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A quick and insufficient note letting you know that I'll be one of the Guests of Honor at next year's Sirens Conference! Oct. 2013, in Stevenson, Washington (Columbia River Gorge, at Skamania Lodge!). We went to one 2 years ago, and loved it. More on this later, but here's the Golden Key:

past Sirens registrants and their friends are welcome to register for $165 using the following link: https://www.narrateconferences.org/sirensReunion/registration/ This early registration link will be available until November 1, when we'll have the 2013 website up and the registration price will increase. Just like in 2012, the registration price is all-inclusive of our programming and events, except for the pre-conference Sirens Supper, the Sirens Shuttle, and all those books you want to buy. Tickets to our pre-conference Sirens Supper and our Sirens Shuttle are currently available as well. Please feel free to share the sort-of secret link!
I checked with the Admin, and you all qualifies as my Friends. So if you're at all tempted, you've got 2 more days to register at that discount rate, before it goes up on Nov. 1.

Others who've attended past Sirens Conf's can maybe explain here why we all should be there?
ellenkushner: (Bryn Mawr: Writing)
Hollins University offers co-ed Summmer M.A. and M.F.A. programs in the study and writing of children’s and young adult literature. Students attend classes each summer for 3-5 summers, until all their coursework is done.

Where: Roanoke, VA

When: This summer's semester runs June 17th - July 26th. Ellen & Delia will both be instructors this year. Applications due Jan. 6 & Feb. 15.

In order to study with Delia, students must be enrolled in either the two-year Creative Writing M.F.A program (deadline for applying to the program is January 6th: see application instructions) . . . or the M.A. or M.F.A. in Children's Literature programs (deadline February 15, application instructions here ).

Ellen's seminar is open only to second- or third-year students in the MFA Writing program. However, on her last visit (2 yrs ago), she instigated the Writers' Livingroom, a place for all creative writing students to meet each week to complain, help each other, drink, knit, and sing "Die, Vampire, Die!" She plans to return to that this year.

Both Ellen and Delia have taught and spoken at Hollins in the past, and loved the experience! So this summer Ellen will teach an Advanced Writing Tutorial, while Delia will lead a course on Genre Study in the Craft of Writing for Children/Fantasy.

A full list of courses (all of which I, personally, would love to take!) is available here.

The program features a fantastic roster of lecturers (including Brian Attebery and C.W. "Chip" Sullivan), visits from a renowned writer-in-residence (past writers-in-residence have included Nancy Willard, Marly Youmans . . . and Ellen!), and the chance for students to present critical and creative work at the annual Francelia Butler Conference on Children’s Literature.

If you’re in the Roanoke area, you can also attend talks by faculty members and other public events throughout the summer.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in writing children’s or Y.A. literature to study with some of the most talented writers in the field, so spread the word!

--Katharine Duckett
Assistant to Ellen Kushner
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Time to update this, isn't it? Especially since I've got an event this weekend:

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 23, 1 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza

Brooklyn, NY

Make Believe: Genre Comics for the Next Generation
I'm moderating a panel discussion with Derek Kirk Kim (Tune: Vanishing Point), Becky Cloonan (Dracula), and Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain - and you've gotta see this website!)  on what makes genre comics so fun to write, draw, and read.
**If you can think of any great questions to ask them, please hand 'em over below!  It's my first Comics panel, and I'm just anxiously reading and rereading Dylan Meconis's brilliant "How Not to Write Comics Criticism," praying not to make a fool of myself.** 

New York Comic Con
Sunday, October 14, 11 am
Variant Stage, Javits Center
New York, NY

Over 30 Years with Brian & Wendy Froud: Faeries, Goblins, and Trolls
Thrilled to be asked to host a discussion/interview with dear friends Brian Froud and Wendy Froud - I'll get them to tell how they "met on development for Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal and since have become the pre-eminent faerie artists in the world" - and we'll talk about their gorgeous new book, TROLLS!

World Fantasy Convention
November 1-4
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel
Toronto, ON, Canada

Y'know . . . the usual.

