(2/27/01 12:09:16 pm)
|New York City reading|
New York readers of this board might want to know that there will be a reading from the Y.A. fairy tale collection A Wolf at the Door (published by Simon & Schuster) at Books of Wonder, 16 W. 18th Street, New York on March 3, 2001, from noon to 2:00. I won't be there, alas; but my co-editor Ellen Datlow will. And the following authors will be reading and signing:
Patricia A. McKillip
(2/27/01 1:42:42 pm)
Serendipity is a beautiful thing. I'll be there, with my mother (visiting that weekend) in tow. Huh - for once, living in New Jersey actually helps.
(2/27/01 4:27:09 pm)
Everything wonderful is always happening wherever I am not. I'm developing a complex.
Actually, I was just wondering what happened to Kelly Link about a month or so ago. I love what I've read by her so far. Anyone have any news?
(2/28/01 6:42:03 am)
|Re: Kelly Link|
Kelly moved from Boston to New York and is still writing wonderful short fiction. She recently published a small press chapbook called "Four Stories," available from Jelly Ink Press, 73 4th Avenue, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11217. She also co-wrote a terrific story with her sweetie, Gavin Grant, called "Ship, Sea, Mountain, Sky," which came out in an Australian magazine last year and will be reprinted in the forthcoming Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.
(3/4/01 8:26:31 am)
The reading/signing was wonderful! It had a decent crowd - not enormous, but had it been much bigger, the bookstore would have skipped the reading and just done the signing, so it was perfect. Jane Yolen gave her three tips on writing: 1. Read everything you can. 2. Write lots - BIC, she called it; Butt In Chair. And 3. Don't get discouraged by the lack of monetary reward. She had a fourth, less official tip as well: Study Anthropology. My mother (the anthropologist) cheered that one.
She shared her inspiration for her story, Cinder-Elephant, which appears in A Wolf At The Door. All the heroines in fairy tales are thin and beautiful, she said, and she wanted to write about a girl who was neither. She read her story aloud, punctuated by bursts of laughter from the audience. It was a very, very funny tale, but I won't wreck it for anyone by saying more than that.
Katherine Vaz said she had based her story, The Kingdom of Melting Glances, in her Portugese background. In Portugese tales, evil stepsisters place razor blades on the windowsill to kill the birds that help the heroine. She said she worried that that element might be too "dicey" (her word) for inclusion in this anthology, but her son said that was what *made* the stepsisters' characters so deliciously evil. So it stayed.
Other writers shared their thoughts on their stories, and Ellen Datlow spoke about the book's origin, and the process by which it came together. It was altogether a super-spiffy event, and I know at least one other Fairy Tale Board member was there. Hi Helen!
(3/5/01 4:40:04 am)
Thanks for news of the signing, Cory-Ellen. I'm glad it went well, and sure wish I could have been there. Instead, I'm buried in packing box, moving from one Tucson house to a new one. It's only four miles down the road, but somehow that doesn't making hauling books any easier....