This has been quite a week indeed, yard-apes, for a lot of yard-related matters. Hard to know where to begin. There's been a lot of stuff going on around Rasputin's Bastards U.S. launch date, but as I think of it that was, for the most part, all according to schedule. So it's probably best to start with the happy surprise, that had to do with the other book, Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism.
On Monday night, I learned to my delight that the Sunburst Award jury had short-listed Eutopia, along with two other books by dear friends of mine, Caitlin Sweet (The Pattern Scars) and Michael Rowe (Enter Night) published by my dear friends at ChiZine Publications. The Sunbursts are a juried award handed out to novels of the fantastic, and young adult novels of the fantastic. It is announced in the fall, and there is a cash prize, which is no small thing. But it is an honor to be nominated, and to be nominated alongside my friends. Here's the link to the Sunburst site.
The launch of the new book in the U.S. happened this Tuesday, when it showed up in bookstores across the nation. So now it should be available in most Barnes and Noble stores in the U.S., and McNally-Robinson and Chapters-Indigo stores in Canada. And hopefully some independent booksellers too.
There have been some lovely reviews to have come out since last I blogged, from January Magazine's David Middleton, here, and Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing, right here.
And I've been on what is known as a blog tour, guest-posting and answering interview questions, all over. The most recent is at the blog known as Jesse Resides Here, right here. There are also posts and interviews at the McNally Robinson blog, Cabin Goddess, My Bookish Ways, Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews, Civilian Reader, Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and I Read A Book Once. A few more are on their way.
Oh, and the launch at Rasputin's Vodka Bar was spectacular. The food was fantastic, the company enthusiastic, and the hour was late when we all left.