The University of Iowa Library has announced the donation of Rusty Hevelin’s collection of pulp magazines, fanzines, and science fiction books. Hevelin began collecting pulps in 1930 and his collection includes acquisitions up until his death in 2011. Iowa’s collection already includes the Horvat Collection of Science Fiction Fanzines, the Ming Wathne Fanzine Archive Collection, and a growing body of materials resulting from the Fan Culture Preservation Project.
Author Jim C. Hines, who has often blogged about gender issues and rape awareness, is holding a fundraiser during April, Rape Awareness Month, to raise funds to support RAINN or local rape crisis centers. Anyone who makes a donation will be entered in a raffle to win a large selection of prizes which have been donated.
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced a Kickstarter program to raise funds to help preserve, protect, digitize, and make available to the public materials collected over the years by Charles N. Brown. The Foundation’s initial goal is to raise $9,500 in 35 days.
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that e-mail problems between February 23 and March 8 caused numerous applications and submissions for the SLF Older Writers Grant to bounce. They apologize and invite applicants to resubmit. A grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature older than 50 who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. Applications are due on March 31 with the winner announced on June 1.
Jane Yolen and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have created a grant for mid-list authors to recognize those who “struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft.” The first winner, announced at the SCBWI’s annual conference, is Mary Whittington, author of The Patchwork Lady, Troll Games, and Winter’s Child. Whittington received a grant of $2,000.
Author Michael A. Burstein has announced the formation of an Exploratory Committee to consider seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Massachussett’s 4th Congressional District, currently represented by Barney Frank, who has announced his resignation at the end of his current term. Burstein, who has been nominated for 10 Hugo Awards, has served three terms as a trustee for the Brookline (MA) Public Library.
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2012 Older Writers Grant. A grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature older than 50 who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. Applications are due on March 31 with the winner announced on June 1.
The application deadline for Clarion West is March 1, although there will be a $10 discount for applications received before February 10. This year’s session will run from June 17 to July 27. Instructors will include Mary Rosenblum, Hiromi Goto, George R.R. Martin, Connie Willis, Kelly Link
and Gavin Grant, and Chuck Palahniuk.
Pulpfest has renamed the Munsey Award. The Munsey, previously named for nineteenth century publisher Frank Munsey, has been presented for efforts and ongoing involvement in the improvement, elevation, and continuance of keeping the pulps alive and well. In the future, the Award will be known as the Rusty Hevelin Service Award, after the fan who helped found Pulpfest, and who died in December. The first Rusty Hevelin Service Award will be presented at this year’s Pulpfest in Columbus, Ohio on the weekend of August 9.
Author Diane Duane, who wrote the “Young Wizards” series, numerous Star Trek novels, and has recently been publishing the “Omnitopia” series discovered that scammers have managed to get into her bank account, leaving her with a balance of nothing. Although the bank will eventually be able to restore his account, until that time, she is having a cash flow problem for bills and is asking people to visit her on-line store, offering a 20% discount, as well.