November 9-11
Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley Inn
Baltimore, Maryland

So looking forward to this!  Terri Windling is coming this year, and Delia will have somewhere to wear those ridiculous wings.  

In between shopping the aisles of amazing stuff, I'm going to be on panels, and host a FaerieCon Book Club discussion of Welcome To Bordertown, which should be very cool. Now, what to wear to the Bad Faerie Ball.......?

ellenkushner: ("Suonare")
So pleased to be heading back to WisCon this year - we missed the last two, which seems so wrong, since WisCon's been one of the highlights of my year for, well, quite a long time.  Hope to see many friends there!

Here are the panels/parties/readings I'm assigned to - but feel free to stop me in the hallway any time for a chat (or even to sign a book or two); if I'm in a hurry, I'll just say so, and no hard feelings.  Don't be shy!  (Hmm, no Bordertown panels this year....I'd better hurry up & order my BORDERTOWN LIVES T-shirt so everyone knows where I stand!)

The Young Victorians : GROUP READINGFri, 4:00–5:15 pmMichelangelos
Tiffany Trent, Franny Billingsley, Ellen Kushner, Caroline Stevermer  
From the corridors of the Museum of Unnatural History to the Chime Child's swamps, through letters written in a London where the Experimental Arts are not quite the thing for a gentleman to practice . . . come hear what kind of mischief young adults can get up to when the corsets are tight and the passions are high! Kushner & Stevermer will delight your ears contrapuntally with the letters they wrote in character for their story in the forthcoming QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS; Billingsley's breathtaking CHIME was a Norton & NBA nominee; Trent's forthcoming THE UNNATURALISTS is hailed by Tamora Pierce as "heart-wrenching, magical and fascinating."
Crossing boundaries and bending genres: Meet the Interstitial Arts Foundation Sat, 2:30–3:45 pmCaucus
  Larissa N. Niec, Ellen Kushner, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, JoSelle Vanderhooft 
The Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in-between categories and genres--art that crosses borders. One of the specific goals of the IAF is to foster conversations among artists, academics, critics, and enthusiasts--conversations in which art of all types can be spoken of as a continuum, rather than as a series of hermetically sealed genres. Currently, the IAF is seeking to grow and develop new projects. In this town meeting-style session, we seek input from (1) artists and writers about ways in which the IAF might be of value to them as they seek to promote their boundary-crossing work, and (2) readers and enthusiasts about needs they perceive for the support of literature and other art forms that expand the conventional boundaries of gender and other restricting borders.
I Didn't Really Mean to Write a Series participantSat, 9:00–10:15 pmCaucus
   Cassie Alexander, Alex Bledsoe, Dorothy Hearst, Ellen Kushner  
A novel sometimes engenders more stories in the same universe, with at least some of the same characters. Did you mean to write a series from the beginning? Or did the world take over your computer and the characters refuse to leave? Are series a good way to tell a story? What is the market like for such creations?
"Beyond Binary: Genderqueer & Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction" Book-Party Sun, 8:45 pmRoom 634
 Keyan Bowes, Brit Mandelo, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman 
This release party for the anthology "Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction" will include readings by contributors, plus tea and cookies.

The SignOut (scheduled)Mon, 11:30 am–12:45 pmCapitol/Wisconsin

ellenkushner: (Spanish Swordspoint)
That's where I've been for at least part of this post-less time: working out details with my fabulous wonderful producer/director Sue Zizza, who created The Witches of Lublin with us last year, and is a renowned audio drama director and teacher.  This is not her first audio book project, but I modestly think it will be the craziest & most exciting.

Sue & I have been having deep discussions on sound effects and original music, and where it should all go in the text.  And I've been working on my breathing and terribly tight jaw (when did that happen??), since in order to get the book done, I'll have to read aloud for 4-6 hours/day. I've never done that; my recording sessions for Sound & Spirit were never more than 2 hours.  Sure, I've been live on the radio for hours at a time - but, well, there was always a lot of music in between speeches.  My amazing chiropractor & personal shaman, George Russell, has also been giving me exercises.  (And making me laugh a lot - check out his Subway Workout Video - and then imagine him telling me to get Alec's voice to come from somewhere near the top of my head this time, while envisioning the Duchess' barge....)

