We’re not even a month into 2012 and already seeing awards for 2011 titles. Those award committees work fast!
The first batch of 2012 fundraisers is also underway:
Fans and friends of Terri Windling, whose list of accomplishments is extraordinary and whose influence on fantasy and interstitial fiction is incalculable, have come together for a good cause:
Terri Windling and her family have been coping with health and legal issues that have drained her financial resources at a critical time. Due to the serious nature of these issues, and privacy concerns for individual family members, we can’t be more specific than that, but Terri is in need of our support. As a friend, a colleague and an inspiration, Terri has touched many, many lives over the years. She has been supremely generous in donating her own work and art to support friends and colleagues in crisis. Now, Terri is in need of some serious help from her community. Who better than her colleagues and fans to rise up to make some magick for her?
Magick 4 Terri will auction off books, art, editorial critique, jewelry, and other items and services donated by Terri’s friends and fans. Since her friends and fans include big names like Ellen Kushner, Charles Vess, Jane Yolen, Delia Sherman, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Datlow, and Cory Doctorow, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire rare and signed books and artwork, and fan-on-the-street donations are also very welcome. Information on how the auction works is here.
The organizers are also using @Magick4Terri and #Magick4Terri to spread the word on Twitter. The auction opens today and closes December 15.
Floor to Ceiling Books reviewer Amanda Rutter, Solaris editor Jenni Hill, BFS reviewer Louise Morgan, blogger Ro Smith, and Hub editor Alasdair Stuart have formed Genre for Japan, an SF/F-themed auction to benefit the British Red Cross Tsunami Appeal. Josh and I have many friends and relatives in Japan, and we’re very glad to promote this excellent cause.
According to the press release, items already donated include “a year’s supply of books from Tor, signed artwork from Solaris Books and editing/critiques from professional authors and editors.” The @genreforjapan Twitter feed also mentions a package of a dozen Gollancz masterworks and signed books from Lauren Beukes and Joe Abercrombie.
The deadline for donations is Friday, March 25th, so if you have something to offer, offer it soon! Bidding opens on March 28th.
Here, have three differently nifty links I’ve been saving up.
Author and PW reviewer Sherwood Smith has posted a wonderful reminiscence of Glen GoodKnight, the recently deceased founder of the Mythopoeic Society.
For just $1 (or as many multiples of $1 as you like), you can enter a drawing for one of five e-readers—two Nooks, two Kobos, one Alex—that come pre-loaded with “books, short stories, poems and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Some of the writers include N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and there will be many more.” All proceeds benefit the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, which helps writers of color attend the Clarion writing workshops.
Small Peculiar asks, “What happens to urban fantasy heroines when they turn thirty?”
Want to read Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings before it’s in stores? Bid on a copy here and know that your money is going to a good cause: 100% of the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders, who are currently doing amazing work helping flood victims in Pakistan.
PW‘s review says that Sanderson’s “talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued.” You know you want it.
The Do the Write Thing for Nashville charity auction has lots of really amazing stuff, including tremendous professional opportunities for writers. I just wrote to them and offered to donate three professional lunches where I pick up the check and lay down the career advice, manuscript critique, industry insider knowledge, etc. If anyone reading this would be interested in bidding on that opportunity, let me know and I’ll mention when it goes up.