Sunday, November 25, 2007

Tesseracts Eleven gets launched...

... on schedule and without a hitch. About eight of us author types made it to Bakka Phoenix on Queen Street West Saturday afternoon to give Tesseracts Eleven (edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips) a proper launch. And what fun it was!

We all talked a bit and read a bit, sold a stink of a lot of books and got everyone's name right. As you can see from the picture showing the gigantic crowd, that was no small accomplishment.

Karen Fernandez (not in the pictures) snapped these photographs (in addition to the one up top) of the bunch of us.

From left to right:Claude Lalumière, David Nickle (me!), Kate Reidel and Hugh Spencer.

From left to right:
Madeline Ashby, Lisa Carriero, Susan Deefholts and Steven Kotowych.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Festive Reading

For those of you who can't make it to the Tesseracts Eleven anthology launch this coming Saturday November 24 at Bakka Pheonix Books (697 Queen Street West) in Toronto after 3 p.m., but still want to hear me talking too loudly before the Holiday season's done with us, might I commend you to this event: The Merril Collection Christmas Cream Tea.

The Merril Collection is, for those who don't know about it, the Toronto Public Library's massive speculative fiction collection, formerly known as the Spaced Out Library. It's one of the most comprehensive collections of sf in North America, and you can read more about it here.

But this isn't a blog entry about the Merril Collection, so much as it is about how Karl Schroeder and I will be there on the eighth of December, to read from our Christmas story "The Toy Mill" --
which forms the first part of our novel The Claus Effect (pictured here).

Here are the particulars, written up by someone other than me:
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The Friends of the Merril Collection invite you to attend the
22nd Annual Christmas Cream Tea
Saturday, 8 December at 1:30

Dave Nickle and Karl Schroeder will perform
(with dramatic gestures and pathos)
Vastly entertaining scenes from their Award Winning Christmas Story
The Toy Mill

All taking place at The Merril Collection of Science Fiction,
Speculation and Fantasy
Toronto Public Library
239 College St., 3rd floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R5

Refreshments, including whipped cream, scones and jam

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Swamp Witch lives...

... or is the closest thing that a work of fiction can be to alive - it's available and in print. Tesseracts Eleven (edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips), the latest edition of the venerable Canadian speculative fiction anthology, is on the shelves, at least here in Canada, and my story "Swamp Witch and the Tea-Drinking Man" (excerpted here) is on the shelves with it.

So by all means, if you're an instant-gratification type, rush right out and buy it. If you're one of those people who never buy books if you're not at a party, then stop by Bakka Phoenix Books November 24 and bring some money. That's the Toronto launch, and I'll be there (there being 697 Queen Street West, just west of Bathurst Street, after 3 p.m.) signing books and talking too loudly.

Or, if you're one of those people who never buy books at a party in Toronto but might consider doing so at parties in other cities, here are the westerly launches that Edge has set up:

Tesseracts Eleven Calgary Book Launch
Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Part of Hot off the Press Fall Book Launch
Historiic Fire Hall
1111 Memorial Drive

Tesseracts Eleven Vancouver Book Launch
Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
White Dwarf Books
3715 West Tenth Ave.