This week a terrific interview with award-winning publisher/editor/and now bookstore owner (Book Moon) Gavin J. Grant. His publishing house, Small Beer Press, started in 2000 with a story collection, Stranger Things Happen, which Salon named a “Book of the Year,” and The Village Voice proclaimed as one of its 25 Best Books. He offers sage advice on navigating the mad world of publishing in the 21st century, and speaks to the return of the brick-and-mortar bookstore.
Publishers Weekly and Library Journal weigh in delightedly on the Beatles-themed anthology, Across the Universe, edited by Michael A. Ventrella and Randee Dawn (Fantastic Books), with a December release. The book includes stories by Allen M. Steele, David Gerrold, Nancy Holder, Charles Barouch, Pat Cadigan, Christian H. Smith and yours truly. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
This week on the Oddcast we talk with short-story author Richard Butner, who describes himself as a writer, occasional performer, and shipwrecked jester. He runs the annual Sycamore Hill Writers’ Conference, an extraordinarily successful and long-running peer-to-peer workshop hidden deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. Some of his unusual fiction is available in a collection from Small Beer Press.