Serenading on a Thursday with Books
- · Sean Stewart Personalizing Books Sunday
· Take Your Time
· Next Book Up: Alan DeNiro + Readings
· Mothers & Other Monsters Reading Group Guide
· Stuff to read, other things, Awards
· LCRW is new and fresh again
· One After That: Howard Waldrop
· Kit Kat time
· Books What We Have Liked Recently
Sean Stewart will personalize your book on Sunday
Sean Stewart will be in the office July 1st (yay!) and besides quizzing him
about secret projects he can't tell us about anyway, we've asked him to sign
copies of Mockingbird and Perfect Circle. If you'd like Sean to sign either
or both to you or someone else, order now.
$24 for both: http://www.lcrw.net/lcrw/notajournal.htm (shipping frrree
within the US + Canada):
- We first saw Sean's new project thing a couple of years ago at Book Expo
and have been sitting around doing nothing else but hug our knees until it
came out. Look at that cover. This is another really enjoyable story from a
writer who just gets better and better each day. Grab a copy early and get
in on the game.
Especially recommended for anyone who played The Beast or I Love Bees or
who likes young adult books or stuff like Veronica Mars:
Sean Stewart & Jordan Weisman, Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233
Other books we have publicated which are available signed but not
personalized (please request signed in the comments box) by:
- Alan DeNiro, Carol Emshwiller, Ursula Le Guin, Kelly Link, Jennifer
Stevenson, and Kate Wilhelm.
- Signed chapbooks: Richard Butner, Mark Rich.
take your time. there's a lot of text ahead and some of it even carries
information and moves the plot ahead. some skimming is to be expected but
it's better to read a little now, chew 33 times, and come back for the rest
rather than trying to gulp it all down at once. indigestion of the head does
not make us pretty.
Our genius new book
Coming up to release date (a Saturday of course!) for Alan DeNiro's amazing
debut collection Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead.
Alan's in a class of his own (although if you live in Minneapolis you can
sometimes take classes from him) and the collection builds as it goes along
until it culminates in the mind-blowing "Home of the" which encapsulates the
past, present, and future of Erie, PA. And more and more and more.
Some exciting surprising news on this one to come July 6. Ooh. (Yes, Mel
Gibson is making a movie of the 1st story, "Our Byzantium." All true.)
Alan wrote a hilarious reading and drinking guide for his book which can be
downloaded as a PDF here:
Alan is also popping over to the east coast for a couple of readings. Most
of the Small Beer team will be at these, come by and say hi.
July 7-9 -- Readercon 17, Burlington, MA
10, 8 PM -- Amherst Books
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002 · 413.256.1547 · 800.503.5865
-- Also an LCRW Launch Party!
11 -- Porter Square Books
Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 · (617) 491-2220
-- Reading with Theodora Goss (In the Forest of Forgetting)
18, 7 PM -- Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55408 · (612) 822-4611 [reception afterward]
August 19, 1-2 PM (Signing only) -- Northern Lights Books and Gifts
29, 6:30 PM -- Dreamhaven Books
912 West Lake St.
October 27-28 -- Loft Festival for fiction writers, Minneapolis, MN
-- Indefatigable John Klima points out that Alan DeNiro's story "A Keeper"
is available to read.
Maureen F. McHugh's Mothers & Other Monsters is a Cleveland Plain Dealer
Recommended Summer Reading pick: "Unpredictable and poetic work."
We've added the Reading Group Guide which can be found in the paperback
edition. Please forward to to all your friends in book clubs. Heh.
* The Evil Stepmother: An Essay
* Author Interview by Gwenda Bond
* Talking Points
These three parts of the whole can be gotten in a pretty PDF version, too:
Stuff to read, other things
"The Perfect Man" by Lauren McLaughlin
Design-your-own boyfriends lack that certain something. Until they don't.
- For Chicago readers from the Chicago Sun-Times (cough, books by Jon
Courtney Grimwood, Molly Gloss, cough):
> Have a favorite book? Send us your name, address and phone (we won¹t publishthese) along with your occupation, an email address and 100 words on your
favorite book published within the past year. Email your information along
with a jpeg photo to books@suntimes.
- Bugger bugger bugger. Clovis Press, lovely zine and bookstore in Brooklyn,
has closed. Apparently the landlord is going to rent the place out to some
(nice...) people who will put in a cheese shop. Bugger. Here's a wacky post
about the closing by a former worker and another about it and the arson of a
building in Greenpoint and some history of the scary landlord (not the same
landlord as the bookshop). Clovis carried LCRW for ages and sometimes even
paid for it which was nice. Should probably send it to Spoonbill and
Sugartown, nice bookshop across the street. Bugger. Awesome rude good-bye
Break for a Kit Kat. Or a hop soda. Or the spicy vosges chocolate bar. Now
that's a treat. Latest LCRW (see below) went out with
http://www.scharffenberger.com and we have plans for the next one that will
be nicer. All this chocolate is really research.
We have thunderstorms. How about you?
