lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
So last night we went to Fran Wilde's reading at University Bookstore here in Seattle, to celebrate her first novel, UPDRAFT.

I always support friends with their first book. It's just what you do. But I don't always walk away from hearing them read thinking "I need to move that sucker up in the TBR pile." I did last night.

You might, too.  Just sayin'.
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
CatofSize isn't sure if he's having a bad morning or is just in a Grumpy Old Man stage. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference...  And I probably should stop referring to having to shoot the cat. New people (and some older ones) keep reading it all wrong. ;-)

But hey, being up at 6am and thinking "I need to write" and being able to sit down and write... we're doing okay here, for a Wednesday.

Oh, and I'm in the barrel for WWW Wednesday, over at Book View Cafe.

An interesting take on the difference between reddit and tumblr fandom that's both gender-directed and possibly explains a lot about our wider culture...

Meanwhile, out there in the world, our own Elizabeth Bear's dad, Stephen Wishnevsky of Wishbass, had his workshop destroyed by fire. There's a gofundme set up to help him rebuild. If you're a musician, specifically, you might want to take a look, not only to help out but to maybe pick up a new toy once he's rebuilt...

And Mette Ivie Harrison, on How Writers get Paid, if you ever wondered, or thought you knew...

Oh, and because that remids me I need to remember to self-promote every now and again, a reminder that you can pre-order the 4th Gin & Tonic mystery now at the following lovely locations:

B&N Kobo Seattle Mystery Bookstore Mysterious Galaxy Indigo/Chapters Amazon
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
So we're a little bit hectic here at Ch. Felidae, getting ready to shift across the continent for a bit, and so we missed the first week of Worldbuilders' fundraiser. But I've got your link here, never fear!

But wait, wait, some of you don't know about Worldbuilders?

smaug eye

Every year, a bunch of us writer- and artist-types throw in to raise money for Heifer International, by offering goods and services for anyone who likewise wants to raise money for Heifer International. If you might happen to be one of those anyones..... now's the time, here's the way.
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
LAG here: Still deep in the revisions (and bill-paying) so here's Jim once again being clearly Jim, for your reading eddification.

Tl;dr?  From a woman's point of view I can tell every man out there that being catcalled doesn't make us feel better about ourselves, and being catcalled sure as hell doesn't make us feel good about you-the-catcaller.  In fact, it confirms our suspicion that the only thing impressive about you is your sense of entitlement, and odds are you're too self-centered to make a decent sexual partner.

And whinging about how we don't 'appreciate' your attention is a dead-sure giveaway that your hand is the only thing that should be touching your dick.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] jimhines at Another Day, Another Mansplainer

A friend of mine posted something about catcalling and street harassment. To the absolute shock of … well, pretty much nobody, the very first comment on her post was a guy explaining why women shouldn’t be afraid of catcalling, and isn’t it funny how the women complaining aren’t the ones experiencing the “privilege” of being catcalled in the first place? Also, women wouldn’t be afraid if they carried guns, and the real threat are guys “in a dark van with no windows parked next to your car in the Walmart parking lot.”


His suggestion? “Now what would happen if a woman who’s the center of the cat call took the power back, walked up to the offending rake and asked for his number and told him to show a little respect and maybe if he was lucky she’d let him earn the opportunity to do some real cat calling?”


This is the point where I facepalmed so hard I gave myself a concussion.


Guys, is it really that hard to shut the hell up and listen instead of immediately trying to tell women why they’re wrong about their own lives and experiences?


It’s pathetically predictable.



  1. Woman complains about harassment.

  2. Dudebro feels uncomfortable.

  3. Dudebro tells woman why she’s wrong to feel that way.


Because Dudebro’s discomfort at women complaining about harassment is somehow more important and valid than women’s discomfort about actually being harassed.


The CDC put out a report this year about sexual violence, after completing more than 12,000 interviews. They found that one in five women have been raped in their lifetimes, and 99% of those rapes were committed by men. (The report states that about two percent of men were raped as well, which I strongly suspect is an underestimate. They also found that approximately 80% of those rapes were also committed by men.)


“But I’m not like those other men,” says Dudebro, waving the “Not All Men” flag with righteous pride.


Then stop acting like them.



  • When a woman says she’s uncomfortable with something and wants you to knock it off, stop arguing. Stop telling her why she’s wrong, and stop making excuses to keep doing it.

