Tue 11 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | 5 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Listen to Ben Parzybok on kboo.fm today at 1.30 EST (10.30 PST).

  • SciFi Dimensions is having their annual auction—so you can go pick up some good books and support the site, including Couch and The King’s Last Song.
  • Tamora Pierce on Pretty Monsters; PM is a Staff Pick at Powell’s; Creative Commons blog; what about that YA label; a book collector writes about PM and The Serial Garden;  an illustration for Stranger Things Happen.
  • A week late: slow zombies, please: “Zombies are our destiny writ large. Slow and steady in their approach, weak, clumsy, often absurd, the zombie relentlessly closes in, unstoppable, intractable.”
  • Go on: declare yourself Indiebound.
  • Leslie & the Badgers “Old Timers” is sweet.
  • Garrison Keillor (sorry Alan!) gives the Pres-Elect some good advice.
  • A review of LCRW 21 on Xerography Debt. The good news from Davida is that the print edition will keep going by partnering with Microcosm for printing and distribution (so keep sending zines in for review!):
  • “I very much enjoyed reading LCRW #21; it’s primarily fiction but also includes poetry, nonfiction, and comics. The layout and design is impeccable: crisp, clean, beautifully formatted. Carol Emshwiller is a regular contributor and the material itself covers a wide range, from odd boarding schools to a strange co-worker writing code (I don’t want to say much more for fear of giving it away), and there isn’t a single wrong note in here.”
  • Michelle Tea, Jess Arndt, Andrea Lawlor, Miel Rose, Sara Jaffe read in Northampton on Friday, 11/14, 8 PM, at Pride & Joy.

Circuit City: why does none of the coverage of CC’s bankruptcy cover the part where they fired all their long-term staff and hired people who didn’t know anything about what they were selling and sales, duh, fell?

Duh again: The government doesn’t want to prop up the car companies: yay! These same companies have been selling more fuel-efficient cars in Asia and Europe than here. And now they’re surprised to find that this may have been a mistake.

Pub Day!

Mon 10 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

CouchYes, it is the day to get ye to the pub. And whether you do or don’t, we recommend taking a copy of Benjamin Parzybok’s debut novel Couch with you. It’s publication day for Couch: yay! Ben starts a bi-coastal for the books on Friday at Powell’s (should be a party!)

Ben posted a Big Idea on Scalzi’s Whatever and got a trigger-pulling response, gave a cool-headed (inspired by our Pres-Elect??) reply, and everything ended well.

Order your copy here. If you’d like a signed or personalized copy and can’t get to one of the readings, you can order one from Powell’s or: send us a note and we will make sure your copy gets signed.

Ben Parzybok on tour:

Friday, November 14, 7:30 PM
Powell’s Books
1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR

Monday, November 17, 7:30 PM
Elliott Bay Book Company
101 S Main St., Seattle, WA, 98104

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 PM
KGB Bar (with Caitlin R. Kiernan)
85 E 4th St, New York, NYC

Thursday, November 20, 8:00 PM
Amherst Books
8 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Friday, November 21, 7:00 PM
Raconteur Books
Metuchen, NJ

Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 PM
Pandemonium Books
4 Pleasant St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Thursday, December 04, 3:00 PM
The Willamettte Store
900 State Street, Salem, OR, 97301

Friday, December 05, 5:00 PM
Waucoma Bookstore
212 Oak St., Hood River, OR, 97031

The future is here

Thu 6 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This is an amazing time to be alive. President Barack Hussein Obama. Yay! As Alisdair Gray quotes in many of his books: “Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”

Boo to California (and Florida and Arizona) for officially being Anti-Love States.

