&NOW Books

May 10

Lars Berglund et al. have developed a type of paper that is purportedly “tougher than cast iron. The material—made from nanosized whiskers of cellulose—is also lighter than conventional paper.” Perhaps “nanopaper” like this might be utilized in collaboration with MIT’s e-paper development labs and future evolution of the material produced at E-ink which currently supplies the Kindle and Sony’s Reader among 20 other e-reader companies

Lars Berglund et al. have developed a type of paper that is purportedly “tougher than cast iron. The material—made from nanosized whiskers of cellulose—is also lighter than conventional paper.” Perhaps “nanopaper” like this might be utilized in collaboration with MIT’s e-paper development labs and future evolution of the material produced at E-ink which currently supplies the Kindle and Sony’s Reader among 20 other e-reader companies

A Capella Zoo -

A WEB & PRINT MAGAZINE OF MAGIC REALISM & SLIPSTREAM

May 09

The 2012 Philip K. Dick Award Announced

It was announced on Friday, April 6, at Norwescon 35, in SeaTac, Washington, that the winner for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2011 in the U.S.A. is:

THE SAMUIL PETROVITCH TRILOGY by Simon Morden (Orbit)

Special citation was given to:

THE COMPANY MAN by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)

(Source: philipkdickaward.org)

Lunar Eclipse

You’ve seen only a planed circle of moon,

the white wafer; the low sky’s flat penny

grow into that dime, flipped in the turn

taken by the earth,

                                     until you see

what’s won from behind its veil of brightness

by the lunar eclipse

                                                 a red marble,

a pinball of blood and it’s your shot, a ball

of red clay before its pinch into a bowl,

what I want to say and its look

that far away from it.

 

I want to say it suddenly

turns three dimensional with shadow

shaded in at the drawn

earth-curtain’s darkening;

                                             and that darkness

makes shape-informed light clearer rounding out

midnight,      and moon,

                                       once it is that lighted ball,

falls above a night now floored with depth

so dark above you     you can feel the feet

and meter fill with time. New Years confetti each

speck’s fall a galaxy ago back into space.

 

Space back into space restored    beneath the moon

to here in the shading of eclipse. The distances.

                 We have to feel the spatial in what we see

to see clearly     the eye measure in hands and feet;

                                         as when we kiss,

distance disappears, our eyes close,

and we see bodily

                                in raised detail

a measure deepen into our world

in each other. And what we are

in the shadow the world makes

of our love, by this earth shine, we see

                         ourselves whole, see in whole perspective.


from —To See the Earth Before the End of the World

(Source: edroberson.net)

First Five: Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues... -

first-5:

Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is author of Dies: A Sentence (2006), La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2, 2008), Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), and The Guilt Project: Rape,…

Annalemma Magazine is pretty cool. 

We made this shadow show for a Matt Bell story published in Issue Six and performed it at the release party. A couple years later Matt releases the story as part of a larger work called Cataclysm Baby. So we thought it might be a good idea to put it down onto film. Mr. Bell came into Brooklyn for an evening and we got weird in the studio space. Hope you enjoy. And check out Cataclysm Baby, available April 15th, 2012 from Mud Luscious Press.

Annalemma Magazine is pretty cool. 

We made this shadow show for a Matt Bell story published in Issue Six and performed it at the release party. A couple years later Matt releases the story as part of a larger work called Cataclysm Baby. So we thought it might be a good idea to put it down onto film. Mr. Bell came into Brooklyn for an evening and we got weird in the studio space. Hope you enjoy. And check out Cataclysm Baby, available April 15th, 2012 from Mud Luscious Press.

Dear Navigator -

SAIC’s Online Literary Journal. Here is an excerpt from their “Manifest:” 

Increasingly driven by the pressures of the electronic, writing at the interstices of innovation and tradition has taken on, rejected, usurped, altered, and informed its various practices as part of this changing current. Considering all of this in light of new mediums within contemporary art—which have undergone their own transformations, spurred on by acknowledgment and manipulations of the digital—we’ve arrived a strange new place that’s been around for a strange little while (an inconvenient forever?) in which the kind of things we wish to imagine through language might be able to be viewed with our own blinking eyes. 

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May 08

Interview with Matt Bell -

(Note: The player for the podcast is the very bottom under the “Dzanc Prize.”)

This is a very interesting interview with a highly regarded publishing professional, editor and writer Matt Bell with Dzanc Books.

As Book Sales Grow, Publishers Flock to India -

There are a lack of writers in India, but it is one of the biggest marketplaces of English book novels.  There is a rising literacy rate in India.  Ebooks have not penetrated this country, so it is a more desired environment for authors to flourish.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' and the Future of Publishing -

Fifty Shades of Grey is one of the hottest selling books on the market today. And it was a self-published eBook. While a lot of people believe that the best way to ensure quality work is to buy the books published through a company, it’s become clearer that self-publishing is the way a lot more people are leaning. So the question is: Is this the future of publishing?

Writer claims publisher illegally marketed book -

Should publishers be entitled to these rights in the first place? 

David Shields & "Jeff, One Lonely Guy" -

A contemporary look into today’s society. 

"Shields told the UW that the appeal of the book is the vibrant cultural slang scattered throughout the conversations. But  it also shows Americans’  hunger to feel connected to a large community. Shields also revealed in the UW news release that the book has a raw truth behind the prevalence of “Big Media” and “how confusing love is in a 24/7 porn environment.”

Self Publishing Podcast Helps Writer Achieve Their Publication Dreams in the High-Potential Kindle and eBook Age -

Author is able to achieve his dreams through the “Self Publishing Podcast!”

"The Self Publishing Podcast, which publishes new episodes every Thursday, covers topics such as how to get started, how to make a compelling book cover, how to market your book, writing and editing tips, how to format for different platforms, and much more. It’s peppered with Truant, Wright and Platt’s trademark wit and friendly camaraderie. It’s available on the iTunes, Blackberry and Zune podcast directory, as well as non-subscription play through the website at SelfPublishingPodcast.com.”

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