Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Good week for the ego

This is turning out to be a week with an unusual amount of positive feedback. The poem in the Globe and Mail resulted in a bunch (well, two) emails from people who spotted my name and wanted to know if it was by me. Now I understand a bit better the people who haunt the local literary scene, publish stapled books of poetry and so on -- praise from someone you know is different from an acceptance letter or even a good review.

But wait, there's more!

I just got sent the official Edge SF and Fantasy press release about the launch of Tesseracts Ten this weekend, which I'm reproducing below.

"Tesseracts Ten" - Now Available Across Canada!(Calgary)
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing proudly announces the release of Tesseracts Ten, edited by award winning authors Robert Charles Wilson and Edo van Belkom. Tesseracts Ten is our ten year anniversary celebration issue and the latest anthology of Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Literature. It's now available at major bookstores* and local independent resellers of SF&F across Canada (* by special order if it's not on the shelf).

Here's what we've said on the back cover (not a spoiler)..."Tesseracts Ten features the latest in innovative and futuristic fiction andpoetry and contains works from both leaders and exciting new emerging voices in Canadian speculative fiction - including Sheryl Curtis' English language translations of works by French-Canadian authors."The editors for Tesseracts Ten are Robert Charles Wilson and Edo van Belkom.Robert Charles Wilson is the author of many short stories and twelve novels. His work has appeared in such publications as Realms of Fantasy, F & SF, andTesseracts 3, 4 & 6, and his short story "The Inner, Inner City" was a World Fantasy Award finalist. His latest novel, "Spin", now in paperback, won the 2006Hugo Award. He has also received the John W. Campbell Award, three AuroraAwards, and the Philip K. Dick Award.Edo van Belkom has won both the Bram Stoker and Silver Birch Awards and is a three-time winner of the Aurora Award, Canada's top prize for speculative writing. Among his novels are "Scream Queen", "Blood Road", "Martyrs" and"Teeth". In addition to Tesseracts 10, Edo is the editor of four other anthologies including "Be Afraid!" and "Be Very Afraid!" His most recent work is a series of novels for young readers, "Wolf Pack", "Lone Wolf", and "Cry Wolf"."We are delighted with the quality and great diversity of Canadian writing shown in the stories selected by our editors!" says Brian Hades, publisher of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing." There are a wide range of writing styles, and some definite surprises!"Tesseracts Ten contains works by:Sandra Kasturi, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Wendy Waring, Allen Moore, SarahTotton, Greg Bechtel, Jason Christie, Michèle Laframbois, Matthew Johnson,Matthew Hughes, Victoria Fisher, Nancy Bennett, Scott Mackay, Lisa Smedman,Susan Forest, Yvonne Pronovost, René Beaulieu, Mark Dachuk, and Rhea Rose.

About the Tesseracts Series:Tesseracts Ten is the ELEVENTH book of the Tesseracts series. The entire collection includes Tesseracts, Tesseracts Two through Ten, andTesseracts Q -- which features English translations of works by Quebec's finest French speculative fiction writers. Many of Canada's best known writers and editors have contributed to one or moreTesseracts volumes. A few names that you might recognize are Robert J. Sawyer, Margaret Atwood, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Spider Robinson and William Gibson - just to name a few. All in all, 191 Canadian authors, editors and translators, and 322 short storiesand poems have been published between the covers of the Tesseracts Series.

Awards:The Tesseracts Series has often been recognized with awards. The previous volume, Tesseracts Nine - edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman, won the Canadian Aurora award for Best Work (other) in English. Canada Celebrates!To celebrate the release of Tesseracts Ten, Bakka-Phoenix Science FictionBookstore (697 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario) will host a book launch thiscoming Saturday, November 25th at 3:00pm. If you are in Toronto, stop into thestore. The following authors will be in attendance:
Robert Charles Wilson
Edo van Belkom
Michèle Laframboise
Mark Dachuk
Scott Mackay
Sandra Kasturi
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
Matthew Johnson

(that's me!)

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