Lots of Award News since we last wrote:
Congratulations to all the winners which included the following:
* Best Novella: "Magic for Beginners", Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners, F&SF
* Best Anthology: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 18, Ellen Datlow, Kelly
Link & Gavin Grant, eds. (St. Martin's)
* Best Collection: Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link (Small Beer Press)
* Best Non-Fiction: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of
the Clarion Writers' Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)
Congrats to Carol Emshwiller who received her second Nebula Award for her
story "I Live With You" (after "Creature" in 2003). And of course to Kelly
Link whose stories "The Faery Handbag" and "Magic for Beginners" both
Also, Holly Black's excellent YA novel Valiant won the inaugural Andre
Norton Award. Congrats to everyone on the ballot.
Congratulations to Uzodinma Iweala whose Beasts of No Nation won the 6th
Annual Young Lions Award (and was a Time Book of the Year and won the L.A.
Times Book Award).
The three nights were a total blast and thanks and congrats go out to
the Young Lions organization for putting it all together.
On the awards night Famke Janssen (...!) read an excerpt from Kelly's
story "The Hortlak" -- which, with the line about the city still burning in
her eyes, made a lot of sense. Great reading. Terrance Howard and Ethan
Hawke (a cofounder of the award) also did lively readings from Rattawut
Lapcharoensap's Sightseeing, Ander Monson's Other Electricites, Eric
Puchner's Music Through the Floor. Wow.
The next night was the Young Lions Fundraiser. A drinkie was had
beforehand which was smart as reinforcement was necessary to survive the
night. Tres fancy. The set were all out in Roaring 20s splendor (or, 20s
Splenda: just as sweet, a fraction of the calories, and not quite natural)
and lovely it was to see. After a relaxed dinner (veggie options, yay!) all
the finalists danced until the place got closed down -- excellent stuff,
although odd how as the night went on the music got older. Hmm. Perhaps
playing to the crowd? Dance, dance, revolution, but without the revolution
thing. A surreal week for other awards to emulate!
New issue of LCRW (18, wherein LCRW can drink, drive, vote, and fight. Wait,
can't drink...) [Literature Crystallizes Robin Wings] Hit the Bandstands
(yes, it is entirely made of music and can be hummed) in June.
We are actually sort of getting it together and having a launch party.
Next time at the laundry, this time a Amherst Books. Alan DeNiro will read
then there will be reading from the zine, then there will be beer drinking.
July 10, 8 PM -- Amherst Books
8 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002 · 413.256.1547 · 800.503.5865
June 2006 · $5 · 60 pages · Black & white with handtinted woodblock cuts by
famous and unknown artists. Printed on a 12th century Chinese letterpress on
sheets of kelp-paper handmade by centaurs and sprites. Unattractively bound
in the skins of dead animals. Alternately: attractively bound in more
handmade paper, these sheets fairly traded from The Mysterions: Those Who
Live at the Center of the Earth.
Some people wondered where the car fuel economy figures quoted within LCRW
18 came from. Some came from research done by Erik, one of der interns.
Otherwise, the best resource was the Vehicle Certification Agency site.
None of the cars seem to get over 70 mpg, but check the 61-70 range and
you'll see a ton of cars by Toyota, Nissan, Smart (which start selling here
within a year or so -- send us a demo and we'll blog it!), Citroen, Renault,
etc. etc. Lovely, comfy cars of the future.
1. LCRW comes out twice a year. Should you wish a third issue, please send
us a check for $500. That issue will be the Your-Name-Here Issue. It will
also be numbered for our simpler editors.
2. A new literary award. We believe everyone is special (even those people
who don't read -- or write for -- LCRW, but this award is not for them).
Here is the press release:
June 2006, Northampton, MA. LCRW and Small Beer announces The Eponymous
Award, given to all writers on publication in LCRW of their writing. So, Bob
Smith has been awarded the Bob Smith Award for Fiction Writing. Jane Smith
has been awarded the Nonfiction Award. D.K. Smith has been awarded the
Poetry Award. You get the idea.
David J. Schwartz -- Play
John Schoffstall -- Errant Souls
Becca De La Rosa -- This Is The Train The Queen Rides On
Scot Peacock -- Diabolique d'amour
Stephanie Parent -- In Ophelia's Garden
Will McIntosh -- Followed
E. Catherine Tobler -- Threads
Matthew Lee Bain -- A Half-Lizard Boy
Peter Bebergal -- A Static of Names
Sarah Micklem The Fabricant of Marvels
Angela Slatter -- The Juniper Tree
Jeannette Westwood -- Crimson-lady at the Auction, Buying
Fred Coppersmith -- At Uncle Ogden's House
Michael Emmons -- A Message from the Welcomer
Veronica Schanoes -- Swimming
Jenny Benjamin-Smith -- Two Poems
Sunshine Ison -- Two Poems
Tsultrim Dorjee -- Son of a Bitch
Erik Gallant -- Music Reviews
Gwenda Bond -- Dear Aunt Gwenda
[Name Withheld] -- Article Withdrawal
William Smith -- The Film Column
cover art · Emily Wilson
Good news for Elaine: Elaine Chen, who painted the mockingbird and hand
piece for the cover of Sean Stewart's Mockingbird, has been nominated for a
2006 Prix Aurora Award (Artistic Achievement). The nomination is for the
body of work Ms. Chen produced in 2005. The awards ceremony takes place in
Toronto, July 7-9, 2006.
