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    Is where the authors are, where the books are, where we are. There s a cake making contest! (Or, a reading. You pick.) A podcast! Ebooks are like sliced bread.
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 17, 2011
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      Is where the authors are, where the books are, where we are.

      There's a cake making contest! (Or, a reading. You pick.)
      A podcast!
      Ebooks are like sliced bread. Someone invented them and now everyone eats them. Or something. I'm reading the massive Luba collection, how about you?
      Weightless
      Lydia Millet and Kathe Koja News
      If it's Saturday, we must be Worcester!

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      This line about cakes will make sense in a moment when you read on. Instead of putting this at the end, I wanted to thank you first for reading our books, whether you got them from us, from your library, from a great local indie bookstore (or a run of the mill one!), a used bookstore, or even some huge chain.

      I recommend an indie store, if possible, for your books. We have links to Powell's on our site and on every page we have a link to the Broadside Bookstore here in Northampton. They came to us with the idea of having a Small Beer Press section in their store: how awesome is that?

      Why do we bother fighting the tides of huge big box stores and online behemoths? Because they are intent on being everything to everyone and shutting down all other voices.
      "Really?"
      I think so, yes. They'd like us to buy one of their machines and then read, listen, and watch everything we want on it. And of course buy everything (from books to washing machines) using it. Just jack me into the mainframe now, thanks.

      Every time each of us buys anything we have a choice. Sometimes that's too much to think about. Sometimes it's worth thinking about once and making a decision. We print all our books in the US (occasionally Canada, too) on 30% post-consumer recycled paper using one of a few smaller printing firms, often Thomson-Shore or C-M Books. It was an easy decision to print domestically as we can't be sure of the treatment the workers receive nor the environmental standards the companies are kept to abroad. Also, if we want to keep decent jobs available here, it seems worth printing books here.

      This Saturday in our hometown, Northampton, it's Bag Day�a surprisingly fun event that consists of the town distributing a paper shopping bag in the local newspaper (shout out to the Daily Hampshire Gazette!) and then just about every store in town gives you 20% off one item (or many items . . .). The streets will be heaving with shoppers, there are even more street musicians than usual, there are people out doing public art, there will be street food, it's great fun as well as getting people in to shop at their local stores and keep the downtown vibrant. Sure, we all shop at bigger stores and shops in other towns but I buy books at Broadside so that in five years time they will still be there. It's selfish as much as altruistic. (Broadside also have a frequent buyer card which gives you a 10% discount on everything.)

      I hope you'll consider doing the same. Thanks for your time.

      Bag day!
      http://www.facebook.com/DowntownNorthampton/posts/10150396629816985
      Powell's
      http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780763648435?&PID=26490
      Broadside
      http://www.broadsidebooks.com/book/9781931520294

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      First: we have new books! Also, they are selected as Best of the Year by some trade magazines. Are we ecstatic yet? You know it! This year we published two books through our Big Mouth House imprint for readers of all ages and both of them were picked for Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 list. That is worth a cup of tea, a biscuit, and some staring out the window time. Certainly takes the breath away.

      So, congratulations to Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze, and Lydia Millet, author of The Fires Beneath the Sea!
      http://bigmouthhouse.net/

      Delia's book, the work of 18 years, received the most wonderful review on Tor.com the other day, enough to make an author melt, I'd say and then one on BoingBoing:
      http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/11/the-past-to-the-present-the-freedom-maze-by-delia-sherman
      http://boingboing.net/2011/11/16/the-freedom-maze-a-d.html

      Delia will reading be in Philly tonight
      Nov. 17, 7 PM � Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119
      http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com/

      Dec. 6, 7 p.m. ,NYRSF (with Ellen Kushner), The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street (between Houston & Prince St.)
      http://maps.google.com/maps?q=138+Sullivan+St.+New+York+NY+10012

      But before that, in NYC on Nov. 22 . . .
      You are cordially invited to a party to celebrate the publication of THE FREEDOM MAZE
      a new novel by Delia Sherman published by Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press

      Tuesday, November 22nd, 6:30 � 9:30 p.m.
      Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street (between 5th/Madison), NYC 10017

      Our theme is time-travel: like the book itself, our entertainment will go back & forth between 1960 and 1860, with music and food of both periods. So drop by after work for 1860s Louisiana Planters' Punch and 1960s CocaCola Cake (and timeless cheese straws and deviled eggs) . . . for songs of the Parlor and of Civil Rights played by
      pianist Michael Hicks (and sung by you!) . . . . And, if you dare, enter our Cake-Baking Contest!

