Table of Contents
1. Oh, Happy Day: Awards News
2. Exquisite Memoir: And Now We Are Going to Have a Party by Nicola
3. More New Releases: A t-shirt and two prints
3. Meet Us: P&S at Wiscon 31
4. Last Copies: Mecca|Mettle by Thomas M. Disch and Bl��dHag;
"Postcards of Doom" by 30 illustrators
5. Upcoming Projects: Matthew Hughes and Thomas M. Disch
Yes, that Table of Contents is actually from the Payseur & Schmidt
newsletter, which you can subscribe to here (http://
payseurandschmidt.com/mailing.shtml) and is full of interesting books
that you should snap up because they are 1) beautiful 2) wow 3)
unique 4) not usually reprinted 5) must be encouraged so that they
keep this crazy stuff up long enough for us to finish our Epic poem
on the Post Industrial Age titled Wooden Wheel Types, A Spoken History.
This week is a biggie for Small Beer, too. It's Alan DeNiro week at
the Lit Blog Coop (http://lbc.typepad.com), Monday was the
publication day for Endless Things, yellow tulips came up then were
eaten by bunnies in the backyard, and Generation Loss received a
stunner of a review in the Washington Post (and a starred review in
Booklist: buy, librarians, buy!). And we are trying to remember the
recipe for LCRW. More on this stuff (and more) below. More. Losing
the meaning now. More.
We post more often now here: http://lcrw.net/wordpress/ In fact, this
will be posted there soon.
Hot! We are planting fruit trees. How about you?
Laurie J. Marks
Generation Loss is the first book we've published by Elizabeth Hand.
Yay! It is dark, unremitting, looks at art and says What the Hell?
and pops a few pills on the way. Is Maine weird? Sometimes.
Liz is about to go out on tour. Hear her here: http://
Interview on Bookslut: http://www.bookslut.com/features/
Read some: http://lcrw.net/hand/hand-excerpt.htm
Tonight: Thursday May 10 7 PM
Olsson�s, 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20004, 202.638.7610
Thursday May 17 7 PM
Artifacts, 28 North Maple Street, Florence, MA 01062, 413-320-9480
�reading with John Crowley, Paul Park,& others, & music from Flora
Reed & Philip Price (of the Winterpills). Books supplied by Amherst
Books. (Named Best Bookstore of New England by Boston Magazine.)
Friday May 18 Time TBA
Hiram Halle Memorial Library, 271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY
10576, (914) 764-5085
Saturday May 19 2 PM
Borders, 162 E Main St., Mt Kisco, NY 10549, (914) 241-8387
Wednesday May 23 7 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138,
Megan Sullivan of Harvard Book Store recommends Generation Loss in
the Boston Globe:
�This smart, dark, literary thriller will keep you up at night. A
photographer who has been drinking, doing drugs, and alienating
everyone around her since the �70s goes to Maine to interview a
legendary photographer and gets caught up in the case of a missing
Saturday Date to be confirmed
Sherman�s Books, 8 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843, 1-207-236-2223
Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Signing: Sat. June 2, 12-12.30 PM
Reading: Sun. June 3 10.30 AM (Foreword Second Stage)
Maine Festival of the Book, Portland, ME (Reading and panel participant)
John Crowley's 4-part novel Aegypt is completed in Endless Things, a
beautiful book that manages to end many strands of story without
being elegiac or closing down the narratives -- a feat few authors
could handle and few readers of the series might have believed. It is
a deep, sometimes hilarious, and hopeful novel that readers will be
able to dig into and enjoy for long stretches of the summer.
The cover is an irresistibly attractive photograph by Rosamond
Purcell from Bookworms:
John reads (with Sarah Langan) at KGB Bar in New York City on May 16:
and on the 17th at Artifacts in Florence (Northampton), MA:
The first three books in the Aegpyt series are being reprinted in
trade paperback by the Overlook Press beginning in autumn.
Reviews of Endless Things:
Want to see some neat art coming out of the Vermont Center for
Cartoon Studies? Here's a neat site from Colleen Frakes and Jon-Mikel
We went up for a visit (in a snow storm, hard to believe now) and
were blown away by the concentration of good art and artists. We'll
post more links as time goes by.
