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Mostly, just some bits of news this time around. First off, The Road to Lisdoonvarna has started shipping and what a handsome volume the Subterranean Press folks have produced. Remember this is a straight PI mystery novel, written back in the mid-eighties and never before published, but not a new fantasy novel.
I should also mention that while Forests of the Heart didn't take home a Nebula, it's now a finalist for the 2001 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, sharing the ballot with a number of other good books, including ones by Midori Snyder and my pal Guy Kay.
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The book sale went well—thanks to you who asked about it, and of course, to you who came and helped make it a success.
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On the recommendation side of things, I haven't had a lot of free reading time, but I'm halfway through Steve Earle's short story collection Doghouse Roses, and biased as I am, I'll still recommend it to anyone interested in good storystelling. Earle even slips in some mythic fiction amongst the gritty real world stories.
There's been a lot of raving in certain circles about the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and it's unquestionably a fine album of traditional American music, though to my ears there's a fair amount of filler material and the CD doesn't really flow. The real soundtrack gem, so far as I'm concerned, is that for Songcatcher, featuring the voices of some of today's finest country singers (Julie Miller, Allison Moorer, Emmylou Harris, Sara Evans, Gillian Welch, Iris Dement, Dolly Parton—oh the list is just too long) doing mostly traditional material such as "Pretty Saro," "Fair and Tender Ladies," "Mary of the Wild Moor" and others. It's high lonesome singing at its best.