Some other things:

  • Christopher on spelling (and it makes us all weepy).
  • Jack is fascinated that Rahm Emanuel’s “brother is Ari Emanuel, the real-life inspiration for Ari Gold, the Hollywood agent played by Jeremy Piven on HBO’s Entourage.”
  • NYTimes on an Ecuadorian cocoa-growing coop that apparently makes great chocolate bars under the Kallari name. You can bet we are going to try this. (Ecuador is on our minds these days.)
  • Read a great science fiction YA novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, which won the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize. It has a very old-school (think John Wyndham, Heinlein, The Giver) set-up with a boy growing up in a village cut off from outside contact. As the world gets filled in it becomes clear that things have not gone well on this recently-settled world. Also: talking dogs! (To paraphrase: “Todd. Todd. Need a poo, Todd.”)
  • Jenny on Armitage Mondays.
  • PW looks at two presses we like a lot: Featherproof Books and Two Dollar Radio and the idea that indie presses can make beautiful objects that are also books.
  • Speaking of Two Dollar Radio, we both get a little bit of love in the latest issue of Details, sadly not from cover boy Keanu Reaves, but lovely to get a shout out along with Two Dollar and the magnificent Dalkey Archive. Is this the first time John Crowley (or at least one of his books) has appeared in Details?
  • The new LCRW is in the process of being assembled (a leg from here, and arm or three from there) and let’s just say how much fun it is to get a great nonfiction piece from Ted Chiang.

Don’t know why this version of WordPress hates pictures being aligned and insists on them being freestanding. Oh well.

Updated: King Rat made us check the html—this visual editor is weird. The image above has a weird “float” tag, so changed that and it went in on the right ok. The one below, the lovely Two Dollar tattoos (they’re real: see them at the Indie Press Book Fair in NYC in December) can stay where it is.

Unbelievable, yet

Mon 27 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Working at the satellite office (as compared to the 70 storey underground moonbase where everyone else is) in Easthampton today (it’s a somewhat easier commute). The old mill we work in is (see LA Times below) “a refurbished New England mill that looks like something out of Blake, surrounded by trees that burst into violent color in the fall.” True. What isn’t mentioned is that some of the refurbishment, well, it’s more simple and whoever did it took a colorful attitude to what really needed to be done. So for instance high up in the corners between this space and the next there are gaps in the drywall around the pipes which run through the building (which carry, er, who knows? The liquified algae being turned into biofuel on the floor below us?).

trapped birdAnd one of our neighbors has left a window open. How do we know? Because this morning there was the too-familiar fluttering sound of tiny wings. Nope, not a fairy nor an angel. Yes, indeed, ladies and gentlemen, we have a trapped birdie. No cameras here today (besides the ones on the Macs—we’ll keep trying with Photo Booth) so no pics yet….

Weekend review update:

Scott Timberg writes about Kelly in the LA Times and we have a new quote about Small Beer Press (thanks Scott!), we’re a “Hip house”!

Beam Me Up eats up The Ant King and Other Stories, “for me it was like the desert cart, each amazing bite building on what came before and promising so much more in the future.”

A summary of Geoff’s week at Omnivoracious.

Missed a review of The King’s Last Song which ran in the Washington DC City Paper in time for Gaylaxicon.

Powell’s: redesigned

Mon 27 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Powell’s has a clean and spiffy redesign—although all those nice bright colors will be missed. We link to them and to IndieBound bookstores so that we can encourage readers to go try the pure variety and idiosyncrasy of local bookshops around the country—and so that we can get a tiny cut of the sales!

So what do people from our site buy at Powell’s? Recently there’s an odd lack of financial titles—maybe everyone is too broke to read about going broke?—it’s more usually fiction, a mix of our books (The Best of LCRW, Interfictions, Pretty Monsters, Generation Loss) and other titles: Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Before You She Was a Pit Bull, Poppy Brite’s Liquor. Thanks to everyone for clicking through!

Bad blogger

Thu 23 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Must have been an awful bad blogger at Bookslut as now when I go there it says:


You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

Sale Goes On

Tue 21 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

As noted in the new, improved, revived, awake and punchy Mobylives (welcome back!) and on the Boston Globe‘s Off the Shelf book blog (and the Baltimore Sun and many other goodly bloggity places), our books, they are still on sale. We’ve raised another smaller chunk of change for Obama, so yay and thank you! We will keep the books on sale until Election Day in the USA. They also note that another press is donating to the Angry Old Man side of things and Circlet Press have a nice idea to get people to get involved in any of the campaigns:

Then there’s the nonpartisan view, taken by Circlet Press. The Cambridge-based publisher of (we’re not making this up) science fiction erotica will give anyone a free book upon proof of contribution to either side in the presidential campaign. “We know there is a lot going on out there with the failing economy, war in Iraq, and so on,” says a Circlet blog post. “So our biggest hope is that Circlet’s readers get active in the political process, whether you are for McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden, or Rosalind/Adama. And we’re encouraging you to put your money where your mouth is (no, no, not there, you kinky thing).”