      The CAKE-BAKING CONTEST will have 3 categories: Coca-Cola Cake, Pound Cake, and Freestyle.
      Please bring your entry on a well-marked plate, with your name prominently displayed. All entries will be consumed on the premises. Entries will be judged by a corrupt panel of Louisiana-style judges, based on deliciousness, historical authenticity, and personal appeal.

      There will also be books to purchase. The Author will read and sign.

      Who likes The Freedom Maze?

      "Multilayered, compassionate and thought-provoking."
      �Kirkus Reviews (*starred review* for "Books of Remarkable Merit")

      "Destined to become a classic of time-travel fantasy . . . It is,
      quite simply, one of the very best books I've read in years."
      �Terri Windling

      "A seamless blending of wondrous American myth with harsh American
      reality. . . .
      [Y]ounger readers and adults alike will be completely riveted...."
      �N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

      "Adroit, sympathetic, both clever and smart."
      --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

      More info:
      http://www.DeliaSherman.com
      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270397989662484
      http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2011/11/15/the-freedom-maze/

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      We also have a podcast! Julie Day is on episode 4�so far she's interviewed Delia Sherman (and had her read from The Freedom Maze), read a story from LCRW (J.M. McDermott's "Death's Shed"), and interviewed Michael DeLuca about yarrow-infused beer, medieval brewing, his fiction, Weightless Books, and Michael reads �The Hour of the Fireflies� by Karen Chacek (from Three Messages and a Warning)."

      Episode 4 goes up today with an excerpt from Ben Parzybok's Couch, a book I got to enjoy all over again listening to the audiobook:
      http://iambik.com/books/couch-by-benjamin-parzybok/

      You can see the podcast (as it were) here:
      http://smallbeerpress.com/tag/podcastery/

      or subscribe using various services here:
      http://feeds.feedburner.com/SmallBeerPressPodcastery

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      Michael pointed out that we have over 30 publishers on http://weightlessbooks.com now�so just listing them out seems a bit ridiculous. We're about to add a lot more Apex titles, more Circlet Press books, more more more. It's a lively site! Ginn Hale's The Rifter is coming to an end (sobs were heard around the land!). There's an Apex Magazine subscription drive (free ebooks and drawings for free books and a Nook Tablet). We have all our Small Beer ebooks there, including newish ones like Delia's, Maureen McHugh's, Kalpa Imperial, etc. The LCRW subscription is very popular�but not as popular as Lightspeed or Fantasy Magazines, which on 1/1/12 become the property of one John Joseph Adams: congratulations!

      Our 2011 Daily is 99c:
      http://weightlessbooks.com/genre/nonfiction/a-working-writers-daily-planner-2011/
      http://weightlessbooks.com/format/magazine/apex-magazine-12-month-subscription/

      Also, if you sign up as an affiliate we are paying 20% commission on all sales between now and December 31st (after that, commission levels will return to 10%).
      http://weightlessbooks.com/affiliates/

      I love the widget generator: http://weightlessbooks.com/widget-generator/

      Just in case all books become . . . . http://weightlessbooks.com

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      LYDIA MILLET

      We're hard at work on Lydia's second novel in her Dissenters Series, The Shimmers in the Night. We'll have the first chapter sneaked into the paperback of The Fires Beneath the Sea�which is due in April but we're hoping to have it out there early!
      http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2011/07/26/the-fires-beneath-the-sea/

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      KATHE KOJA

      We just signed the contract on Kathe Koja's new novel, The Mercury Waltz! It's a follow up to Under the Poppy and dives right back into the crushed velvet drama of the first novel. If you're in Detroit we recommend attending this ball for the "Under the Poppy Immersive Performance" . . . !

      District VII Detroit Presents Victorian Opulence
      VIP Preview 7pm-8pm.
      Public Hours 8p-1am

      District VII Detroit 2690 Wight St., Detroit
      Advance Tickets: $10
      At the door: $15 � or $10 at the door if you're dressed up really extra fabulous and we are impressed

      http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/211361

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      As you may have heard (yes, that was us cheering) Maureen F. McHugh's new collection After the Apocalypse: Stories was selected as one of the in top 10 books in Publishers Weekly Best Books 2011. Her book was the only short story collection and perhaps (can't guarantee this) the only one featuring zombies. It's has three original stories and six more crackers and it's available as a trade paperback and an ebook. Apparently it is doing very well in the Apple iBookstore!

      http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2011/top-10#book/book-4
      http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2011/10/25/after-the-apocalypse/

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      AYIZE JAMA-EVERETT's debut novel�which he self-published then sent us and we could not resist it's awesome pageturneryness!�comes out next month and we have two events in Northern California to start with. We're working on a bigger bookstore tour (Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, and Vancouver) in April.

