We’ll send you a book if

Thu 11 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 4 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

you post a pic of Under the Poppy in a Borders bookstore!

Saturday: online with Karen Joy Fowler

Wed 10 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Just got a notice about an interesting-sounding online event this Saturday: What I Didn’t See and Other Stories cover

This Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10:15 a.m. Pacific, Catherine Brady and Karen Joy Fowler will join Elizabeth Stark in the Book Writing World for an online conversation, and you are invited to attend and to bring your writing questions to these two brilliant, generous experts.

This is free and open to the public, but you do need to register here, now, for free.

You’ll connect through your computer and will be able both to see the authors and talk with them. (Calling in is an option; details will be sent after you register and before the event.)

Coming soon

Mon 8 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Lots of our writers will be writing right here. Well, not in this post, but in others: minty fresh new posts all of their own. Unless they want to interview someone/s, in which posts they will share the freshness around.

Who? When? What? Where?

Not telling! But the how is: they email us, we post them! Look for interesting things happening . . . soonish!

November deadlines

Mon 8 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2010 cover - click to view full sizeHey, it’s NaNoWriMo—good luck to you if you’re at it!

For the poets our there, here are a few November deadlines from A Working Writer’s Daily Calendar 2010soon to be superseded by the 2011 edition. We’ll post a few more deadlines in December and we will also be posting other useful parts of the Planner as the year comes to an end.

November 15: The Yale Series of Younger Poets
The Yale Series of Younger Poets champions the most promising new American poets. Awarded since 1919, the Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. Past winners include Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, William Meredith, W.S. Merwin, John Ashbery, John Hollander, James Tate, and Carolyn Forché. Louise Glück is the current judge of the Series.
Prize: publication.
Eligibility: An American citizen under forty years of age who has not published a book of poetry.
Manuscript: Between 48–64 numbered pages. See website for full guidelines.
Fee: $15 made out to Yale University Press.
Yale Series of Younger Poets, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040

November 15: Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
Prize: $1,000 + publication in Measure: An Annual Review of Formal Poetry
Eligibility: Sonnets must be original and unpublished.
Manuscript: Author’s name, address, phone number, and email (if available) should be typed on the back of each entry.
Check website for any updated information.
Fee: $3 per sonnet made payable to The Formalist.
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, The Formalist, 320 Hunter Drive, Evansville, IN 47711

November 30: Academy of American Poets
The Academy offers several awards including the James Laughlin Award of $5,000 for an author’s second book of poetry and the Walt Whitman Award of $5,000 and a one-month residency for first book of poetry.
The Academy of American Poets, 588 Broadway, Suite 123, New York, NY 10012. 212-274-0343

George Takei says

Thu 4 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

My teenage years were a great thing to have lived through, but not a great thing to live.

George Takei: thanks for this.


Thu 4 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Best Books of 2010gets a jump on everyone else and says Redemption in Indigo is one of the:

Best Books of 2010

Top 10 Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy


Redemption in Indigo cover - click to view full sizeNice to see Brian Conn’s The Fixed Stars on there, too. And it’s fun to compare the 2010 bestseller list (wonder if that will change over the next 2 months?) with the editors’ picks. No crossover but I love that Machine of Death made it on there. This is the one time of year we put up Amazon links and any purchases you make through these links will benefit the Endicott Studio.

Of course we have our own Holiday Best Books List. Cough.

Reading, listen to Kathe, go see Karen

Wed 3 Nov 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

What up? Many things. Visitors, busyness, to and froings in the oncoming weeks. The permanence of change. Catch up, link dump, tab closer, recent reads and more:

A few books are appearing which you may enjoy: Ray Vukcevich‘s new collection Boarding Instructions is just out. Go get from Powells.

Also to get: Sarah Smith‘s first YA novel which is out this week: The Other Side of Dark. It’s about ghosts, treasure, and two teenagers and life, art, madness, love, and more and it’s set it this here fair city of Boston.

One of our great local-ish bookshops, Food for Thought in Amherst—one of those places that just makes you happy to walk into—is in a moneycrunch. If you did you next book buy here, it would be much appreciated. Biased suggestions for starting places: Under the Poppy, Stories of Your Life, What I Didn’t See, The Poison Eaters, Meeks. And, as of this writing, these books are all in stock: what an awesome place!

Another non-local fave bookshop is Subterranean in St. Louis and there’s a lovely little piece in the local student paper about it. They have signed copies in stock of a certain 1,000 page McSweeney’s brick as well as excellent Africa-supporting lit-shirts. It’s a lovely shop from which we walked away with a nice bagful of books. (via)

Really enjoyed the current issue of the Harvard Review. Got it because Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud has a story in it but there were a couple of excellent stories and essays as well as a good range of poetry in it.

Jay Baron Nicorvo has an excellent essay about re-roofing the family house with his two teenage brothers on Guernica, and since they didn’t finished they got professionals from palmbeachroofingexpert.com/ to finish the job.

Apex just published a special Arab/Muslim themed edition.

Chocolate: want. (Difficult to acquire as $$$ and in the UK.) Next time we do have $$$ to burn, maybe we will play fill-a-box-o-chocs here.

How does a book signed by Betty Ann Hull, Fred Pohl, and Gene Wolfe sound? Sounds good!

Thanks to Susan for this. Go read, but not while eating cake.

And Congratulations to Susan and to Niall: we love Strange Horizons and are both selfishly sad and very happy to hear about the transition.

Awards: John Kessel‘s story “The Invisible Empire” received an Ignotus Award, “Spain’s equivalent to the Hugo.” (via)

More on the World Fantasy Awards at some point soon. Mostly: yay!

Reviews. What?

Belletrista looks at What I Didn’t See and likes what they see, “Fowler’s stories are gripping and surprising, with multiple pleasures awaiting the reader.” The San Francisco Chronicle also published a good review: “Fowler understands how disappearances heighten suspense. And she’s equally skilled at weaving mystery from the unknown.”

Karen’s final reading of her mini-California tour is this Friday at 7 PM at Vroman’s in Pasadena.


One of our fave bloggers, The Rejectionist, read Under the Poppy and calls it a winner at Tor.com.

You can see Kathe read in Ann Arbor next Wednesday night at the Blackbird Theatre where there will be delightful and scary sexy puppets. Thanks to Scott Edelman (having more than either of us right now) you can also see her reading on the youtubes. More on those readings TK.

Great review also in the Ann Arbor Chronicle—and Kathe’s on WCBN Ann Arbor radio today at 4:30 PM—listen here.


A couple of readers discover Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others for the first time. The sound of their heads exploding echoes through the intertubes. 1) Ed Park @ the LA Times [“patient but ruthless fascination with the limits of knowledge.”] 2) Dreams & Speculations 3) Stefan @ Fantasy Literature.

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