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    Apology for Lack of Schmooze A Rattlebag of links Mothers & Other Monsters Book jackets Fountain Award Reviews Push, Push Teenage Fanclub Freezing things
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      Apology for Lack of Schmooze
      A Rattlebag of links
      Mothers & Other Monsters
      Book jackets
      Fountain Award
      Push, Push
      Teenage Fanclub
      Freezing things

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      Dear readers, skimmers, deletedeleters, and character-recognition programs:

      Hello! So, we have this bunch of new books coming. And some of them will be
      on NPR (um, To Be Arranged, as it were) and others will be on the shelves of
      Your Local Bookshop (and even some further away from You).
      What we forgot to do in the last four years was schmooze the hell out of
      everyone we ever met. Especially peeps* in the media, Medea, Mediums, Middle
      Easterns, booksellers, window washers and other power movers, shakers, and
      So (fave word. Up there along with "Anyway."), this is our apology.
      We apologize for not schmoozing, for not plying, for the lack of
      pliedness (plung?), not having plied aforementioned peeps with whiskey
      sours, hot chocolate, envelopes (overstuffed and veritably bulging full of
      cash), electric cars, fax machines, tchotckes, $6,000 bathrobes,
      dictionaries, removable body modifications and any other bribes, presents,
      gifts-with-attitude and so on that we should have been spreading far and
      So maybe these books won't be Oprah books -- although we've always
      thought the mother-daughter-voodoo mix in Mockingbird might be a good fit.
      Maybe they won't even be mentioned in the LCRW newsletter. But you
      probably have to buy a gift for someone this year, so make it a puppy. Wait!
      Not funny. You can't just shelve a dog or use it to level a coffee table
      once finished. Give a book! A Small Beer Book! Lots of choices! Apologies
      for tiring number of exclamation points.

      PS. The books look better in reality than on the web.

      *Using the pre-Scott Westerfeld** definition of "people."
      ** Post Scott Westerfeld the definition is quite different. In September
      when you read his latest novel, Peeps, this will make like ghee and clarify.

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      A Rattlebag* of links

      New books: http://lcrw.net/lcrw/preorder.htm
      Expensive books! http://lcrw.net/special/index.htm
      Books and zines: http://lcrw.net/lcrw/shopping3.htm
      Not our stuff: http://lcrw.net/lcrw/shopping2.htm
      Coming soon: T-shirts, poker cards, anything else we can think of:

      * Thanks to Rich Rennicks at Malaprop's for bringing this back into our

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      July 1

      July 1 is the publication date for Maureen F. McHugh's debut collection,
      Mothers & Other Monsters. She's reading ==tonight== in Asheville, NC (with
      Christopher Rowe and Kelly Link) and has a reading in Cleveland in a couple
      of weeks.
      How good is she? The Ruminator Review (see Your Local Bookshop...)
      picked her story "Oversite" to reprint and asked Maureen to write pithy and
      explicatory comments for it.

      Mothers... is also a July Book Sense Notable Book (thanks to some excellent
      booksellers) and is receiving some excellent reviews.

      The first edition is an extra-special signed edition:

      For those who'd rather read it onscreen, we'll post an electronic edition
      which will sell for some kind of discount over the paper version. Watch the
      page above.

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      July 1 is also the pub date for Kelly Link's second collection, Magic for
      Beginners. In hardcover in shops now. Yay! Reviews coming in will be posted
      online. There are cards (which come with the limited edition) and T-Shirts
      available (see that Rattlebag of links above) and new stories galore.
      Read "The Faery Handbag"
      Readings: http://www.lcrw.net/kellylink/calendar.htm
      More readings will be added in October and November. Bookshops can
      always email us to see if we can get there.

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      One of the most fun, frustrating, time-consuming, and sometimes satisfying
      aspects of making books (pretty things) is designing jackets. Adam Langer,
      not a designer but rather one of these author types interviewed a number of

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      Seen outside HQ: a bear; a raccoon plus three raccoonlets; squirrels;
      chipmunks; this is no rabbitry, yet there are baby rabbits (aka kits); boids
      of the cardinal and other varieties; giant frog + many tadpoles; a jungle;

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      Douglas Lain's story, "Music Lessons," from LCRW 14 was given an Honorable
      Mention from the Fountain Award and can now be read at his site:
      Doug has a collection coming next year from Night Shade. We are looking
      forward to it.
      Congratulations to Jeff Ford whose lovely story, "The Annals Of Eelin-Ok,"
      took the prize. Read it here:

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      Of which, we are almost talking, a zine: LCRW 16! Coming within months.
      Maybe even weeks. Old-fashioned black and white pages. Text with
      punctuation. Glossy ads for fabric softeners and virility enhancers.
      Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price $134. Printed in 2-point type and taped
      shut with duct tape to build anticipation (and microscope sales). Almost at
      the printer. (May actually appear in July. Or August.)
      Tie-in (and tie on) rosebud wristlets (made of edible rice paper) will
      be given out with every Veggie Delite Subway sandwich.