When & where this fully-produced miracle of sonic splendor will appear, I am not yet at liberty to divulge - though we hope it will be before the turning of the year. However, I am encouraged to invite you to attend a public recording/performance of the first couple of chapters on Saturday, September 10th out at Hofstra U. on Long Island.  

I'll be on one side of the glass with all the microphones, and you will be encouraging me with your smiles and rapt expressions on the other.  

The audience room seats only around 15 people, so there will be 2 "seatings," one from 1:00-3:00, and the other from 4:00-6:00, I believe. If you'd like to attend, please write directly to SUEMEDIA1 at Gmail dot etc. and put SWORDSPOINT READING in the header, and she'll send directions for the exact location on campus.

Meanwhile, Delia & I are off to Maine on Saturday, to spend a good week in isolation at our dear & generous friends' glorious house overlooking Eggamoggin(?) Reach, where there will be nothing to do but write and write and write.  (And do vocal exercises.)  Wish me luck!  It's worked in the past.
ellenkushner: (WelcBORDERTOWN)
So much going on I can't even keep up with it!  Fortunately, there's the new Bordertown Blog, where Terri & I are doing our best to post every review, interview, memoir, pensée & article as fast as they go up - so just head over here and start scrolling.....

Tomorrow, in NYC, is as close as we're coming to a Launch Party: it's at Books of Wonder at 6:00 pm, and will feature 4 authors, both co-editors ([livejournal.com profile] blackholly  & me), Guest Musician Joe Kessler (formerly of Boiled in Lead, and also my man on all those Thomas the Rhymer performances and my Esther: the Feast of Masks show - I love you, Joe!), the Bordertown mockumentary Video (along with some of the NYC high school kids who were in it!) . . . and lots and lots of ice & cold drinks, because it's going to be 95 fking degrees here!

If you can't come to NYC - or it's just too darned hot - you can pre-order signed books from Books of Wonder.

I did think you'd want to know that I did a lengthy podcast interview on The Geeks's Guide to the Galaxy, covering "the origins of Bordertown, poetry and music, fan participation, collaboration, writing LGBT characters, changes in the fantasy field, audio projects, funding public radio, and The Interstitial Arts Foundation...." (told you it was lengthy) - great fun chatting with hosts John Joseph Adams & David Barr Kirtley!*

And Alaya Dawn Johnson's gorgeous Welcome to Bordertown story, "A Prince of Thirteen Days," is now up for all to read on Fantasy Magazine.

And Holly & Terri's Introductions to the anthology are posted on Suvudu.com, with an introduction by me to their introductions ('cause that's how we do it around here!  Not to be confused with my Missing Introduction, which was on Scalzi's "Big Idea").

And if you could drop by the blog and throw in an actual Comment or two?  Because Terri, [livejournal.com profile] innaj  (who ran the amazing fantastic Sweepstakes!) & I are getting kind of demoralized doing nothing but marking Spam on everything that's come in this week....

*I haven't listened yet.  I don't dare.  You listen, and tell me they edited out all the stupid bits...!
ellenkushner: (LUBLIN witches)
Stayed up as late as I could last night with Jim Freund & co. on the WBAI interview - and in the cab home, I listened to the conversation continue with that fabu TuneInRadio app that turns your iPhone into a radio!  I love the modern world sometimes.  It helps me be old-fashioned in new and exciting ways.

Caught almost enough sleep, then dragged myself out of bed to go to a small radio studio (happily, just 10 blocks from my house) this morning to do interview with the fabulous veteran NPR journalist Frank Stasio (STAY-show) on WUNC's local interview program, "The State of Things." We had a whole 20 minutes all to ourselves - director/producer Sue Zizza, co-author/musician Yale Strom & I - and Frank also played a good clip from the show itself.   Did anyone hear it?  Did I sound like an idiot?

