Summer Burblings of a Small Press
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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 21:02:06 -0400
To: LCRW <info@...>
Subject: Again, the Burblings of a Small Press
-- Slightly Slanted
-- LCRW no.10
-- A New Chapbook: Alex Irvine
-- Look! Carol Emshwiller on TV!
-- Bowling Green, OH
-- Links and such
Dear Reader (Constant and otherwise):
Our latest issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet has hit the stands at
a surprising number of shops, distros, etc. Reaction has varied, but our
seemingly perennial problem with reprinting an excerpt from a Barbara Gilly
novel continues, hence the following letters:
Dear Mr. Grant:
My copy of LADY CHURCHILL'S was missing pages 23-26. Please send me a
More letters: href="http://www.lcrw.net/comments
Our heartfelt apologies to Ms. Gilly's friends, family, and fans, who are
right to be upset, but wrong to think that a trip to the courthouse is the
right way to sort this out. We'll work it out, maybe not in time for the
next big issue (do we sound too much like Letterman there?), but soon. We
Our earlier description may come back to haunt us:
"No.10 has stories from Jeffrey Ford, Christopher Barzak, Steven Bratman, a
glossy pull-out centerpiece excerpt of Barbara Gilly's first novel, Timmi
Duchamp on a mystery or two, William Smith on the movies, and a few more
wonderful things. Call us generous (or daft, either way), this one's a good
Otherwise, the issue is strong and hearty. It exercises, eats three meals a
day and, whenever it goes to Canada, it collects Crunchies to go out to
those Chocolate subscribers. Mmm. Crunchie.
News about Old LCRWs:
-- "Simple Living" by Margaret Muirhead will be reprinted in this year's
-- "Annabelle's Alphabet" by Tim Pratt will be reprinted in both the The
Best of the Rest 3 and The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror XV!
And no.8 is about to be retired from the field. It was a hearty number, a
strong number, it never did no steroids, it never gave up and settled for a
tie, it never misplaced billions of dollars. Would it have beaten Brazil in
the final? (to mix sports, since everything else is a little mixed-up.) I
doubt it, but there's always that chance, that little chance, that says if
you can get the ball up there in the box, you might score. Ole!
We'll be at Readercon (near Boston) this weekend. Stop by and say hi. Kelly
Link will be reading, and so will Gavin Grant(!).
Panels include one on "(How to) Start Your Own Magazine/Press" -- let's see
if we can encourage someone else to do it, too!
Due to deadlines and such, Judith Berman's chapbook has been indefinitely
postponed. Pre-orderers will be contacted and will be given the choice of
other stuff, or a refund. Sorry about that. We still hope to produce this,
but are unsure when it will come out, so a postponement seems in order.
Alex Irvine's chapbook ROSETTI SONG: FOUR STORIES isn't coming out from
Pressed Fish Press or any other conglomerate, it's being published by Small
Beer Press in July 2002. It contains the following stories:
"Rosetti Song" (Alex's first published story, and a real good one, too)
"The Sands of Iwo Jima" -- NEW!
"The Sea Wind Offers Little Relief"
It's 72 pages, $6 by mail, and beautiful.
We'll have one of these stories up online before long. Alex's debut novel, A
SCATTERING OF JADES, is out, and we like it. It's not just us, it's getting
good reviews in the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and BookPage
(hee hee!) that we know of. Go Alex, go good books.
Carol Emshwiller Update
The reviews are beginning to trickle in:
Kirkus Reviews says of REPORT TO THE MEN'S CLUB AND OTHER STORIES:
"A daring, eccentric, and welcome observer of darkly human ways emerges from
these 19 motley tales."
-- Publishers Weekly gave THE MOUNT a starred review!
"Brilliantly conceived and painfully acute in its delineation of the complex
relationships between masters and slaves, pets and owners, the served and
the serving, this poetic, funny and above all humane novel deserves to be
read and cherished as a fundamental fable for our material-minded times."
And, now we've posted the first chapter of THE MOUNT online:
Carol is out west and has been on about four TV shows in the last month!
Wow! More good news: Fantastic Metropolis is doing a feature on her, so
watch out for that at http://www.sfsite.com/fm
Read more about Carol (find the photos!):
Yes, we were mad. In June we drove to Bowling Green, OH, for the undergournd
Publishing Conference sponsored by the good people at Clamor Magazine:
http://www.clamormagazine.org/upc/ -- subscriber! (yes, I'm a broken record)
What's it like? It's like the biggest zine store you've ever been in. We
traded, bought and sold, and swapped like it was the last episode of Swap
Shop (sort of a reference for fans of 1970s UK kid's TV). Good golly, Miss
Molly, there were more famous people there than a stick could be shaken at.
There were at least two great places for lunch (i.e. we were there two days
and had two great lunches), and, reportedly, there's a great place to bowl
where the beer is but a buck 25. Really. Sadly we were worn down and sick as
dogs, so did not attend the bowlfest. Next year our planning will be better.
Highlights included: the whole weekend, I'm telling you.
To embarrass Gavin a little less, every second reader should please ignore
this section, thank you.
Gavin J. Grant recently had poems in Full Unit Hookup and Turbocharged
Fortune Cookie, and has one upcoming in Backyard Ashes, no.3. A short story
of his is included in the premiere issue of The Journal of Pulse-Pounding
He was also recently interviewed about Small Beer Press for RevolutionSF and
Poets & Writers.
First: Kelly Link is done with her big tour (although she just added a
reading date in September in Philadelphia).
Shelley Jackson kept a tour diary here:
And Kelly posted part of one here:
-- she promises to catch up if she has a moment off!
Kelly's tour dates:
What else is going on in the textual world? A small sample:
There's a new issue of Rain Taxi. There's a good piece on Sigrid Unset
(really!), and reviews of books we really love: Luis Aloberto Urrea's new
collection of short stories, SIX KINDS OF SKY (Cinco Puntos
http://www.cincopuntos.com) and Patrick O'Leary's THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD (Tor),
aas well as lots of other good stuff. It's usually free in bookshops across
the counttry, but this ish only comes to subscribers (hint, hint. Since
subscriptions are really, really cheap, we recommend it.
Xerography Debt No.8 is out and should be ordered in paper form for maximum
browsing pleasure. More reviews of zines that will give your hours of fun
stuffing well-concealed cash into envelopes. Even more reviewers and
somewhere in there, a review of LCRW (which, due to its graphic form, is not
The premier issue of Turbocharged Fortune Cookie is here and it is worth
your spondoodlies. Yep, all three of them. That, or three US dollars ($3)
will get you a copy (http://www.turbocookie.net).
The zine reviews from LCRW 10 are now online, and we've added a bunch more
since we managed to pick up a few zines someplace in the meantime. They
should all be found here:
Curious what people do when they're stuck in the middle of nowhere with
nothing but a trowel and a brush to hand? Jack Cheng tells all:
And if you've easily ignored all that's come before, now's the time to pay
attention. There's a new short story by Karen Joy Fowler online at
"We seven went into the jungle with guns in our hands and love in our
-- Look Ma, all them books have almost the same ISBNs!
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