Jan/Feb Writer’s Planner deadlines

Sun 29 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Here are a few late January/early February deadlines from A Working Writer’s Daily Calendar 2012. We’ll post some as the year goes on. February is a huge month for deadlines:

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Unboxing

Fri 27 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Galleys of Nancy Kress’s collection, Fountain of Age, and the just-going-out-now Three Messages and a Warning.

Phew!

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What to read this year

Thu 26 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Being that I’ve just started a Patricia Wrightson book—and since we are going there next month!—I am tempted by Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge.

Anyone else?



Clarion & Clarion West

Wed 25 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

March 1st is the deadline (what are you waiting for??) to apply to Clarion (San Diego) or Clarion West (Seattle). Kelly is on the all volunteer board of Clarion (she attended in 1995 and has taught it a number of times) and she and I (I went in 2000) are teaching at Clarion West this year. Yay!

Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

Our 2012 writers in residence are Jeffrey Ford, Marjorie Liu, Ted Chiang, Walter Jon Williams, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

Clarion West

Workshops for People Who Are Serious About Writing

Clarion West offers workshops for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy.

The Clarion West Writers Workshop is an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually in Seattle, Washington, USA.

We are very happy to announce that our instructors for the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop are Mary Rosenblum, Hiromi Goto, George R.R. Martin, Connie Willis, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, and Chuck Palahniuk, the 2012 Susan C. Petrey Fellow.



Three Messages and a Warning

Tue 24 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Books | 18 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

January 2012 · 9781931520317 / 9781931520379 $16 · 240pp · trade paper/ebook

Contemporary Mexican Stories of the Fantastic
Introduction by Bruce Sterling

This huge anthology of more than thirty all-original Mexican science fiction and fantasy features ghost stories, supernatural folktales, alien incursions, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as science-based chronicles of highly unusual mental states in which the borders of fantasy and reality reach unprecedented levels of ambiguity. Stereotypes of Mexican identity are explored and transcended by the thoroughly cosmopolitan consciousnesses underlying these works. It is a landmark of contemporary North American fiction that deserves a wide readership.

“A landmark collection of the Mexican fantastic.”
World Literature Today

“An ebullient collection of south-of-the-border speculative writing that leaves little doubt that if the 1960’s British New Wave magazine New Worlds were to find a new home it would be in old Mexico.”
San Antonio Current

“They range in tone from delirious to grim, and exhibit various attitudes toward the marvelous intrusions into the mundane which they recount: embarrassed and regretful, slyly ambiguous, reluctantly accepting, prosaic. They occupy the memory stubbornly, insisting on their own eccentric logics, powered by the writers’ dark or shining visions, steered via authorial voices that can be disarmingly direct, cuttingly ornate, or deceptively quiet.”
Seattle Times

“What each of the stories share with the other is the overwhelming feeling that there is a much, much bigger story out there, beyond the ability of the narrator or the characters to comprehend, and that story is tinged not just with wonder and tragedy, but with outright menace, toward the narrator, toward society, toward the reader.”
New Haven Review

“In case you couldn’t guess, I could talk with you for hours about these and others, like Pepe Rojo’s whimsical The President without Organs, Claudia Guillen’s The Drop–vintage The Twilight Zone without the dated staleness; Lilianna V. Blum’s Pink Lemonade, a novel eco-terrorist guy-gal tale;
or Bruno Estañol’s The Infamous Juan Manuel that gives a unique take on the Devil compact story, again, with a surprise ending.
“For any latino/chicano looking to enter the world of spec writing in norteamerica, I’d suggest you first enjoy this collection, study and think about it; then go for it. Our mexicano vecinos have much to teach us, whatever our specific ethnicity.”
Rudy, La Bloga

“Billing itself as the first of its kind, Three Messages and a Warning consists of 34 Mexican fantasy short stories, half of which were written by women and most by unknowns.  The collection crosses the fantasy spectrum from ghosts and the supernatural to a heavy dose of the apocalypse giving the reader a taste that goes beyond the political and historical flavors found so often in contemporary Mexican fiction.
“The quality of the writing (and translating) is generally high and the stories are consistent in length, averaging 5-6 pages, although some barely go beyond a single page and one actually consists of a brief five stanza poem.  For those but the most avid readers of fantasy fiction, some stories will linger more than others.  The most memorable stories included Augustín Cadena’s Murillo Park, Yussle Dardón’s A Pile of Bland Desserts, Leo Mendoza’s The Pin and the hilarious Joyce Carol Oates-ian The President Without Organs, by Pepe Rojo.”
Reforma: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking

“To read these stories in translation is to experience a quite different way to tell about the fantastic; it is to experience the Mexican way of understanding the function of fantasy in present day literature.”
Literal: Latin American Voices / La Prensa, San Antonio

“By turns creepy, self-consciously literary, and engagingly inventive, these 34 stories selected by translator-scholar Jiménez Mayo and writer-critic Brown offer some excellent and ghastly surprises. . . . These are punchy, ghoulish selections by south-of-the-border writers unafraid of the dark.”
Publishers Weekly

“Encompassing a definition of fantasy that includes the extraterrestrial, the supernatural, the macabre, and the spectral, these stories are set in unusual locales and deal with bizarre characters. All are very short (some just two pages), and most offer a surprise twist at the end, though occasionally the only reaction these endings may elicit from the reader is “Huh?” The universal scope of the themes transcends the Mexican provenance; for example, one detects an apocalyptic influence in Liliana V. Blum’s “Pink Lemonade,” and Argentine Julio Cortázar’s “Bestiary” influences Bernardo Fernández’s “Lions.” Most of the volume’s 34 authors, half of whom are women, are relatively unknown to American readers, and for many of them, publication in this anthology represents their first exposure to an English-reading audience. The translations, several of which were done by the editors, convey the individuality, if not idiosyncrasies, of these tales. VERDICT This collection will appeal mostly to fans of fantasy and sf and, to a lesser degree, those interested in contemporary Mexican literature.”
Library Journal

“Langorous, edgy, sumptuously beautiful by turns, Three Messages expands our understanding of contemporary Mexican literary production, collapsing high-low boundaries and pre-established ideas about national identity.”
—Debra Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Spanish Literature, Cornell University

Watch videos from the conference “Creativity and the Brain” which featured five authors from the anthology: Amélie Olaiz, Donají Olmedo, Bruno Estañol, Jesús Ramírez Bermúdez, and Horacio Sentíes Madrid.