You can actually listen to the whole WUNC interview archived online - or download it, forsooth - right here!  How cool is that?

Many, many stations are airing The Witches of Lublin this weekend.  See?

And Ian Randal Strock gave us a nice write-up in SFScope online.

Then Sue & I went and had lunch & talked about how to get even more stations to air us next year!  Also, how soon we can get the CD produced and the album to Audible.com for download.  Stay tuned.  And again, thank you VERY MUCH for your donations of time, support, and even dollars.  When you hear The Witches of Lublin, I hope you will feel it has all been put to very good use.

ellenkushner: (Thomas the Rhymer)
 [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman  & I will be in Boston (well, Cambridge/Harvard Square) tomorrow, signing books*:

12:00 - 12:45 Signing at Harvard Book Store, side-by-side with Brandon Sanderson.

Then we pop in to Vericon** (will somebody pack me a sandwich??) for:
1:00  Reading
2:30 - 4:00 pm  Panel on  Collaborations in Writing with Brandon Sanderson & Holly Black.

Other guests include Sarah Smith, Catherine Asaro, Holly Black & Austin Grossman.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

* I don't know which books HBS will have on hand - but, no, not the new Welcome to Borderland, which won't be out 'til May.  i will, however, have attractive & colorful Welcome to Borderland postcards for all!  And of course feel free to bring your own well-worn copies of our older work for us to sign.  I don't think they'll mind, and we certainly won't.

**Vericon, a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime convention, has been held annually at Harvard University since 2001. The convention is sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), an undergraduate student group.

For other upcoming appearances, click here; we try to keep it pretty well updated.
ellenkushner: (2French Swordspoint (EK only))
[livejournal.com profile] deliasherman  & I will be popping in to Vericon* on Saturday, March 19th for 3 events:

12:00 - 12:45 Signing at Harvard Book Store**
1:00  Reading
2:30 - 4:00 pm  Panel on  Collaborations in Writing with Brandon Sanderson & Holly Black.

Other guests include Sarah Smith, Catherine Asaro & Austin Grossman.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

*Vericon, a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime convention, has been held annually at Harvard University since 2001. The convention is sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), an undergraduate student group.

**You don't need to attend Vericon to come hang out & get books signed in Harvard Square!

For other upcoming appearances, click here; we try to keep it pretty well updated.
ellenkushner: (book swords music)
I'm honored to have been invited to be one of the Author Guests this summer at the Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14-19), located at the University of Pittsburgh.  It's a 10-day workshop, and I'll be there for two of those days,  workshopping and advising and whatnot.  Other Author Guests so far are Tamora Pierce & David Levine, with more to come.

Alpha's accepting
applications until March 1.

I love the fact that this workshop exists.  Not only is it an opportunity for young writers to get taken seriously - but I bet that it's a lot like the summer arts camp I went to when I was 13 & 14 - my first big chance to meet other kids as weird and creative and obsessed as I was . . . The friendships made at such places can last a lifetime.

They also have a cool Blog full of Writing Tips & Wisdom for people of any age - I was very tickled when Julie Holderman included a section of my Swordspoint in a post she did on Anatomy of Action Scenes there . . . though I haven't yet had the nerve to read their Learning to Love your Rejection Letters!
ellenkushner: (gargoyle)
Well, it appears that I have signed on to be Writer-in-Residence at this summer's Children's Literature MA/MFA Degree Program at Hollins University. It was an act of solidarity with [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman , who is, after all, going to be teaching The Craft of Writing for Children: Fantasy for the full 6 weeks of the program (June 20-July 29); I've only got 2 weeks to fulfill, but I'll probably stick around.

It's cool. We get a house on the charming campus outside Roanoke, Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains . . . and a light enough teaching schedule that we'll have time to work on our own writing. It's a long time, 6 weeks, to be away, but I'm thinking of it as a sort of writing-retreat-with-benefits; hell, many of the prosperous denizens of our Manhattan neighborhood spend summer in the country as is - and they don't even get paid to meet people who love to read and want to write, and stand up and make speeches to their adoring upturned faces....

