Stuff-like Stuff

More of an update later today. I am making an attempt to finish one of the back burner books by Readercon. Wish me luck! But I wanted to pop up with a couple of things:

There is a review of Oracles up at Tangent Online–always a relief when those poor, lost books get a little spotlight!  And if you missed it over the holiday, the Orphan’s Tales cover is now up on Amazon, so I presume I don’t have to keep it to myself anymore. It’s here and it’s gorgeous. (And incidentally, it’s by Jon Foster, not Kaluta–Kaluta did the interior illustrations.)

Also, sadly, I will not be able to do the Blogathon this year–which kills me, because I do it every year and I think it’s one of the most important things a blog can do. But I have to appear at Confluence that weekend in Pittsburgh. I am considering doing it the weekend before–would anyone care/be interested?

And lastly, my Readercon schedule. Please come if you can, it promises to be a marvelous time.

Friday 4:00 PM.  Panel
The Return of the Prime Minister: Alternate Political Systems in Fantasy.
Kelly Link, Victoria McManus, Teresa Nielsen Hayden (+M), Vandana Singh, Catherynne M. Valente

At Readercon 3, we asked “Why is Fantasy Hung Up on Monarchy?” in a panel called The Senator From Elfland’s Daughter.  In the sixteen subsequent years, how much progress has been made in exploring fantasy worlds other than those ruled by a king or queen, and hence a wider variety of social orders?

Friday 9:30 PM.  Reading (30 min.)
Catherynne M. Valente reads from The Orphan’s Tales, Vol. I: In the Night-Garden her series of original, Near-East themed fairy tales forthcoming from Bantam Spectra in October.

Saturday 1:00 PM. 
Mythic/ Jabberwocky
group reading (60 min.)
Mike Allen, Sean Wallace (hosts), with readings by Allen, Theodora Goss, Vandana Singh, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente, plus Matt Cheney, Cassandra Phillips-Sears, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Erzebet YellowBoy. (I’ll be reading The Eight Legs of Grandmother Spider)

Saturday 3:00 PM.  Panel
The Rhysling Award Poetry Slan.
Mike Allen (host), with readings from Allen, Theodora Goss, Andrea Hairston, Geoffrey A. Landis, Darrell Schweitzer, Sonya Taaffe, Sheree Renee Thomas, Mary Turzillo, Catherynne M. Valente, plus Drew Morse, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and the presentation of the Rhysling Awards by James Morrow. (I’ll be reading The Queen of Hearts–and if anyone has a copy of Mythic Delirium 13, I’d really appreciate borrowing it, as mine is in Virginia.)

Sunday  11:00 AM.  Discussion (60 min.)
Interstitial Arts.
Ellen Kushner with discussion from Ron Drummond, Theodora Goss, Matthew Kressel, Rachel Pollack, Sarah Smith, Cecilia Tan, Mary Turzillo, Catherynne M. Valente

The Interstitial Arts Foundation is group of “Artists Without Borders” fighting the Balkanization of art.  They celebrate work that crosses or straddles the borders between mediums, the borders between genres, the borders between “high art” and popular culture.  They are not opposed to mainstream fiction or genre fiction, nor are they seeking to create a new category. They are just particularly excited by border-crossing fiction (and music and art), and want to support the creation of such works and to establish better ways of engaging with them. Interstitial Arts is an idea, a conversation, not a hard-and-fast definition–and it’s a conversation you are invited to join.

See you there! Oh, and there will be Grass-Cutting Sword ARCs available, so come get your dragon on.

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