Amherst Tonight

Thu 20 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

http://www.amherstbooks.com/Images/Site/Store.jpgOh yeah, Ben Parzybok is reading tonight at 8 PM Amherst Books and then we will be heading over for refreshments at the Amherst Brewing Company. This afternoon you can hear him read, pick music, and so on at 4 PM EST on WAMH.

Last night Ben read at KGB Bar with Caitlin R. Kiernan (who read a couple of erotica pieces from her Subterranean Press books and was kind enough to sign a paperback since we forget to bring anything down, dur. It was a great, packed house and dinner afterwards at Grand Sichaun made the trip to NYC even more worthwhile.

Friday Ben’s off to New Jersey, Tuesday: Boston. Wednesday, the world!



KGB

Mon 31 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A bloodless revolution, a changing of the guard. Yay for Matt Kressel! The series is funded out of Matt and Ellen’s pockets (unless you’d like to throw some $$$ their way?) so why not buy them a drink next time you see them?

New co-host of Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series

Ellen Datlow is proud to announce that she has a new co-host, writer/editor Matthew Kressel, for the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading Series.

Kressel, publisher of Senses Five Press and Sybil’s Garage, is taking over for Gavin J. Grant as co-host of the monthly reading series at the famed KGB Bar in New York City.

Terry Bisson and Alice K. Turner started the reading series in the late 1990s, attempting to bring together mainstream writers with writers of speculative fiction in order to show, in Alice Turner’s words, “that at a certain level they were plowing exactly the same field.” In the spring of 2000 Ellen Datlow took over for Alice K. Turner and in August 2002 Gavin J. Grant, publisher of Small Beer Press, stepped in for Bisson when he moved to California.

For six years Gavin has co-hosted the series with Ellen. We wish to thank him for the bang up job he’s done, for the dedication he has shown to the authors and their work.

The KGB Fantastic Fiction readings—in addition to showcasing many of the major voices of the field—regularly bring together the members of New York City science fiction, fantasy, and horror communities where writers, editors, and readers can mingle and promote excellent fiction.

The readings (which are always free) are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs).

Upcoming readers include P. D. Cacek, Jack Ketchum, James Patrick Kelly, Cassandra Claire, Christopher Barzak, Jeff Somers, Stefan Merrill Block, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and John Kessel.

For a full schedule visit:
http://www.sensesfive.com/kgb.php

KGB Bar website:
http://www.kgbbar.com

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/join

To submit materials for consideration please send titles to:

Ellen Datlow

KGB Readings
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011-8436

and

Matthew Kressel
Senses Five Press
307 Madison St, Apt 3L
Hoboken, NJ 07030-1937



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.



KJF

Wed 20 Feb 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Inferno CoverKGB reading tonight features many mighty fine writers from Ellen Datlow’s Inferno: P.D. Cacek, John Grant, Jeff Ford, Elizabeth Bear, and Nathan Ballingrud.

Karen Joy Fowler’s new novel is just a fantastic read. More on it when the pub date comes round. There’s a small piece on her worth reading at the NBCC blog.

Border’s have mashed-up (says Ed Nawotka) the real and virtual worlds in their new Ann Arbor store. Looks like fun. Burn a Neko Case CD, download something or other, have a cup of tea, then go buy some books (and maybe LCRW) at Shaman Drum—Mary Doria Russell is on their front page. Now that’s a good bookshop.



Mon 26 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Last Wednesday some of us here trundled down the glorious winter roads to New York to the KGB Bar to see Carol Emshwiller and David Louis Edelman read. Both readers were worth getting the matched pair out and the (somewhat long) curricle ride. And is there anything more beautiful than the rural fields of Stamford and the rolling hills of New Haven on the approach to the glittering metropolis of New York?

However, despite the lovely readings and the feast following the reading, we left with something unexpected: a “Devil Bug of Doom” (copyright Gwenda Bond) which had us shaking like Elvis for a couple of days. Or maybe just Shakin’ Stevens.

Things You the Reader Could Do*:

Send us the new Adobe Creative Suite…? MacRumors says the pricing will be released tomorrow — which is far enough ahead of the software packages’ ship dates (which run April to June) for us to get over the sticker shock. We are using new (for us, maybe 6 months old now) MacBooks (tiny, cute computers!) and PhotoShop and InDesign run a bit slow so these upgrades are much anticipated. The Design package is what we’re looking at:

CS3 Design Premium (up) $1799.95
CS3 Design Standard $1199.95

…although we might be able to get an upgrade from PhotoShop 7 for only $900. So, Johnny, you know how we promised to take you to DissMeLand for your birthday this year? Small Beer says, Sorry Kid, maybe next year, maybe never. Don’t cry kid. Aw.