“When one talks to Mexican science fiction writers, the subject of ‘Mexican national content’ commonly comes up. Mexican science fiction writers all know what that is, or they claim to know, anyway. They commonly proclaim that their work needs more national flavor.
“This book has got that. Plenty. The interesting part is that this ‘Mexican national content’ bears so little resemblance to content that most Americans would consider ‘Mexican.'”
—from the introduction by Bruce Sterling

Table of Contents (not final order)

Lucía Abdó, Second-Hand Pachuca
Maria Isabel Aguirre, Today, You Walk Along a Narrow Path
Ana Gloria Álvarez Pedrajo, The Mediator
Liliana V. Blum, Pink Lemonade
Agustín Cadena, Murillo Park
Ana Clavel, Warning and Three Messages in the Same Parcel
Yussel Dardón, A Pile of Bland Deserts
Óscar de la Borbolla, Wittgenstein’s Umbrellas
Beatriz Escalante, Luck Has Its Limits
Bruno Estañol, The Infamous Juan Manuel
Iliana Estañol, In Waiting
Claudia Guillén, The Drop
Mónica Lavín, Trompe l’œil
Eduardo Mendoza, The Pin
Queta Navagómez, Rebellious
Amélie Olaiz, Amalgam
Donají Olmedo, The Stone
Edmée Pardo, 1965
Jesús Ramírez Bermúdez, The Last Witness to Creation
Carmen Rioja, The Náhual Offering
René Roquet, Returning to Night
Guillermo Samperio, Mister Strogoff
Alberto Chimal, Variation on a Theme of Coleridge [listen on PodCastle]
Mauricio Montiel Figueiras, Photophobia
Pepe Rojo, The President without Organs
Esther M. Garcia, Mannequin
Bernardo Fernández, Lions
Horacio Sentíes Madrid, The Transformist
Karen Chacek, The Hour of the Fireflies
Hernán Lara Zavala, Hunting Iguanas
Gerardo Sifuentes, Future Perfect
Amparo Dávila, The Guest
Gabriela Damián Miravete, Nereid Future
José Luis Zárate, Wolves

About the Authors

María Isabel Aguirre was born in Mexico City. She holds a B.A. in Spanish literature and reports that she mostly writes poetry but occasionally also writes fiction.

Liliana V. Blum (Mexico, 19xx) is not one of those women who refuse to reveal their date of birth; she just likes coincidences. So that she was born the same year that Heinrich Böll’s The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum was published, is a great one. She is a ginger gal who suffered through her Mexican childhood of pinch-the-redhead-in-the-arm-for-luck. Now she only suffers the sun. She was born in Durango (famous for its scorpions, revolutionaries and narcos) and currently lives in Tampico, Tamaulipas (famous for its crabs and narco-related violence). Despite the eight-legged creatures, the daily bread of bullets and mutilated bodies, and being the mother of a boy, a girl, a beagle and a guinea pig, she has managed to write five short-story collections; one of them, The Curse of Eve and Other Stories (Host Publications, 2007) was translated into English. Her work has been published in literary magazines in the US, Mexico, England, and Poland. One of her books will be reprinted for a reading-campaign in Mexico City, to give away for free in the subway. She is currently working on her first novel.

Agustín Cadena (Ixmiquilpan, 1963) is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a university professor of literature. He has published over twenty books in many literary genres and has collaborated on more than fifty publications in various countries. His work has been recognized with many awards. Some of his work has been anthologized in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, USA, Italy, and translated into English, Italian and Hungarian.

Karen Chacek (Mexico City, a Saturday in 1972) is an inhabitant of parallel worlds and a storyteller. She spent her childhood surrounded by comics, TV series and fables. As a teenager, she discovered novels, science fiction, music videos and film. Her fascination with the visual language drove her to study film. Today she’s a writer and a screenwriter. She has published the short story collection Parallel Days (2006) and the children’s books An Unexpected Pet (2007) and Nina Complot (2009). Her short fiction has also appeared in various anthologies of chronicle, horror, science fiction and children’s stories. She has also worked as a video post-producer and written for science, technology and travel magazines. In 2001 was invited to participate in the Mexico-Barcelona Sundance Institute workshop. She is passionate about her long walks in public parks, loves cloudy days, insects, cats, underground passages and dystopias.

Ana Clavel (Mexico City, 1961) is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist.
Finalist of International Alfaguara Prize 1999 for Los deseos y su sombra (English translation: Desire and Its Shadow, Aliform Publishing 2006). Her novel Cuerpo náufrago (Alfaguara 2005¸ English translation: Shipwrecked Body, Aliform Publishing 2008) became Cuerpo náufrago/ ready-made multimedia para bucear en la identidad y el deseo (performance, photo exhibition, installation, web site). Las Violetas son flores del deseo (Alfaguara 2007, French translation: Éditions Métailié 2009) won the Radio France International Short Novel Juan Rulfo Prize 2005 and was the origin of a multimedia project that included sex doll exhibition, instalation, performance and website. Her most recent novel is El dibujante de sombras (Alfaguara 2009), has a video.

Alberto Chimal (Toluca, 1970) is a writer and professor of creative writing. He is the author of the critically lauded novel Los esclavos (The Slaves) (2009) and sixteen short story collections, including Grey (Flock) (2006), Cinco aventuras de Horacio Kustos / Five Adventures of Horatio Kustos (2008), La ciudad imaginada y otras historias (The Imaginary City and Other Stories) (2009) and 83 novelas (83 Novels) (2011). He has also written a collection of essays, a translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Politian (Poliziano) (2010), two plays produced in the late 1990s, the anthology Viajes celestes (Celestial Journeys) (2006) and a comic: Horacio en las ciudades (Horatio in the Cities) (2004), illustrated by Ricardo “Micro” Garcia. Mexican critics have cited his work as departing from common themes in contemporary Mexican literature to a territory closer to European and Latin American fantastic literature, merging everyday life with the extraordinary and mythical.

Gabriela Damián Miraveta (Mexico City, 1979) is an author of fiction and children’s literature, including La tradición de Judas (The Tradition of Judas) (illustrated by Cecilia Varela) (2007), which won the 2007 FILIJ de Cuento Prize. She studied Sciences and Communication at the Universidad Intercontinental and received a Masters of Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as a diploma in fantastic literature from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana. Her children’s stories have appeared in the cultural supplement Pingoletras of the Chiapas Herald, and she has worked as an instructor in creative writing for the Gifted Children Program of the government of Mexico City.

Yussel Dardón (Puebla, 1982) is author of Maquetas del Universo (Models of the Universe) and Fractatus Vitae. His first book of short stories was described as “shows the brightness of a serious and nuanced work.” He has published in national and international journals and was anthologized in the Spring 2010 number dedicated to “Obsession” from the Rio Grande Review, a bilingual publication of the University of Houston. He was selected as a Young Artists Fellow of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts for 2010-11.

Amparo Dávila (Pinos, Zacatecas, 1928) is a poet and short story writer. She has punlished the poetry collections Salmos bajo la luna (1950) and Meditación a la orilla del sueño y Perfil de soledades (1954). Her fiction works include Tiempo destrozado (1959), Música concreta (1964), and Árboles petrificados (1977) (winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in the same year).