  • Stop pretending it’s about complimenting women. (Here’s a tip: Compliments don’t go from, “Hey baby” to “Fuck you, you stuck-up bitch” in the blink of an eye.)

  • Stop treating women as objects you’re entitled to instead of people.


You seriously want women to believe you’re not an asshole and a potential threat? Start by shutting up for a minute and actually listening to what women are saying.




Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

lagilman: coffee or die (madness toll)
When you discover that your name has been invoked as "I like her book better than the one I'm reviewing."

Because yes there's "YAY! Reader-love!" but there's also "oh god, I've been on the other side of that and it SUCKS."

So I'll say that I'm glad the reviewer likes my books, and I'm glad that the reviewer acknowledged that it was their preference for my style, and not that the book they were reviewing was bad.

And maybe someone reading here will like both kinds of books, so here's the link
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
I was part of a fun little blogging-tour over on my main site...

But since I know y'all are far less likely to click through than to read through, I reprint it here for your amusement.  :-)

Mindy Klasky brought me into this blog tour with a few rather pointed - and makes-me-think - questions.  Like me, she started in fantasy and branched out - most recently with the Diamond Brides series.  Check her out!

1) What am I working on?

Two projects, currently.  As L.A. Kornetsky, I'm writing the fourth Gin & Tonic mystery (cozy mysteries set in Seattle).  As myself, I'm working on a brand new fantasy currently titled Silver on the Road (The Devil's West #1), which will be out from Simon & Schuster in 2015 (but for now you can read a story in that world in DEAD MAN'S HAND)

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

One of the things I'm trying to do with The Devil's West stories is create a modern (for 19th century interpretations of 'modern') American fantasy - one that isn't reliant on Europe for its legends and story arcs, but pulls from American (North and Central - not so much of South America in the first book, at least) people, legends, and history.  It could be considered "weird west," but the west I'm writing about isn't the traditional cowboys and gunslingers, but rather the people who went before them, natives and immigrants alike: the adventurers, the settlers, the people who wanted to live outside the box..... and were willing to pay the devil to get it.

3) Why do I write what I do?

As the legacy of immigration (19th century arrivals from Eastern Europe) and as a student of American history, the conflict between old and new, power and vulnerability, tradition and innovation, has always fascinated me.  And when I started writing the first story of the Devil's West (Crossroads) my mind asked the question: was it inevitable that the new American States expand into the western half of the continent?  What if... there was a power there already?  A strange, strong power that - unlike the Spanish and French - was not willing to trade or sell its control over native lands?  What would happen to the natives living there, the settlers willing to venture into that unknown, the countries that have to deal with that power?  And that idea spread from stories to a novel, to a series of novels.....

Short version: America is made up of many parts, and she has stories to tell all her own.  I wanted to delve into that.

4) How does your writing process work?

I'm a very intense, burst-writer, whose brain is most creative in the morning.  So I've learned to roll with that. I wake up at 6am and deal with the cats (I have a diabetic eldercat who needs his shot) and go through the morning routine: shower, breakfast, get dressed.  I'm not one of those writers who can work in pjs or sweats - although thank god my brain doesn't require a suit and shoes.  Jeans and a shirt, a pot of coffee, the cats asleep behind me in the office, and my fellow word-warriors in the virtual room giving me positive peer pressure... a few thousand words between 7am and 1pm, and I spend the rest of the afternoon doing administrative work, research, or editing.   Five, sometimes six days a week - seven, when deadlines get crunchy.

And I don't get to do just one draft.  Everything is layers: First the basic research, to make sure I've got my starting points down.  Then Draft 1, which makes sure I hit all the plot-points, and stake out the pacing, get a feel for the characters and why they do what they do.  Then there's Draft 2, where I fix the pacing, and start filling in the holes of Why and Where (more research!), and Draft 3, which lets me do the specific color-work on characters and motivations, and correct anything that might gave gone wrong in Drafts 1-2.  Then I get feedback, and fix the things that were pointed out to me.  And only then, at Draft 4, do I send the book on to my editor...

Of course, it's not all writing. I do a lot of research, starting before I write the first word, and going all the way through to the final version.  Some of that's reading, or talking to people (I am known for giving yelps-for-help on my Twitter feed, and Livejournal) - and some of it's hands-on experience.  Since much of this book is set in Kansas, and I've never actually been to Kansas... we're embarking on a road trip to trace the route (more or less from Kansas City to Colorado Springs, CO).  I'm a firm believer in as much hands-on research as possible (which includes, in this case, refreshing my memory of guns and knifes, cooking over a campfire, and pack-trail riding...).