Sale Update: $539 (x2) So Far

Tue 14 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Thank you to everyone who has bought books from us in the last two weeks.

Here’s an update on our Sale: we just donated $539 to the Obama for President campaign—which was doubled by an anonymous contributor, making it worth $1,078: Yay Indeed! The campaign are hoping for 100,000 new supporters by Friday and we hope you will consider donating.

A few rough stats on the sale: three people have gone for the Huge Box of Every book we have published—including those still to be published in 2008 and more than half a dozen people have gone for All the Books We Published in 2008. We should really send these happy people a new bookshelf. We will probably settle for chocolate.

Most people are buying a couple of books. Some incredibly generous people are using our regular ordering page and asking that the donation be made from that total.

Orders have come in from: the USA, Canada, the UK, Japan, Australia, and Croatia.

With a couple of hundred books being ordered, we are falling behind on shipping!

The Serial Garden is very popular in this sale.

And that’s it so far. Please spread the word: we’d love to sell more books and donate more to the campaign. There’s a fundraiser tomorrow night at the Apollo Grill in Easthampton where we’re going to have to write a check. Don’t make us write it alone!

Gidney, Zombie Plans, Cringing, Nothing

Sat 13 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Go get Craig Gidney’s new collection Sea, Swallow Me, and Other Stories—and help pay the man’s medical fees! (What kind of country accepts 10-15% of its citizens as a permanently uninsured underclass? This one. Vote for Obama and a new national health system.)

This is a collection we were gong to buy anyway and this offer from publisher Steve Berman was so irresistible that a check was dropped in the mail today:


Rather than just a royalty, I’d like to offer a pre-pub sale that would give him the entire amount. Yes, I won’t even keep my costs and, since 10% of my profits were to be donated to the >Carl Brandon Society, if you purchase a copy of the book before publication, I’ll still make that pledge. So, $13 goes to Craig and $1.30 goes to Carl Brandon. Books will be sent out via media mail at my cost.

If you’ve already ordered a copy through Amazon, I want to thank you. But that won’t help Craig for months. Plus, I’ll make sure Craig autographs your copy before it is sent out.

I’d prefer payment be sent via check, but you could Paypal it if necessary to lethepress AT aol DOT com. The price is only $13 per book.

Lethe Press
118 Heritage Ave
Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Other good things on the web: Kelly’s story “Some Zombie Contingency Plans” is now online as part of John Joseph Adams’s huge new anthology The Living Dead. Coincedentally there was a nice review of Magic for Beginners over at The Fix. And Strange Horizons recently ran Richard Butner’s weird and lovely(?) story “The Secret Identity.”

Did anyone watch the first episode of “Fringe” without spending a lot of time cringing? So many weird and bad things. Best and most hopeful interpretation is that it was a prequel tacked onto the show and that the actual show will be better. Seems over optimistic.

However, to make up for that, the second volume of M.T. Anderson’s second Octavian Nothing is absolutely fantastic.

Sunday in Brooklyn

Fri 12 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

blurrybuttons.JPGWe’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Fair on Sunday from 10-6. 10 AM seems a little early, but coming somewhat early in the day may be advisable as we will be selling all books for same price: $10! (We’re not going to bring the hardcover editions of The Ant King or The Baum Plan, but we’ll have plenty of the paperbacks.) That includes Geoff Ryman’s The King’s Last Song and pretty much everything we have in print — even The Best of LCRW and the Harcourt paperback of Magic for Beginners. For big spenders we will have (recycled) canvas bags. For really big spenders, Small Beer Press is available!

buttoneering.JPGWhile Kelly’s new book won’t be out, we will have tiny thing to keep people going: buttons (yes, that flock there) featuring four of Shaun Tan‘s interior illustrations for the book as well as “Pretty Monster” temporary tattoos.