Bruno Estañol was born in a little port of the Gulf of Mexico, Frontera Tabasco, Mexico. He writes mainly short novels and stories as well as essays. He is a neurologist and professor of clinical neurophysiology at the National University of Mexico.

Iliana Estañol (Mexico City, 1978) began taking pictures at the age of 11 with an old Canon camera that her father gave her. At about the same age, she started writing poetry and short stories. It didn’t take long until she started making long photography series. Telling stories with still images became her passion. But the happiness didn‘t last, she soon realized that she wanted those images to move. She studied film direction and screenwriting in Cuba, Berlin and Zurich. Since 1999 she has written and directed several movies and has continued to write short stories. She has worked in Burkina Faso, Korea, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Brasil, Cuba and of course Mexico.

Bernardo Fernández (Mexico City, 1972), aka Bef, is a novelist, comic book artist and graphic designer. He has published the novels Tiempo de alacranes (Scorpions Season, 2005), Gel azul (Blue Gel, 2006), Ladrón de sueños (The Dream Thief, 2008) and Ojos de lagarto(Snake Eyes, 2009); the short story collections ¡¡Bzzzzzzt!! Ciudad interfase (¡¡Bzzzzzzt!! Interface City, 1998) and El llanto de los niños muertos (The Crying of the Dead Children, 2008); the children’s books Error de programación (Software Error, 1997), Cuento de hadas para conejos (Fairy Tales for Bunnies, 2007), Groar and Soy el robot (I Am the Robot, 2010); short comic book stories Pulpo cómics (Octopus Comics, 2004), Monorama (2007) and Monorama 2 (2009) and the graphic novels Perros Muertos (Dead Dogs, 2006), Espiral (Spiral, 2010) and La Calavera de Cristal (The Crystal Skull, 2011). Called by some one of the best young Mexican writers of our times, he has won several prizes, including the Mexican national novel prize Otra Vuelta de Tuerca, the Spanish Memorial Silverio Cañada prize for best first crime novel, and the Ignotus prize of the Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror. His newest novel, Hielo Negro (Black Ice), a thriller about the narco culture, received the 2011 Grijalbo Novel Award, which the jury called “an authentic Mexican thriller that reflects the current problems of the country” immersed in a wave of violence linked to organized crime, achieving “a merger of the language of the graphic novel, film and literature that makes a work perfectly suited to the postmodern.” He is currently working on Uncle Bill, a graphic novel about the American writer William Burroughs and his time in Mexico.

Esther M. García (Cd. Juárez, 1987) is a writer, journalist and photographer. She holds a degree in Spanish Literature from the Autonomous University of Coahuila. She received the National Short Story Prize Criaturas de la noche in 2008, and published the poetry collection La Doncella Negra (La Regia Cartonera, 2010), and the short story collection Las Tijeras de Átropos (Colección Siglo XXI de escritores coahuilenses, UA de C, 2011). Other stories have been anthologized in Los Nuevos Románticos and México lindo y querido — Actual Reunion of Mexican poetry with cause. Her journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including Espacio 4, Palabra, Vanguardia, La i Saltillo, Día Siete, Plaza Ludens, Lóbulo temporal, palabrasmalditas.net and Pirocromo.

Claudia Guillén (Mexico City, 1963) is a writer of fiction and essays. She won the Young Creators scholarship from FONCA in the short story category and from the same institution the Abroad Residencies scholarship in Salzburg, Austria. Her short story “La cita” won the XXXV Latin-American Edmundo Valadés Short Story award. She writes for Revista de la Universidad de México and Diario Milenio. Her literary work has appeared in La insospechada María y otras mujeres (The Unexpected Mary and Other Womena) and Los otros (The Others), and the anthologies Un hombre a la medida (A Man to the Extent) (which she also edited), Con licencia para escribir (Licensed to Write), Cuentos Violentos (Violent Stories), Prohibido fumar (No Smoking), Atrapados en la escuela (Trapped in School) and Sólo cuento (Only Story). Some of her work has also been translated to English and French.

Mónica Lavín (Mexico City, 1955) has published seven short story books and seven novels. She won the 1997 Gilberto Owen National Award for her short story collection Ruby Tuesday no ha muerto (Ruby Tuesday is not Dead); the 2001 Narrativa de Colima for the best book of the year for Café cortado (Cut Coffee) and the 2010 Premio Iberoamericano de Novela Elena Poniatowska for her novel about Sor Juana, Yo, la peor (Me, The Worst, which has been reprinted several times). She is a professor at the Creative Writing Department at the Autonomous University of Mexico City; writes for the newspaper El Universal and recommends books on radio. Her short stories have been translated to English, French, Italian and are included in national and international anthologies. She lives in Mexico City and is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores.

Leo Mendoza was born in Oaxaca in 1958. He has published four short story collections. Leo has put together a few anthologies and his writing has been included and even translated in others. He has practiced many kinds of cultural journalism and years ago sold kitchen appliances. As a screenwriter he has written many TV programs and two movies: Teo’s Journey (2008) was based on his screenplay and Hidalgo/Molière, ultimately titled Hidalgo: The Untold Story (2009). Mendoza has won several awards such as the San Luis Potosí National Short Story prize and the Benemérito de América in Oaxaca. He won the National Culture and Arts Fund scholarship and in 2006 became a member of the National Creators System. In recent years he has mainly been working as a screenwriter, but somehow managed to write a collaborative novel about Pre-hispanic Mexico. Currently Mendoza’s main ambitions include reading, eating, watching movies, traveling and having sufficient time to write. In spite of his advancing age he is often astonished, although he now accepts the fact that he will never play center forward on his Atlante soccer team.

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras (Guadalajara, 1968) is a fiction writer, essayist, poet, and translator. He is the author of the short story collections Donde la piel es un tibio silencio (Where the Skin is a Silent Warmth, 1992), Páginas para una siesta húmeda (Pages for a Wet Siesta, 1992), Insomnios del otro lado (Insomnia on the Other Side, 1994), La penumbra inconveniente (Inconvenient Darkness, 2001), La piel insomne (The Sleepless Skin, 2002), and Los animales invisibles (The Invisible Animals, 2009), the poetry collections Mirando cómo arde la amarga ciudad (Watching the Bitter City Burn, 1994) and Oscuras palabras para escuchar a Satie (Dark Words for Listening to Satie, 1995), and the essay collection Terra Cognita (2007). He received the Edmundo Valadés Latin American Short Story Prize in 2000 and the Elías Nandino Poetry Prize in 1993. He has worked as editor and columnist for various journals and cultural supplements, including Letras Libres, Día Siete, and El Universal, and as Director of Publishing of the National Museum of Art in Mexico City. He was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and Culture and of the Rockefeller Foundation, fulfilling a residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in 2008.

