Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Newsletter


Hello, and happy Thanksgiving. For those new people on the list, thanks for joining. I've got a few announcements:

1) My story "The Agathas" is shipping from in the Unspeakable Horrors Anthology. It's set in Croatia after the third world war. You can get it here.

For more info on the collection, head to the Dark Scribe Website.

2) My story "The Great Pumpkin Arrives at Last," a more traditional Halloween thriller is out from Doorways Magazine, issue #7, and in newsstands. You can also order it directly.

3) Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm, my husband and I will be reading at The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading, located in the South Street Seaport Museum. Press release below. If you're in town, I hope you can make it!

Take care, and have a great Turkey Day.

-Sarah Langan

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings and the South Street Seaport Museum present
Sarah Langan & J.T. Petty
Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman

Tuesday, December 2nd -- Doors open 6:30 PM
Free Admission -- $5 donation if possible
South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery
213 Water Street
(directions and links below)

One of the many traditions of the holiday season is to feature families, and we decided to cave in to this trope and do the same. So this year, we're featuring two couples. One got married immediately after this year's Shirley Jackson Awards benefit and went off to Croatia for their honeymoon. (Sometimes you just have to follow the zeitgeist.) The other is a very happy couple whose state of marriage depends on their state of residence. All are brilliant writers.

Ellen Kushner has as many careers as they'll let her: host of public radio's Sound & Spirit, author of the "Riverside" novels, including THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD (Nebula nominee, Tiptree Honor Book, NYPL "Best Books for the Teen Age," Locus Award) . . . . In partnership with Delia Sherman she has taught writing at Clarion & Odyssey, and co-founded the Interstitial Arts Foundation. On Dec. 6 she makes her New York stage debut as the mysterious magical Tante Miriam in Vital Theatre's new adaptation of The Klezmer Nutcracker (based on her radio special/CD/book, The Golden Dreydl)!

Sarah Langan's first novel THE KEEPER (2006, HarperCollins) was a New York Times Editor's Pick. Her second novel THE MISSING (2007, Harpercollins), won the Bram Stoker Award for outstanding novel, was a Publisher's Weekly favorite book of the year, and made several other best-of-the-year lists. She has published a dozen short stories, and her third novel, AUDREY'S DOOR, is due out from HarperCollins in October, 2009. Her Web site is at

JT Petty is a writer and director of movies, videogames, books, and graphic novels. His first feature film, SOFT FOR DIGGING, was shot for $6000 when he was 20 years old, an official selection of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He’s continued to make genre and documentary films since, the latest being THE BURROWERS, a Western/Horror for Lionsgate, due out in 2009.

His popular series of chapter books for young readers, CLEMENCY POGUE, is published by Simon & Schuster, and optioned for film adaptation by the Jim Henson Company. He has been writing for videogames since 1999, and was one of the creators of the game SPLINTER CELL, a best-selling franchise. His screenplay for the first Splinter Cell game earned him a Game Developer’s Choice Award (the interactive equivalent of an Oscar.)

JT lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and his rabbit.

Delia Sherman's short fiction has appeared in S&SF, FANTASY MAGAZINE, and numerous anthologies, the most recent of which is COYOTE ROAD (2007). She has written three adult novels, one of them, THE FALL OF THE KINGS (Bantam, 2002), with Ellen Kushner. Her latest novel is CHANGELING (Viking, 2006). It and its sequel, MAGIC MIRROR OF THE MERMAID QUEEN, due out in June, 2009, are New York fantasies for younger readers. She is very happy to be living once again in a state that recognizes her marriage, although she'd be even happier if New York just got with the program and let everybody get married.

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series is in its 19th season of providing performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series (usually) takes place the first Tuesday of every month at the South Street Seaport's Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street. Admission is free, but $5 donations are encouraged to offset costs and buy dinner for the readers. The producer and executive curator is radio producer and talk show host Jim Freund.

Tuesday, 12/2/8
Doors open at 6:30 -- event begins at 7

The South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery
213 Water Street (near Beekman),+New+York,+NY

By Subway
Take 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M to Fulton Street; A and C to
Broadway-Nassau. Walk east on Fulton Street to Water Street

By Bus
Take M15 (South Ferry-bound) down Second Ave. to Fulton Street

By Car
From the West Side: take West Street southbound. Follow signs to FDR
Drive Take underpass, keep right - use Exit 1 at end of underpass. Turn
right on South Street, six blocks.
From the East Side, take FDR Drive south to Exit 3 onto South Street
Proceed about 1 mile.

By Boat