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Just discovered Seamus Sweeney's very positive and thoughtful review of Burning Days at SFSite. Even better, it was one of their "featured reviews" for mid-July -- sandwiched right between Mieville's Embassytown and [livejournal.com profile] papersky's Among Others -- excellent company!
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Just discovered Seamus Sweeney's very positive and thoughtful review of Burning Days at SFSite. Even better, it was one of their "featured reviews" for mid-July -- sandwiched right between Mieville's Embassytown and [livejournal.com profile] papersky's Among Others -- excellent company!
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Hey all you lovely Montrealers: does anyone have a video projector you'd be willing to lend out for one evening?

I've organized an information night for first-time Burners -- what we're calling the "Burning Man Virgins' Pecha Kucha." (A Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format; each presenter shows 20 slides and each slide is shown for only 20 seconds.)

This event is taking place at Burritoville, 3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop on Friday, July 8, at 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167964229932555

Anybody curious about Burning Man is invited to come along, have a beer and some nachos, it'll be fun.

Problem is, the video projector we'd planned to use is kaput. So I need to borrow one for Friday evening.

Can anybody help us out?
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Hey all you lovely Montrealers: does anyone have a video projector you'd be willing to lend out for one evening?

I've organized an information night for first-time Burners -- what we're calling the "Burning Man Virgins' Pecha Kucha." (A Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format; each presenter shows 20 slides and each slide is shown for only 20 seconds.)

This event is taking place at Burritoville, 3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop on Friday, July 8, at 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167964229932555

Anybody curious about Burning Man is invited to come along, have a beer and some nachos, it'll be fun.

Problem is, the video projector we'd planned to use is kaput. So I need to borrow one for Friday evening.

Can anybody help us out?
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One of the highlights of my year is coming up fast: Readercon -- it's the most fun you can have with your brain!

My schedule -- behind the cut... )

And look: I'm reading a new story! Even better, I actually have a story collection to promote.

I'm getting excited already -- aren't you?
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One of the highlights of my year is coming up fast: Readercon -- it's the most fun you can have with your brain!

My schedule -- behind the cut... )

And look: I'm reading a new story! Even better, I actually have a story collection to promote.

I'm getting excited already -- aren't you?
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...and therefore I seem to have a copy of A Dance With Dragons by someone named Martin.

Anybody want it?

(Preferably someone local. This sucker's heavy.)
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...and therefore I seem to have a copy of A Dance With Dragons by someone named Martin.

Anybody want it?

(Preferably someone local. This sucker's heavy.)
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This weekend I'll be at Congrès Boréal, a mostly-francophone SF conference being held at the Hotel Espresso on Guy (a mere four blocks from my place -- such hardship!).

There are a few English panels. I'll be on this one:

TO QUEBEC AND THE STARS, Sunday 11:30am:
Claude Lalumière (m), Glenn Grant, Jo Walton, and Mark Shainblum
What does it entail, in Quebec, to write genre fiction in English? Are there enough opportunities to get published or is it necessary to look outside of the province? If so, how hard is it to actually get noticed by Canadian and American publishers? Do they, and their public, have different tastes or expectations that writers should account for when submitting their work? What about translation? Is it a viable way to reach a broader readership?

I suspect we will deal with the questions in the panel description in the first ten minutes and then wander off onto whatever we want to talk about for the rest of the hour :)
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This weekend I'll be at Congrès Boréal, a mostly-francophone SF conference being held at the Hotel Espresso on Guy (a mere four blocks from my place -- such hardship!).

There are a few English panels. I'll be on this one:

TO QUEBEC AND THE STARS, Sunday 11:30am:
Claude Lalumière (m), Glenn Grant, Jo Walton, and Mark Shainblum
What does it entail, in Quebec, to write genre fiction in English? Are there enough opportunities to get published or is it necessary to look outside of the province? If so, how hard is it to actually get noticed by Canadian and American publishers? Do they, and their public, have different tastes or expectations that writers should account for when submitting their work? What about translation? Is it a viable way to reach a broader readership?

I suspect we will deal with the questions in the panel description in the first ten minutes and then wander off onto whatever we want to talk about for the rest of the hour :)
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Sorry for the late notice; I forgot to announce that I'm reading from BURNING DAYS at the Merril Collection in Toronto on Friday 8th April!

The Toronto event coincides with the science fiction convention Ad Astra, where I'll be for the rest of the weekend. I might be reading at the convention as well -- not sure about that, though. The weekend is already rather packed with readings and launches.

