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    1) Preface 2) Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis 2b) Karen Joy Fowler story 3) Introduction (B Dan Chaon!) 4) Stuff that s on the inside 5) The Ask 6) The Tell 7)
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      1) Preface
      2) Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
      2b) Karen Joy Fowler story
      3) Introduction (B Dan Chaon!)
      4) Stuff that's on the inside
      5) The Ask
      6) The Tell
      7) The Noun

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      1) This is a preface for an email newsletter featuring and focusing
      on the question: Is Increased Daylight Hedgehog Activity Linked to
      Urban Heat Islands? and the anthology The Best of LCRW.

      Get it: http://www.powells.com/biblio?
      PID=26490&cgi=product&isbn=0345499131
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345499131/theendicotstudio
      Sort of: http://lcrw.net/lcrw/thebestof.htm

      There is, in fact, a completely different fabric used in the preface
      of the book itself.

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      2) Have you seen any hedgehogs in your area? Are they a little manic?
      Are they trying to get into air-conditioned bookshops? Have you
      considered that they might be dangerous in this heat?

      The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet can help you ignore
      this problem. It's a book, a real book, and it's a stonker. A
      stoater. It has more than 30 authors' fiction and poetry in it. Yes,
      an anthology with poetry in it! When did you last see that? (This
      question does not apply to poets, editors, or readers.)
      When starting this zine thing 10+ years ago (10+ is much more fun to
      type than 11) we didn't really think there would ever be a book
      springing forth from it. And now there is and we love it so we could
      just eat it. If we were paper eaters, which we are not. So we will
      put it on a shelf and pull it down to look for favorite bits now and
      then and occasionally we will sell copies to people or give them to
      people and sometimes we will weep at it all and when we are asked why
      we are weeping it will be something to do with happiness and that's
      all we'll be able to sob until we are handed a martini.

      Even when we signed the contract, cashed the check (thanks!), sent
      out contracts to writers (and then did it again when we lost a few),
      and watched the thing being designed and made, it didn't seem real.
      But now we have seen a few blog posts about it, so we know it must
      be real after all. Phew.

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      To Be)

      The latest ish of the zine, #20 (http://lcrw.net/issues/lcrw20.htm)
      has a story from Karen Joy Fowler, "The Last Worders," which You Can
      Read Here:
      http://lcrw.net/fictionplus/fowlerlastworders.htm
      http://lcrw.net/lcrw/shopping3.htm#zines

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      3) A-one, a-two, a-one-two-three-four

      In this tea chest of stories there is an introduction. By Dan Chaon,
      a brain-meltingly talented short story writer. Imagine James Brown at
      the peak of his career going "Huhhnhh!" in the middle of a fantastic
      body-popping dance move: that's Dan's stories.
      Here's the start of the intro: �What is in this container?� Is it
      �dwarves and faeries and hobgoblins sitting around drinking mead out
      of acorns?� Or �post-nuclear holocaust cannibal mutants with a taste
      for sexy college students?� Perhaps it�s something even more
      sinister, some sort of �weird or speculative fiction.�
      http://lcrw.net/lcrw/shopping3.htm#zines

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      4) Insider information

      Trade on this! "It's paper coated with ink that will swallow you up
      and carry you into the imaginative peregrinations of Karen Joy
      Fowler, Karen Russell, Jeff Ford, Veronica Schanoes, David Erik
      Nelson and Cara Spindler, and A Huge Amount More. A big part of the
      joy of this thing is the amount of newer writers here whose stories
      we get to throw out to a wider audience.

      This is the book, see:

      The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
      edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
      Del Rey, 416 pp., $14.95 (paper)
      ISBN 13: 978-0345499134
      Old ISBN 10, does anyone use these any more? How quickly we change.
      0345499131
      It's even in the Random House catalog: http://www.randomhouse.com/
      catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780345502292
      Cover by Jacob McMurray (http://www.jacobmcmurray.blogspot.com).
      Bought by Jim Minz (Thanks Jim!), published by Chris Schleup,
      Fleetwood Robbins, et al, designed by Barbara M. Bachman, apologies
      again to Hillaire Belloc (not least for the typo in the bio, doh!).
      Read by millions and millions!

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      5) The Ask

      Brooklyn Book Festival was pretty As(s)k(icking).

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      6) The Tell

      The tell is when we have a book out we send out emails, see? Not sure
      how this will help in the upcoming Zine World Poker Hi-Lo Xerox (TM)
      Stakes, but that's the tell.

      A brief interview telling about the tell:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/post/PLNK3EAR1V9878GLN

      6, part 2)

      Would you like to interview us, the editors? Please do! Also: please
      review the books. This is all about asking, really, isn't it? Help
      get this Huge Book out to the People.

