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    ++ Frank O Connor International Short Story Award Nomination ++ Travels ++ LCRW 18 coming ++ Things Worth Your While ++ Weird music news ++ Oddities ++
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2006
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      ++ Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Nomination
      ++ Travels
      ++ LCRW 18 coming
      ++ Things Worth Your While
      ++ Weird music news
      ++ Oddities
      ++ Mother's Day
      ++ We keep going

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

      Alan DeNiro's debut collection garners some good pre-pub news, Skinny
      Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is on the 2006 Longlist for the Frank
      O'Connor International Short Story Award.

      "Playful, unexpected, and deadly serious."
      -- Jeffrey Ford (The Girl in the Glass)

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ Travels

      Where We Are When It Is This Month, or, Travels to Seek Out the Best
      Chocolate, Tea, and Salsa that Zinesters Can Find:

      4-6 -- Nebula Weekend, Tempe, AZ

      18-21 -- Book Expo America, Washington, DC

      26-29 -- WisCon, Madison, WI

      Any other sightings? Hmm. Not sure. Maybe at farmer's markets worldwide.

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ LCRW 18 &c.

      A New LCRW (Literature Crystallizes Robin Wings) Hits the Bandstands (yes,
      it is entirely made of music and can be hummed) in June.
      It is #18 and a Table of Contents that is more or less accurate yet
      incomplete can be found here:

      David Schwartz, who has a story in LCRW 18, has a new story at Strange
      Horizons, "The Water-Poet and the Four Seasons." It's a considered look at a
      man's life and work and a gentle, seasonal story with some fine word (and
      world) play.

      Order LCRW 16,17 (etc) from us:
      From Powells:

      Other good LCRW news:

      Deborah Roggie's "The Mushroom Duchess" from LCRW 17 will be in The Year's
      Best Fantasy and Horror 2006: 19th Annual Collection (coming in August)
      Table of Contents: http://lcrw.net/yearsbest/

      Also, John Brown's "Bright Waters" from LCRW 17 and Eric Schaller's "Three
      Urban Folk Tales" from LCRW 16 will be included in the Best of the Rest 4:
      The Best Unknown Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2005 (available ~June 1,
      2006) and will include many groovy stories:

      Thanks to people for subscribing to the only zine with two personal

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ Things Worth Your While

      More places to read and write for:
      http://www.Ideomancer.com/main/ideoMain.htm says:

      "We are looking for stories that explore the edges of ideas, stories that
      subvert, refute and push the limits. Unique pieces from authors willing to
      explore non-traditional narratives, take chances with tone, structure and
      execution, and take risks."

      One of our favorite local stores Essentials now has a website. When you are
      done stalking us* you should stop by. Sure, yes, they carry a few of our
      books, but it ain't that. It is, to paraphrase the title of a Stephen King
      story, that kind of place where you know they have a phrase for it in French
      but you can't remember what it is. Je ne sais quoi? But they have it in
      paper, furniture, style, every thing.

      * Which you didn't even consider doing. Phew!

      Sorry, this news is too late as this little book sold out but it's a great
      little enterprise so go check out the press anyway.

      A very limited edition of a longer poem by Veronica Schanoes has been put
      out by Papaveria Press, a press run single-handedly by artist, Erzebet
      Yellowboy. There are only 10 copies for sale (gorgeous, hand-made), and if
      you want to see the Things of Beauty that they are, here's the URL:

      Been enjoying the pinot noir from www.frenchrabbit.com -- a wine that comes
      in a tetrapack (like a soymilk box). Haven't tried the merlot, cabernet, or
      chardonnays yet.
      They claim the packaging is easier to recycle than glass (have no idea
      if that's true) but the it is certainly lighter to carry a couple of these
      than a couple of bottles. Verry interresting development. Will
      http://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com follow suit?

      New issue of Xerography Debt (#19) is going out there with reviews and news
      about the tiny, nay, miniscule! press. There's a ton of paper zines going
      about. Some of them you might find in stores, some of them never make it
      that far. Order a copy for someone with a wide reading palate:

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ Oddities

      The Guardian explains a little something about our chocophilia and the

      "At 605,000 tonnes a year: Britons take the chocoholic crown"

      "The people of Britain are Europe's top chocoholics, according to a survey
      published yesterday which shows average consumption of 10kg (22lb) a year,
      nearly five times the amount eaten by the more weight-conscious Italians."

