- Tonight at the KGB Bar Fantastical Fiction series: Kit Reed and Jon Armstrong read from the color opera: Bronze and Grey.
- Thursday, Kelly Link reads at the 11th annual Mad RiverLiterary Festival at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. (Magic for Beginners review from an interesting point of view.) Meanwhile a screenwriting class is working on “a STRONG ADAPTATION, not a freewheeling one” of “The Specialist’s Hat” for their final assignment. And at some point there will be tiny films based on “The Girl Detective” from a grad program. More news from Kelly soon. Besides the story “Magic for Beginners” appearing in Fiction—the French edition of F&SF.
- Friday: Yo La Tengo play at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA.
- Birnbaum notices Endless Things. Does he need to read it? Oh yes.
- A truly-worth-reading review on Rain Taxi of Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead:
DeNiro’s range and the suppleness of his voice would set him apart even minus the compassion that drives Skinny Dipping.
- Jennifer Stevenson on the addictive and sometimes helpful madness of writing a book in a week. (Jennifer’s up to Chapter 17 in her podcast of Trash Sex Magic.)
- Congratulations to this year’s crop of Young Lions (check out their NYC events):
Chris Adrian, The Children’s Hospital
Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead
Tony D’Souza, Whiteman
Olga Grushin, The Dream Life of Sukhanov
Karen Russell, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves
- Sharp-eyed folks will remember Karen Russell from LCRW 15 — her story “Help Wanted” will be reprinted in this autumn’s surprise Costco Book of the Year and Costa Award Winner The Best of LCRW.
- 2 of Karen’s stories from her collection also appear on the Tiptree Honor List — congratulations to winners, Shelley Jackson for Half Life and Catherynne M. Valente for The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden and all the honorees:
Andrea Hairston, Mindscape (Aqueduct Press 2006)
Betsy James, Listening at the Gate (Atheneum 2006)
Ellen Kushner, The Privilege of the Sword (Spectra 2006) [HC]
James Morrow, The Last Witchfinder (Morrow 2006)
Michaela Roessner, “Horse-Year Women”; (Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2006)
Karen Russell, “Ava Wrestles the Alligator”; (Granta 93, April 2006; St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Knopf 2006))
Karen Russell, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” ( Zoetrope: All-Story, Summer 2006; St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Knopf 2006))
Karen Traviss, Matriarch (Eos 2006)
Mark von Schlegell, Venusia (Semiotext(e) 2005)
- Ed Park‘s novel Personal Days got pre-empted by Jonathan Cape. That’s pretty exciting news.
- Final covers for all our books are up. Books are all either at the printer or somewhere in flight between the Moon and You.
- Do everyone a favor and put your next book order (or three) in to Women & Children First in Chicago. This is an amazing bookshop that for huge community resource. Like many other city center bookstores it is fighting for survival due to rising rents (in part due to the increased foot traffic the bookshops bring to an area) and of course internet book sales. They sell some of our books and stock LCRW, which is amazing. But that’s not the reason it’s worth sending some of your hard-earned their way. W&CF work for the community as much as for themselves. Look at their Organization of the Month and the Women’s Voices Fund. Anyway, enough: here are some recs to get there: The Cottagers, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Ironside.
- More TK. TBA. To come. To Be Arranged. TBS. To Be Shelved. TSPTD. To sleep, perchance to dream.
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