To make it even more exciting the annual Children's Literature Association Conference will be happening the week that we get there (chaired by Hollins' Children's Lit director /author Amanda Cockrell - a Woman of Valor if ever I knew one!) - and this year's theme is Revolt, Rebellion, Protest: Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature . . . And so your hapless heroines find ourselves also giving a joint keynote speech on the subject of fantasy lit. as a genre of subversion. I can hardly wait to see what I say.

How, you may ask, did we get into this?

Well, a couple of years ago, we were invited down to give a talk at Hollins. A simple talk, on fantasy in general, writing . . . you know, the usual Ellen-and-Delia Entertainment. I don't quite remember what we said, but everyone seemed to like it - and more to the point, in our mere 24 hours there, we fell in love with Hollins - the soft old buildings with their history of women's education seeping through the stone . . . the smart, funny, knowledgeable faculty . . . the heavy, sweet air of the Roanoke Valley, with the hills in the distance . . . And before we left, we said, "Hey, if you ever need some summer faculty...!"

And now, here we are. Ready and willing to serve as called.

Even if you're not working every summer toward an advanced degree in Children's Lit, maybe we'll see you at the CLAC? Or at the Roanoke Farmer's Market? Or at the Interstitial Arts salon that Mike Allen & I are already scheming to organize.....? Yes, it's going to be a good summer. (And we're still flying up for Readercon, if I have anything to say about it!)

I'm going to need a car down there, aren't I?
ellenkushner: (IAF)
Arisia is held in Boston every MLK weekend. This will be my first time back in awhile.

Autograph Fri 5:00 PM
While the program lists this as a 90-minute slot, I can't see sitting for 90 minutes waiting for someone to ask for my autograph . . . so I'll probably leave by 5:45. If you miss me, don't be shy about stopping me in the hallway to ask me to sign; I don't mind, and if I'm in a tearing hurry, I'll tell you.

Interstitial Arts: A Discussion Fri 6:30 PM
This will be our IAF "Town Meeting," attending by all the Boardies.* We want to hear what you think IAF should be doing this year . . . so please come. We're also doing an event that evening for IAF Working Group members, and people who are interested in getting more involved - if that's you, please Comment here or DM me.


Character Dynamics Sat 11:00 AM
You have your cast of characters, now how do you get them to interact the way you want? How can you make you them fight, love, and laugh at each other convincingly? How do you make changes in a relationship between characters come about naturally, rather than seeming forced? Our panelists will elucidate on the finer points of getting your characters to behave with each other on the page the way you imagine them in your head.

Reading - Kushner, Longyear, Shawl Sat 12:30 PM
We each read for 25 minutes. I don't know yet what order we'll be in. Anything special you want to hear?

From First Draft to Second Draft Sat 5:00 PM
What's your writing process? Is the first draft a private letter to yourself while the second draft is more accessible to others? How does the fiction change through the writing and revision process? Our panelists discuss their methods for rewriting.

The Heroine's Journey Sat 8:00 PM
If one takes a classic hero's journey plot and changes the gender of the character, how does the story shift and change? Are there differences we can see in literature between stories told with women and girls as their protagonist, and the ones told about boys and men?
[livejournal.com profile] deliasherman 's on this one with me! Sorry I'm too lazy to type in the names of all the other panelists - but they're all great - can't wait! Arisia's Preliminary Schedule is now posted, so you can see for yourself.