Alan DeNiro's collection Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead
(http://www.lcrw.net/deniro) is the Spring Read This! Pick (thanks,
Pinky of http://www.pinkyspaperhaus.com!) this week at the Lit Blog
If you loved the book or hated it, go tell them, link to it, post
about it and then post about your post and call your local radio and
tell them. These Lit Bloggers are the book reviewers of today and
tomorrow and they are looking to talk to the whole interewebs -- and
get the internet talking. Their combined voices (and individually on
their blogs) are an interesting strand in the cross-all-genres
conversation of the moment.
One part of our contribution is an interview with Alan recorded while
he was in town for the UMass Amherst Juniper Festival (he's a good
reader and a great panelist, please consider adding him to you
festival!). We waited until Alan was hungry, tired, and looked like a
greyhound, then got out the difficult questions. (Alan's signature
The new one is in the pot and getting ready to boil. Or something.
The latest store to add LCRW to its backroom stores:
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Which is a great and groovy store.
The Best of LCRW is on track for a September release from Del Rey.
Wacky, no? It should be called The Best of LCRW (So Far), but that
didn't fit on the jacket. So please write that on the cover (or title
page) when you get your copy. It is an excellent book, or at least
the parts not written by us, are brilliant. Will the world be shaken
when it comes out? It will shake with joy at Dan Chaon's
introduction. Then it will be assigned to classes and become part of
the Harold Bloom-approved Western Canon. Then kids will start writing
haiku as protest and we will be first up against the wall when the
revolution comes. We will escape on our jetpacks. We don't know what
future you're living in, but in ours: we have jetpacks.
Huge local event!
A Speculatively Spectacular Evening with:
Elizabeth Hand (Generation Loss)
John Crowley (Endless Things)
Paul Park (The White Tyger)
Flora Reed & Philip Price (of the Winterpills)
& a selection of interstitial material (i.e. in the breaks) from
Michael DeLuca, Jedediah Berry, Diana Gordon, &c.
Celebrate spring with Small Beer Press�s Speculatively Spectacular
evening of art, readings, music, and perhaps a little more. Beginning
at 7 p.m. on May 17, the event will be held at Artifacts, a new
gallery at 28 North Maple Street in Florence, MA. Artifacts is housed
in a converted warehouse, where guests will be able to meet the
authors, listen, dance if they are so inclined, and mingle as three
bestselling authors showcase their latest offerings.
John Crowley (Endless Things), Elizabeth Hand (Generation Loss), and
Paul Park (The White Tyger) will headline the event. Crowley, who
lives in Conway and teaches at Yale, and Hand, who lives on the Maine
coast, will be reading from their recently published novels (see next
page for reviews). Park, who teaches at Williams College in
Williamstown, Massachusetts, will read from his latest novel, The
A variety of other local authors will read their work, including a
number of contributors to Small Beer Press�s tiny lit zine, LCRW.
The evening will be topped off by Flora Reed and Philip Price (of
the critically-acclaimed Winterpills[http://www.winterpills.com]),
who will provide musical entertainment.
Guests will be expected to peruse the art, be polite to the authors,
provide good conversation, and, on leaving, remember where they
parked their jetpacks.
When: Thursday, May 17, 7 PM
28 North Maple Street
Florence, MA 01062
Art: Appropriately for Maine author Elizabeth Hand�s post-punk lit
thriller Generation Loss, Artifacts will hold over the photographs
from Susie J. Horgan�s Punk Love.
Music: Flora Reed & Philip Price (of the critically-acclaimed
Refreshments: Will be provided. As will seats, walls, windows, and
Tickets: This is not a ticketed event and entrance is free.
Books: The authors� books will be available on the night at a table
manned by stalwart booksellers from Amherst Books.
Ther first Interstitial Arts Foundation anthology is out online and
in the real world. 19 new stories at a buck a piece plus a freebie�
you read it and tell us here (http://interfictions.blogspot.com/)
which story is the the bonus one! The authors include newer writers
as well as a few who are more well known. Adding to the depth of the
book are three translations -- one each from Spanish, French, and
Hungarian -- which goes a tiny way to filling the translation gap.