Next week (April 21), please visit:

Keith DeCandido -  Media-writer, fantasy writer, percussionist, and self-proclaimed long-haired hippie New Yorker

Katherine Eliska Kimbriel - Long long ago, editor-me tried to buy Kathi's YA fantasy novel Night Calls.  Some other editor beat me to it, but I've been a fan of her work ever since.

(the third person tagged had to drop out for personal reasons.)

lagilman: coffee or die (research books)
I have blogged over at Book View Cafe about recent reading habits.

And I shall add here, in addition to the books recommended there, the following:

Perfect Pitch by [livejournal.com profile] mindyklasky

I'm not a heavy romance reader, nor am I into baseball-themed books, but Mindy has a lovely, light touch, and how can you resist this description? "Reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger is launching her pet project, a music program for kids. All she has to do is follow the pageant’s rules—no smoking, drinking, or “cavorting” in public."

[livejournal.com profile] otterdance, aka Lynn Flewelling, has a new Nightrunner book out! SHARDS OF TIME is the 7th book in the series, and if you haven't read the first 6 you really really really should.  And then pick up the 7th, which is on top of my TBR pile even as I type this...
lagilman: coffee or die (nate-and-hardison)
All right, guys, I have a challenge for you.  $25 on the table, to support an urban farm, help feed a neighborhood - and make a real, quantifiable change in our future  You up for it?

(even $5 can make a difference, if you can)

"We are Our School at Blair Grocery, an urban farm and food justice academy in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. We operate a fully functioning farm in the heart of our neighborhood and employ youth in our community to help us grow food for our community. Eight years after the levee breach that destroyed our community, we've worked to change the narrative of the Lower Ninth Ward from one of desolation to one of revitalization and justice."

Check out the story of Our School at Blair Grocery' http://igg.me/p/our-school-at-blair-grocery/cstw/2525703

(h/t [livejournal.com profile] marthawells)
lagilman: coffee or die (crunchy)
Woke up this morning and the combination of BioFreeze, painkillers, and a heating pad seem to have done the trick on my shoulder. But since I'm going to be working in a non-traditional format (no office chair) until further notice, this may change at any moment.  Hopefully, I'll be able to go chair-shopping over the weekend.

Despite all this, I am going to start this day out filled with optimism and affection for all humanity. Try not to fuck it up, okay?
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I'm going to take a break from talking about my kickstarter (although if you've been thinking "I need to sign up for those novellas" now is the time to do it and here's the link where you can do it)  and point you toward my baby brother's Kickstarter for more stories set in his " Cliff's End Castle Guard" fantasy police procedural series. Check it out!

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Cat of Size continues to show definite improvement on all fronts, and now that we've moved the site of his injection to just below his shoulder, he doesn't even flinch any more.  He's such a good boy, and I tell him so at every opportunity (which is often, as he's returning to his affectionate-tiger-cub personality.  I had not missed the hair-bite-grooming, le sigh).  Meanwhile, Castiel Kitten of Thursday continues to practice his kitty parkour at all hours of the night, and insist on cuddling all hours of the day.  In other words, he's a kitten.  The fact that we have settled on March 15th as his Official Birthday has nothing whatsoever to do with the Ides of March.  Not intentionally, anyway.

And my keyboard seems to want to shun the "e" and obliterate the name of the "a."  Hold it together keyboard, c'mon, at least another six months....
lagilman: coffee or die (truth to power)
THIS IS NOT MY POST.  THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [livejournal.com profile] neadods at The Buffer Zone Debate: A Tale of Two Clinics


SCOTUS is debating the Massachusetts law regarding buffer zones around abortion clinics, with a side order of "are these zones even necessary?"

The anti-abortion side says no. Quotes from antis include "free speech," "my rights," "comfort women going in." In all the newspaper quotes, I have yet to see any anti mention the rights of the actual women actually going in, much less if they feel "comforted" as opposed to "harassed."

The pro-abortion side tells stories of harassment, intimidation, spitting, even impersonating officers of the law in order to obtain patients' personal information.


Me, I'm going to tell two stories.