*I was a GoH at one of the first of Boston's Arisia Conventions - it was one of my first GoH spots . . . they roasted me (bliss!) and I still have the cup with my name on it . . . ! I'm sorry I've missed so many since. It's the same weekend as my father's birthday (MLK Day weekend), and in general not a good month for me to travel. But I'm making up for it this year, as my fellow-Board Members of the Interstitial Arts Foundation have deemed it a good weekend to fly/drive/train/bus in from all over the country, to hold our face-to-face Board Meeting on Sunday.
ellenkushner: (Latvian THOMAS)
Delia & I are reading tonight at NYRSF  at 7pm  (details here).  Continuing last year's tradition of presenting not-yet-published work, this time I'll be giving a sneak preview of "The Duke of Riverside,"* a new story set shortly after my novel Swordspoint. It will be published this summer in NAKED CITY: TALES OF URBAN FANTASY, edited by Ellen Datlow (St Martin's Press, July 2011).  [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman  will read from her forthcoming teen novel THE FREEDOM MAZE (Big Mouth House, 2011): the story of a girl from 1960 who travels back in time to her family's sugar plantation in 1860s Louisiana, and is promptly sent to the slave quarters . . . kind of an E. Nesbit time travel book with teeth!

I seem to have caught a mild cold - or maybe it's just brutal malaise brought on by too much running around - but don't worry; I've given great performances in far worse condition; as soprano Laurie Monahan once replied when I asked her what techniques singers use for delivering the goods with respiratory ailments:  Adrenaline!  Seems to work.  But just in case, I propose to spend the day in bed re-watching the third season of Slings & Arrows, with maybe a little gentle Georgette Heyer, plus, if I feel up to the excitement, the galleys of Nancy Werlin's new novel, Extraordinary, which she was kind enough to send me in return for a sneak peek at "Duke of Riverside."

This will be our first time in the new reading series space, SoHo Gallery for Digital Art -  a thrill because its walls are lined with projection(?) boxes wherein giant images glow.  Even if you can't come, series director Jim Freund has posted tonight's images here (and this seems like a good place to thank him for putting up with my megrims as I fussed & fretted about what should go up, after having claimed on Friday (on the train to Philadelpia, by iPhone) that I didn't care that much!).  Along with book covers & illos, they include a couple of photos from our 2004 wedding in our backyard in Massachusetts, one of us cutting the cake, and the other of the giddy cake toppers (made by our dear Sarah Smith).

*As "The Duke..." weighs in at a hefty 8,000 words, I don't know that I'll be able to fit it all in my 30-minute timeslot. Will rise from my bed of teem at some point & try to figure out how many minutes/page - does anyone know?
ellenkushner: (DREYDL)
A wonderful mixed basket this month, doing events for kids & adults, ranging from The Golden Dreydl for Chanukah to a sneak preview of a new Riverside story! Details below & below:

NYC:  Sunday, December 5th, 3:30 pm - "Klezmer Nutcracker" Chanukah Party
I'll be reading, signing, and acting out the Good Bits from my kids' book, THE GOLDEN DREYDL, with Dan Gordon (who originated the part of the Fool in the Vital Theatre production of A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER onstage), at The Shul of New York's Family Chanukah party-- which will have lots of fun stuff for kids & their parents to do.

And I'm delighted to announce that THE GOLDEN DREYDL is now out in paperback suitable for stuffing in knapsacks & spilling juice on - though we'll also be selling the gorgeous hardcover, in case anyone wants a book that looks like a bonbon!

Philadelphia:  Friday, December 10th, 9 pm - Philadelphia SF Society Talk
I'll be speaking at the PSFS December meeting for about an hour on "any topic [I] like" emphasizing my "ideas and opinions relating to the genre and [my] work." Books will be available for sale & signing (feel free to bring books of your own, too). After the meeting, we all go to a diner & hang out together.

NYC:  Tuesday, December 14th, 7 pm - NYRSF Reading
It seems to have become an Annual Holiday tradition for The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings to present Delia Sherman & me for their December "Family Reading"! Last year, we gave a sneak preview of my story "The Man with the Knives" . . . This year, I'm going to offer a glimpse of "The Duke of Riverside," a new story that takes place shortly after Swordspoint, and will be published this summer in NAKED CITY: TALES OF URBAN FANTASY. What Delia's reading, I have no idea. Come and see!