      Fiction from (hopefully this will not come as a surprise to any of these
      writers): Eric Gregory, Cara Spindler, Yoon Ha Lee, Scott Geiger, Kat Meads,
      Eric Schaller, John Kessel, Matthew Kirby, David Lunde, Christina Manucy,
      Jenny Ashley, + Sean Melican. Poetry from Michaela Kahn, Sandra Lindow,
      Chris Fox, + Ursula K. Le Guin. Advice from Dear Aunt Gwenda.

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      Clarion, donations, and so on.

      We are donating $5 to the Clarion Writers' Program for each copy of Kate
      Wilhelm's new memoir/book on writing Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More
      from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop sold either through our
      website or at conventions this year.
      Pre-orders also receive "The Red Line of Death Editor's Pencil."

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      Trash Sex Magic

      The Mount

      Perfect Circle (aka Firecracker in the UK)

      2nd part of an interview with Judith Berman (Lord Stink, Bear Daughter):

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      Spelling and so on. If you find a spelling mistake or some such error in one
      of our books (or even on the site), won't you please tell us? Once we've
      stopped gnashing our teeth over it we'll be quite grateful.

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      Other things that we are still putting in envelopes and sending out: Carol
      Emshwiller's debut novel, CARMEN DOG:

      Theodora Goss's first chapbook (of which we are running low), The Rose in
      Twelve Petals: http://www.lcrw.net/smallbeer/chapbooks/theodoragoss.htm

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      Wanted: Someone familiar with Fictionwise's formatting to get (some of) our
      books onto the site. Inquiries accepted 2-4 PM, Mon-Fri. Help?

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      Push, Push: Have you read Jon Courtney Grimwood's Pashazade?
      Great stuff. The three books (Pashazade, Effendi, and Felaheen) were
      published in the UK and are now coming out as trade paperbacks from Bantam
      in the US. The second, Effendi, recomplicates everything in the first, as
      well as explaining more of the world and the main characters.
      They're set Right Now and could be read as Blade Runner, post-cyberpunk
      techno-thrillers except that in this world the Ottoman Empire never fell.
      It's a smart page-turner where intrigue, politics, and religion all come
      crashing together. Recommended for readers of Jim Kelly, John Le Carre, and
      William Gibson.

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      Teenage Fanclub have a mellow new album out on Merge, Man Made.
      Listen to it: http://www.mergerecords.com/jukeboxes/tfc_mm/tfc_jukebox2.html

      No, we don't know them. We often fire up the Hummer and crush small electric
      cars under our wheels while listening to them, though. Poptastic.

      Condensed from the Merge Records page:
      TEENAGE FANCLUB and THE ROSEBUDS To Tour North America This Summer -- the
      first full headlining tour for Teenage Fanclub in North America since 1994!
      They'll be supported on tour by Merge label-mates The Rosebuds, who have a
      new EP, The Rosebuds Unwind, and a forthcoming CD, Birds Make Good Neighbors
      (Merge Records, September 13).
      Gallus, baby, gallus.

      Teenage Fanclub (w/The Rosebuds)

      07.18 * Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
      07.20 * Washington, D.C., @ 9:30 Club
      07.22 * New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (See you here!)
      07.23 * New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
      07.25 * Toronto, ONT, @ Mod Club Theatre
      07.26 * Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
      07.27 * Chicago, IL @ The Metro
      07.29 * Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
      08.02 * Vancouver, BC, @ Richard's On Richards Cabaret
      08.03 * Seattle, WA @ Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
      08.05 * San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
      08.06 * Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory
      08.07 * Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory
      08.08 * Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

      *Additional tour dates will be announced!

      Frustratingly enough Kelly Hogan and John Wesley Harding (he who is also
      known as Wesley Stace, author of a big fun book, Misfortune) are playing a
      couple of dates in NY and Boston at the beginning of August when Small Beer
      will have decamped to the UK. http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/tour/

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      Freezing things.
      Which is a disguised way of saying free book.
      Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison. A fantastic novel. Price change note (we
      are KMart). Previously: $14. Now: $12. If you pre-ordered (and thank you),
      we'll be sending a $2 bill (or something) with your book.
      Second in our Peapod Classics line (and we are lining up #3, yay!). As
      with Carmen Dog, comics star Kevin Huizenga is the cover artist.
      Travel Light is a continually surprising book that we've been pushing on
      friends for years. We're sending it out as a young adult novel (same as
      Carol Emshwiller's The Mount was reprinted by Penguin Firebird as a YA
      novel) to surprise and knock little socks off -- although we didn't read it
      until we were old, old and crumbling. How is it free? Why is the free part
      buried in text and not set apart by Asterix (and Getafix) or Crazy Type Fun?
      Because it's 4.33 AM, that's why. You can acquire your galley in two ways:
      tell us something fun (that we can put on the web) about one of the
      following: Naomi Mitchison, Constantinople (and not that song), or bears.
      Or, secondly, order two books by July 31 and get Travel Light por nada! (Add
      a note asking for it, cheers.)

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      This morning's linkdump and lunchtime reading has been brought to you by
      Small Beer Press.
      Short link: http://www.lcrw.net
      Long link: http://www.smallbeerpress.com
      Chocolate link: http://rococochocolates.com
      Random link: http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk

      -- Take care of one another --
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