World Fantasy Award Nomination

Yesterday, while checking my email at work (where I was busily removing a virus from an infected PC), Rajan Khanna emailed the members of my writers group to congratulate us on our World Fantasy Award nominations.  My jaw dropped when I saw the names.  Not one, but three members of Altered Fluid were nominated in various categories.  N.K. Jemisin for Best Novel, Mercurio D. Rivera for Best Short Fiction, and — holy crap! — myself for Special Award, Non-Professional for my work on Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press.  It was a pretty intense moment, not only because it took me completely by surprise, but because I then had to go back to work and try not to beam like a madman.

I’m so proud of my friends, Nora & Mercurio for making this list.  Both work so hard and it’s nice to see them getting their well-deserved attention.

There are also many fine nominees in the Special Award, Non-Professional categories, and I’m very flattered to be included among this list.  Also, I want to send my huge congrats to all the nominees!  I wish you all good luck.  Can’t wait to see everyone at WFC.

You can see the full list of nominees here.

My Readercon Schedule (revised)

Here’s my hopefully final Readercon schedule.  I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Thursday July 14th

7pm – Naked City Reading (Off-site!)Ellen Datlow, editor of Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy will host a reading/signing on 07/14/2011 7:00 pm at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, MA, 617-491-2220, http://www.portersquarebooks.com/.  The readers for this event will be Jeffrey Ford, Kit Reed,  Matthew Kressel, John Crowley, Ellen Kushner, & Caitlín R. Kiernan.

Friday July 15

5:00 PM NH    Steam-powered I & II group reading. Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Contributors to Steam-powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories and Steam-powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories read selections from their work.

7:30 PM VT    Reading. Matthew Kressel. Kressel reads a new short story.

8:00 PM ME    Dybbuks, Golems, Demons, Oy Vey!: Jewish Mythology and Folklore in Speculative Fiction. Steve Berman, Barbara Krasnoff, Matthew Kressel (leader), Shira Lipkin, Chris Moriarty, Faye Ringel. From Rabbi Loew’s golem of Prague to Peter Beagle’s dybbuk of Brooklyn, the literature of Jewish supernatural and fantastic has been a long and rich one. In Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic and Lisa Goldstein’s The Red Magician, the authors use magic and myth to comment on the horrors of the Holocaust and the meaning of tradition. In Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, in alternate-history Alaska, a heroin junkie might be the long-awaited Messiah. We’ll discuss the stories of Rachel Pollack, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lavie Tidhar, Neil Gaiman, Sonya Taaffe and other writers of Jewish-themed fiction. What is it about Jewish stories of demons, golems, dybbuks and angels, many of them non-canonical, that appeals to writers of speculative fiction? What obscure Jewish myths, like the gargantuan bird Ziz or the minuscule stone-cutting worm Shamir, have yet to be mined (pun intended)?

Saturday July 16

2:30 PM NH    Beneath Ceaseless Skies group reading. Scott H. Andrews, Michael J. DeLuca, Matthew Kressel, Margaret Ronald. Contributors to Beneath Ceaseless Skies read selections from their work

Full Readercon Schedule

Here’s my full Readercon schedule.  I’m really looking forward to this year’s con and catching up with everyone there!

Thursday July 14

7:00 PM – Naked City reading at Porter Square Books, Porter Square Cambridge, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA — Not part of Readercon proper, I hope folks can make it out to this reading, which will also feature Kit Reed, Caitlin Kiernan, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner & John Crowley.

Friday July 15

5:00 PM NH    Steam-powered I & II group reading. Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Contributors to Steam-powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories and Steam-powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories read selections from their work.

8:30 PM VT    Reading. Matthew Kressel. Kressel reads a new short story.

Saturday July 16

2:00 PM NH    Beneath Ceaseless Skies/Small Beer Press group reading. Scott H. Andrews, Chris N. Brown, Michael J. DeLuca, Gavin J. Grant, Matthew Kressel, Margaret Ronald. Small Beer Press authors and contributors to Beneath Ceaseless Skies read selections from their work.

9:00 PM ME    Dybbuks, Golems, Demons, Oy Vey!: Jewish Mythology & Folklore in Speculative Fiction. Steve Berman, Barbara Krasnoff, Matthew Kressel (leader), Shira Lipkin, Faye Ringel. From Rabbi Loew’s golem of Prague to Peter Beagle’s dybbuk of Brooklyn, the literature of Jewish supernatural and fantastic has been a long and rich one. In Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic and Lisa Goldstein’s The Red Magician, the authors use magic and myth to comment on the horrors of the Holocaust and the meaning of tradition. In Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, in alternate-history Alaska, a heroin junkie might be the long-awaited Messiah. We’ll discuss the stories of Rachel Pollack, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lavie Tidhar, Neil Gaiman, Sonya Taaffe and other writers of Jewish-themed fiction. What is it about Jewish stories of demons, golems, dybbuks and angels, many of them non-canonical, that appeals to writers of speculative fiction? What obscure Jewish myths, like the gargantuan bird Ziz or the miniscule stone-cutting worm Shamir, have yet to be mined (pun intended)?