You can also keep an eye on future Upcoming Appearances on my website. And if you're in the NYC or Boston area, sign up for my mailing lists here under Public Appearances.
ellenkushner: (EK:  Twelfth Night)
Headed to Columbus, OH on Thursday for WFC.  I'm not on any panels, but am giving a 30-minute reading on Friday at 4:00 p.m.  I'll probably read from The Man with the Knives -- if you're one of the people who doesn't want to buy one of the last remaining copies by check, know ye that I'll be bringing copies with me to sell at the con (and I think they'll also be in the Dealers' Room at Mike Walsh's table).  Please don't be shy about coming up to me to say Hi or ask me to sign something; if I'm late for something & don't have time, I'll let you know, but otherwise I'm always happy to stop.  (Oh, and BTW:  There's not an author on the planet who's heard "I love your work!" too many times.  When people preface praise with "You're probably sick of hearing this...." I'm afraid I always laugh and want to kiss them.)

I'll also be engaging in the traditional mass-madness-all-authors signing at the con on Friday night (and probably as usual arriving late because dinner never really ends at 8:00. . . but hold out for me, I'll be there!), and also doing the public Barnes & Noble event on Saturday 11-1.  And on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. we're having an unofficial Interstitial Arts Foundation get-together in the hotel bar. If you're interested in IAF, come and join us; we'll be talking about plans for this year, and asking people what they'd like to see the IAF doing, and how.

Meanwhile, author Cindy Pon has posted some great photos from the last con we were at this month, Sirens (Vail, CO).  They really express the spirit of the weekend.  And I was really touched by her caption for  [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman :  "we had quite a few lovely conversations during the con. i loved her calming, quiet yet engaging energy."  Delia & I went to Sirens knowing hardly anyone, and I know that Delia, in particular, worked really hard to make sure she got to know people who were either shy, had never heard of us, were scared of us, or just didn't know what to do next.  It's great to know that Cindy felt the love . . . we sure loved meeting her, and everyone else.

So don't let us feel like we have spinach between our teeth!  Come say Hello, and let's talk about art and life.
ellenkushner: (gargoyle)
A week from right now, I trust to be arriving in Columbus, Ohio for the peripatetic World Fantasy Convention.  I've been attending it pretty much since I started in this business, as a junior editor fresh out of university.  So it's really a giant family reunion for me - we've already scheduled our annual catch-up dinner with Pat McKillip & her husband, poet David Lunde, planned (a tradition since we took them out about, what, 10 years ago? to celebrate the news of their engagement), and a date with Suzy McKee Charnas . . . We always meet new people, too, and are looking forward to hanging out in comfy chairs in the bar to see who joins the conversation.

Some people don't attend WFC because it's pricey, and has a not-entirely-undeserved reputation for being a bit of an insiders' business event. But for anyone in spitting distance of Columbus, this year there is a big bookstore event that's open to all.   I hope you'll come - & tell your friends!   The remarkably thoughtful & organized C. L. Wilson (whom I've never met, but love more with every passing e-mail) has put together a big group author talk/signing on:

Saturday, October 30th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
OSU Campus Bookstore
1598 N. High Street, Columbus, OH, 43201

Delia Sherman & I will be there, with many more great fantasists, including Cat Valente, Ari Berk, Mary Robinette Kowal, [livejournal.com profile] swantower , Beth Bernobich, Joe Haldeman. . . .  the list is here on the event's Facebook page.  They are going to have 3-4 of my paperback titles on hand, and I can even bring a few "Man with the Knives" to sell you under the table, as Barnes & Noble doesn't carry it.  Let me know if you'll be there - and wear your special LJ green carnation/ribbon/earring/toothpick!
ellenkushner: (EK:  Twelfth Night)
 Just got my schedule for WorldCon in Melbourne, Sept. 2-6:

Thu 1600 Rm 210: Magic mean streets: the city as a fantasy location;
Sat 1500 Rm 201: Kaffeeklatsche; (please come hang out with me or I'll feel like a dork!)
Sat 1600 Rm 201: Signing;
Sun 1700 Rm 207: Reading; (taking requests! I'll have 25 minutes...)
Sun 1600 Rm 213: Partners in crime: how to collaborate;
Mon 1000 Rm P3: Where do you get your ideas? (mod);
Mon 1300 Rm 204: Getting edgy: the disreputable protagonist in modern fantasy;
Mon 1500 Rm 217: Fantasy fiction and the Bechdel test

And to think I was worried I wouldn't have enough to do there.  Actually, I may step down from one of the Monday panels, as that's a lot for one day--but I'm so excited about all my co-panelists!  Grr.  Argh.  Hmmm.... (And I guess I'd better get there on Thursday after all!)

