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’s Oddcast presents an amazing and fascinating interview with award-winning screenwriter (Savage Grace, Joe Gould’s Secret), novelist, journalist and educator Howard A. Rodman about writing novels and screenplays, adapting novels to screenplays, and leading the WGA, not to mention the true, secret history of how a small bookshop in Paris led him to write his new novel, The Great Eastern, wherein Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo battles Melville’s Captain Ahab. Join cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Keith Strunk and Merry Jones.