Kelly and Holly Black have also produced their first collaboration: a 4-letter tattoo. Pick yours up at the fair!

Anyone dressed as a zombie gets a free button. Anyone dressed gets a free button. Anyone ina  dressing gown gets two. Anyone undressed gets appluaded.

Needs More Coaster

Wed 3 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The Ant King and Other StoriesStill wondering whether you should buy into the Ant King’s lair? There are reviews coming up in Realms of Fantasy and the Washington Post and of course, you can read a bunch of the stories online or just download the whole thing.

Benjamin Rosenbaum’s stories run the gamut from weird to truly weird. Sometimes the whimsical aspects can occlude the deep rigor and the intellectual underpinnings: make no mistake, no matter what the genre, these are some of the best stories we’ve read in recent years and we’re very happy to share them with readers.

Ben just announced a competition on his blog (with a nice long deadline) for readers to create derivative works from his stories:

  • On March 3, 2009 (that gives you six months), Ben will send signed (and extensively doodled-upon) hardcover copies of The Ant King and Other Stories to the creators of the three derivative works that he likes the best

Go, create!

Some catching up

Tue 26 Aug 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

  • sThe disclosure label from New England GreenStart shows that our home power mix (we don’t get to choose for the Paragon Arts Building) is 75% hydroelectric and the rest from biomass (20.9%), solar (3%), and wind (1.2%).
    Hydro has its own impact problems (somewhat less than nuclear [storage, leaks] or coal [mining, pollution]), but seeing the solar part rise from 1% to 3% in the last couple of years is tres tres exciting.
  • The NEA recently announced that applications are open for their 2010 translation grants. Go forth, translate something weird, and query us on it.
  • Download our distributor’s catalog in PDF here and see what’s coming from us, Coffee House, Paul Dry, Manic D, and many more.
  • Gayle Shanks, president of the Am. Booksellers Association, has a thoughtful letter on Chelsea Green’s decision to restrict sales of their new Obama title to Amazon:

One of my core beliefs as a bookseller is that a free society depends on a diverse marketplace of ideas, and that closed markets, exclusive agreements, and tactics designed to achieve a short-term victory at the expense of core values are both short-sighted and counter productive.

We’re in the process of changing out BookSense.com book links over to IndieBound—we hope you’ll always consider buying our books locally (where they will generally be in stock first). Here are the links for The Ant King: Our Local Bookstore | Your Local Bookstore.

Since everyone always votes with their wallet, try this fact on people when they tell you they like to buy online:

  • Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43

That math means that your local community loses $25 of every $100 spent at chains. Which means $250 of every $1,000; $250,000 of each million dollars. Which is why local shops find it hard to compete when that much income is leaving the area. That $25 ($250, $250,000) pays people to work locally, pays local suppliers, etc. Don’t discount shop people out of jobs in your town.

Listening to someone else’s local music right now on My Old Kentucky Blog: Ben Weaver The Ax in the Oak from one of our fave labels, Bloodshot.

we get around

Wed 16 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Wednesday John Kessel will be showing the kids a good time in New York City at the KGB Bar (can’t be there, boo!) with JoSelle Vanderhooft. Order a Baltika for us. Then John goes to Readercon outside Boston next weekend (more on that below), and on Tuesday the 22nd he (and David J. SuperSchwartz) read at Odyssey Books in South Hadley (near Northampton). He should be on the local radio, will link to it if and when.

That Readercon thing:

  1. We’re on some panels.
  2. So are you.
  3. We’ll have a table (and maybe a surprise) in the dealers room.
  4. So will you!
  5. We’ll have LCRW 22 (and some old ones, The Best of, etc.) as well as Dr. Kessel’s mighty collection—get it signed here!—as well as all the usual good stuff. We’ll have galley give aways and pre-ordering opportunities.
  6. One of them involve one of next year’s Guests of Honor. (Check the programming book!)
  7. Geoff Ryman will be reading from The King’s Last Song on Saturday at 3 PM. We will have galleys around to look at but the book won’t be on sale until September
  8. Benjamin Rosenbaum’s book hilariously ships on Tuesday July 22, just after the convention. Ha. Cough.
  9. See you at the Meet the Prose party.

