Archive for June, 2008

Malaprops Bookstore Reading with Tobias Buckell

Jeff VanderMeer • June 22nd, 2008 • Events

I’ll be reading and signing with Tobias Buckell during the Shared Worlds workshop at Malaprops.

Ambergris Stamps: Or, I’ve Got Great Friends!

Jeff VanderMeer • June 21st, 2008 • Photos, Uncategorized

I hope my dear friend Eric Schaller, who did many of the City of Saints illos, doesn’t mind me posting these photos of the package he just sent me, featuring stamps from Ambergris! With his art on them! Just a lovely surprise!

I have good friends. Speaking of which, Matt and Meg Staggs headed back home this morning. We had a great time with them. A lot of fun.

Jeff

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Best American Fantasy 2: Table of Contents

Jeff VanderMeer • June 21st, 2008 • News

We can finally reveal the Best American Fantasy 2 table of contents. The focus of BAF is on North American writers published in North American publications (from 2007). We looked at several hundred genre and literary publications, and these were, we felt, the best stories from 2007. Ann and I are the guest editors this time, with Matthew Cheney as the series editor. The next volume will be guest edited by the marvelous Kevin Brockmeier.

As always, this anthology serves as a good alternative or companion to the other year’s best fantasy anthos, which tend not to look at, or look as closely at, the lit. mag side of things. You’ll notice that this year there are 10 stories by women, 8 by men.

In terms of the contributions from literary versus genre publications, there is more of a balance. This was not a conscience decision–it’s just how it worked out. We did decide to create better focus by being less figurative in our definition of “fantasy” and cutting the word count from 150,000 to 95,000 words.

I’ll have further posts about BAF and our reading, in terms of trends we saw (less fantasy in lit. mags over all, a slight downturn in the quality of online fiction, an absolute blitzkrieg of amazing work by women writers [with Tin House leading the way], etc.) The anthology will come out in Oct-November of this year.

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Books Bought–Matt ‘n’ Jeff–June 20

Jeff VanderMeer • June 20th, 2008 • Book Reviews


(Matt’s haul)

Okay, so we’ve been going to some bookstores while Matt Staggs and his wife Meg have been in town. In addition to the long-time institutions Paperback Rack and Bookshelf, we stopped at the newly risen Word Traffic and Secret Headquarters. Both of these new places are absolutely fantastic.

Here’s my haul, with some notes. I’d love reader comments on these books because this time I’m not buying extra copies of stuff I’ve already read…

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Friday Night Videos: Origami Book Contest

Jeff VanderMeer • June 20th, 2008 • Uncategorized

Check out my latest Amazon Friday Night Video, about creating origami books. There’s a contest! I hope you’ll enter. (Enter there, not here.)

This American Life on Showtime and E-Books

Jeff VanderMeer • June 20th, 2008 • Culture

In an odd confluence of chance, I was just about to post about how This American Life on Showtime has been sooo much better in its second season than its first when I get an email from Michael Phillips, who was featured in this episode.

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Amazon: Mr. Fooster and Life in the Balance

Jeff VanderMeer • June 20th, 2008 • Book Reviews

In which I’m trying not to be cynical

And something truly heart-wrenching.

Borderlands Books Needs a Cafe

Jeff VanderMeer • June 20th, 2008 • Uncategorized

My resolve to stay away from blog-surfing as a time drain given the many deadlines I have means I missed this plea to help Borderlands, a great bookstore, get a cafe. Go check it out.

Books Received, Bought (& Matt and Meg Staggs)

Jeff VanderMeer • June 19th, 2008 • Book Reviews

Matt and Meg Staggs are visiting us this week, with resulting bookstore follies. (See after the cut for photos.) You’ll know Matt from his most excellent blog and creative activities.

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Books Received–June 18

Jeff VanderMeer • June 18th, 2008 • Uncategorized