CLINIC #1. The "quiet" clinic, where I do most of my escorting. It's a private facility, so the attached parking lot is also private property. However, protesters can (and do) line up on the sidewalk, and prowl up and down the parking lot of the business next door in order to patrol the outer edge of the clinic parking lot. One of the first instructions I received when I started escorting there was to park very close to the sidewalk so that patients would be forced to park deeper in, further from the protestors.

Also, so that we could rush to shelter behind the car if the guy who tried to bomb the clinic showed up again now that he was out of jail. Yeah, first thing on the job, I was being shown a perp shot. And he *has* shown up again.

In theory, protesters are not allowed in the parking lot; they have to lure people down by calling to them. I say "in theory" because Eeyore became noted for rushing into the lot in her zeal to shove pamphlets at people. I've told the story before of how the cops got called and the conflicting stories of what happened when Eeyore ended on her ass in the parking lot and then escorted back to the sidewalk. Father Corleone, a massive man the size of a quarterback, did eventually learn that shouting "COME HERE! COME HERE SO I CAN TALK TO YOU!" wasn't getting him the response he wanted and toned that down too.

The most I usually say is "we have protestors. They make noise, but they stay on the sidewalk." After all, Eeyore's been gone for over a year now.

On the whole what happens is a lot of shouting to the patients as they walk through the parking lot, with a side order of shoving pamphlets at them as they try to make the turn out of the parking lot and a sprinkling of Praying Mantis (aka Kneeling Boy; I'm adopting another escort's nickname for him) edging up and offering rosaries. I once distracted him long enough to let somone out of a car by complimenting the free rosary du jour. (It was pretty, all pink and white plastic.)

We mostly stand by the door, a good 3-6 feet away. I've been given the DVD Blood Money and I could probably get a rosary if I asked Praying Mantis nicely, but there is generally little contact. We talk to each other; they pray.



CLINIC #2. Downtown, where the antis successfully sued to have the walkway from the sidewalk through the gated yard up to the door declared "public space" so that they could line both sides of the yard. In theory, the buffer zone is 6 inches from the door. In reality, it does not exist.

The only time I was there was on Roe v Wade day, when things are extra-special crazy with a large helping of insanity sauce. People lined the block, literally lined it shoulder to shoulder on the curb to the street, people who had been bussed in (!) and were taking shifts (!!) because at one point the busses pulled out and everyone on the sidewalk filed in and fresh protesters came out. There were people on the other side of the side walk too; a couple of escorts were slowly patrolling up the center to make sure that a walkway was clear. I could hear the footsteps of the anti right behind me; every escort who did it was shadowed by a protestor making sure that their public right to be on public land was also being upheld.

It went double for escorts actually escorting through this gauntlet. We tried to have an escort on each side of a women; as the antis certainly had enough bodies to have a minimum of 2 per woman on each side, talking to her the entire way. Escorts also try to talk to them, to try to drown out the antis. There's a guy who was banned from protesting this clinic. The antis say we escorts hated his zeal. We escorts point out that he was following a woman so closely that when he stepped down, he actually pulled off her shoe.

As patients turned in at the gate, someone with a huge anti-abortion poster would jump out into the gate for a moment, shaking it at them. This would last about 2-4 seconds, and then he'd step back... just enough time to legally claim that he was not, in fact, impeding access.

Both sides of the gated yard are choked with people, mostly praying. Mostly standing, because there wasn't much room to kneel. Another few shouts, maybe another poster waved over the pathway just as the door is opened, and she's finally in.

At clinic 1, we open the door as a courtesy. At clinic 2, we open the door to make sure that the door is kept clear and unblocked.

Although it hasn't happened to me, I've heard of both spit and holy water ending up on escorts at clinic 2. Certainly my clothes were plucked at when people got too close, although we are trying hard to avoid each other - touching is, after all, legally assault and battery, and everyone is watching everyone else like a hawk.


This is the difference between a buffer zone and not. And bear in mind, this is happening to EVERY woman who enters, despite the fact that both clinics offer full-service women's health issues - not just abortions, but well woman visits, pregnancy monitoring, post-partum followups, etc. Yes, this means that a woman who has *given birth* and is coming in for her checkup after is going to hear "mommy, mommy, don't kill me."

Heck, at Clinic 2, it applied to every single woman who walked on that side of the street, even if she was just trying to get down the block or to the businesses on either side!


