Get your name in a story &c.

Wed 4 Oct 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

More interesting things from the Clarion auction: your name in a Kelly Link story. Howard Waldrop on your answering machine. Your name in a Kate Wilhelm novel. Wacky. Other cool stuff.



Best Cousin

Sun 27 Aug 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Posted by: Gavin

StorytellerCongratulations to all last night’s Hugo Award winners (win your own French writer!) especially Kate Wilhelm, whose book Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop won the Hugo for Best Related Book. Storyteller also won the Locus Award a couple of months ago. That’s pretty amazing. The little book that could and all that.

Kate was one of the co-founders of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop — of which there are now three: Clarion East (Michigan), Clarion West (Seattle), and Clarion South (Australia) — and taught there for 27 years (hence the book title!). She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Clarion Foundation, a nonprofit organization she helped establish in 2005 to ensure that the Clarion Workshop will continue. It’s a lovely book, formal where it needs to be (while writing about writing) and informal where it can be — the fun parts.

There were a couple of fun parts about publishing the book — the first was reading it over and over (as well as the usual editing and so forth the book had to be retyped!) and thinking about the book and the lessons within; and the second was hearing from readers who took different things from the book. “Yes — it was like that!” “Ah, that’s the secret.” “Huh.” “Six weeks sounds like a long time.” “Bum on the seat every morning….” “Wonder if I could go.” “What a laugh.” Kate’s been writing for a long time and has readers all over the map so it’s not just Clarion alumni and haters (hello!) who’ve been reading it.

Anyway, if you want a taste there are three excerpts available online:

  1. Can Writing Be Taught?
  2. Trivia Vs. Writing Real Stories now available at the Online Writing Workshop.
  3. My Silent Partner at SF Site.

Again with the congratulations to all and sundry winners and as ever those who didn’t get a rocket know it’s an honor to be nominated. Those who weren’t nominated: eh, what you gonna do? (Go see the lumberjack competition at a local fair or brave the cold rain(!) at the tomato fest.)



Locus Awards

Sun 18 Jun 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Locus Awards Winners announced Saturday night at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. Congratulations to all the winners which included the following:

Best Novella: “Magic for Beginners“, Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners, F&SF 9/05)

Best Anthology: The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, eds. (St. Martin’s)

Best Collection: Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link (Small Beer Press)

Storyteller Best Non-Fiction: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)



reviews, signed books

Fri 2 Jun 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Alan DeNiro news: Small Spiral Notebook review, Ideomancer interview and review of Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead.

New review of Storyteller — of which we now have signed copies in stock:

“Satisfying in its own right, presenting an informative, and entertaining, blend of history, memoirs, and writing lessons.”
Steven Silver

We also have a few signed copies of our Carol Emshwiller books. (Good news there: she handed in a new novel to Jacob Weissman at Tachyon Books.)



Locus Awards

Tue 4 Apr 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Amazing results (and a great reading list) from the Locus Poll: Storyteller by Kate Wilhelm is a Locus Awards Finalist for Best Non-Fiction and Kelly Link is a finalist for Best Novella (“Magic for Beginners“), Best Short Story (“Some Zombie Contingency Plans”), and Best Collection (Magic for Beginners) — thank you to everyone who voted.

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Eighteen is also a finalist for Best Anthology, yay! The latest edition is going into galleys and will be out in July. Updated the pages for the 17th and 18th editions and added the Table of Contents for the 19th edition (only in alpha order as yet).

The Locus Awards will be given out at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle (which — along with the Experience Music Project — is a fun day out).

It’s a ballot that leans heavily toward male writers. Maybe someone (hello, Broad Universe) will go check out the historical gender breakdown of the finalists and winners and then we can continue the conversation which starts with “What’s up with that?”



Kate Wilhelm: Hugo Nominee

Thu 30 Mar 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Congratulations and good luck to all the Hugo Award nominees (inc. Small Beer authors Howard Waldrop and LCRW contributor Sarah Monette), especially:

Best Related Book Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)

Also worth noting: Kate Wilhelm will be Guest of Honor (with Jane Yolen) at WisCon, Madison, WI, May 26-29, 2006.

There’s a groovy excerpt from Storyteller, My Silent Partner, at SF Site.

In 2005 we donated $5 from each sale of Storyteller through our website to the Clarion Foundation. In early 2006 we sent in a check for $850 — thank you readers for helping us help future Clarion Workshop attendees.



Storyteller ebook

Mon 9 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Added another ebook: Storyteller, Kate Wilhelm’s book on writing and the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Will get some more of these books added to Fictionwise at somepoint soon.