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hundreds of gourds

Wild celebration and exhaustion at Casa URB this week, because our Kickstarter campaign for Apocalypse Now has reached its goal! It’s still active until noon Central on Monday, and we’re hoping to make enough extra to print 250 extra books, to be able to sell them at some readings we have tentatively planned for Denver and Nashville and maybe some other places, and at the party we’ll be throwing at the AWP conference in March.

 
If you’re only interested in an ebook copy, this is still a good time to get it, because it’ll cost you $2 less than if you wait until it’s out on Amazon, B&N, the iStore, etc. (Our authors still get their regular royalties despite the discount, so no worries about exploitation. The only entities missing out are the corporations that run the online bookstores, which normally take 30 to 35% of the cover price.)

 

Apocalypse Now contributor Margaret Atwood was awarded the title of Companion of Literature, the highest honour in the Royal Society of Literature, on November 28th. A recording of her remarks will be available sometime in December in the RSL Library.

Vineland, New Jersey’s Cumberland County College is hosting Joyce Carol Oates as part of their One Book-One College reading campaign, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

 

A Hundred Gourds has posted their December issue, with lots of 140 And Counting contributors in it: Jim Kacian is pictured at the 2012 Haiku Festival Aotearoa in Tauranga, New Zealand with one of his poems on the Haiku Pathway and in a Katikati pub; the issue contains haiku and tanka by Helen Buckingham (1, 2, 3), Chen-ou Liu (1, 2, 3, 4), Peter Newton (1, 2, 3, 4), and Christina Nguyen (1, 2); and, finally, John McManus has written a review of T.D Ingram‘s haiku ebook Hiss of Leaves.

Other news for 140 And Counting contributors: Miriam Sagan‘s short story “M.I.A.” appeared in issue 4 of Literary Orphans; Darusha Wehm‘s story “The Care and Feeding of Mammalian Bipeds, v. 2.1” was in Escape Pod on November 15th; and The Haiku Foundation has posted their Video Haiga #7: radium by Jim Kacian:

1 December 2012

50 cent party

News for 140 And Counting contributors: Miriam Sagan is doing a reading for her new book Seven Places in America: A Poetic Sojourn on October 30th at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe; and, China Daily features Ken Liu (autoplays music).

Strange Horizons (whose funding drive is still going strong) has posted their monthly round-up of their contributors’ news, and they include some URB alums: Elizabeth Barrette has been talking about serial poetry at the Poetree Dreamwidth community, and Peg Duthie (who in addition to being in 140 And Counting, also published her collection Measured Extravagance with URB) has a poem + photograph combo (“Hide“) published by unFold.

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors: Joyce Carol Oates is reading at New Jersey’s Ramapo Visiting Writers Series on November 12th; the UCD Advocate features Nicky Beer; and, Margaret Atwood is pairing with Naomi Alderman to write the young adult serial The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home. Incidentally, I had a chance to speak briefly with Atwood at the Nashville Public Library yesterday (where she was giving a public lecture about The Handmaid’s Tale and related topics) and she told me that her story in Apocalypse Now, “The Silver Astroturfer,” was written to be speculative, but that she’s since found out that it’s actually happening in China (she told me to google “the 50 cent kids“). Subscribers to the Sunday Times, by the way, can read it here (and the rest of you can read it when the book comes out).

28 October 2012

Nashville Reads

News for 140 And Counting contributors:

Chen-ou Liu‘s “Maple Moon and Cherry Blossom: Selected Bilingual Haiku and Tanka” was featured on the Akita International Haiku network and translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta.

Jonathan Pinnock‘s short story “The Joy Inside” has been shortlisted for the Bridgport Prize. He says, “this news should be tempered by the fact that there are apparently around a hundred stories on that shortlist” so this is more of a long list, but out of more than 6,000 entries, it’s still impressive.

 

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale has been chosen for the Nashville Reads program, a new reading initiative to create a shared reading experience. Since Upper Rubber Boot Books is based in Nashville, we’re especially excited about this. We’ll be at the free public lecture by Atwood on October 27th. She has also won the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award.

Darcie Dennigan is reading her work along with Eileen Myles and Matvei Yankelevich, and accompanied by DJ Shaki. This event is free and all ages, at 7 pm on September 27th, at the Yale Marsh Botanical Gardens in New Haven, CT (and it has a Facebook page).

Joyce Carol Oates picked five short story collections that have inspired her over at the Daily Beast.

 

In other news, we’re still collecting entries for the September Giveaway over at our Facebook page. Five people will win a copy of T.D. Ingram’s haiku chapbook Hiss of Leaves. We currently have two entrants, so your chances are pretty good. To enter, like our Facebook page, share the September giveaway post publicly on your Facebook page, and leave a comment on the giveaway post itself. The giveaway post originally went up September 3rd, but is pinned to the top of the page.

16 September 2012

“Does it matter that a reader doesn’t “like,” in the trivial way in which one might not “like” Chinese food, a classic like “Beowulf”?” – Joyce Carol Oates

I was excited to see this week that the 2012 Hugo Award Winners included Ken Liu (a 140 And Counting contributor) and E. Lily Yu (an Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributor)!

 

News for other 140 And Counting contributors:

Berit Ellingsen weighs in on MIND MELD: Non-Anglo Presence in the Hugo Awards – Is it Possible? at SF Signal.

Chuck Von Nordheim‘s poem “Megan Considers Her ex’s New Girlfriend” is up at drown in my own fears.

 

News for other Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

An interview with Margaret Atwood appears in today’s Denver Post (where I was amused to see them ask her if she’s the Joyce Carol Oates of Canada, given Oates also appears in Apocalypse Now). If you’re in Denver, go see Atwood on Monday at the University of Denver’s Newman Center.

An interview with Joyce Carol Oates appears in this week’s Sunday Book Review in The New York Times.

Three poems by Catherine Pierce were Poem of the Week.

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