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A Reading

May 16th, 2007

I realize that most likely, if you read this blog, you don’t live near me, and vice-versa. But just in case:

Tomorrow night, Thursday, May 17th at 7 PM, I will be participating in a series of fiction readings at Artifacts, a new gallery at 28 North Maple Street in Florence, MA. Other (much better) participants include Jedediah Berry, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park and John Crowley (see Gavin Grant’s complete announcement about it from the Small Beer blog).

I’ll be reading a teaser excerpt from my Interfictions story, “The Utter Proximity of God”. Which I will spend tonight practicing profusely, so as not to screw it up.

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  • jeffhowell says:

    I hope your reading goes well.

    Question: Any insights into how the Interfictions anthology is distributed or selling? I looked for it at my local Borders and Barnes & Nobles, their computers did have it available for order, but I ended up getting my copy from Amazon.com.

    • mjd says:

      Yeah, my Barnes & Noble doesn’t have any physical copies either–however, that’s not really surprising, since the collections they do stock are pretty much limited to the Year’s Bests and one or two mainstream literary anthos like Ploughshares. I do know that Powell’s books in Portland, OR (one of or perhaps the largest remaining independent bookstore in the country) does carry it, both online and on shelves. And yeah, you can get it from Amazon, as well as several other online book sales venues.

      I have seen some pretty glowing reviews of it scattered about online, a level of buzz which makes me suspect Dora and Delia might end up with Best Antho nominations for it come 2008. That said, I have no idea how well it’s selling. But the book has only been on shelves for a few weeks anyway. Perhaps that’s too early to tell?

    • mjd says:

      And it actually did go pretty well, though I failed to live up to my own expectations. There were a good fifty people there, which was way more than I was expecting. A lot of serious Crowley fans, compared to whose chops my own are peach fuzz. I was nervous to the point of shaking like a leaf. But several people complimented me afterward on the quality of my reading, so I guess somehow the nervousness did not come through.

      • jeffhowell says:

        Glad it went well! Thanks for the update and your thoughts on where the book can be found and how it’s being received. I very much hope it gets some Best Anthro nominations.

      • lizsmith says:

        I was one of the 50 people there last night to see John Crowley (and Liz Hand) and I was going to tell you at the event that I liked your story excerpt very much (in fact, I thought everybody’s offerings were superb, which was not something one necessarily expects at this sort of gathering). When I didn’t get a chance to talk to you last night, I figured I’d look you up on the internet and lo, there you were. So, congratulations on your debut. Perhaps I’ll wander over here and peruse blog from time to time, since I’ve been having fun checking it out this afternoon.

        All the best.

        • lizsmith says:

          bugger, that’s supposed to say “peruse YOUR blog.” Anyhow.

          • mjd says:

            Fear not, I got the gist. 😉
            Thanks for looking me up! If you read the whole story come back and let me know what you thought.

          • lizsmith says:

            Do you have any plans to add livejournal to your list of RSS feeds? I get most of my feeds through lj (Wow, that sentence is…if you didn’t know what it meant, it conjures up all kinds of interesting images). I will admit up front that this is a matter of complete laziness on my part. 😛

            And yes, I would like to read the rest of the story at some point, and if/when I do, I will let you know.

          • mjd says:

            I do have an LJ crossfeed, here: boonofdoom.livejournal.com

          • lizsmith says:

            Well, brilliant. I’ll lazily go friend you, then.

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