one. We’re still here, right? You can see this? Is there anyo

Okay, so (reprise). Here’s the gig: make us a pretty Small Beer Press logo and we’ll hide it, ah, put it up somewhere on our site, put up a poll to see who likes
which one, and maybe at some point even use one. If we do use it we’ll pay you something (you like chocolate, right?). If we don’t, well, you had fun, right?

Below are a few of the logos sent in ages ago and never posted, sorry folks! Rich Stoehr, Brian Worley (#’s 2+3), and Beth Adele Long, are the artists. All of them captured something of the spirit of the concept: tasty comestibles are us. Thanks again everyone who took part.

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LCRW 19rs post fact ideation

Tue 26 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

At some point we asked our LCRW 19 contributors to send ideas for gifts they’d like to give or receive. Or, something (which thing does not have to be a Thing) that would be a good present to receive in January from someone who has gone and missed the whole darn holiday season. Not that we know anyone like that. Nope.

Updated with Laura’s somehow missed in the messy inbox.

Received:
3 grocery receipts totalling over $200
35 student essays: 19 on W.D. Snodgrass, 2 on Adrienne Rich, 2 on Ted Kooser (1 plaigiarized), 13 etc.
1165 calories in holiday chocolate, cheese, jam, and eggs at Investment Club Christmas Party
14 ideas to fix the public schools ranging from isolation to abandonment to inventing parents
1/12th share of 3 shares TM
2 whimpers from tired miniature dachsund long-haired terrier mix
a symphony on inconsolable grief through window from dog some blocks away, 1.5-2.5 hours in duration
1 (and only 1) glass Merlot
2 email; 1 confessing R.B.’s crush on E.D.; 1 requesting items received/desired

Pending or Desired:
breakfast in bed
1 student essay
the desire to walk around the block, sign up for Y yoga class, attend water aerobics, attempt health
elimination of poverty, mass education, behavioral training and awakening
dividend
12 whimpers from lively miniature dachsund long-haired terrier mix
silence
2 (or 2 1/2) glasses of Rioja
1 slice tortilla Espana
acceptance
—Laura Lee Washburn
I’d like someone to build me a home like Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House or his reconstructed townhouse in Glasgow. Sadly, it wouldn’t fit inside an Xmas stocking. Photoshop CS probably would, but no one I know has that kind of money. Alternatively, someone could buy me a view, a window programmed to show anyplace on earth. It could even become a mirror reflecting back a room I don’t actually live in, in a house I could never afford—like the master bedroom at Hill House. Unfortunately, such a view would also cost money, and would certainly be difficult to fit inside a stocking.
—Kara Kellar Bell

My wife and I never seem to get it together to write a “Christmas” letter in time for Christmas. So, taking a cue from my brother who at one time sent out “Ash Wednesday” letters to mock the whole holiday letter thing, we decided to call our Christmas letter a “New Year’s” letter and tried to get it out in January. Success! But only for that first year. Not meeting the January deadline the following year, we ranamed our missive an “Annual” letter, thinking that gave us several months to get it out to friends and relatives. That worked for a couple of years, but last year, although we eventually got around to writing something, we did not manage to get it out within the first half of the year and so embarrassment kept us from sending the letter out at all.
But now, with a letter in hand, we are thinking about recycling…our lives are pretty much the same from year to year, so who will know the difference?
—George Schaller

I’ve decided that I want a set of bagpipes for Christmas this year. I heard them playing in Edinburgh this summer, bagpipes, attached to guys in kilts, a basket for money in front of them, awaiting a Euro here, a Euro there. The music was beautiful.
That’s not the real reason I covet bagpipes. I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old. I would have been a very successful musician except for one thing: I lack talent. My son started playing guitar when he was 10 years old and after the first hour I could tell that he would be better than I ever hoped to be. Similar things happened with the piano.
My son went on to get a B.A. in music.
I want to be able to play an instrument that my son can’t play better than I can. I will practice and lock the bagpipes in the closet when my son visits. I don’t want a repeat of that ugly Thanksgiving meal in 1998, when I played a number that I’d been practicing for three months on the harmonica. I showed my son how the scale was organized on the harmonica. By the end of the night, he was playing Beethoven’s sixth symphony on it, and an early Grateful Dead number, all from memory.
So, to draw this story to a conclusion, I will admit that I’m going to buy bagpipes on the internet, and give it to my wife to give to me for Christmas.
—Dennis Nau