      You can read the first three chapters here:
      http://smallbeerpress.com/free-stuff-to-read/2011/11/15/an-excerpt-from-the-liminal-people/
      http://smallbeerpress.com/forthcoming/2011/06/20/the-liminal-people/

      Go see him!
      Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. Capitola Book Cafe (with Lisa Goldstein), 1475 41st Avenue Capitola, CA 95010

      Jan. 28, 2012, 7 p.m. � SF in SF (with Ryan Boudinot), The Variety Preview Room, 582 Market St. @ Montgomery, 1st floor of The Hobart Bldg., San Francisco, CA

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      STEAMPUNK!

      Our (me & Kelly's) Steampunk! anthology came out, garnered great reviews and the occasional note that, hey, this is not Victorian London, dammitallwhataretheydoingtomygenre?! The usual, sorry. It's also available (with a completely different cover!) in the UK and on audio book. Whoopee!

      http://strangeandfascinating.com/

      Holly Black's automaton story, "Everything Amiable and Obliging," is this week's selection on the http://storyvilleapp.com

      A few of the stories have been selected for Best of the Year anthologies: yay!

      And from 1-2 p.m. or so this Saturday Kelly and I will be in Worcester at Annie's Book Stop's Carnival of Authors
      65 James Street
      Worcester, MA
      http://www.facebook.com/notes/annies-book-stop-in-worcester-massachusetts/final-schedule-a-carnival-of-authors-1119-from-noon-to-5pm/320138378000893

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      KELLY LINK

      Kelly's first book in Spanish, Magia para lectores, is now available from Seix Barral publishers. You can get the print or ebook edition here:
      http://www.planetadelibros.com/magia-para-lectores-libro-50266.html

      We are heading off to Australia and New Zealand in February/March to a couple of festivals. Can't wait!
      http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2012/writers_week/authors
      http://festival.co.nz/writers-and-readers/

      Then in March she will be one of the guests of honor (with China Mi�ville) at the IAFA:
      http://iafa.highpoint.edu/annual-conference/next/

      After that: who knows! Well, there are exciting things on the horizon but nothing on paper yet. Dum de dum.

      Keep up with Kelly (and all the other Small Beer authors) here:
      http://smallbeerpress.com/events/

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      Ted Chiang's debut collection, which we reprinted last year, is making a determined effort* to be our bestseller for 2011 (don't tell it that it doesn't stand a chance, who knows what it might do?). That's for print, should go look at ebooks, see what's happening there.

      Anyway, the book keeps popping up on review sites and blogs with lines like this in it (which reminds me of how I felt when I first read it):
      "Stories of Your Life and Others is one of my favorite books of all time. Forget pieces of lasagna. This gets five whole lasagnas."
      http://genrelasagna.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/bens-review-stories-of-your-life-and-others-by-ted-chiang/
      http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2010/10/19/stories-of-your-life-and-others/

      *Because, yes, physical books have their own hive consciousness generated when a certain number is printed. We have signed gag orders which mean we are not allowed to say what that number is. Given all that science in Ted's book, a close reading would probably reveal the number.

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      And I suppose we are on Facebook:
      http://www.facebook.com/smallbeerpress

      Also, here are the Very Important dates for holiday shipping:
      http://smallbeerpress.com/not-a-journal/2011/11/14/holiday-shipping/

      I loved this show�and was terrified by it�as a kid (I was 10 when I saw it!). Kelly saw this link on Metafilter and we watched it the other day. Perhaps more of a Dr. Who ep than a really scary thing now, but for a 10-year-old living in the wilds, oooooooooooo!
      http://www.metafilter.com/108990/Dont-have-nightmares

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      --
      Small Beer Press, 150 Pleasant St., #306, Easthampton, MA 01027 � 413-203-1636
      http://smallbeerpress.com/
      http://weightlessbooks.com/
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/58832219/Small-Beer-Press-2011-Catalog

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