Queta Navagómez was born in Bellavista, Nayarit, in western Mexico. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, a Diploma in Script Writing and Literary Creation from the General Society of Mexican Writers, and a Seminary in Literary Creation from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She represented her country at track and field competitions at the Central American games. She has won several literary awards for her short fiction, poetry and literary novels (Marie Claire Magazine’s Writing Contest 1995, National Poetry Award “Ali Chumacero”, 2003-2004, National Novel Award “Jose Ruben Romero”, INBA. 2008). Her fiction stories, poetry and novels has been published in journals and anthologies in the U.S.A, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Chile and Peru. She lives in Mexico City, where she participates actively in regional and national cultural activities.

Amélie Olaiz (León) is a writer and professor at Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) and Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, where she has lived since childhood.

She studied Graphic Design at UIA, and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Design and a Diploma in Creativity from the UIA. In 1996 she started studying Buddhist philosophy. Her literary works have appeared in Piedras de Luna (Moon Stones) (2005, republished in Spain in 2007) and Aquí está tu cielo (Here is your sky) (2007), and in the anthologies Ficticia’s Citizens (2003), Prohibido fumar (No Smoking) (2008), Infidelidades.con (Infidelities.with)(2008), Antología mínima del orgasmo (Minimal orgasm anthology) (2009), and Vampiros mundanos y transmundanos (Mundane and transmundane vampires) (2011). Her work has also appeared in the newspapers La Jornada, El Financiero, and Reforma, the journal Castálida, and in various Chilean textbooks. A participant in several writers workshops, and won three first places prizes in contests organized by the Ficiticia’s Matina workshop.

Carmen Rioja (Monterrey, 1975) is a Mexican writer and artist. She has participated in several literary workshops with writers like María Luisa Puga, Guillermo Samperio, Juan Villorio, Antonio Vilanova and Jorge Hernández among others. Rioja studied Hispanic Letters and has published the short story collection La Muerte Niña (El Hechicero Books.), which includes the story La Casa de Chayo (Chayo’s House) adapted into an IMCINE award winning short film by Guissepe Solano. Carmen has also published poetry in both magazines and periodicals; the poem Vuelo Aerostático sobre Teotihuacán (Air Balloon Flight over Teotihihuacán) is included in the anthology Corazón Prestado: El Mundo Precolombino en la Poesía de los Siglos XIX y XX (Borrowed Heart: The Pre-Columbian World in the Poetry of the 19th & 20th Centuries). Her work has also appeared in the newspaper El Corregidor of Querétaro, and she served as co-producer and host of the literary critique radio show Sancho Panza de Cabeza. Currently, she writes her blog Hojas al Rio (Leaves on the River). She is also a conservation artist specializing in colonial and archaeological collections, and works in cultural and art promotion. Her involvement in plastic arts includes several painting techniques and sculpture.

 

Pepe Rojo (Chilpancingo, 1968) has published four books and more than 200 short stories, essays, and articles dealing with fiction, media and contemporary culture, including the 2009 collection Interrupciones (Interruptions). He teaches in the Taller (e) Media program at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) in Tijuana. With Deyanira Torres and Bernardo Fernández, he co-founded Pellejo/Molleja, an indie publishing firm, where he edited Sub (sub-genre literature), Número X (media culture) and Pulpo Comics (a Mexican-sf comics anthology). With Torres, he co-produced and co-directed a series of interventions, “You Don’t Exist,” as well as the video installation series “Psicopanoramas”. He produced two interactive stories (Masq and Club Ciel) for Alteraction, and published two collections of Minibúks (Mexican SF and Counter-versions) at UABC, as well as the graphic intervention “Philosophical Dictionary of Tijuana”. In April and May 2011 he produced a series of sf-based interventions and lectures at the Tijuana-San Ysidro border crossing, “You Can See the Future from Here,” with students from UABC, as well as U.S. science fiction writers including Bruce Sterling and Chris N. Brown. He lives in strange Tijuana with his strange Lacanian psychoanalyst wife Deyanira Torres and two strange kids (and by strange, he of course means “lovely in an endearing and unusual kind of way”).

 

Guillermo Samperio lives in Mexico City—where he was born in 1948. He has written more than twenty books including short stories, novels, essays, children’s literature, and poetry. His most recent books are: Cuentos Reunidos (Alfaguara, Mexico); Cómo se escribe un cuento 500 Tips para nuevos cuentistas del siglo XXI (Berenice, Spain); La guerra oculta, cuentos, (Lectorum, México). His work has been translated into multiple languages. He is director of the Despacho de Ingeniería Cultural, S.C., presidente de la Fundación Cultural Samperio, A.C., newspaper columnist and contributor to The Financial magazine Siempre!, Día Siete, La Jornada Semanal y Laberinto (Milenio), among others. His most recent books are Marcos, el enmascarado de estambre, (biografía no autorizada y novelada), (Editorial Lectorum, Mexico), and an anthology of short stories, prose poetry and a novel titled Maravillas malabares (Editorial Cátedra, Spain).

 

Dr. Horacio Sentíes Madrid was born in Mexico City in 1970. Dr. Senties is an Honorary Fellow in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a Headache Fellow at the Headache Clinic in Houston, Texas. He has given 146 lectures and has published 117 articles, book chapters, and abstracts in medical books and journals, and is a member of the editorial committee of multiple medical journals. Dr. Sentíes is Neurology professor (Panamericana University and Superior Studies Technological Institute of Monterrey), Neurophysiology professor (postgraduate course, UNAM). He was the Secretary of the Mexican Academy of Neurology and is the coordinator of Adults Latinoamerican Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy and Vicepresident of Epilepsy Mexican Chapter. He has published cultural essays (e.g. “The Enigma of Synesthesia” in Letras Libres) and fiction. He is also a piano composer.

 

Gerardo Sifuentes (Tampico, 1974) is a journalist and author of short stories. He was co-founder of the pioneer Spanish-language cyberpunk zine Fractal. His work has been collected twice, in Perro de Luz (Light Dog) (1999) and Pilotos Infernales (Infernal Pilots) (2002) and appeared in various magazines and anthologies, earning the 1998 Kalpa Prize for best short story published in Mexico and the 2002 Vid International Fantasy and Science Fiction Award for the best short story collection. He is currently editorial coordinator of Muy Interesante (Very Interesting), a popular science and history magazine.