Manana: The Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection of Children’s Illustration

Fri 11 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

There’s a reception for this new exhibition at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst tomorrow so off we’ll toodle on the horse and cart (um, car) to cheese it up in front of some beautiful art.

There’s supposed to be a catalog available from the exhibit, if so, will procure a copy poste haste. The Eric Carle has a fantastic book shop — tons of kids books, art, stuff, Eric Carle postcards (everyone needs a paper dragon), &c.

Of course we’ll go back with you when you visit!

pics and comments

Thu 26 Jun 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Kessel, Baum Plan

Thanks to Ben P. we now have a new thing (functionality!) on this page. (But nowhere else on the site. Ha!) During our gremlins’ tea break we installed a “Subscribe to Comments” plugin so that you, the commenter can choose to receive an email when someone else comments on your comment. It’s not just a Facebook wall for graffiti, people are reading! Cough.

Another thing: a little while ago Michael* took some pics of some of our books and now they are online. At some later point there may be more. In the meantime:

Crowley, Endless Things

Hand, Generation Loss

Ellen Kushner, The Privilege of the Sword

Magic for Beginners

* Michael’s got a solstice gardening story here — with a picture linked in the comments that is just right for you, Mr. Rowe.

Parking is easy.

Mon 23 Jun 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This is my favorite picture from the tiny car page:


LCRW 22: Something you cannot have, yet.

Thu 8 May 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

What we are doing: a new catalog, galleys of 2 books for BookExpo, a game for BookExpo, a zine, a chapbook for BookExpo, Sales Conference this weekend, sending forth review copies of The Ant King, enjoying the reviews of John Kessel’s book and sending that out further, the Phil. Book Festival next weekend. Maybe other stuff? Who knows.

Coming soonish on a website, a bike, a firecracker near you: the zine known as LCRW. And what will be in it? Pomegranates! Of course. Also, mostly fiction. This will go to the printers devils in a week or two. Here’s what’s it is:

William Alexander, “Away”
Charlie Anders, “Love Might Be Too Strong a Word”
Becca De La Rosa, “Vinegar and Brown Paper”
Kristine Dikeman, “Dearest Cecily:
Carol Emshwiller, “Self Story”
Eileen Gunn, “To the Moon Alice” (poem)
Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Snowdrops”
Maureen F. McHugh, “Going to France”
Jeremie McKnight, “The Camera & the Octopus”
Mark Rigney, “Portfolio”
David J. Schwartz, “Mike’s Place”
Jodi Lynn Villers, “The Honeymoon Suite”
Caleb Wilson, “American Dreamers”
Cara Spindler, “Escape”
Miriam Allred, “To a Child Who Is Still a FAQ”
Gwenda Bond, “Dear Aunt Gwenda”
Abby Denson, Comic

Hey hey

Tue 22 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

How excited are we? Very! Congratulations Jed!

As far as we know he’ll be back in the office later this week. Or, could it be true that he is right this moment partaking of a well-earned vacation on a sunny island in Indonesia? Who can say, without consulting The Manual of Detection


Fri 18 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Update: approaching 5,000 downloads of John Kessel’s collection. More good news on the Creative Commons front here next Tuesday. Ladies, Fish, and Gentlemen, could this be a regular thing?! Publishers Weekly notes John’s book here. There are a couple of new download options to add (you people are Awesome!).

John did his first reading for The Baum Plan at Quail Ridge in Raleigh and about 100 people turned out: Yay!

We are just sending off LCRW-with-green-eyeshadow, the most inventive subscription request we’ve received yet.

Will has a great post on findings at a recent library sale (and also a call to action for New Yorkers). Will’s blog is a must-read.
Alan DeNiro’s review of The New Space Opera at Rain Taxi is the basis for a conversation on SF Signal. Then it got picked up by io9. Then a huge spaceship appeared over the Twin Cities and uploaded Alan, Kristin, and Rain Taxi. Good luck out there!