Side note: buffer zones as a concept are legal. There are buffer zones around polls, there is even a buffer zone around the Supreme Court itself (something the news is making much of, and something SCOTUS is irritatedly saying "it's different when it's us.")



Note to self: when home, change icon to "orange line" and add tag

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Sep. 17th, 2013 09:19 am
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
"When I read NIGHT CALLS I thought, first, that Robin McKinley's THE BLUE SWORD had at last found a proper shelf-mate.... "

This is the quote I gave to Katharine Eliska Kimbriel when she said she was going to be reissuing NIGHT CALLS. I will let her tell you the rest...
lagilman: coffee or die (more awesome than you)
But in a good way. In a "sure you should do it, yes you CAN do it, and if you don't at least try it will make you crazy" kind of hand-holding and cheerleading way.  :-)


This is a friend's Kickstarter, to research, live, and document the facing-down of her travel anxiety, and report back to others that yes, it CAN be done. That you can face your anxiety, outsmart it, and live to tell the tale (and have a good time while you're at it). I think this is going to be one hell of a project...





Disclaimer: I am her Wrangler and Occasional Videographer for this gig, but the project is hers alone.



note: the funds she's raising will cover the costs of researching and carrying out this project, and falls well within Kickstarter's guidelines. I specify this because she's already had someone attacking her for "trying to fund a vacation." Which pisses me off, because it a) assumes bad faith where she was up front about where the money would go, and b) ignores the fact that this HAS passed KS's guidelines, where they reject things that they feel are not valid projects.  You don't think it's a worthy project then hey don't support it.  That's cool.  But attacking her for trying to do something brave is pretty crappy behavior...
lagilman: coffee or die (MEDIC)

What situation, you ask?  This one.

This Saturday I saw the New York Times article Barnes and Noble/Simon & Schuster Dispute Said to Hurt Sales. Later in the day, a high-up Simon & Schuster executive also linked to that post from his Facebook account, saying that yes, this is what's going on.

Another article about it was published in the Wall Street Journal: Barnes & Noble Cuts Back Simon & Schuster Titles.

Both articles are worth reading in full, but in brief: due to the dispute between Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble, B&N has cut their orders of S&S books drastically. According to the New York Times, "Industry executives, as well as authors of recently published Simon & Schuster books and their agents, say that Barnes & Noble has reduced book orders greatly, to almost nothing in the case of some lesser-known writers." This policy began in January, apparently.

Needless to say, the people getting hurt most badly by this policy are the S&S writers, especially the lesser-known S&S writers, whose new books...just aren't getting ordered.

http://www.stephanieburgis.com/blog/caught-in-the-middle-hard-publishing-news.php


As an S&S author myself who will probably be caught in the same net, I'm urging you to read Stephanie's blog,  pass the word, and keep an eye out for your favorite writers...

lagilman: coffee or die (rose)
 So, back a few months ago, Steph at Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust asked me if I'd be interested in participating in a "Fool for Love" bloghop


What would they need? I asked, already calculating my available time and brain cells.

Oh, she said casually (too casually), just, maybe a guest post, or a personal ISO ad from your characters, or even a recipe...

Wait.  A recipe?  I could do that.  Maybe a scene of, oh, Bonnie and Venec's first date, and...

And a few weeks, and FOUR THOUSAND WORDS LATER....

I was, indeed, a Fool for Love.

Check the blog, and find out when I'm up!



This entry was originally posted at http://lauraanne-gilman.dreamwidth.org/924875.html. Please comment here, or there.
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 This landed in my inbox this afternoon, and I thought it could use a boost.  Share as you see fit.


Lambda Literary Foundation's annual Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices has two genre-friendly faculty this year: Samuel Delany teaching the Fiction workshop and Malinda Lo teaching a joint Genre and YA workshop. (There are also workshops in Nonfiction and Poetry.)

This entry was originally posted at http://lauraanne-gilman.dreamwidth.org/924375.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
lagilman: coffee or die (crunchy)
UPDATE: GOOD NEWS
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I have a horse in this race, distantly. I was the editorial assistant at Ace when the Starbridge books were first published. I did some of the production work on them. There is an alien species inspired by my nickname (meerkat). And I know that Ann deserves better than to be treated like this.

Sadly, this is not an unusual case. Writers are too often victimized, because hey, just one person, right? But if enough of a roar is raised...
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] jimhines at Ann Crispin and Ridan Publishing

I’m pissed.