José Luis Zárate (Puebla, 1966) is one of the best known contemporary Mexican authors of science fiction, as well as having written works outside the genre. His best known novels include Xanto, noveluche libre (Santo, a wrestling novel) (1994), La ruta del hielo and sal (The Road of Ice and Salt) (1998) and Del cielo oscuro y del abismo (The Dark Sky and the Abyss) (2001), together forming the trilogy “The Phases of Myth” in which the popular culture figures Dracula, Superman, and the Mexican masked wrestler El Santo are seen from the perspective of residents of their fictional worlds. His other works include the novel Ventana 654 ¿Cuánto Falta para el Futuro? (Window 654: How Far to the Future?) (2004), the short story collections El viajero (The Traveler) (1987), Permanencia Voluntaria (Volunteer Retention) (1990), Magia (Magic) (1994), Las razas ocultas (The Hidden Races) (1999), Hyperia (1999), and Quitzä y otros sitios (Quitzä and Other Sites) (2002), and the essay collection En el principio fue el sangre (In the Beginning was the Blood) (2004). A founder of the Mexican Science Fiction Association, his works have won various national and international awards, including the 1984 Más Allá Prize, the 1992 Kalpa Prize, the 1998 MECyF Prize, and the 2000 UPC Science Fiction Prize.

Hernán Lara Zavala is a short story writer, novelist and essayist. Although he was born in Mexico City his family comes from Yucatan where many of his stories are set. He is the author of a novel, Península Península, which was awarded the Real Academia Española Award, and a number of short story collections. He lives in México City where he teaches at the University of Mexico.

About the Editors

Born in Boston and raised in San Antonio, Eduardo Jiménez Mayo holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Hispanic literature and a doctoral degree in the humanities from a Catholic university in Madrid. He has taught undergraduate literature courses at the University of Texas in San Antonio and recently obtained a doctorate in jurisprudence from Cornell Law School. He has published translations of books by contemporary Mexican authors Bruno Estañol, Rafael Pérez Gay and José María Pérez Gay. In recent years, he has also published scholarly studies on the Spanish poet Antonio Machado and the Mexican fiction writer Bruno Estañol. Lately, he has conducted readings and lectures on the subject of literary translation at the invitation of Cornell University, New York University, The New School and the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco.

Chris N. Brown writes fiction and criticism from his home in Austin, Texas. His work has been variously described as “slick, post-Gibsonian, and funny as hell, like Neal Stephenson meets Hunter S. Thompson” (Cory Doctorow), “Borges in a pop culture blender” (Invisible Library), and “like a cross between Mark Leyner and William Gibson” (Boing Boing). He also contributes to the group blog No Fear of the Future.

Bruce Sterling is the author of eleven novels (including the bestselling The Difference Engine with William Gibson), six short story collections, and four nonfiction books. He also edited the genre-defining Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. He has written for Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Technology Review, and Wired. In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School and in 2005 he became “visionary in residence” at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He lives in Turin, Italy, and blogs at Wired‘s Beyond the Beyond.

Launch Events
January 26, 7PM, Book People, Austin, TX
Chris N. Brown, Bernardo Fernández and Pepe Rojo celebrate the publication of Three Messages with an event at one of Austin’s premiere indie bookstores.

January 28, 2PM, Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Join Eduardo Jiménez Mayo, Bruno Estañol, Horacio Sentíes Madrid, and Jesús Ramírez Bermúdez, for an afternoon celebration of the book at one of Houston’s pre-eminent indie bookstores.

January 26, 6 – 9PM, Creativity and the Brain Conference, Texas Diabetes Institute, 701 S. Zarzamora, San Antonio, TX  78207
Featuring editor Eduardo Jiménez Mayo and three contributors, Bruno Estañol, Horacio Sentíes Madrid, and Jesús Ramírez Bermúdez



SOPA/PIPA Blackout Day

Wed 18 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This post was copied from Michael’s post at Weightless.

Maybe you saw our big black splash page on your way here?

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, PIPA is the Protect IP Act. What I and a lot of other people fear the passage of either of these bills by the US Congress will actually do is allow broad and arbitrary censorship of the internet.

I like an open internet very much, and I think Small Beer readers probably do too, so for the 24 hours of January 18th, 2012, Small Beer Press is going to pitch in and show that black splash page you probably already saw in hopes that some of you will click the links (or the ones above), learn what’s at stake and do something about it. And if not, I hope you won’t be too bothered by it.

Thanks very much for your time!
—Gavin & Kelly



How to read ahead

Tue 17 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Want to get galleys of our upcoming books from Kij Johnson, Sofia Samatar, Nancy Kress before everyone else? How about we throw an LCRW chocolate subscription into the mix?

You can get all that—as well as a ton of other good stuff—here at the Alpha Workshop Fundraiser!

Go on, get some good stuff and help fund the future of writing.



(Jim) Kelly (Link) @ the KGB

Wed 11 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

It’s an all Kelly night at KGB Fantastic Fiction at the excellent KGB Bar in NYC next Wednesday:

James Patrick Kelly & Kelly Link, January 18th

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

James Patrick Kelly’s Strangeways James Patrick Kelly is best known for his short fiction, Including “Think Like A Dinosaur,”  “Ten to the Sixteenth to One” and “Burn.”   His work has been translated into nineteen languages and has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards.  His most recent publishing venture is the ezine James Patrick Kelly’s Strangeways on Kindle and Nook.
&
Steampunk!: An anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories Kelly Link is the author of three collections of stories and her fiction has won three Nebula Awards, a Hugo, and a World Fantasy Award. She recently co-edited Steampunk!: An anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories with her husband Gavin J. Grant

Wednesday January 18th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.



Publication Day!

Tue 10 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The Liminal People cover - click to view full sizeHere’s the deal: order a copy of The Liminal People from us today, January 10, 2012, and we’ll throw in the ebook for free as well as a copy of Ayize’s original edition that you can either keep in your amazing book collection or give it to a friend.

Read the first three chapters here here, but be warned: you may get hooked!

Ayize self-published the book and Nalo Hopkinson did us a huge favor and suggested he send the book to us. It’s a fast-paced science fiction thriller that grabbed me from the get go and I read it right through.

Early readers love it but we somehow managed to score a 0/4 trade reviews—eek! It’s been a while since we did that and now we need to get the word out asap! The book is in indie stores (and yes, online monoliths) just waiting for Guillermo Del Toro to discover it.

Anyway: read it and come back and tell me what you think. Ayize is working on another novel set in the same world and I am trying to get him to send it to me now! and after you’ve read it I think you’ll be saying the same thing.



The Liminal People

Tue 10 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Books | 3 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

January 2012 · 9781931520331 / 9781931520362 · $16 · 200pp · trade paper/ebook

“A fun and fast-paced thriller. Recommended for: Mutants, misfits, anyone who’s ever felt partway between one thing and another.”
The Ladies of Comicazi

New: Ayize is featured on the first episode of a new podcast: The Black Porch with Brotha Subjek.

Taggert can heal and hurt with just a touch. When an ex calls for help, he risks the wrath of his enigmatic master to try and save her daughter. But when Taggert realizes the daughter has more power than even he can imagine, he has to wrestle with the very nature of his skills, not to mention unmanned and uncreated gods, in order keep the girl safe. In the end, Taggert will have to use more than his power, he has to delve into his heart and soul to survive.