Readercon Schedule

Besides the Naked City reading in Cambridge, MA on July 14th (just before Readercon) which I already mentioned, I’ll be on this panel*:

8:00 PM G    Dybbuks, Golems, Demons, Oy Vey!: Jewish Mythology & Folklore in Speculative Fiction. Steve Berman, Barbara Krasnoff, Matthew Kressel (leader), Shira Lipkin, Faye Ringel. From Rabbi Loew’s golem of Prague to Peter Beagle’s dybbuk of Brooklyn, the literature of Jewish supernatural and fantastic has been a long and rich one. In Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic and Lisa Goldstein’s The Red Magician, the authors use magic and myth to comment on the horrors of the Holocaust and the meaning of tradition. In Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, in alternate-history Alaska, a heroin junkie might be the long-awaited Messiah. We’ll discuss the stories of Rachel Pollack, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lavie Tidhar, Neil Gaiman, Sonya Taaffe and other writers of Jewish-themed fiction. What is it about Jewish stories of demons, golems, dybbuks and angels, many of them non-canonical, that appeals to writers of speculative fiction? What obscure Jewish myths, like the gargantuan bird Ziz or the miniscule stone-cutting worm Shamir, have yet to be mined (pun intended)?

I’m looking for suggestions/names of Jewish-themed SF stories or Jewish SF authors that might add to the discussion above.  Please feel free to suggest some.  Thank you!

* I may also be participating in additional readings.  Schedule tba.

Naked City Reading July 14th in Cambridge

I’ll be reading/signing as part of the first Naked City reading on July 14th.  Here’s the details, cribbed from Ellen Datlow’s blog:

“The very first Naked City event will be the evening Readercon begins and will take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I hope some of you can make it. I’m hoping to set something up in New York during the summer or fall.

Naked City: Urban Fantasy stories edited by Ellen Datlow

Readings/signing hosted by Ellen Datlow at

Porter Square Books
Porter Square Cambridge
25 White St, Cambridge, MA
617-491-2220

Thursday 7pm, July 14th

Matthew Kressel
Matthew Kressel’s fiction has or will soon appear in Clarkesworld Magazine, Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, GUD Magazine, and the anthologies The People of the Book, After, and Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, as well as other markets. He runs Senses Five Press, which publishes the magazine Sybil’s Garage and published the World Fantasy Award-winning Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy.

Kit Reed
Kit Reed is the author of The Baby Merchant, Dogs of Truth, and Thinner Than Thou. Her short novel Little Sisters of the Apocalypse, and the collection, Weird Women, Wired Women were both finalists for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her most recent novel, Enclave, appeared in 2009. Her short fiction has been published in various anthologies, and magazines. Her short story collection, What Wolves Know, was recently published.

Caitlín R. Kiernan
Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of several novels, including Low Red Moon, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree, which was nominated for both the Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy awards. Her latest novel, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, will be released by Penguin in 2012. Since 2000, her shorter tales of the weird, fantastic, and macabre have been collected in Tales of Pain and Wonder; From Weird and Distant Shores; To Charles Fort, With Love; Alabaster; A is for Alien; and The Ammonite Violin & Others.

Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, and The Shadow Year. His short fiction has been published in three collections. His fiction has won The World Fantasy Award, The Nebula Award, The Edgar Allan Poe Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire.

Ellen Kushner
Ellen Kushner‘s first novel, Swordspoint, was hailed as the progenitor of the “Mannerpunk” or “fantasy of manners” style. Its eventual sequel, The Privilege of the Sword, won the Locus Award, and was a Nebula nominee and a Tiptree Honor book. A third novel set in the same unnamed city, The Fall of the Kings, was co-written with Delia Sherman. She is also the author of Thomas the Rhymer, winner of the Mythopoeic Award and the World Fantasy Award, and many short stories

John Crowley
John Crowley is the recipient of three World Fantasy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), the Premio Flaianno “Superprize,” and an Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Prominent in his ouevre are the novel Little, Big and the four-volume Aegypt series (1987 – 2007). Other works include The Translator and Lord Byron’s Novel: The Evening Land. His most recent novel, Four Freedoms was published in 2009.”