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FB Event

GLENN GRANT reads from his new story collection BURNING DAYS
at the Merril:

When: Friday, April 8 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Merril Collection, Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, ON

Cory Doctorow says:
"Burning Days . . . it's got that old school, early days grittiness that made reading books like Mirrorshades and Burning Chrome so exciting: giant junk-mecha pit-fighting in illegal wastelands, secret cyborg cops working noir assassinations; deep greens fighting factional splits at massive post-apocalyptic burningmans; waterlogged climate refugees duking it out with economic crisis lumpenproletariat in the shadow of nanotech seawalls while improvised bombs detonate in the background."
(Boing Boing <http://boingboing.net/2011/03/17/glenn-grants-burning.html>)

For more information, and to order BURNING DAYS, go to:
http://nanopress.ca/english/books/Burning_Days.html
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Sorry for the late notice; I forgot to announce that I'm reading from BURNING DAYS at the Merril Collection in Toronto on Friday 8th April!

The Toronto event coincides with the science fiction convention Ad Astra, where I'll be for the rest of the weekend. I might be reading at the convention as well -- not sure about that, though. The weekend is already rather packed with readings and launches.

---------------------
FB Event

GLENN GRANT reads from his new story collection BURNING DAYS
at the Merril:

When: Friday, April 8 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Merril Collection, Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, ON

Cory Doctorow says:
"Burning Days . . . it's got that old school, early days grittiness that made reading books like Mirrorshades and Burning Chrome so exciting: giant junk-mecha pit-fighting in illegal wastelands, secret cyborg cops working noir assassinations; deep greens fighting factional splits at massive post-apocalyptic burningmans; waterlogged climate refugees duking it out with economic crisis lumpenproletariat in the shadow of nanotech seawalls while improvised bombs detonate in the background."
(Boing Boing <http://boingboing.net/2011/03/17/glenn-grants-burning.html>)

For more information, and to order BURNING DAYS, go to:
http://nanopress.ca/english/books/Burning_Days.html
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Withdrawal symptoms caused by the recent LJ outages have forced me to finally set up a DW account.

(And, man, who came up with the name "Dreamwidth", anyway? Couldn't they think of something more clumsy and unpronounceable?)

At some point I'll import all my LJ posts to DW to back them up; but maybe now isn't the best time for anything so server-intensive :/
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If you were wondering when the Montreal launch of Burning Days was going to happen, wonder no more: it's this Wednesday at Blue Sunshine!

An Evening of Strange Canadian Stories
When: Wednesday, March 30 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Where: Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre, 3660 St-Laurent, 3rd floor, Montreal, QC

Come celebrate the strange and the fantastic as Claude Lalumière (The Door to Lost Pages), Glenn Grant (Burning Days), and Gemma Files (A Rope of Thorns) launch their new books and, joined by other Canadian writers and editors of weird fiction Nancy Kilpatrick, Michael Lorenson, Grace Seybold, and Natasha Beaulieu, showcase new and recent anthologies of the Canadian fantastic: Tesseracts 12, 13, and 14; Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead; and Chilling Tales. Emcee: Mark Shainblum.

FREE ADMISSION

Sponsored by ChiZine Publications, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, and Nanopress.

More info on Blue Sunshine's website.

Click here for the Facebook Event.

Burning Days cover
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If you were wondering when the Montreal launch of Burning Days was going to happen, wonder no more: it's this Wednesday at Blue Sunshine!

An Evening of Strange Canadian Stories
When: Wednesday, March 30 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Where: Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre, 3660 St-Laurent, 3rd floor, Montreal, QC

Come celebrate the strange and the fantastic as Claude Lalumière (The Door to Lost Pages), Glenn Grant (Burning Days), and Gemma Files (A Rope of Thorns) launch their new books and, joined by other Canadian writers and editors of weird fiction Nancy Kilpatrick, Michael Lorenson, Grace Seybold, and Natasha Beaulieu, showcase new and recent anthologies of the Canadian fantastic: Tesseracts 12, 13, and 14; Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead; and Chilling Tales. Emcee: Mark Shainblum.

FREE ADMISSION

Sponsored by ChiZine Publications, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, and Nanopress.

More info on Blue Sunshine's website.

Click here for the Facebook Event.

Burning Days cover
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I'm going to be reading from my story collection Burning Days this Monday at the Ottawa Public Library. Hope you can come along if you're in the Ottawa area.