* * * Read the first three chapters.

Read: an interview on The Rumpus:

Like all good genre stories, The Liminal People sneakily explores some deep questions. In between cool fight sequences and imaginative depictions of the not-quite or perhaps more-than-human, it makes you wonder about what it means to belong and who gets past the gates of that exclusive country club called “normal.”
It’s little wonder Jama-Everett would be interested in these kinds of subjects. Like his work, he’s hard to categorize. And he’s quite familiar with the experience of liminality. He grew up as a kind of real-life Oscar Wao—a bespectacled, comic book-reading punk rock fan in 1980s Harlem.

Read: Ayize’s excellent and hilarious Book Brahmin piece for Shelf Awareness.

Listen: Ayize Jama-Everett reads from The Liminal People backed by Fenyang Smith.


The Agony Column Live with Lisa Goldstein and Ayize Jama-Everett, and music by Fenyang Smith.

MP3 of the January 28, 2012 SF in SF panel discussion with Terry Bisson moderating Ayize Jama-Everett and Ryan Boudinot.

“Compact but creative, and filled with good ideas and elements of classic sci-fi, noir, and superhero stories. Really well-paced and compelling.”
—Peter, Brookline Booksmith

“You’ll be sucked into a fast-paced story about superpowered people struggling for control of the underground cultures they inhabit…. The novel is a damn good read. It’s a smart actioner that will entertain you while also enticing you to think about matters beyond the physical realm.”
—Annalee Newitz, io9

“The action sequences are smartly orchestrated, but it is Taggert’s quest to retrieve his own soul that gives “The Liminal People” its oomph. Jama-Everett has done a stellar job of creating a setup that promises even greater rewards in future volumes.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“The story’s setup . . .  takes next to no time to relate in Jama-Everett’s brisk prose. With flat-voiced, sharp-edged humor reminiscent of the razors his fellow thugs wear around their necks, Taggert claims to read bodies ‘the way pretentious East Coast Americans read The New Yorker … I’ve got skills,’ he adds. ‘What I don’t have is patience.'”
—Nisi Shawl, The Seattle Times

“An astounding first novel.”
Elitist Book Reviews

“For all the grit, character and poetry on display here, Everett’s own super power appears to be plotting and set-pieces. Readers will find a quick immersion in the opening scene, and then some secret world-building. Once the plot kicks in, readers had best be prepared to finish the book in one sitting, while experiencing better special effects than you will find in any movie. Indeed, Everett’s prose is cinematic in the best sense; when he puts us in a scene of action, his descriptions take on a hyper-clarity that is better than telepathy. The plot arc is cunning and enjoyably surprising, and the revelations have the shock of the new but the old-school satisfaction of well-woven espionage plots. ‘The Liminal People’ is seriously well-written, but also seriously fun to read. It’s a secret world that deserves the elegant exposition of this engaging novel — and a sequel, sooner rather than later.”
—Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

“Every once in awhile, a first novel catches you by surprise. Sometimes it’s the style and sometimes it’s the pure originality or unique mixing of influences. In the case of Ayize Jama-Everett’s The Liminal People (Small Beer Press), the pleasure comes from all of the above.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, Omnivoracious

“Razor. Plush. Fast.”
Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books

“From within “The Golden Ghetto” Jama-Everett has created a book that resists classification, joining the Afrosurreal Pantheon of writers exploring this new-found freedom.  He calls the gifted ones Liminal People, people “Always on the borderland, the threshold, the in-between.” He has Taggert explain.  “I learned what I know by walking the liminal lands.”  I trust that many people will relate, or will want to.”
—D. Scot Miller, City Lights Blog

The Liminal People is an excellent first novel full of insightful characters – however gradually they may gain that insight – engaged in a battle that seems to have only just begun. I’m hoping that this novel is the first in a series, as Jama-Everett has built a world and peopled it with characters about which and whom I wish to know more.”
Fantasy Literature

“Ayize Jama-Everett has brewed a voodoo cauldron of Sci-Fi, Romance, Crime, and Superhero Comic, to provide us with a true gestalt of understanding, offering us both a new definition of “family” and a world view on the universality of human conduct. The Liminal People—as obviously intended—will draw different reactions from different readers. But none of them will stop reading until its cataclysmic ending.”
—Andrew Vachss

“Ayize’s imagination will mess with yours, and the world won’t ever look quite the same again.”
—Nalo Hopkinson

The Liminal People has the pleasures of classic sf while being astonishingly contemporary and savvy.”
—Maureen F. McHugh

“Fast and sleek and powerful—a skillful and unique mix of supernatural adventure and lived-in, persuasive, often moving noir.”
—Felix Gilman, author of The Half-Made World

“Fast-paced and frequently violent, Jama-Everett’s engaging and fulfilling debut offers a compelling take on the classic science-fiction convention of the powerful misfit; incorporates an interesting, multiethnic cast of characters; and proves successful as both an action-packed thriller and a careful look at the moral dilemmas of those whose powers transcend humanity.”
Publishers Weekly

Cover by Adam S. Doyle.

About the Author

Ayize Jama-Everett was born in 1974 and raised in Harlem, New York. Since then he has traveled extensively in Northern Africa, New Hampshire, and Northern California. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Divinity. He teaches religion and psychology at Starr King School for the Ministry when he’s not working as a school therapist at the College Preparatory School. He is the author of three novels, The Liminal People, The Liminal War, and The Entropy of Bones, as well as an upcoming graphic novel with illustrator John Jennings entitled Box of Bones. When not educating, studying, or beating himself up for not writing enough, he’s usually enjoying aged rums and practicing his aim.



2012 Writer’s Daily Planners

Mon 9 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Just got these contributors’ copies in the mail today, and they look pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. A bit cold from being in a box on a truck these last few days, but other than that: not bad!

A bonus (for us at least) of this whole print-on-demand experiment is that if you find any typos we can just upload another file.

If you’d like one, look here.

(Photo by Geoffrey Noble.)



Early history

Wed 4 Jan 2012 - Filed under: smallbeer | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

These posts were written in 2001 and 2004 and are republished here for housekeeping reasons rather than anything else. The links are mostly broken, sorry.

Tiny Magazines Everywhere: Or, Why Do We Still Publish a Zine?

In 2002 we published two books by Carol Emshwiller (a novel, The Mount, and Report to the Men’s Club and Other Stories), a favorite author with six previous books to her name. Last year our first two books (Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Ray Vukcevich’s Meet Me in the Moon Room) were well received. We are committed to publishing short story collections and novels by authors we feel are slipping through the cracks.

In 1996, long before I ever thought I’d publish any books, I started a small press zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW). Whenever I flipped through the magazines at Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop in Boston, MA, where I worked, I was frustrated that none seemed to have just the right mix (fiction, a spot of poetry, a flash of humor, maybe some art) that I thought would make the perfect magazine. Eleven issues and many long nights at the computer later, LCRW goes from strength to strength.