This Non-Denominational Gift Giving Season, I would very much like to receive harmonicas in any natural minor or harmonic minor key. As for those who miss the season entirely, I suggest the give the gift of bees. Giving bees clearly communicates the core message: “It was no accident that I failed to give you a Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa present.”
—David Erik Nelson

I’m thinking of giving my mother a ride in hot air balloon over the Arizona desert this year. The balloon will be red and green and yellow and the basket will brown wicker, and everything will be so high and quiet up there above the bugs. The Saguaro cacti will stand around with their hands up. She’ll be able to see her house in Phoenix in one direction and way over there the house where I grew up, with rolling hills, mesas, and a couple of deep canyons between the two. The Gila River, the Superstition Mountains, the town of Globe where there is both a Serbian and a Croatian cemetery.
—Ray Vukcevich

I’ll confess that I’ve been bothered by the cupie doll nature of this seasonal gift-giving, and all its bows and wrappings that send beautiful, toxic flames up the chimney. I’m giving Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder, about the remarkable Dr. Paul Farmer and his personal war against AIDS and multi resistant TB in the poorest places in the world, centered in Haiti. The man, the stories, Kidder’s writing, all wonderful. Restores faith in what we can be; it was all I could do, when I finished the book, to not stop everything and go help this man and Ophelia Dahl, Roald Dahl’s daughter. So folded into the copy of the book, I’m also giving donations to their Partner’s In Health in the name of the people I’m giving the book to.
I’m also interested in receiving such gifts. There is so much suffering, think what $30, multiplied by the millions of desperate gift givers, could do in the right hands.
A government of the people, for the people and by the people would be nice.
—Diane Gordon



James Brown, RIP

Tue 26 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Damn. Look at those feet move. Missed this due to viruses, visitors (& helping Santa out of the blocked chimney), etc. Among other things passed back and forward: Bees and Trees from Heifer.

No snow yet although flurries are promised. Global warming, we see you not. Much.

Hope y’all had fun wherever you were.



We were just mobbed in Venice, sweetie.

Sat 23 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin



Wed 20 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | 5 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

— An interview with Neil Williamson (author of a collection worth tracking down The Ephemera).

Magic for Beginners hits another couple of year’s best lists: Seattle Times, (“odd, absorbing, fantasy stories”) and Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire (list, listen). “If you do nothing else, read the title story…. It’s like looking at an M.C. Escher drawing…. It’s just a fabulous story, so don’t miss Kelly Link.” [Nancy also picks out Kevin Brockmeier, Susannah Clarke, Elizabeth Strout, etc.]– Lovely literary bookmarks by Eddie Campbell (sorry, forget where the link came from).

— See you at KGB tonight.

The Scotsman reports on a BBC Scotland radio show they’re dubbing “the Scottish Simpsons“.

— Old Earth Books has a new release date (March) for their Howard Waldrop collection, THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME: Selected Short Fiction, 1980 – 2005.

— Some pix of Venice — many more to follow.

— Also: an interview with M.T. Anderson (thx Gwenda).

— Just received: a new issue of the Fairy Tale Review and from Dean Francis Alfar, Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.2 (Kestrel), The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, and Story Philippines.



Wed 20 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

— An interview with Neil Williamson (author of a collection worth tracking down The Ephemera).

Magic for Beginners hits another couple of year’s best lists: Seattle Times, (“odd, absorbing, fantasy stories”) and Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire (list, listen). “If you do nothing else, read the title story…. It’s like looking at an M.C. Escher drawing…. It’s just a fabulous story, so don’t miss Kelly Link.” [Nancy also picks out Kevin Brockmeier, Susannah Clarke, Elizabeth Strout, etc.]– Lovely literary bookmarks by Eddie Campbell (sorry, forget where the link came from).

— See you at KGB tonight.

The Scotsman reports on a BBC Scotland radio show they’re dubbing “the Scottish Simpsons“.

— Old Earth Books has a new release date (March) for their Howard Waldrop collection, THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME: Selected Short Fiction, 1980 – 2005.

— Some pix of Venice — many more to follow.

— Also: an interview with M.T. Anderson (thx Gwenda).

— Just received: a new issue of the Fairy Tale Review and from Dean Francis Alfar, Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.2 (Kestrel), The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, and Story Philippines.



