Thu 22 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

John Kessel just finished a round of readings in North Carolina with Greg Frost. His next reading is at KGB Bar in New York in July, then he’ll be at Readercon. Here’s a few perspectives on John Kessel’s The Baum Plan on the web and in the papers this week:

  • Updated with this possibly contentious line from Seattle’s The Stranger: “A pleasant callback to the days when science-fiction authors read more than just science fiction.”
  • Strange Horizons: “It is a testament to Kessel’s skill that my criticism is so specific and, really, not an indictment so much as a statement of preference.”
  • Rick Kleffel at the Agony Column looks at both The Baum Plan and The Ant King: “Toss away the labels and expectations.
  • The Fix: “Invest. Invest now…. Your returns will be multitudinous.”
  • And just posted tonight, Time Out Chicago: “Anyone who thinks genre writing can’t be literary deserves to have Kessel’s hefty new collection of stories dropped on his or her head.”

We’re off traveling — with lots of exciting things in hand (will try and post pics!) — for a couple of weeks.

LCRW 22 is there

Tue 20 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

And you can get it now. But not from us, yet.

lcrw 22 lulu-ishThe zine is at the printer—Paradise Copies here in Northampton who are in the middle of moving into a great new building and yet are managing to keep juggling all the jobs thrown at them.

However, if you want to read LCRW now, you can download it from Lulu—and soon on Fictionwise—or order the nice perfectbound version. Preview it here. (By the way, everything on Fictionwise is on sale).

We’ll be picking up the zine tomorrow then flying out at some godawful early time on Thursday to Wiscon where we’ll be celebrating Maureen F. McHugh and L. Timmel Duchamp, dancing, drinking, wandering the farmer’s market, and going to see some readings and even an occasional panel.

Subscribers will get their copies in June—after our Book Expo extravaganza. More on that sooner to it—jus, if you’re going, stop by our booth to get a key to many exclusive freebies from many cool presses!

Wrong, so wrong!

Thu 15 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 5 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Thanks to Angus MacAbre (Scotland’s Funniest Zombie Comedian!) this will no doubt be the place to visit during WisCon.

Sadly they do not seem to have haggis on the menu. But we trust the chef can put one together. Best part of the menu is the beer list: all the usual suspects (with a complete lack of Scottish beer, but, they do have their own Tilted Kilt lager!) as well as the well-loved Franchise Options 1 to 4. Mmm!

Madison TK Cast

The Specialist’s Hat short film

Tue 13 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Here’s a relaxed and mellow seven-minute cartoony version (with title cards) of Kelly’s story “The Specialist’s Hat” made by a team of student artists for “ENC1142 final project at FSU”:

This week

Mon 12 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

John Kessel and Greg Frost are on the road this week (no this isn’t an APB) reading at three great North Carolina bookshops (damn, wish we were there! but they’ll be up here are Readercon which will come soon enough):

— Wednesday May 14 at 7PM at Malaprop‘s in Asheville.
— Thursday May 15 at 7PM at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC. The Charlotte Observer reviewed The Baum Plan for Financial Independence last week and described it as “dark, wacky, wide-ranging short stories.”
— Friday May 16 at 2PM at McIntyre’s Fine Books, Pittsboro, NC.

If you go, post pictures!

On Tuesday Carol Emshwiller and others are reading in New York from Ellen Datlow’s new anthology, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Check the calendar for more info.

And next Saturday & Sunday from 11-5 Small Beer will have a table at the Philadelphia Book Festival.

Other reading:

  • Washington DC is rightly excited to have a new bike rental program up and running. But if you live in or visit Lexington, Kentucky, for the second year in a row you take part in the program for a mere $10 (or free if you paid your $10 last year). Rumors that Christopher Rowe takes part in this just to ladies wearing little black dresses and heels “pedaling one down Main Street” are unsubstantiated and would not be repeated in any journal worthy of the public trust.
  • Shake Girl, a collaborative graphic novel based on real life experiences of Cambodian women attacked with acid.
  • Jacob MacMurray not only posted his annual Clarion West poster, but also—and this is wild (although it would be even better if VW were making a new hybrid/greaserunning van)—pics of his design for a VW van. (So now we will go buy Pacifico beer because any company that does this kind of thing has to make good beer.)

