What tour thing?
What's Ray up to?
Read any good books recently?
What's with all the questions?
Dear Person Who Hopefully Has Changed Their Personal "Marketing Preferences"
to Stop Yahoo from Sending Spam:
The big news filtering down from Kansas City is that Kelly Link's story
"Louise's Ghost" has won the Nebula Award! It's all in blue and black here:
Kelly sadly was not at the awards ceremony, but fortunately Ellen Datlow,
the wonderful editor of Scifiction, was there to pick it up -- she also
accepted for Severna Park, whose story Ellen had published! Sounds like a
great night. Kelly's acceptance speech was to have gone like this:
"I am very surprised, very honored, and very far away."
Kelly Link (with Shelley Jackson) is about to start her huge cross-country
tour. On Wednesday May 1st they read at Housing Works in Manhattan just
before the big book show, Book Expo America, starts. Then it'll be parties,
events, um, parties, and more for a couple of days (including Friday night
at Northsix in Brooklyn for the Firecracker Award party), until suddenly all
the fun will end at 6 AM on Monday morning when they crank up Shelley's van
and head out for the first out of town date at the wonderful Mac's Backs in
Possible highlights include Shelley playing her guitar and singing; the
bands and free food after the reading in Salt Lake City; the 4-night
residency in the Bay Area; and...?
All the dates are below, hope you get to at least one!
Spring 2002 Tour Dates:
May 1 Housing Works, 126 Crosby St., NYC 10012 (212) 334-3324
May 2 McSweeney¹s Store, 429 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
May 6 Mac¹s Backs Paperbacks, 1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH
44118 (216) 321-2665
May 7 Quimby¹s, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 342-0910
May 8 DreamHaven, 912 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN (612) 823-6161
May 11 The King¹s English, 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84015
May 13 Moe¹s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510)
May 14 City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA. 94133 (415)
May 16 Friends & Foundation of the SF Library, Fort Mason Center, SF, CA
94123 (415) 771-1076
May 15 Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia Street., San Francisco, CA 94110
May 18 Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401 (541)
May 19 Elliot Bay Bookshop, 101 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104 (206)
May 20 Powell¹s, 1005 West Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209 (503)
May 23 Ruminator, 1648 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN (651) 699-0587
May 28 Shaman Drum, 311-315 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI (734) 662-7407
Now our website comes with a shopping cart! How gauche. It does, however,
fit over one arm, and never becomes overweighted. Neither does that
manners-bereft shopper skip in front of you! It's been praised for its
sleekness, its off the cuff ease with crowds and unexpected events. We like
it, we're glad its come to stay. Do tell us about any good or bad
experiences you have with it.
With the shopping cart comes a few new items, including:
-- Flying Cups & Saucers, edited by Debbie Notkin & the Secret Feminist
Cabal (really!). This collection of Tiptree Award winners and nominees is a
good fit for anyone who loves short fiction. Ursula K. Le Gui, Carol
Emshwiller, Jim Kelly, L. Timmel Duchamp and many more. Try it, it's fun.
-- Full Unit Hookup, we've got it, he's got it, they've got, everyone's
getting it. Maureen McHugh, James, Sallis, Douglas Lain,
-- ...is this a cat? A top seller in recent weeks, and no wonder, what with
all that talent between two covers. Ted Chaing, Scott Westerfield, Phew.
-- There's a new issue of The Urban Pantheist that can be yours, all yours,
to read, to give to your hamster to shred, or to pass to your friends for a
mere $4 including shipping. Full of good stuff like "Why I Love My Back
Yard," by Alexis Bywater, and many great pieces by the UP himself, Jef
Meet Me in the Moon Room didn't win the Philip K. Dick Award, but it was
very cool being nominated. Ray is having a great year: besides a recent
story on the Infinite Matrix website, he's also got one coming up on Ellen
Datlow's rather wonderful Scifiction.
Read any good books recently?
Well, there was Stay by Nicola Griffith, which is a follow-up to her earlier
The Blue Place. Stay is a pretty dark book, but worth more than all the
books on the front shelf in any bad bookstore. It's whispered she'll be
interviewed for http://www.booksense.com
-- the book being a Book Sense 76
pick and all that.
The Blue Place
Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others is just so good that it leaves
us speechless. Just buy it. Ted's won more awards than you can shake a stick
at (and we know you're good at that) and when you read the collection you'll
realize sometimes those award folks get it right. Wow.
Also, Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson, more fun than dancing. Really? Not
really, sorry, but a heckuva lot of fun anyhow. It's odd and long and comes
with a little gold star on the front saying Lady Churchill's Rosebud
That's a good reminder, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No.10 will be
appearing at the start of June. Get your pre-orders in now. (Laughs) [Is it
ok for the editor to add that? -- ed.] It's full of good stories from people
like Jeffrey Ford (_two_ new books in June -- both of which received starred
reviews in Publishers Weekly!), Amber Van Dyke, Brain Conn, other things,
occasional oddities. It should be noted that this is the tenth issue and
that LCRW has come out twice a year like clockwork for the last five years.
Jeff Ford's two new books --
The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque:
The Fantasy Writer's Assistant:
Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child wins the Tiptree Award! "What's the Tiptree
Award?" Well, we're glad you asked. It is just about the coolest award there
is (although the IMPAC Prize at $100,000+ is pretty cool too!). The winner
not only receives a decent amount of cash ($1,000) and a handmade trophy,
they get chocolate, and, if they want, they can win a tiara!
The Tiptree Award
The Kappa Child
Not that long until our two Carol Emshwiller books come out. They're great.
If you haven't read Carol, there are some links to her fiction here:
Who's the first database on the block to list Carol Emshwiller's new books?
BookSense.com -- Yay!
Carol has been published in lots of magazines, her stories have been picked
up in the Pushcart Prize (and the Best of the Pushcart Prize), she's won the
World Fantasy Award, been given various grants and honors -- and no wonder!
She is one strong writer who just keeps on writing some of the most
interesting fiction today.
It's been a couple of years since her last novel (Leaping Man Hill), and
eleven years since her last collection. (How did that happen?) About a third
of the stories in Report from the Men's Club and Other Stories are new, and
they're great, just great. More on that as it comes closer to the
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Enjoy the spring!
Small Beer Press