* If you were perhaps either stuck in traffic for 36 hours and bored out your head. Or just a little more than tipsy. Or a crazy stalker**. Or just wealthy. Or just plain crazy.

** We don’t have any of these, yay!

In other news:

  • John Crowley’s Endless Things received one of its first big reviews in Book Forum: “With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us.”
  • Liz Hand (whose novel is will shipped from the printer next week) is part of a new group blog, the inferior 4 +1.
  • Matt Cheney posted the contents for the first Best American Fantasy anthology which includes Kelly’s “Origin Story” from A Public Space, Liz Hand’s “The Saffron Gatherer”, as well as a ton of other great stories.
  • Happy to see that Michael Dirda’s Washington Post piece was run by the Austin American Stateman this weekend.
  • Did Scotland actually win at football? Reports say the final score in some kind of European tourney was Scotland 2, Georgia 1. But we were in Georgia recently, in Atlanta, and while the accents were strong, they did not seem to be Europeans (and I could have sworn we drove, so how did we cross the water?). Scotland play Italy on Wednesday. You never know. Unless you’re a Scotland fan.


Mon 26 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , | 4 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Last Wednesday some of us here trundled down the glorious winter roads to New York to the KGB Bar to see Carol Emshwiller and David Louis Edelman read. Both readers were worth getting the matched pair out and the (somewhat long) curricle ride. And is there anything more beautiful than the rural fields of Stamford and the rolling hills of New Haven on the approach to the glittering metropolis of New York?

However, despite the lovely readings and the feast following the reading, we left with something unexpected: a “Devil Bug of Doom” (copyright Gwenda Bond) which had us shaking like Elvis for a couple of days. Or maybe just Shakin’ Stevens.

Things You the Reader Could Do*:

Send us the new Adobe Creative Suite…? MacRumors says the pricing will be released tomorrow — which is far enough ahead of the software packages’ ship dates (which run April to June) for us to get over the sticker shock. We are using new (for us, maybe 6 months old now) MacBooks (tiny, cute computers!) and PhotoShop and InDesign run a bit slow so these upgrades are much anticipated. The Design package is what we’re looking at:

CS3 Design Premium (up) $1799.95
CS3 Design Standard $1199.95

…although we might be able to get an upgrade from PhotoShop 7 for only $900. So, Johnny, you know how we promised to take you to DissMeLand for your birthday this year? Small Beer says, Sorry Kid, maybe next year, maybe never. Don’t cry kid. Aw.

* If you were perhaps either stuck in traffic for 36 hours and bored out your head. Or just a little more than tipsy. Or a crazy stalker**. Or just wealthy. Or just plain crazy.

** We don’t have any of these, yay!

In other news:

  • John Crowley’s Endless Things received one of its first big reviews in Book Forum: “With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us.”
  • Liz Hand (whose novel is will shipped from the printer next week) is part of a new group blog, the inferior 4 +1.
  • Matt Cheney posted the contents for the first Best American Fantasy anthology which includes Kelly’s “Origin Story” from A Public Space, Liz Hand’s “The Saffron Gatherer”, as well as a ton of other great stories.
  • Happy to see that Michael Dirda’s Washington Post piece was run by the Austin American Stateman this weekend.
  • Did Scotland actually win at football? Reports say the final score in some kind of European tourney was Scotland 2, Georgia 1. But we were in Georgia recently, in Atlanta, and while the accents were strong, they did not seem to be Europeans (and I could have sworn we drove, so how did we cross the water?). Scotland play Italy on Wednesday. You never know. Unless you’re a Scotland fan.


Sarah Langan

Thu 20 Jul 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Smartest reader at KGB? Sarah Langan! Paul Witcover knows we’re huge fans (review his books, beg him to proofread our books), so he’s pretty secure there. Sarah brought home made cookies (UK readers: biscuits) to the reading at KGB. We are so easily bought! Paul and Sarah both gave great spooky readings. Pre-order The Keeper now! Dracula: Asylum is a semi-sequel to Todd Browning’s Dracula movie and the section Paul read was deeply intense, some fantastic grim writing about a battlefield in World War One. Thought-provoking stuff to hear in a country that just keeps opening up new battlefronts.