An American Beer Nerd in Edinburgh 2

Fri 30 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 1 Comment| Posted by: Michael

The Pentland Hills, with Wall

The Pentland Hills, with Wall

Part Two: The North Is Coming

If you haven’t, read part one.

“The North is coming!” cry the beer nerds of Scotland and Northern England, in shameless reference to those bold, glory-seeking fictional beer nerds from Beyond the Wall. In the North, I learned, a brewing renaissance is underway. The dominance of CAMRA-established uniformity I talked about in part one cracks steadily under the small but building onslaught of US-influenced, globally inspired nano- and microbreweries. Edinburgh is full of tiny, endlessly cross-pollinating knots of brewing brilliance, a beer microculture not entirely unlike those I’ve found surrounding Boston and Detroit.

Below I review a lot of bars in no particular order, though I did save some of the best for last. One week, fourteen pubs (plus repeats), miles and miles of walking over hill and under dale, too many pints to count, and thanks in great part to all that low ABV I raved about in part one, only one hangover! The fish and chips and bangers and mash blurred together; the beers and the bartenders did not. I prepared an insufficiently researched beer tour map ahead of time; it  got thrown to the wind. What I found instead was better. I have updated the map—open it in another window and follow along.

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Tyrannia isn’t a geographical location

Tue 27 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Spolia #1

As Gus Iversen notes on the Spolia magazine intro page to Alan DeNiro’s story “A Rendition,”

Tyrannia isn’t a geographical location as much as a frame of mind. 

Read the intro (“Tyrannia: Population: Alan DeNiro“) here and the full story here.

 



Bookslinger: At the Mouth of the River of Bees

Fri 23 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

New this week on Consortium’s Bookslinger app is the title story from Kij Johnson’s At the Mouth of the River of Bees.

Previously on Bookslinger:

Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud’s “Delauney the Broker” (translated by Edward Gauvin) from the collection A Life on Paper.

Ray Vukcevich, “Whisper

Maureen F. McHugh, “The Naturalist

Karen Joy Fowler, “The Pelican Bar

Kelly Link, “The Faery Handbag

Benjamin Rosenbaum, “Start the Clock

Maureen F. McHugh, “Ancestor Money

Download the app in the iTunes store.

And watch a video on it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySL1bvyuNUE



PW on Spider in a Tree

Wed 21 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Publishers Weekly gave a lovely review to Susan’s forthcoming (at the printer now!) novel Spider in a Tree:

“Stinson restores personhood and complexity to figures who have shriveled into caricature. . . . the payoff is not just the recovered history but the beautifully evoked sense of lives lived under the eye, not only of prying neighbors, but of God, with all the terror and possibility that entailed.”

Read the whole thing here.

If you’re in Western Mass., don’t miss Susan’s launch party/reading on October 2nd and then the her cemetery tour (tickets available at Broadside Books) on October 5th. We’re still adding events, but here’s what we have at the moment:

October 2, 7 pm, Launch party & reading, First Churches, Northampton, Mass. Sponsored by Forbes Library and Broadside Books.
October 5, 1 pm, Public Cemetery Tour. Tickets will be available this autumn.
October 8, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.
(Late October: San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley)
December 15, 5 pm, Bloom Readings, Washington Heights, NYC



Where are they now: Michael J. DeLuca

Tue 20 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Cat! the viewMy archery skills have severely deteriorated. I no longer get paper cuts. I haven’t mistakenly spent too much money mailing anything to Germany in quite some time. The mail room employees at the Easthampton post office have very likely forgotten what I look like.

I moved away from Western Mass, first to Boston, then Detroit, where I meet fewer pagans on a daily basis and not everyone agrees with my politics. I own a house now (real estate: significantly cheaper outside the Valley) and have begun accumulating books once again after a long stretch of itinerant downsizing, but despair at ever getting my house to the enviable state of the Small Beer office in 2005, where one expected any day to die of internal injuries following a tragic book cave-in.

I still write (I will always write) but am less afraid of writers. I still listen to and enjoy indie chamber-pop, but less of it. It has been years since I’ve opened a piece of mail with a tiny cutlass. Through a great stroke of luck and generosity, I once again on occasion get to look at a medicinal mushrooms poster. I still eat wild mushrooms procured from local woods and have not yet died of it. I still drink lots of quite good tea, but eat slightly less amazing chocolate. I ride 100% fewer freight elevators and no longer have much use for a pallet jack.

Otherwise, life remains much the same.

Michael J. DeLuca lives in Michigan. His short stories have been published in Urban Green ManAbyss & Apexand Beneath Ceaseless Skiesamong others.



Tyrannia, free?

Mon 12 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Good news! We have 15 copies of Alan DeNiro’s excellent new collection, Tyrannia and Other Renditions to giveaway* on LibraryThing.

Alan’s stories are like no one else’s.* Tyrannia—with a fab cover by Kevin Huizengahas eleven stories that have been published in Asimov’s, Caketrain, Strange Horizons, Spolia, and other fine books and magazines. This book will knock you over and if you’re lucky, it will do it for free.

Good luck!

* Yes, we used to do Mehgoodreads giveaways but since they got bought by Amazon I closed my account. Bitter? Me? No. Yes, LT are part-owned by the evil empire, too. Meh.

** Yes, I know this is true of everyone. But it’s more true of Alan!



One Campus, One Book @ University of Alaska Southeast

Tue 6 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

One Campus, One Book @ University of Alaska Southeast

We’re excited to see how it goes this later this year at the University of Alaska Southeast where Kij Johnson’s At the Mouth of the River of Bees has been chosen for their One Campus, One Book program. Check out the huge rendering of Jackie Morris*’s great bee. You can keep up the university and community events on the OCOB facebook page.

