Somethings to do, some things to look forward to.
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June: New Books!
You may or may not know, but we publish books as well as send out occasional
emails and give out T-shirts for books we like (The Jane Austen Book Club,
if you wish, see below for more).
June is a big month: our Spring 2004 (Summer, really, I suppose) hit the
stores, yay! What are they? Who cares? Order them and see! We love them!
We've read them innumerable times. We've set them in at least two different
types. Isn't that enough? There'll be excerpts, there'll be (fingers
crossed) a freebie mini-comic (more on that next time!) for Perfect Circle,
there'll be readings, bake-offs, shoe shines, songs to learn and sing, and
(Now: more choice!) simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions.
Order early -- help us calculate our print runs!
Order here: http://www.lcrw.net/lcrw/shopping3.htm
Mail order: http://www.lcrw.net/smallbeer/ordersheet.htm
1. Sean Stewart, PERFECT CIRCLE
hardcover $24 1931520070
trade paperback $15 1931520119
Sometimes a guy is haunted for a really good reason.
Sean Stewart's much-anticipated eighth novel is a dark, funny, fast-moving
thriller that you won't want to put down. Stewart was the lead author behind
the innovative interactive web game known as "The Beast" (inspired by the
film A.I.,) which became a break-out cult hit. He is the winner of the
Arthur Ellis, Aurora, and World Fantasy awards, and the author of The New
York Times Notable Books Mockingbird and Resurrection Man.
"Needy Ghosts, bar fights, concealed weapons, R.E.M., and ramen noodles --
Perfect Circle is an irreverent Texas treat. Sean Stewart is one bright,
-- Stewart O'Nan, author of The Night Country
2. Jennifer Stevenson's TRASH SEX MAGIC
hardcover $26 1931520062
trade paperback $16 1931520127
This funny and sexy debut novel is about family and kinship, mothers and
daughters, homecomings and never leaving home at all. It's a tender,
raunchy, sprawling, exuberant, radiant magical love story like nothing
you've read before.
"It was a proverb of the 16th Century: _On Hallowmass Eve troll notte thy
broomstick bye ye caravan park, for thou wottist notte who maye mount
thereon._ I had paid it little heed since learning it years ago, and planned
to read this grand book one chapter at a time. I'd scarcely begun the second
when I fell under the author's spell."
-- Gene Wolfe, author of The Knight
"Jennifer Stevenson is my goddess. In this book, trash is power. Trash Sex
Magic is a springtime bacchanalia of beautiful, wild women, magic trees and
sexy men -- love it!"
-- Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads
3. The first in our Peapod Classics reprint series, Carol Emshwiller's
CARMEN DOG, ISBN 1931520O89, $14.
Carol recently received two Nebula nominations, The Mount, for Best Novel
and "Grandma" nominated for Best Short Story.
"Emshwiller has produced a first novel that combines the cruel humor of
Candide with the allegorical panache of Animal Farm. In the hyper-Kafkaesque
world of Carmen Dog, women have begun devolving into animals and animals
ascending the evolutionary ladder to become women. . . . there has not been
such a singy combination of imaginative energy, feminist outrage, and sheer
literary muscle since Joanna Russ' classic The Female Man"
"This trenchant feminist fantasy-satire mixes elements of Animal Farm,
Rhinoceros and The Handmaid's Tale.... Imagination and absurdist humor mark
[Carmen Dog] throughout, and Emshwiller is engaging even when most savage
about male-female relationships."
"An inspired feminist fable.... A wise and funny book."
--The New York Times
More info to come as we get it!
We'll have excerpts from these new titles online soon and we'll let you know
within a couple of weeks of it happening. Deadlines and timetables are us.
If you have ideas on how to get these books out to the wider world, email
Blue? Wicked? Got questions, troubles, inexplicable problems, wonderings on
this, and that, and, oh, that. Send them in to info@... for our new
advice guru, Ms. Gwenda Bond.
Here's Ms. Bond's column from ish.13:
Two Greer Gilman Interviews!
An interview with Sherwood Smith
Interview with Michael Swanwick from 2000
And if you're in the New York area on May 19th, drop by KGB Bar to hear
Greer read. It's worth it. We're trying to get Greer to record "A Crowd of
Bone", which would be an awesome project.
Free audio download: Richard Butner, Ash City Stomp
Information wants to be free! (Well, it also wants to be expensive, but not
We just uploaded a 44 MB MP3 file of North Carolina writer Richard
Butner reading his story "Ash City Stomp". The link below will take you to a
page where you can listen to the whole thing. Not really recommended on a
dial-up. We'll also see if we can get this to you on a CD at some point.
Sure, we're working on that.
It was pretty amazing to be wandering around a great exhibit (GIRL PRINTERS
-- An Invitational Show Featuring Printing, Books & Ephemera) at Smith
College and see the broadside of Alan DeNiro's "Da Vinci Dreams of the
You can also read the poem here:
The show came from Syracuse, maybe it will come somewhere near you. But if
not, fly here: January 14 -- March 28, 2004
Neilson Library: first floor, Morgan Gallery; third floor, Mortimer Rare
Book Room Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 413-585-2907
Curated by Carol J. Blinn, Proprietor of Warwick Press Assisted by Meg
Lots of press for an interesting new site:
Should you wish to Subscribe to LCRW but not do it by check or through our
site, Project Pulp now sell subscriptions (as well as lots of other good
How about some nice pictures to go with your words?
Who owns what? Which celebrity spokesperson/media executive is pretending to
be a nonpartisan newscaster on your TV?
Cockahoop is the first solo album by Cerys Matthews the firebrand singer of
Catatonia. At the moment it's only available in the UK (see link) but if
Nonesuch or Bloodshot are listening, hopefully one of them will pick it up.
There are some fantastic songs. The album was recorded in Nashville (ok,
outside Nashville) by "acclaimed Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams steel guitarist,
Bucky Baxter and features traditionals, covers, and new songs.
Go here to see a tiny video for "il est midi", the B-side of "Caught in the
We have a bunch of other stuff around the office, some of which is for sale
again (after some time off for good writing), here:
If we ever get it together, this is where we'll put odd things up for
Nice reviews in the Review of Contemporary Fiction
Meet Me in the Moon Room by Ray Vukcevich:
The Mount by Carol Emshwiller:
*** And: good luck to Ray, Carol, and all those other Nebula Nominees!
The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler, April 2004 (same month as Dan
Chaon's debut novel, You Remind Me of Me (great title!)
From Kirkus Reviews:
"... a real delight as she follows the lives of six members of a book
club. Not a moment passes without its interest as we meet Jocelyn (who
raises Rhodesian Ridgebacks); her best friend since girlhood, Sylvia (nee
Sanchez); Sylvia's daughter Allegra, an artist who's now 30 and a lesbian;
high-school French teacher, Prudie, 28 and flighty; the talkative
Bernadette, turning 67 and the oldest; and the only man, Grigg Harris,
unmarried, in his 40s, new to the neighborhood -- and a science-fiction buff
who's never read Jane Austen.... Bright, engaging, dexterous literary
entertainment for everyone, though with many special treats and pleasures
Go see a reading: http://www.sfwa.org/members/Fowler/Speaking.html
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