P.S.  Thanks for the great packing advice!  It's helping a lot.
ellenkushner: (Thomas the Rhymer)
Because we just can't stay away from airports . . . .  

Looks like [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman  & I will be at Faerie Escape Atlanta, along with Charles Vess,  Ari Berk,  Eugie Foster,  Kristin McDermott, Barbara Friend Ish, Andrew Greenberg, Stu Jenks,  Lisa Stock, Rene Newsome, and lots more good people  interested in "conversations on faeries, fairy tales, and their psychological and ecological themes; workshops on costuming, writing, faerie house construction and more; children’s programming; and celebrations of all things faerie related."

This is the last week to preregister for $19.  

Hope to see a few of you there!  (Oh dear, oh dear. . . what shall I wear to the ball?)
ellenkushner: (book swords music)
Am I nuts?  Or can I just not resist Jim Freund's puppydog eyes --and constant unwavering support of all sf/f/interstitial writers in the NYC area  (and visitors from the four corners of the world) whom he can corral, induce, persuade & delight to come hobnob with him on Hour of the Wolf on NYC's WBAI 99.5FM every Saturday morning from 5:00-7:00 a.m.*?

So that's where you'll find me, about 12 hours from now.  

I'm only doing it 'cause MWTK publisher Henry Wessells said he'd come, too.

And did I mention it's a CALL-IN show?

And it's streamed live on the interweb here.   So if you're in the UK or Paris, f'rinstance, you can be dipping your croissant in your cafe au lait (don't spill it on your keyboard) & Skype in your questions to me.  That would be so cool!  (And if you're in Seattle or Japan, just stay up late...)

We'll be talking about "The Man with the Knives" (in honor of its pub date this Monday, May 3rd!), playing songs to do with May Day (& animal transformation, in honor of The Beastly Bride, too!) . . . and best of all, Jim is going to broadcast a recording of the reading that [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman  & I did of "The Man with the Knives" back in December at NYRSF! The reading felt like something very special at the time; it was the first time I'd presented the story to the public, and people seemed pretty excited. I hope it sounds as good as it felt.

Better go find those Waterson/Carthy albums, now . . . (And if anyone can suggest a good Animal Transformation song - or non-trite version of "The Great Silkie of Sule Skerrie" - I'm all ears.)

*Not to mention the years he's spent organizing & running the NYRSF readings, and recording all the KGB (and prior) readings every month.  Really, the man's a jewel.  He also recorded our Witches of Lublin reading this week, so I REally Owe Him.
ellenkushner: (EK:  Twelfth Night)
A free late-night movie w/ a lychee martini at NYC's Rubin Museum is rapidly becoming my favorite Friday night date! The bar (with snacks) is hopping, the whole museum's open to wander beforehand.... Drinks are 2-for-1 from 6-8pm, including some very good wine.

Right now they're running the New Cosmic Cabaret Cinema Series in conjunction with a new exhibit, "Visions of the Cosmos." Which is how I got picked for:

Where Movies and Martinis Mix
Ellen Kushner introduces Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
Friday, March 12th, 9:30 p.m.

Free with a $7 Bar minimum
1968, Franco Zeffirelli, UK/Italy, 138 minutes
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey play the star-crossed lovers: "When he shall die, cut him out into little stars... all the world will be in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun."

You can bet I'll have a lot to say. That movie changed my life. I can't wait to see it on a big screen again!

Upcoming films in the New Cosmic Cabaret Cinema Series:
***TONIGHT! our own [livejournal.com profile] scbutler S. C. Butler introduces It Came from Outer Space! ****Read more... )

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