The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez

Wed 4 Nov 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

That’s what Nalo Hopkinson says of Karen Lord’s debut novel: “The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful.” Yes it is, yes it is!

Interfictions 2 is made of Top 10 Stuff!

Tue 3 Nov 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

It’s publication day for Interfictions 2 (yay!) and there’s a lot going on:

Don’t despair ebook readers: the book is available as a DRM-free PDF directly from us or in many formats on Fictionwise.

This week there are readings all across the country: drop in and join the fun! These are events you won’t want to miss—readings, music, light shows, unicyclists (maybe), and so on:

Friday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

Tuesday, Novemberr 10 at 8:00 p.m.
M Bar
1253 Vine (at Fountain)

Friday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The Lily Pad
Inman Square
1353 Cambridge Street

Interfictions 2

Tue 3 Nov 2009 - Filed under: Books | 9 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

November 2009 · 9781931520614 · 302 pp · trade paper/ebook

Q. Where do I find a book like Interfictions 2 in my local bookshop if this is a book that slips between the crevices?
A. Good questions! It depends, as always, on your local booksellers. They might have chosen to shelve it in Fiction/Anthologies or Science Fiction/Anthologies. If they don’t have it, they can of course order it for you!

New: Interfictions 2 Study Guide by Delia Sherman, Christopher Barzak, and Carlos Hernandez. PDF: [download id=”54″] or on Scribd.

Direct from the globe-spanning hive mind of the Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF) comes the second wide-ranging, mind-melding anthology of short fiction: Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing .

Delving deeper into the genre-spanning territory explored in the first Interfictions, this anthology showcases 21 original and innovative writers. Features work by Jeffrey Ford, Brian Francis Slattery, Nin Andrews, and M. Rickert. With an introduction by Henry Jenkins and an afterword/editor interview by Colleen Mondor of Chasing Ray.

The IAF posted new, extra-delicious fiction in their annex and there are author interviews, BBC podcasts, a jewelry auction, interstitial salons and events.

Henry Jenkins interviews:

Those interested in teaching Interfictions 2 can request an exam or desk copy here.


Best Books of 2009* Selected by as one of the Best Books of 2009.

“This anthology celebrates its cross-genre concept as much as its content, with a lengthy introduction, contributor notes, and afterword. Will Ludwigsen’s lovely, melancholy “Remembrance is Something Like a House” combines paranormal and true crime elements. Alaya Dawn Johnson’s dystopian “The Score” reads like a post-9/11 Twilight Zone episode. A scientist tries to prevent a world war in Elizabeth Ziemska’s winsome “Count Poniatowski and the Beautiful Chicken.” Stephanie Shaw’s strong and earthy writing grounds her story of dragons and a four-headed obstetrician in “Afterbirth.” … Fans of the first Interfictions anthology will dig it.”
Publishers Weekly

“Some of the most experimental and formally daring genre fiction of the year.”

Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing performs the paradoxical feat of containing what does not want to be contained: a collection of inventive, genre-flouting stories that unnerve as much as they delight.”
New Pages

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Table of Contents

Henry Jenkins, “Introduction: On the Pleasures of  Not Belonging
Jeffrey Ford, “The War Between Heaven and Hell Wallpaper” [interview]
M. Rickert, “Beautiful Feast”
Will Ludwigsen, “Remembrance Is Something Like a House”
Cecil Castellucci, “The Long and Short of Long-Term Memory” [interview]
Alaya Dawn Johnson, “The Score” [interview]
Ray Vukcevich, “The Two of Me” [interview]
Carlos Hernandez, “The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria”
Lavie Tidhar, “Shoes”
Brian Francis Slattery, “Interviews After the Revolution”
Elizabeth Ziemska, “Count Poniatowski and the Beautiful Chicken”
Peter M. Ball, “Black Dog: A Biography”
Camilla Bruce, “Berry Moon: Laments of a Muse”
Amelia Beamer, “Morton Goes to the Hospital”
William Alexander, “After Verona”
Shira Lipkin, “Valentines”
Alan DeNiro, “(*_*?) ~~~~ (-_-) : The Warp and the Woof”
Nin Andrews, “The Marriage”
Theodora Goss, “Child-Empress of Mars”
Lionel Davoust, “L’Ile Close”
Stephanie Shaw, “Afterbirth”
David J. Schwartz, “The 121”
Colleen Mondor, Christopher Barzak, and Delia Sherman, “Afterwords: An Interstitial Interview”

Free copies of Interfictions 2

Mon 2 Nov 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | 11 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Now is probably a good time to mention that we have 5 free copies of the snazziest mind-poppingest new anthology of short stories out there, Interfictions 2, to go out to readers in the USA + Canada who will review it on blogs, websites, etc., etc.

Write Everything Down by Susan SaltzmanIf you live outside these two countries, we’d be happy to send you a PDF.

Drop us a note in the comments box and we’ll contact you to get your address.

Interfictions 2 comes out tomorrow so preorders are shipping and events are starting to happen: today the IAF are launching their online auction of pieces inspired by the stories in the book—this is just fantastic stuff, check it out.

Later this week there will be more free Super Special Books (!) offered up of so do come back.

In which we are awarded!

Sun 1 Nov 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | 7 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Lovely news from San Jose: Gavin & Kelly have been awarded the World Fantasy Award, Special Award, Professional, for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House: yay, we say, yay! John Kessel, whose collection we were proud to publish, was on hand to pick up the Howards which seemed appropriate as it is all about the books.

Other winners include: Jeff Ford (twice!), Margo Lanagan—Jeff and Margo: they rule this award!—Rick Bowes, Kij Johnson, Paper Cities (ed. by Ekaterina Sedia), Shaun Tan, and Michael Walsh of Old Earth Books for his two Howard Waldrop collections.

Don’t know that we’ll keep counting, but this year we did some gender breakdown of a few of the genre awards and back in August we posted the  World Fantasy Award nominees and the gender breakdown:

  • 26 men
  • 21 women

And the winners  (not counting the two extra Life Achievement Awards to Jane Yolen and Ellen Asher):

  • 6 men (1 AUS, 5 USA)
  • 4 women (1 AUS, 3 USA)

Hound update

Sun 1 Nov 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Brian at BSC review hit the nail on the head in a review of Vincent McCaffrey’s Hound. The titular bookhound, Henry Sullivan, is a man alone has immersed in the world of books—a world the author is worried might be passing away (or at least in a state of rapid decline)—and Hound explores one reaction to the possibility of that passing. Perhaps the novel should have been subtitled “an investigation into the possible death of the book as a physical object,” but it doesn’t roll off the tongue.

If you missed Vince’s conversation-starting posts at Powell’s (get your cup of tea and biscuits/cookies ready) you can read them here. Here’s a reaction to the reading/panel on the future of the book at Mysterious Bookshop. I think Vince knows that the paper book won’t completely disappear but he is right to wonder and to agitate and to keep the conversation going on what the future will look like and who will make it.

And, yes, you can buy Hound as an ebook. Vincent might be worried about the death of the paper book, but we’re quite aware there is a growing percentage of readers who like to read our books on other substrates.

And in case you missed his readings (there’s one TK at the Odyssey in South Hadley in January, dorp by!) he was interviewed by The L Magazine and Jamaicaway Books:

Or, of course, just start reading Hound.

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