The authors involved are: Anna Tambour, Catherynne M. Valente,
Christopher Barzak, Colin Greenland, Csilla Kleinheincz, Holly
Phillips, Jon Singer, Joy Marchand, K. Tempest Bradford, Lea Silhol,
Leslie What, Matthew Cheney, Michael J. DeLuca, Mikal Trimm, Rachel
Pollack, Vandana Singh, and Veronica Schanoes.
We recently did a giveaway for copies of Interfictions (http://
lcrw.net/iaf/). Copies went to the following readers who will paint
or sing their reviews on subways near you:
Hannah Wolf Bowen
Look out for (or instigate) interstitial events in the summer months.
More at these sites:
It's Mother's Day in the USA on May 13th. Isn't that nice? Aren't you
going to send her chocolates? Or books? Especially as the US postal
rates rise the next day. Seems like a great opportunity. Here's one
The mother of all Mother's Day gifts--Mothers and Other Monsters.
Anyone can send Mother's Day flowers. Mother has always said you
aren't just anyone.
A book for everyone who has ever had a mother.
Celebrate the little monster in every mom.
Mother's Day flowers wither and candy melts. But with proper
storage, Mothers and Other Monsters will last forever.
Laurie J. Mark's third Elemental Logic novel, Water Logic, is the
first novel we've published in a fantasy series. So, they must be
good, right? Yes. They're right up your street. They're smart, sexy,
and political. These books use some of the familiar tropes of
pastoral fantasies, but they don't rely on them. It's not a standard
military fantasy series, it's subversive and electric. Good things
happen. Bad things happen, too. The costs of magic are high.
If you haven't been reading and want to dive in, start with Fire
Logic then Earth Logic. Water Logic, coming in June, is a knockout.
Laurie J. Marks is a Guest of Honor (with Kelly) at WisCon 31. We
will have a launch party with special Things to go to those who buy
the book -- pre-orders will receive the one that is easier to mail.
(More on these secret things later.)
Laurie has recorded a podcast (ahem) of the first chapter:
or you can read it here: http://lauriejmarks.com/water-logic-
Laurie is reading in Albany, June 16, 2007, at Flights of Fantasy
Bookstore, 488 Albany-Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 1221.
If you work at a bookshop and are interested in a reading copy of
this, send us an email!
Are you playing this game? http://www.worldwithoutoil.org
Secret giveaway for the readers who go this far. How about you tell
us which book you want? We will say no and come back to you with an
offer of a Peapod Threesome for a review of at least one? A couple of
these sets (tied up in a pretty ribbon) are available. Love to hear
from you sweetie.
Live in Australia? Or somewhere else? Or, nowhere, you ghost, you?
How about this:
Independent Publishers - The Brave New World
Join Gavin Grant (Publisher of the US-based Small Beer Press) at 12
noon AEST on Tuesday 15 May to discuss the dynamics of US,
international, and independent publishing.
brave-new-world/Log in here; http://awmforum.server101.com/index.php?
Missed Kelly on her tour last September? Catch up with her now-not-so-
super secret Authors@Google visit with Karen Joy Fowler: http://
This week Nancy Pearl included Magic for Beginners in one of her NPR
lists (online, not on the radio): Under the Radar: Books Not to Miss,
saying, "It's intricate, wildly imaginative and totally wonderful."
Kelly sold a young adult collection to Sharyn November at Viking. It
will contain many of the stories she has been publishing in young
adult anthologies as well as one new story and, since this is her
first young adult collection, a couple of stories from her other
books. (This last because her previous collections contain stories
like Catskin which make it hard for some adults to give to young
adults.) Should come out next year and will be followed by a tour
(with support from the reformed Guns'n'Roses (shhh, it's a secret)
and the usual Today Show for Kids, Young Letterman!, and other age-
Kelly is a Guest of Honor (with Laurie J. Marks) at WisCon 31. (Hope
to see you there!) www.wiscon.info
Kelly will also be at BookExpo America, Readercon, Worldcon in Japan,
a Best of LCRW reading at KGB, World Fantasy in Saratogo Springs in
November. Un so weiter.
This is the best way to keep up: http://lcrw.net/smallbeer/calendar.htm
We alphabetized our Shopping page which might make it easier to use.
Do tell if and when you are unhappy with our website: http://lcrw.net/
Small Beer Press
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