Your fiction is like diamonds*

Sun 11 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Update: keep up with the latest auctions.

Prester John Pendant DetailInterested in how one art intersects and inspires another? This week the Interstitial Arts Foundation, celebrating the one-year anniversary of publishing the anthology Interfictions, begins an auction of jewelry inspired by the stories in the anthology. And it’s beautiful stuff.

There is a new piece going up every couple of days (auctions only last 4-7 days, so keep checking in) and the prices begin at all of $10. These are all donations to the IAF and any monies raised go to funding the recently-announced next anthology.

Participants include artists Elise Matheson, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Mia Nutick, Kris McDermott, and many more. And, most remarkably, some of the authors themselves have created unique pieces based on their own work! Keep an eye on to see wearable interpretations of their own work by Interfictions authors Leslie What, Rachel Pollack, and K. Tempest Bradford.

Interfictions Auction 1 – Bracelet Based On “A Map of the Everywhere”
Interfictions Auction 2 – A Necklace Based on “A Dirge for Prester John”

* Except that it wasn’t mined by slaves for the oligarchic diamond corporations!

LCRW 22: Something you cannot have, yet.

Thu 8 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

What we are doing: a new catalog, galleys of 2 books for BookExpo, a game for BookExpo, a zine, a chapbook for BookExpo, Sales Conference this weekend, sending forth review copies of The Ant King, enjoying the reviews of John Kessel’s book and sending that out further, the Phil. Book Festival next weekend. Maybe other stuff? Who knows.

Coming soonish on a website, a bike, a firecracker near you: the zine known as LCRW. And what will be in it? Pomegranates! Of course. Also, mostly fiction. This will go to the printers devils in a week or two. Here’s what’s it is:

William Alexander, “Away”
Charlie Anders, “Love Might Be Too Strong a Word”
Becca De La Rosa, “Vinegar and Brown Paper”
Kristine Dikeman, “Dearest Cecily:
Carol Emshwiller, “Self Story”
Eileen Gunn, “To the Moon Alice” (poem)
Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Snowdrops”
Maureen F. McHugh, “Going to France”
Jeremie McKnight, “The Camera & the Octopus”
Mark Rigney, “Portfolio”
David J. Schwartz, “Mike’s Place”
Jodi Lynn Villers, “The Honeymoon Suite”
Caleb Wilson, “American Dreamers”
Cara Spindler, “Escape”
Miriam Allred, “To a Child Who Is Still a FAQ”
Gwenda Bond, “Dear Aunt Gwenda”
Abby Denson, Comic

Thu 1 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Tickle your ears today with the sound of “The Ant King”—the title story of Ben Rosenbuam’s upcoming collection—the fifth in the new fantasy-flavored PodCastle (a castle in a pod: how science fictional!):

PC005: The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale

By Benjamin Rosenbaum
Read by Stephen Eley.
Introduction by Rachel Swirsky.
First appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Also by the Author: The Ant King: and Other Stories (Paperback)

Sheila split open and the air was filled with gumballs. Yellow gumballs. This was awful for Stan, just awful. He had loved Sheila for a long time, fought for her heart, believed in their love until finally she had come around. They were about to kiss for the first time and then this: yellow gumballs.

Stan went to a group to try to accept that Sheila was gone. It was a group for people whose unrequited love had ended in some kind of surrealist moment. There is a group for everything in California.

Rated PG. Contains surrealism, involuntary cohabitation, strong language and characters with unconventional genders. Also, an extremely large number of geek culture easter eggs.

Listen here.