Jack O’Connell and Ekaterina Sedia, May 21st

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Jack O’Connell, author of The Resurrectionist, just published by Algonquin, and four previous novels set in the fictional city of Quinsigamond, including Box 9, Wireless, The Skin Palace and Word Made Flesh

and

Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Secret History of Moscow, published by Prime Books this past November. Her next, The Alchemy of Stone, will be out this July. She is also the editor of Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy. Her short stories have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies.

* Mobile Libris will be selling books

Wednesday May 21st , 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

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An All Around Good Day

After a long and arduous search, I finally found a new apartment. It’s right near Prospect Park in Brooklyn and it’s on this quiet, tree-lined street in a family-oriented neighborhood. I’ve been in Hoboken for six years and I’ve gotten used to certain things here, so it will be hard to say goodbye, but I’m looking forward to starting fresh in this new place. Not to mention my second bedroom which I will be using as an office. I hope my cat will like the new place, which I suppose is my subconscious wondering the same thing. Hmm. Cat as subconscious metaphor. I like that.

Last night, I went to the Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy reading yesterday at the usual NYRSF haunt. Rick Bowes and Carol Emshwiller read excellent stories, while Barry N. Marlzberg got stuck in traffic and never showed. The reading was followed by a good meal at the local pub where we dissected the plot(s) and theme(s) of Battlestar Galactica in Talmudic detail. My belief? The characters exist in our future.

Ellen Datlow and I were also talking about ways to attract readers outside of NY to read at the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series. Part of the problem is that we just don’t know when authors will be in town. Outside of the NY Metro area, few people have heard of KGB, or know about its long and interesting history. I suggested that we spread the word far and wide; let people know the history of the organization and all the greats who have read there. So…

First the history: Terry Bisson and Alice K. Turner started the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series in the late 1990s, attempting to bring together mainstream writers with writers of speculative fiction because, as Alice Turner says, “they are plowing exactly the same field.” Ellen Datlow took over for Alice K. Turner in 2000. Then Gavin J. Grant stepped in for Bisson in 2002. Matthew Kressel (me) took over for Gavin last month.

And, who has read at KGB? No less than:

Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Jack McDevitt, Stewart O’Nan, James Patrick Kelly, Barry N. Marlzberg, Samuel (Chip) Delaney, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, Andy Duncan, Richard Bowes, Catherynne Valente, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear and a smörgÃ¥sbord of other talented authors.

Not bad, eh?

So, yeah, if you’re in NY on the third Wednesday of the month, you should come check it out. This month’s readers (on May 21st) are Jack O’Connell (The Resurrectionist) and Ekaterina Sedia (The Secret History of Moscow, Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy [editor]).

KGB Wrap Up

“Officially” co-hosted KGB last night to a good turnout.  I was especially happy to begin on a night with two fantastic readers.  P.D. Cacek and Jack Ketchum were just fab.  Always great seeing the usual suspects there, and it was also fun seeing some new faces in the crowd.  I even kissed someone hello whom I thought I knew.  When it turned out we had never met, I said, “Well, as the new co-host we’re making some changes around here.”  😉

Ellen took some photos and as usual I look like a deer stuck in headlights.   Next month (May 21) will be Jack O’Connell, author of The Resurrectionist, and Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Secret History of Moscow and editor of Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy.

KGB Tonight

Tonight is my first official night of co-hosting KGB Fantastic Fiction with Ellen Datlow. Unfortunately, though it has been requested, chocolate brownies will not be handed out at the door (unless you want to bring some.) Nor will it be appropriate to shout “take it all off,” (unless, of course, the story is excellent).

The two readers are:

P. D. Cacek, the multiple award winning author of six novels, three collections, and over a hundred short stories. She’s just finished a new novel called Visitation Rites (a ghost story) and has stories coming out in Traps, edited by Scott T. Goudsward and Childhood Fears, a charity anthology for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital edited by Nina Ely. She also acts and is writing a play called “The Last Daughter.”
http://www.pdcacek.com/

And

Jack Ketchum, the author of several acclaimed novels including Red, Joyride, Only Child, and Hide and Seek. His book of two novellas– pairing a new one, Old Flames, with Right to Life— is coming out from Leisure in June. Also a collection of four memoirs called Book of Souls will be published by Bloodletting Press this summer. Movie versions of The Girl Next Door and The Lost, are now out on DVD.
http://www.jackketchum.net/

* With luck, Mobile Libris will be there selling books

Time and Date:
Wednesday April 16 at 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbbar.com

I am now officially Red

KGB Bar InteriorIf you haven’t heard, I’ve taken over Gavin Grant’s role as co-host of the monthly KGB reading series. I’m excited to take the reins, and I want to thank Gavin for the great job he’s done these past six years. Here’s the official press release:

New co-host of Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series

Ellen Datlow is proud to announce that she has a new co-host, writer/editor Matthew Kressel, for the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading Series.

Kressel, publisher of Senses Five Press and Sybil’s Garage, is taking over for Gavin J. Grant as co-host of the monthly reading series at the famed KGB Bar in New York City.

Terry Bisson and Alice K. Turner started the reading series in the late 1990s, attempting to bring together mainstream writers with writers of speculative fiction in order to show, in Alice Turner’s words, “that at a certain level they were plowing exactly the same field.” In the spring of 2000 Ellen Datlow took over for Alice K. Turner and in August 2002 Gavin J. Grant, publisher of Small Beer Press, stepped in for Bisson when he moved to California.

For six years Gavin has co-hosted the series with Ellen. We wish to thank him for the bang up job he’s done, for the dedication he has shown to the authors and their work.

The KGB Fantastic Fiction readings—in addition to showcasing many of the major voices of the field—regularly bring together the members of New York City science fiction, fantasy, and horror communities where writers, editors, and readers can mingle and promote excellent fiction.

The readings (which are always free) are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs).

Upcoming readers include P. D. Cacek, Jack Ketchum, James Patrick Kelly, Cassandra Claire, Christopher Barzak, Jeff Somers, Stefan Merrill Block, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and John Kessel.

For a full schedule visit:
http://www.sensesfive.com/kgb.php

KGB Bar website:
http://www.kgbbar.com

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To submit materials for consideration please send titles to:

Ellen Datlow

KGB Readings
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011-8436

and

Matthew Kressel
Senses Five Press
307 Madison St, Apt 3L
Hoboken, NJ 07030-1937