In 2000, we took our first real step toward publishing books when we published two chapbooks, 4 Stories by Kelly Link and Five
Forbidden Things
by Dora Knez. The chapbooks — deliberately designed as low-priced editions to introduce new writers and give them a step up between publishing stories and books — gave us confidence in our design and production capabilities. At about the same time
we set up a half-decent website (oddly enough, we still have a half-decent website, www.lcrw.net, but it’s larger now) and, with the advent of Paypal, our zine and the chapbooks were suddenly available to anyone . . . who had the urge to look us up.

LCRW and the chapbooks complement our books: they give readers a way to sample our authors without popping for the more expensive books — the zine is only $4, chapbooks $5, and the books $16 — and the zine and chapbook reach very different audiences than our books. Our books are carried by Ingram and Baker & Taylor — our biggest LCRW distributor is Last Gasp.

LCRW also gave us our entrance into the print world. We already had the bookseller’s and consumer’s point of view on books; LCRW showed us the world of bookselling from the supplier’s side. We learned the importance of being nice to busy people who don’t have much time for you, how important small things (ISBNs, design, distribution…!) are, and that a finely-judged persistence is necessary to bring your products to the right people’s attention.

Publishing LCRW taught us (in small affordable steps) marketing, distribution, design, how to work to deadlines, and most of all, the importance of professional proofreaders. In the last couple of years, we have actively encouraged many others to start their own micropublishing houses, and are very happy to report (and sometimes sell the results on our website) that
some few people have taken up the challenge.


The View of History from 2001

Thanks for checking out the Small Beer Press pages. Small Beer Press exists to publish good writing.

We do a twice-yearly small press zine, a couple of chapbooks a year, and in July 2001 we published our first two books, trade paperback
short fiction collections by Kelly Link (Stranger Things Happen) [reviews] and Ray Vukcevich (Meet Me in the Moon Room) [reviews].

Our books can be ordered directly from us but we encourage bookshops to order from distributors. Both titles are available from Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Consortium, which means you can walk into any bookshop in the land and order them. The books are already listed at Amazon.com, bn.com, and Borders.com. We do hope that you will patronize local bookshops (you can find these online at Bookweb.org and BookSense.com), but, whatever floats your boat.

Kelly Link and Ray Vukcevich are both available for interviews. They can be contacted through us at [email protected]. We are a small press with all that entails (no foreign offices, no expense accounts (boo!), small ad budget, and a decent collection of CDs we actually had to pay for. We appreciate and encourage your interest in the small presses.

A long, blowzy, yet sober — much interrupted and definitely unfinished — look at the genesis and continuance of a small press:

Ray Vukcevich, Meet Me in the Moon RoomSmall Beer Press was begun under a different name in 1996, we renamed it to something that wasn’t a bad joke no one else thought funny in that year of changes, 2000. We intend to publish one or two quality books a year until our money runs out/we lose our day jobs/we get fed up of reading slush. We are mainly powered by Gavin J. Grant who can answer most of your questions.

In publishing our first books we were led to many good decisions and stopped from making too many mistakes by our friend, the late Jenna A. Felice, who is missed more than words can say. Bryan Cholfin (of Crank! and St. Martin’s Press, not in that order) was another invaluable source of publishing and printing knowledge. Would we have found the wonderful people at Thomson-Shore without Jenna and Bryan? No. Would we have set the books in Centaur? Probably not. (Yes, we bought Centaur. You should buy a font too. Even if it’s just a fun, cheap one like Missive — which we bought
at the Paper Source in Cambridge, MA, and used to set the interior titles of Meet Me in the Moon Room.) Many other people answered questions and were generous with their time for which we are immensely grateful. The power in publishing is there for the taking and we encourage you to take it up. Buy an old copy of PageMaker or QuarkXpress on eBay and just go. Our first zines were made using Microsoft Word, it took a while and they aren’t the prettiest things, but we moved up and on. Everything finds its own level. Yours may be handwritten and photocopied, electronically distributed, or typeset by a professional. We say go for it.

Beginning in late 1996, with the publication of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet vol.1 no.1 (volume numbering later dropped for simplicity’s sake and the realization (or, when thinking about it in the UK, the realisation) that it was not appropriate), Small Beer Press has slowly grown from being distributed only within the boroughs of Boston to a small amount of international distribution, decent-selling chapbooks, and now books.

It felt like a well-paced and natural expansion. It is only the larger sums of money that get spent on producing the books that make it a
little more nerve-wracking. However, they are both of such high quality that we are quietly confident that we won’t take a complete bath (maybe a small summer shower) on them.

Stranger Things HappenFrom the very first issue we have tried to publish high quality fiction and we have been helped in our close association with the wonderful writer Kelly Link. Her cornerstone story from the first issue, “Travels with the Snow Queen” won the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 1997 and set the standard for future issues. Recently Ellen Klages story, “Flying Over Water,” from issue no. 7 was on the final Nebula ballot. A number of the stories by such authors as Dora Knez and Sten Westgard have been given honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s The Year’s
Best Fantasy and Horror
series. Kelly Link’s story “Shoe and Marriage” from the chapbook 4
Stories
,
has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

Since we only publish twice a year we are very limited in what we can publish. Stories have come to us from authors we have solicited, from people we know, and people we don’t. We encourage people to read the LCRW before submitting because we have very limited space and we know what we want.

Although we had not published Ray Vukcevich before issue no. 8, we had enjoyed his stories in many magazines and anthologies. Then we realized (no ‘s’ this time) that he had been publishing great short fiction for more than ten years and no one had published a collection by him. We jumped at the chance. Seeing Rafal Olbinski’s art on the front just makes it a package we are incredibly proud of. We hope you will enjoy them too.

Questions? Email us and we will probably respond. We are a small, lightly-staffed publishing concern, so if it’s more than a day or two — and believe me if you’re writing from a book shop, paper, magazine, or zine, the answer will be a lot faster! — maybe we are just on vacation (ha! The thought of it!).

Reviews and press coverage

Basic information

Gavin J. Grant
Small Beer Press
150 Pleasant St., #306
Easthampton, MA 01027
413.203-1636

www.smallbeerpress.com



Hello

Wed 4 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

2012? Wooee. Must be the future. Must remember to post about 2011 before it fades completely. In the meantime: we have a couple of podcasts to come—and did you listen to Rick Kleffel talking with Ayize Jama-Everett and Lisa Goldstein after their event at the Capitola Book Cafe? Not to be missed.

We had a big ebook sale on December 31st: it was huge. Seems like people, they like ebooks. With upcoming travel and so on we’ll have to keep pushing back any print book sale for a loooong time.