Kij will be visiting the campus from November 6-8:

November 8, 2013, 7:00 pm, UAS Egan Library
An Evening with Kij Johnson
Sponsored by OCOB and UAS Evening at Egan lecture series.

November 9, 2013, 1:00-4:00 pm, Douglas Public Library
Community Fiction Writing Workshop with Kij Johnson
Sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries

April 2014, Location TBA
Narrative in Drawing
UAS Student Art Exhibit featuring works based on ‘At the Mouth of the River of Bees’

* Don’t miss Jackie’s pictures of her garden (which is really underselling this link). Flowers? Check. Interesting garden gate? Check. Cat? Check. Unique windows in garden wall? Check. Cornucopia of beauty? Check.



Dr. Capaldi

Mon 5 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Hey, I am a huge fan of The Thick of It, but come on, this is getting ridiculous. I thought last time the Doctor Who writers picked a new actor (er, regenerated) they’d be on the side of the rest of the world, you know, not just white guys from England and Scotland. My mistake. Instead they chose 28-year-old Matt Smith. Huh, we all said.

Surely, the world thought, next time they will go with someone who is not a young white guy.

Well, they picked Peter Capaldi of Local Hero and The Thick of It. A brilliant actor and who can blame him for taking the gig? And, note, he is almost twice Matt Smith’s age! Is that not . . . different! Ta da!

Er, no. Why did they not pick a woman and/or someone who is not white?

For a TV show that’s been running 50 years, this is getting beyond silly and into embarrassing. (Conspiracy theorists note: the next actor will be the Unlucky 13th Doctor. Ooh. Maybe they will pick me only to kill me off in my first episode?)

The Doctor—hey, I know someone will correct me if I’m wrong—is an alien with two hearts who comes from somewhere rather far away and who gets to Time Lord it all up and down the timestream. Yet, somehow, so far he can only be played by (sorry, “regenerate into”) yet another white guy?

Some alien. Blah, blah, blah.



LCRW 29 table of contents

Thu 1 Aug 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Coming next month, maybe sooner to subscribers, the latest issue of our occasional outburst, Lady Churchill’s Rather Late Wristlet. The table of contents is as below. This might even be the right order. Seems a bit farfetched to have the ToC out but not the zine. Heck, there is even a cover.

Fiction

“Smash!” Jennifer Linnaea
“The Groomsmen,” Sarah Blackman
“Fairy Skulls,” Nina Allan
“Yaga Dreams of Growing Up,” Eileen Wiedbrauk
“Dietus Interruptus,” Ian Breen
“Good Keith!,” J. Brundage
“Three Rights Make a Left,” Rhonda Eikamp
“EGGS,” Claire Hero
“Disaster Movies,” Christopher Stabback
“Four Phoebes,” Maya Sonenberg

Nonfiction

“How to Seduce a Vegetarian,” Nicole Kimberling

Poetry

“Re-load,” Kara Singletary
“Noise,” David Galef
“Ksampguiyaeps—Woman-Out-To-Sea” and “Hermitage,” Neile Graham

Cover photo

Dawn Kimberling

 

 

 



Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 29

Thu 1 Aug 2013 - Filed under: LCRW | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

8.5 x 7 · 60pp · September 2013 · Issue 29 · Ebook (ISBN 9781618730817) available from Weightless.

The new issue of our Occasional Outburst, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (#29! how many times will we claim this number in the future?) is best read while at work. There is a cooking column (“How to Seduce a Vegetarian”) by Nicole Kimberling as well as fiction and poetry from Jennifer Linnaea, Neile Graham, Sarah Blackman, Claire Hero, and many more wonderful writers. Actually, that thing about reading at work. OK, it’s good at home, too.

Read an interview with Food Columnist Nicole Kimberling.

Reviews

Well, you never know, right?

SF Revu

Fiction

“Smash!” Jennifer Linnaea
“The Groomsmen,” Sarah Blackman
“Fairy Skulls,” Nina Allan
“Yaga Dreams of Growing Up,” Eileen Wiedbrauk
“Dietus Interruptus,” Ian Breen
“Good Keith!,” J. Brundage
“Three Rights Make a Left,” Rhonda Eikamp
“EGGS,” Claire Hero
“Disaster Movies,” Christopher Stabback
“Four Phoebes,” Maya Sonenberg

Nonfiction

“How to Seduce a Vegetarian,” Nicole Kimberling

Poetry

“Re-load,” Kara Singletary
“Noise,” David Galef
“Ksampguiyaeps—Woman-Out-To-Sea” and “Hermitage,” Neile Graham

Cover photo

Dawn Kimberling


Made by: Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link.

Readers: Julie Day, Jennifer Terpsichore Abeles.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 29, September 2013. ISSN 1544-7782. Ebook ISBN: 978-1-61873-081-7.Text: Bodoni Book. Titles: Imprint MT Shadow. LCRW is usually published in June and November by Small Beer Press, 150 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027 · [email protected] · smallbeerpress.com/lcrwSubscriptions: $20/4 issues (see page 16 for options). Please make checks to Small Beer Press. Library & institutional subscriptions are available through EBSCO & Swets. LCRW is available as an ebook through weightlessbooks.com, &c. Contents © 2013 the authors. All rights reserved. Submissions, requests for guidelines, & all good things should be sent to the address above. No SASE: no reply. Paper edition printed by the good people at Paradise Copies, 21 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060. 413-585-0414. Funny how once this thing has been finished, there’s always something else to do.

One of these days we’ll all be dust and somewhere this paper zine will sit on a shelf. What a laugh!