The big news (at least for e-book readers) is that Moonheart is finally available at peanutpress.com. You can access it at:
But there's other book news as well. The long untitled fourth collection of Newford stories finally has a title (courtesy of MaryAnn). It will be called Tapping the Dream Tree. I'll be turning it later this week, so it should be out by this time next year from Tor Books.
Subterranean Press is also planning a couple of hardcover reprints: A Handful of Coppers: Collected Early Stories, Vol. I is the first of three forthcoming collections of material that either first saw print in small press magazines during the late seventies/early eighties or is appearing here for the first time. Volume I is due next year and will focus on heroic fantasy, bringing "The Fair at Emain Macha" back into print, as well as three earlier stories featuring the same character, and a number of other stories. The other volumes will collect all the secondary world fantasies in one book, and all the contemporary and dark fantasies in the other.
Also due next year from Subterranean Press will be the first hardcover edition of Wolf Moon, which will see a later paperback reprint as part of the new Firebird line that Sharyn November is editing for Viking. MaryAnn will be providing covers for both of the Subterranean Press books.
And speaking of MaryAnn, when she's not busy with her art, she's been hard at work on a major update of her Web site, including a virtual version of her Reclectica Shop which, with all of its funky trinkets and the like, wouldn't be out of place on a side street in Newford's Crowsea area. To see what she's been up to, go to:
She also has some nice things up for auction, including a copy of Triskell Tales. To check out her auction site, go to:
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The World Fantasy Convention in Montréal has come and gone. It was great meeting some of you there; hopefully more of you will be able to make it to Minneapolis in 2002. MaryAnn and I are already saving our pennies towards it.
I wish I had time to write a bit about all the things those of you who didn't come this year missed, but I'm so pressed for time these days (working on a new book, putting together the three collections, etc., etc.) that I'll have to just say it was great fun. But I have to say that one of the highlights for us is getting together with friends we don't get to see often, or meeting new ones. Happily we got to hang with Nina Hoffman, Gay & Joe Haldeman, the Clockwork Storybook gang from Austin (next year we need a less serious monkey panel—and I know, that seems like an oxymoron, because how can you have monkeys and seriousness on the same panel?), Sharyn November, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Tim & Serena Powers, and…oh, far too many people to mention here.
But a real highlight was finally getting to meet Paul Brandon and his wife Julie Hinchliffe, who came all the way from Australia to attend, and then spend a week with us in Ottawa. I've been corresponding with Paul for years and had been looking forward to this for a long time.
Paul has a new book out, Swim the Moon, that I love and I think you will, too. It's got fiddles and selchies and magic and all sorts of wonderful things in it. Paul also plays a mean open-tuned Celtic guitar and sat in with us at the pub on Thursday as well as at the Saturday night cabaret at the convention which was hosted by Ellen Kushner and Ellen Klages (who did the most hilarious, off-the-cuff, stand-up routine) and featured music from many of the folks mentioned in the paragraph above.
Other than that let me make a quick mention of a few CDs that have gone into constant rotation here in the de Lint/Harris household: I don't think I'm ever going to get tired of Chris Knight's A Pretty Good Guy, and that's not because there are a couple of co-writes with Fred Eaglesmith on it—though they don't hurt. I've been playing this pretty much every day for a month. And then there's Barricades & Brickwalls, a new release from Kasey Chambers that's only available in Australia at the moment, but should get a North American release early in 2002. And MaryAnn wants me to be sure to mention Pete Yorn's musicforthemorningafter, which she hasn't stopped playing since we picked it up in Austin earlier this year.
Locally (at least to us) there's Lynn Miles with another collection of bittersweet and achingly beautiful songs called Unravel and for the fans of trad. music out there, The Whistling Thief by Duncan Cameron, one of our former session friends from the Cock Robin days, who plays everything from whistles and pipes to bouzouki and guitar, and has an amazing voice. Duncan's CD was released in 2000, but I just got a copy last night at a show at the Black Sheep Inn where Duncan was playing with the Pierre Schryer Band (which was a great show, by the way). It might be a little hard to find in your local shop, or even on-line, so if you're interested in tracking down a copy, you could try writing to Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about its availability.
And that's about it, except having mentioned Moonheart above, I should also mention to those of you who write to ask me where they can find out more about the history and mythology of Taliesin that I'm in the middle of a wonderful new book about him: The Song of Taliesin: Tales from King Arthur's Bard by John Matthews (Quest Books). So far, it's a fine read with an excellent bibliography in the back.
Until again, stay strong and dream true.