We published the POD+ebook edition of A Working Writer’s Daily Planner, which is an interesting experiment.

We have some nebulous plans of a new model of bookselling—hey, who doesn’t right now? So far no one has shot it down. We’re not going all Kickstarter all the time (would be interesting though, wouldn’t it, if we put every single book on Kickstarter and if it didn’t fly we didn’t publish it??) or all subscriber or citizens . . . but maybe something in between.

Anyway, that’s all pie in the sky. Really just wanted to move the sale post off the top of the page and note that soon we’ll have t-shirts for sale and, more importantly, we have new books coming from:

April
Nancy Kress, Fountain of Age and Other Stories

June
Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria
Geoff Ryman, The Unconquered Country

July
Lydia Millet, The Shimmers in the Night

August
Kij Johnson, At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories

As well as late titles(!):

LCRW 28
Laurie J. Marks, Fire Logic
Geoff Ryman, Was

And paperback editions of books we are about sold out on! The Serial Garden, What I Didn’t See, The Fires Beneath the Sea. And that’s it for now. From this tiny outpost to yours, Hello!



Small Beer &c, 2011

Wed 4 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Bookscan says our bestsellers were:

1) Kathe Koja, Under the Poppy
2) Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others
3) Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen
4) Maureen F. McHugh, After the Apocalypse
5) Karen Joy Fowler, What I Didn’t See and Other Stories

I know other things happened this year. We published one issue of LCRW with a lovely cover by Kathleen Jennings:

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 27

A. D. Jameson · Jessy Randall · K. M. Ferebee · Karen Heuler · M. K. Hobson · Carol Emshwiller · David Rowinski · Joan Aiken · Sarah Harris Wallman · Gwenda Bond · David Blair · Sarah Heller · Nicole Kimberling

And here are the books we published.

First Small Beer Press titles:

After the Apocalypse
Maureen F. McHugh

“Incisive, contemporary, and always surprising.”—Publishers WeeklyBest Books 2011: The Top 10

A Slepyng Hound to Wake
Vincent McCaffrey

“Henry is a character cut from Raymond Chandler: a modern knight on a mission to save those, and what, he loves.”—Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen

Paradise Tales
Geoff Ryman

* “Often contemplative and subtly ironic, the 16 stories in this outstanding collection work imaginative riffs on a variety of fantasy and SF themes”—Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*)

The Child Garden
Geoff Ryman

Winner of the John W. Cambell and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories
Joan Aiken

* “Wildly inventive, darkly lyrical, and always surprising . . . a literary treasure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Solitaire: a novel
Kelley Eskridge
A New York Times Notable Book, Borders Original Voices selection, and Nebula, Endeavour, and Spectrum Award finalist.

And one Big Mouth House title:

The Freedom Maze
Delia Sherman

“Adroit, sympathetic, both clever and smart, The Freedom Maze will entrap young readers and deliver them, at the story’s end, that little bit older and wiser.”
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz



A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012

Tue 3 Jan 2012 - Filed under: Books, Calendar | 26 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Available in two spiralbound or PDF ebook editions.

Standard Edition, 134 pages:
order the print edition ($13.95)
— ebook: Weightless ($0.99) /  Lulu ($1.99)

Almanac Edition which includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions, 182 pages:
order the print edition ($15.95)
— ebook Weightless ($0.99) / Lulu ebook ($1.99)

A Working Writer’s Daily Planner is the perfect place to keep everything writing-related: whether it’s the minutia of deadlines and word counts, the writing ideas and inspirations that insist on being jotted down, or the most private hopes and dreams. There’s nothing like having this planner in hand to show how much time, effort, thought, and love a writer puts into writing.

Our redesigned third annual Daily Planner is the perfect gift for anyone interested in writing from teenager to grandparent. Cover and interior art by Kathleen Jennings.

Praise for previous editions:

“I know some writers who have spent many, many hours trying to figure out the ins and outs of residency programs, grant applications and even MFA programs in creative writing. A lot of that work is done for you here, with those deadlines detailed and looming some time before their due dates.”
—Jacket Copy, Los Angeles Times

“Like many writers, I have a thing for shiny new planners, dreams of organization and a complete lack of follow-through after March. No more, my friends! A gift from a fellow writer will keep my bad thang on track—at least until June. A Working Writer’s Daily Planner from Small Beer Press is a practical planner for those of us who are distracted by bright and shiny things (like Facebook, admit it). Spiral bound, good quality paper to take the ink and chock-full of goodies such as writing exercises, paper dolls and workshop information (plus much more), it’s already been marked up with deadlines and dog-eared.”
—Momgadget.com

“An incredible gift for your favorite writer, or yourself.”
Kelli Russell

“What I just pulled out of the shipping box is a solid little book of 144 pages of text printed on a good stock of 6×9-inch paper and spiral bound to lay flat. The spiral, by the way, is made of a heavy wire and bent in at the ends, so it should both stay on the book and make it through the year.”
Women of Mystery

TABLE OF CONTENTS

How to Format a Manuscript
“A Mayan Apocalypse Primer for the WorkingWriter,” Michael J. DeLuca
“Ladies, Please!,” Sarah Rees Brennan
State Arts Grants
“What I Know About Literary Agents,” Geoffrey Goodwin
“Rewriting,” Kelley Eskridge
“A Short 2012 Reading List,”Su-Yee Lin
Future Planning
Further Resources
Contest and Award Fees
CLMP Contest Code of Ethics
“A (Mostly) Contemporary British Reading List,” Rebecca Isherwood
Fifty First Sentences
Residency Spotlight
Submission Tracker
“111 Contradictory Writing Suggestions,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Science Fiction Spotlight
A Reading List of  Favorite Romances,” Kelly Link
“Bestsellers: Do They Last?”

2010 & 2011 EXTRAS (Almanac Edition only)

Book Festivals
Writing Exercise: A Reality Show Story
“The Editorial Assistant,” Rebecca Isherwood
“How to Find a Writing Group,” Ben Francisco
Six Reading Lists
An Even Dozen Writing Prompts
Debut Author Interview: Kelly Link interviews N.K. Jemisin
Writing Exercise: A Play on Words
“Story Idea Generation,” Kelly Link
“What I Know About Writing,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Writing Exercise: Genre Musical Chairs
“Reading as a Writer,” Kelly Link
“How to End a Story,” Nick Mamatas
Writing Exercise: The Cliché Trainwreck
Where to Find Out About MFA Programs
April is National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Poetry
Writing Exercise: Truth or Fiction
“Beyond Competent and Accomplished: A Call to Action for Workshoppers,” Kelly Link
“Trivia Vs. Writing Real Stories,” Kate Wilhelm
Persevere
Writing Exercise: Dialogue
Online Writing Workshop Spotlight
Writing Exercise: Soundtrack First
Photo and Illustration Credits

A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012 Sample