When: Monday, March 28 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Ottawa Main Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe, Ottawa, Ontario.

To learn more about Burning Days, visit Nanopress.ca.

Click here for the Facebook Event.
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I'm going to be reading from my story collection Burning Days this Monday at the Ottawa Public Library. Hope you can come along if you're in the Ottawa area.

When: Monday, March 28 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Ottawa Main Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe, Ottawa, Ontario.

To learn more about Burning Days, visit Nanopress.ca.

Click here for the Facebook Event.
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Did I somehow forget to post about my book? (Checks previous entries.) Oops.

Burning Days cover


I thought for sure I'd posted about Burning Days -- my first collection of short stories, released in January by Montreal's own Nanopress, but apparently I did not. I thought I'd mentioned launching the book at a party at Arisia, and about the rather successful reading held in a hotel room at Boskone a month later, but neither post seems to exist.

Is it possible I made those posts but then they subsequently disappeared? Mmmmaybe, but more likely I just thought I'd posted when in fact I hadn't. I must've been thinking of the FaceBook Events. No, wait, I'm certain I mentioned the book on LJ, but it was in a comment in someone else's journal. Silly me.

(Or maybe I'm only pretending to think I'd posted about the book, to cover up the fact that I've been a lazy lurking lazy non-posting lump of laziness all winter... But who would do a thing like that?)

Anyway, the book is out, and it has an introduction by Bruce Sterling, and it has just been positively reviewed by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing!

Such reviews are very important for us because the book is currently only available for order online, not in bookshops, and BoingBoing has a very large readership. My publisher, [livejournal.com profile] cyberneticnomad, says he's already received two dozen orders for the book today. There's no electronic edition just yet.

Strangely, Cory seems to think the stories are "all recent fiction" -- er, no, three of the stories first appeared in Interzone in 1990-91; the alternate history story is mid-1990's, and the title story appeared in 2004. Only one of the stories is new, "Flowers of Avalon" was written for the book. Oh well. I suppose it won't hurt sales if people assume they're all new stories ;-)

As for those BoingBoing commenters who thought the cover looked slapdash: I find this funny because, while it was conceived, photographed, and designed in a 24-hour period by the author (hey, I am a graphic artist, too, y'know), no less a figure than Michael Swanwick has pronounced it "hot". So there.
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Did I somehow forget to post about my book? (Checks previous entries.) Oops.

Burning Days cover


I thought for sure I'd posted about Burning Days -- my first collection of short stories, released in January by Montreal's own Nanopress, but apparently I did not. I thought I'd mentioned launching the book at a party at Arisia, and about the rather successful reading held in a hotel room at Boskone a month later, but neither post seems to exist.

Is it possible I made those posts but then they subsequently disappeared? Mmmmaybe, but more likely I just thought I'd posted when in fact I hadn't. I must've been thinking of the FaceBook Events. No, wait, I'm certain I mentioned the book on LJ, but it was in a comment in someone else's journal. Silly me.

(Or maybe I'm only pretending to think I'd posted about the book, to cover up the fact that I've been a lazy lurking lazy non-posting lump of laziness all winter... But who would do a thing like that?)

Anyway, the book is out, and it has an introduction by Bruce Sterling, and it has just been positively reviewed by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing!

Such reviews are very important for us because the book is currently only available for order online, not in bookshops, and BoingBoing has a very large readership. My publisher, [livejournal.com profile] cyberneticnomad, says he's already received two dozen orders for the book today. There's no electronic edition just yet.

Strangely, Cory seems to think the stories are "all recent fiction" -- er, no, three of the stories first appeared in Interzone in 1990-91; the alternate history story is mid-1990's, and the title story appeared in 2004. Only one of the stories is new, "Flowers of Avalon" was written for the book. Oh well. I suppose it won't hurt sales if people assume they're all new stories ;-)

As for those BoingBoing commenters who thought the cover looked slapdash: I find this funny because, while it was conceived, photographed, and designed in a 24-hour period by the author (hey, I am a graphic artist, too, y'know), no less a figure than Michael Swanwick has pronounced it "hot". So there.
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Took a few days, but I think I've mostly recovered from the weekend.

Arrived at The Pound on Saturday with my costume, a big batch of signs, art supplies, and many cans of Guru energy drink. The set-up team were in full swing, transforming this old industrial-era space in Griffintown into a little patch of The Playa.

Swing Yo' Podner

More craziness back here... )

All my photos from taBURNak deuX! can be found in this photoset on Flickr.