      The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman is funnier than anything else.

      And last night while basking in the glow of the alternate present where
      scary-eyes Stephen Colbert isn't the only member of the press to confront
      the Monkey-in-Chief with reality, there appeared ... John Hodgman in an ad
      for Apple Computers. Weird and wonderful is the world.

      Two things from Greg Frost:

      What you can buy for $1: Stick it to the man with only one dollar. The short
      version of the story:

      In 2002, the Bush Administration withheld the $34 million that would've gone
      to UNFPA to provide healthcare, family planning, and HIV/AIDS prevention to
      vulnerable women around the world. In response, two women - Lois Abraham and
      Jane Roberts - decided to make this funding happen on their own... $1 at a
      time. If you're in, take a buck, put it in an envelope, and mail it to:

      Americans for UNFPA
      P.O. Box 681
      Toms River, NJ 08754

      Read more here...

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      Before you get to the link below we'd like to state that we don't regard you
      (or ourselves) as niche readers. We just read good books. Some of which come
      from tiny presses and some from gigantonormous presses:

      Small Publishers Book Big Rewards
      Nonmainstream presses generated $14 billion in 2005 -- more than half of all
      book sales -- by targeting niche readers:

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      Happy Birthday, Kristin, Haappy Birthday! She is the RatBastard Design and
      Maker Queen so drop by and say hello, how are you, how's the puppy, &c.:

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ Weird music news:

      ~ Kelly Hogan is on tour with Neko Case, wow! Go, hear!
      ~ Missed the Sisters of Mercy tour: Boo!
      ~ Suzanne Vega got married.
      ~ Radiohead have a new CD coming. (Wonder if Gillian Welch plays on it?)
      ~ Rosebuds are on tour in Europe.
      ~ Guns N' Roses are supposed to be at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York
      City in May and in Europe this summer. Huh.
      ~ Aimee Mann happily lost in the '70s; now she's playing with an orchestra.

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

      ++ Mother's Day

      May 14 is Mothers (& Other Monsters, ha ha) Day. Don't forget to be nice to
      your mother. For once. You ungrateful wretch. Just wait until there are
      robots with the same (few) rights as you but without mothers. Then -- maybe
      too late, fool! -- then, maybe you will realize the gratitude you should
      have, could have, maybe even food(?) have expressed.
      Gratitude best expressed with a phone call or a book not some hothouse
      flowers, baby.

      And, segueing neatly, here is Maureen F. McHugh's Mothers & Other Monsters.
      Yes, great present for everyone. Paperback shipping to bookshops soon.
      Essay, new interview, questions. Medea on the cover. Mother!

      ...... M. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm! May! ......

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      Jennifer Stevenson is up to Chapter Six in her "Trash Sex Magic" podcast.
      Warning! Direct to MP3 of Ch.1

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      Updated Howard Waldrop's travel schedule to add World Fantasy Con in Austin,
      TX. There's even a chance we could do an audio book of Howard Who? He's a
      phenomenal reader so we have our fingers crossed.

      Also, how about the Howard Waldrop Bibliography: A current listing of first
      publication for Howard Waldrop┬╣s short fiction kept up-to-date by Jonathan

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      Jackson, Robinson, Grenon, Sandlin, Ford

      On the looking to the future and it is a strange place to be but they have
      some good books there and probably you can get chocolate (that has not been
      processed by slaves) to eat while reading them, Shelley Jackson's novel,
      Half Life, comes out this summer:

      Not sure if this is still good but try this to hear Kim Stanley Robinson on
      NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5176592

      Photos from Kosovo in the 90s and more: http://www.marthagrenon.com

      Tim Sandlin has a new novel coming out over the distant horizon next year
      and in the meantime you can go sign up for short stories delivered to your
      mailbox. The April Vignette is here (that sentence was a direct "lift" from
      the Sandlin email) -- note this is to a Word download:

      This newsletter starts with a quote from Jeffrey Ford and ends with a push
      toward the Lit Blog Coop where they are talking about Jeff's latest (Edgar
      Award Winning) novel The Girl in the Glass:

      Recent Books:
      Naomi Mitchison, TRAVEL LIGHT
      Kate Wilhelm, STORYTELLER
      Sean Stewart, MOCKINGBIRD
      Maureen F. McHugh, MOTHERS & OTHER MONSTERS

      Small Beer Press

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