I’ve had an exhausting week, between taking care of my injured wife at home, trying to figure out my new job at work, conferences for the kids, and more. I was planning to come home tonight and crash.


And then I came across a post by Ann Crispin. You might recall me blogging about Ann’s situation earlier this year. She’s fighting cancer, and her only source of income this year would be through her Starbridge novels, which had been republished by Ridan Publishing.


Or at least that was the plan. Only Ridan Publishing apparently hasn’t bothered to pay her, or do to much of anything publishers are supposed to do. From her Facebook update:


Ridan has pretty much stopped communicating with me. My last two certified letters, which included the contract termination letter, were never picked up at the post office. Even though StarBridge came out on December 5, 2011, I have never received a royalty payment from Ridan.


I know some of you were waiting for books 6 and 7 in the StarBridge series. Those books were turned in months ago, edited and ready to go, but they have never been released.


Ridan Publishing is owned and run by Robin Sullivan. There have apparently been other questions and concerns about this publisher lately over on Absolute Write.


I don’t know if Sullivan is deliberately trying to scam authors, or if (more likely, in my opinion) she’s simply gotten in over her head.


But I do know that Ann Crispin is an author whose work I’ve enjoyed for more than half of my life, an author who has done tireless and invaluable work for other writers. To Crispin’s great credit, she wrote a very reasonable, level-headed post, hoping for a civil resolution to this mess.


I, on the other hand, am feeling rather less than civil. I tend to feel very protective of those I consider friends, even those I’ve only met and talked to online.


So instead of coming home to crash on the couch, and maybe — if I felt ambitious — getting up to put in an episode of Avatar, I sat down to write this.


#


Dear Robin Sullivan,


I don’t know what led up to the problems outlined by Ann Crispin in her latest Facebook post and on Absolute Write. At this point, however, I don’t particularly care.


Based on what Crispin describes, you have deprived her — an excellent author and an invaluable resource to the SF/F community, who is currently battling cancer — from her sole source of income this year. You have ignored her attempts to communicate with you.


Fix this.


Or I swear to God, I will do everything in my power to drop the entire fucking internet on your head.


Yours,
Jim C. Hines


Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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LAG here: Got $10?  Make an investment in the future.  You'll never know how it turns out, but you can be pretty well-assured it'll be a Good Thing.  Because the more kids read, the more they think.  And thinking - especially when there's so much pressure to NOT-think - is a goodness.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] marthawells at Ballou SR High School Library Book Fair
A few years ago I discovered that I love book fairs for school libraries. There's something about buying books for kids and libraries that I can't get enough of. I mean, I'm addicted to them and have to restrain myself from spending way too much money. If I was rich, they would need a truck to ship the number of books I would buy for a school library.

The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou SR High School Library has started. The link to the library's wishlist at Powell's and the shipping address of the school's librarian is in the link. When you purchase the books, Powell's will prompt you to check them off the wishlist.

we were already planning to return to Ballou but the news that libraries in particular were facing major cost cutting measures in the city has just strengthened our commitment. When we began with Ballou in 2011 there were just over 1,500 books in the library, or 1.25 for each of the nearly 1,200 students. Now, they have 5,484 which means we are about a third of the way to our goal of meeting the ALA standard of eleven books for each student. The three book fairs for Ballou to date have resulted in over 1,000 books bought from Powells Books and many others donated directly to the school through the publicity we have helped generate. Now, we are back to Ballou for another round of gift giving from a list of 450+ great new books that has us all really excited.

There are lots of SF/F, manga, and non-fiction on the list. So far (I say so far because I don't know how long I can hold off on a second order) I've sent The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson, Adaptation by Malinda Lo, No Boyz Allowed by Ni-ni Simone, 2 Days by L.B. Tillit, The Stranger by Anne E. Schraff, and Detective Conan #2.

If you can't afford to contribute a book from the list, please pass the info on. You never know, someone on your friend's list might be rich and want to buy a truckload of books.
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Busy day around Chateau Felidae, so here's the first of three posts you might want to pay attention to...



Today is opening day for Paranormal Summer Camp! Among your bunkmates are writers like Kat Richardson, Tiffany Trent, Carrie Vaughn, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Estep -- and, oh, yr 'umble hostess!

Every day brings new guest posts, interviews, reviews, and giveaways... and original stories, including an all new ghost story from me!  So make sure you're there for morning roll call...

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