Howard Who? is at the printer.
You can imagine what fun we've been having with our reprint of Howard
Waldrop's first collection. This is the unofficial 20th anniversary edition.
If you are exactly 20 years old (email us your ID) we will sell you this for
$20 instead of $14. And throw in another paperback for free. But you have
the burden of proof on your age. If you're faking (and I'm talking to
Christopher Barzak here), we will cut you off from buying any more of our
books. And you will be sad.
Where you can meet, greet, and buy Howard Waldrop a beer this year. The man
says these are the only places he's going. Our Peapod edition of Howard Who?
should be at these convention things:
August 11-13 -- Armadillocon, Austin, TX
World Fantasy Con, Nov. 2-5, Austin, TX.
That thing linked to above is the real and actual Howard Who? cover. A crap
condition hardcover of this book can be got for a bit more than the price as
our upcoming pb, but you wouldn't get Kevin Huizenga's Ugly Chicken drawing!
On Bookfinder, ABE, etc., it runs about $40 for a nice non-library copy, and
Elliott Bay, B. Brown, and others have it up around $125 for a fine/fine
Catch Howard at one of these conventions and you can get him to sign
your copy there. (Or email us we'll take some there and get them signed or
This book should shoot out once word gets around. It's 20 years old but
this is alt. hist. fic. so the stories aren't dated, if anything they're
just more heartbreaking, more harsh. Was "Horror, We Got" really published?
Damn. Should send it out to blowhards and talking heads and step back and
watch them get all head-explodey.
- An interview with Kevin Huizenga who did the cover for Howard's book:
"But also I could mention that my mother really inspired a love of reading
in me. I really devoured books growing up a lot of it was sci-fi junk and
Stephen King and Tom Clancy, but good stuff too."
- A wacky thing from Jed Berry who helped retype Howard Who? Check out this
Chinese magazine that stole one of his stories. At last, he has been
published in "Crazy English Reader!"
Stories and other things
Kelly Link's latest story, "The Wizards of Perfil", can be found in the
anthology Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn November:
- Kelly will be reading in west coast bookshops in September. In August she
is Guest of Honor(!) at Diversicon in Bloomington, MN
Gavin J. Grant's latest story: "We Are Never Where We Are":
- Also, "Softly with a Big Stick" is reprinted in Cecilia Tan's new
anthology Sex in the System:
Jim Sallis and excellent band:
Bear discovers flickr. Youtube.
Books What We Have Liked Recently
- In picture books, you gots to read MOME. The Spring/Summer ish is
"Designed by acclaimed designer and cartoonist Jordan Crane" and
"spotlight[s] a regular cast of a dozen of today's most exciting
cartoonist." 'Tis true. Wacky, deep, odd, not your average kitchen
sink-is-clogged-what-should-I-do lit comics antho.
- Heads up: Coming later this summer Julie Phillips's amazing pageturner
"James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon."
- Shelley Jackson's new novel, Half Life, comes out in July (what a
beautiful cover). You might have seen her on tour with Kelly in 2002, or be
one of the words in her Skin tattoo-only story (pictures are great!), or
become enamored of her amazing hypertext Patchwork Girl.
For Half Life she offers a Mutant Typology Test which will work out your
mutation, find who you are related to (i.e. "The Two-Headed Boy of Bengal,
born in 1783 in Mundul Gait, Bengal"), and offers a prescription.
- Sarah Monette, who has had a few stories in LCRW, has a second novel out
right now, The Virtu. This one stands by itself in the way her debut didn't
(the books are in a series, although they don't tell you that). The Virtu
races along and Monette gives her characters some great dialogue. It's a
book mostly about boys but there is a great governess (who isn't, of course)
who is so much fun that she is missed when she disappears off screen. A
great book to get stuck into late on a summer's eve.
One from Heidi Smith:
"I recently read Carol Emshwiller¹s Carmen Dog, and was thoroughly pleased
with it as an amazing, well-written book, but that¹s not the most important
part. I¹d been rethinking definitions of feminism already -- mostly in light
of old films, and especially the concept of femme fatale -- and I was
surprised to find that Emshwiller¹s character of Pooch goes further in the
direction I¹ve been heading. A new woman, one that is not a danger to man
because while the two sexes at times are divided and different, physically
or mentally, in the most inextricable situations, they can morph into
something stronger and truer to an inner nature."
Books at the top of the autumn stack include:
* M.T. Anderson The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the
Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party
* Karen Russell's debut collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by
Fantastic debut collection.
* The Long Tail (apparently not about rats or anteaters, etc.)
It's the tail we're all hanging onto the lowest branches with.
* Ursula K. Le Guin's follow-up to Gifts, Voices.
* Inside the Not So Big House
Hoping for 4-dimensional shelving options.
* Liz Hand's November collection, Saffron and Brimstone, from the lovely
people at M Press.
You know about our big news, right?
* Ysabeau Wilce's first young adult book Flora Segunda.
Which we are told is a great, nay super, read.
* Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu.
Which will have b&w illustrations.
Peace in our time.