— Magic for Beginners hits another couple of year’s best lists: Seattle Times, (“odd, absorbing, fantasy stories”) and Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire (list, listen). “If you do nothing else, read the title story…. It’s like looking at an M.C. Escher drawing…. It’s just a fabulous story, so don’t miss Kelly Link.” [Nancy also picks out Kevin Brockmeier, Susannah Clarke, Elizabeth Strout, etc.]– Lovely literary bookmarks by Eddie Campbell (sorry, forget where the link came from).
— See you at KGB tonight.
— The Scotsman reports on a BBC Scotland radio show they’re dubbing “the Scottish Simpsons“.
— Old Earth Books has a new release date (March) for their Howard Waldrop collection, THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME: Selected Short Fiction, 1980 – 2005.
— Some pix of Venice — many more to follow.
— Also: an interview with M.T. Anderson (thx Gwenda).