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      7) The Noun

      The noun of the moment is Hot, Baby, Hot!*

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      7a) Other Nouns

      "With a major SF imprint publishing this hefty anthology, LCRW�s
      times as a low-profile fringe zine may be at an end."
      �Publishers Weekly (http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/
      CA6471655.html?q=lady+churchill&)

      "An otherworldly Farmer�s Almanac."
      �Library Journal

      "Showcasing a selection of the top new and exciting writers working
      today, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet presents a
      wondrous playground for lovers of experimental and avant-garde
      literature. If this is the 21st century zine, the form can be taken
      off the endangered list."
      �Rick Klaw (http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/review?
      oid=oid%3A534868)

      "LCRW is one of my favorite literary magazines, featuring authors
      like Jeffrey Ford and Nalo Hopkinson and strange and lovely stories
      you won't see being published in the Paris Review or VQR. (And why
      not, I might ask you.) The fact that one of the editors is one of the
      best living short story writers doesn't hurt."
      �Jessa Crispin (http://bookcriticscircle.blogspot.com/2007/09/what-
      to-read-this-fall_06.html)

      "Dan Chaon provides an introduction, but really, no introduction can
      quite prepare you for the celebrated mix of insane ideas that await
      in the pages, ready to pounce. Link herself delivers the first, a
      modern-day revisionist fairy tale titled �Travels with the Snow
      Queen.� Karen Joy Fowler�s �Heartland,� about doomed young love
      amongst fast-food employees, is a heartbreaker, and among the book�s
      early highlights."
      �Rod Lott (http://www.bookgasm.com/reviews/anthologies/lady-
      churchills-rosebud-wristlet/)

      Comments from the cheap seats: Yay!

      Audio interviews:
      Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, Karen Joy Fowler,
      http://trashotron.com/agony/news/2007/08-20-07.htm#082107
      Seana Graham
      http://www.trashotron.com/agony/audio/2007/2007-news/082907-
      seana_graham.mp3

      Again: http://www.powells.com/biblio?
      PID=26490&cgi=product&isbn=0345499131
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345499131/theendicotstudio

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      7b) (i) We shall send out a free copy of the anthology (to wit, The
      Best of LCRW) to the five readers who post their most interesting
      photos of themselves (or others) with either the zine (you may know
      of which one we speak), a Small Beer Booke, or, indeed, The Best of
      LCRW.
      The photos can be 1) posted to us by mail [with the understanding
      that we will a) scan them and post them online and b) use them to
      block the light, the burning burning light from our fair skin], 2)
      emailed to us 3) posted on blogs, on Amazon.com, in reviews, in
      newspapers (best of all), or in the editorial column of Vanity Fair
      (c'mon Graydon!).

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      8) Other

      It's been a long time since we sent one of these from Japan.
      (This long: http://lcrw.net/issues/lcrwv2n1.htm)
      That's so long ago that none of us here can remember if we had an
      email list back when we were part of Zaibatsu Lady Churchill (which
      was before we took our tiny piece of the office block and floated it
      from Osaka to Boston, then Brooklyn, then up the Connecticut River to
      Northampton).
      So this newsletter was started in Yokohama, continued in Tokyo, then
      dropped (like our jaws) while in Hokkaido.
      Going to the World Science Fiction Convention was a blast. We
      arrived in Tokyo and ran around as much as the super-hot summer
      allowed. (The newspapers reported that temperatures were 5 degrees C
      (9 degrees F) hotter than 20 years ago so rice farmers are looking
      for new rice strains that won't be damaged by the heat.)
      Quick visits were made to Harajukyu for T-shirts, a tofu restaurant
      (with 3 new-to-us types of tofu and 4 types of sake), and an eye-
      popping exhibition (on the top floor of a department store) of Jan
      and Eva Svankmajer�s paintings and 3-D creative taxidermy sculptures.
      We also visited Kelly�s Japanese publisher Hayakawa Publishing
      (http://hayakawa-online.co.jp/) which was great fun. We was impressed
      not only Mr. Hayakawa and all the editors (they put out 300 books a
      year!) but also by their ground floor caf�, Christie�s (yes, they're
      Agatha�s publisher) and their basement French restaurant. Every
      publisher should have a caf�.
      There are some pics on Flickr. More may follow. But shouldn't we be
      working instead of posting stuff? Stuff? So, maybe.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcrw/tags/japan/

      There's another short write-up is here:
      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2007/09/getting-the-gis.html

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      Other Stuff

      Librarians: want to see our books? Some of them will be on display at
      the CBE booths here:

      Ohio Library Association
      October 10-12, 2007 / Columbus, OH

      New England Library Association
      October 14-16, 2007 / Sturbridge, MA

      American Association of School Librarians
      October 25-28, 2007 / Reno, NV

      California Library Association
      October 26-28, 2007 / Long Beach, CA

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      Yes: Howard Waldrop is blogging for us!
      http://lcrw.net/wordpress/?cat=38

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      * Extra noun, "baby" comes with no charge except to look both ways
      before you cross the road and always designate a driver, baby!

      And lastly: http://www.powells.com/biblio?
      PID=26490&cgi=product&isbn=0345499131
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345499131/theendicotstudio

      Hey, look, it's an ebook, too!
      http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook49685.htm

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      Please note, we have moved our office:

      Small Beer Press
      150 Pleasant St., #306
      Easthampton, MA 01027
      413-203-1636
      http://www.lcrw.net

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      Ok, if you got this far you probably passed by item 7, section b,
      part (i). Go back, go back!




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