Showing that they certainly know how to do things right over there in the UK, when we arrived back at Small Beer HQ (after 400 hours or so of travel from Sydney (why did we leave??)) there on the table was a bright* and beautiful bunch of flowers from Kelly’s UK publisher HarperPerennial to celebrate the UK publication of Magic for Beginners. Yay!
One of our fave writers, Jon Courtenay Grimwood reviewed it for SFX, and described it thusly: “A frighteningly original collection of stories from a frighteningly original voice.”
Will Kelly be hopping a Virgin 747 to London, Manchester, Birmingham? Only time will tell. Calling Richard Branson?
(It really depends on the inflight movies: managed to skip Man of the Year on 3 flights … however, Mistress of Spices (“Spices…”) may, er, be worth a
Updates on some of Kelly’s stories &c. (sorry if any of these are repeats, trying to catch up):
- The Hungarian edition of Stranger Things Happen has an awesome front-to-back cover which includes scary dogs and a man with a gun (not sure why) sitting above a row of girl detective heads. more
- “The Wizards of Perfil” will be in the first volume of Jonathan Strahan’s new series, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year.
More news about this story will follow at some point soon.
- “Flying Lessons” will be reprinted in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine: 30th Anniversary Anthology.
- Andy Duncan’s class is discussing Magic for Beginners along with Jeff Ford’s The Empire of Ice Cream and some other good stuff.
- Surely must have mentioned the Finnish anthology, Uuskummaa?, edited by Jukka Halme which includes the story “Magic for Beginners” as well as stories by Jeff VanderMeer, Margo Lanagan, Carol Emshwiller, and more.
- Lastly, Kelly arrived back to find page proofs of her story “The Constable of Abal” which will be published this summer in Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling’s trickster-themed anthology The Coyote Road. That’s the title page over there.
* Bright is important as it’s Dark here in Massachusetts.