Cleveland gets DeNiro

Thu 14 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

— Added an exciting reading: Alan DeNiro will read with Christopher Barzak and Sean Thomas Dougherty on Jan. 4 at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights. Great store, we love doing events there. Don’t forget to eat at Tommy’s next door. Yum. (Reading calendar.)

— Also, John Kessel took a look at Alan’s book in F&SF:

About fifteen years ago, in an essay I wrote comparing sf and mainstream fiction, I quoted Raymond Carver’s assertion that short stories are more like poems than novels. I protested that you would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of sf stories published every year of which this was true.

I don’t think that’s true anymore.

— Nice little story about another fave bookshop (we have so many…): Malaprop‘s in Asheville. Which is very near Salsa’s. Ah, the food of the traveling days. Malaprop’s also picked Magic for Beginners as one of their faves of 2006.
— Elsewhere: an interview with Kelly Link by Bat Segundo. (Download.)

— And: a review of Julie Phillips’s biography of Alice Sheldon. (This was necessarily foreshortened to fit the space available. What can you do?)

Besides all the other great reviews The Double Life… received, it was just picked as a Salon Book of the Year and there’s an interview with Julie here.



Tiny rapido Italia report

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

Last week, due to the amazing work of Marta Donzelli (editor at Donzelli editore who are publishing Strangers Things Happen and Magic for Beginners) and the US Ambassador’s office, Kelly was invited to read in Turin and Rome in Italy. It was a brilliant but molto rapido week. We took the train down to Venice (a beautiful and surreal consensual illusion between tourists and the small permanent population); up to Turin (cars! arcades! book shops!); and then seven hours back to Rome (a city beyond parenthetical comments).Kelly read in Turin — the World Book Capital from April ’06 to April ’07. She was introduced and translated by sarcastic artistic bon vivant Luca Scarlini, one of the organizers of the Turin Book Festival and the Book Capital, who travels so much that his studio in Florence (where he keeps 35,000+ books) is the closest thing he has to a home. (Not that he wants one. “It’s too boring to be trapped in the one place all the time!”)

Piu Libre, Piu Liberi in Rome is nominally the Italian “Small Press Fair.” But many of the preses there were akin to Donzelli who do 90 books a year and have (after ~15 years) about 1,000 titles in print. The fair was huge, packed, inspiring. Thousands of people thronged the floors of the exhibit halls and shopped for books, hundreds of authors were on hand — magnificent. The New York Small Press Center book fair last week was fun; this was tremendous. Kelly was interviewed on one of the national radio stations (with a simultaneous translator) along with Diana Evans (winner of the 2005 Orange Prize for New Writers). Then rushed off to a panel where she, her translator, Riccardo Duranti of the University of Rome, and Sara Antonelli (and Bruna, the amazing simultaneous translator) went at it again. Then there were a whole bunch of radio and TV interviews—all the while giving us a chance to see the Donzelli team in action at the fair. (Kelly’s book was popular but their new translation of the Arabian Nights, the first new one in many years, was getting a ton of publicity and selling like hotcakes).

Actually posted some pix (statues! pigeons!) and a quick interview with Marta about Italian publishing (now below).

We didn’t have enough time to do anything: we’ll have to go back. There’s supposed to be another big bookfair in summer in Rome….

— A short with Marta Donzelli — filmed in the basement of the expo center as it was the only relatively quiet spot:



Really?

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

Crowley, Endless ThingsJohn Crowley let us know that our May publication date may be in jeopardy:

I’ve written a couple of extra chapters for Endless Things that will need extensive editing. I also am thinking of dropping every other page, so a certain amount of stitchery joining the remainig pages will be required. I do feel these changes will help the book. They will only take an additional couple of months.

Also, we are working on methods of invisibly numbering the copies as Crowley requested.

One reader has already noticed that this book concerns “Pierce Moffitt” rather than “Pierce Moffett.” This change of chief protagonist, this alternate take on reality, this deepening of coincedence and the magical similarities in the life of Moffitt to Moffett’s (as recounted in three prior volumes) proves Crowley’s mastery of the form and future of the novel and will be a welcome surprise to the longtime readers who are rushing to pre-order this title.

Or: 1) Not really. 2) Invisible numbering? Sure. 3) Oops! That gaff has been fixed.