Somehow completely missed that there was an online discussion of Sean Stewart’s Perfect Circle which included Sean. Sean’s new book, Cathy’s Key: If Found, Call (650) 266-8202, is hitting stores right about Now.

New Fowler

Fri 4 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Wit's End Signed CoverKaren Joy Fowler’s new novel Wit’s End is out this week—you can read the first chapter here and an interview here. There’s also a video of that interview if you have a WSJ log-in.

You can also pre-order a signed copy from Powell’s (and pick up a signed copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s new novel, Lavinia, at the same time!).

Wit’s End is great.

That’s all.

More? Ok. Great fun, hilarious in parts, heartbreaking, and filled with Fowlerian grace notes. It’s one of the first novels to really look at the author’s place in this overheated Web 2.doh atmosphere. There’s more politics in it than The Jane Austen Book Club, which is a good fit as Fowler is one of the most acute and informed political observers we know. And now we can play the Casting the Movie game.

Also, here’s her new web site and upcoming events (via Gwenda).

That 800lb gorilla

Fri 28 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

From today’s Shelf Awareness a note that’s going to affect a ton of indie presses:

Amazon has notified publishers who print books on demand that they will
have to use Amazon’s POD facilities if they want to sell their books
directly on Amazon.com, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“The move signals that Amazon is intent on using its position as the
premier online bookseller to strengthen its presence in other phases of
bookselling and manufacturing,” the Journal continued. Amazon “has
evolved into a fully vertical book publishing and retail operation. Most
recently, Amazon acquired audiobook seller Audible Inc. Amazon also
sells its own ebook reader called the Kindle.”

Publishers will have to use Amazon’s BookSurge POD subsidiary. Among
competitors are Ingram’s Lightning Source and lulu.com.

Read the whole piece here (put in any WSJ headline into Google News and you can read the whole thing).

Is Greater Than

Mon 24 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Some of the fine people from the much-missed Punk Planet have a new website, Is Greater Than, looking at all things indie, leftish, and interesting from fine foods (the all-veggie KFC Famous Bowl) to the ongoing Afghan War. They’ve been running a series on independent presses and have featured Tin House, Featherproof Books, and now Small Beer Press.

featherproof.jpgThis Will Go Down on Your Permanent RecordNot sure about the 3rd one there, but the first two are definitely worth checking out. (Or rather, check in from your zoned out state and see what they are up to.)

Tin House, well, we know you know. Fantastic journal and now putting out some wild books.

Featherproof are a newish press coming straight out of the Pork Center of the Americas, Chicago. Jonathan Messinger’s collection Hiding Out should just have enough weirdness to keep you happy. Or you could try their first step into the YA field with Susannah Felt’s novel This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record (great title!).

Swanwick & Keck

Wed 19 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Tonight’s Fantastic Fiction reading at the KGB Bar in NYC will be hosted by Matt Kressel, the man behind the curtain at Senss Five Press (publisher of the zine Sybil’s Garage and a new anthology, Paper Cities). Tonight’s reading, beginning at 7 PM features Michael Swanwick (The Dragons of Babel) and David Keck (In a Time of Treason).

Date: Up.

Tue 4 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Today’s juggling of tasks incomplete landed these few on the ground as done enough for now:

Kelly is one of the readers in a Tin House/excellent indie press night on Thursday at the Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza with Anne Carson, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Lydia Millet.

Maureen McHugh has some new stories coming up (or at least one in Ellen Datlow’s Del Rey Books of Science Fiction and Fantasy) and maybe she’s working on a novel in between more of those computer game/operas she’s working on. Catch up with her in a Locus interview.

Updated the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading Series page with some upcoming readers. Yes, you will need to go to the page to see who. Ooh! Unless, of course, it is you, Michael Swanwick or David Keck who is reading this. Some of these readers are more firmly booked than others.

Since we just finished the selections for the next Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror now seemed like a good time to update the page a little. Not much. There really are ghostly gremlins working away to make the site better so until then, hodge and podge are the breakfast, elevensies, lunch, threesies, nibbles, dinner, supper, and midnight feast around here.

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