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Newsletter #8 - November 15, 2001
Hello all,

The big news (at least for e-book readers) is that Moonheart is finally available at peanutpress.com. You can access it at:

But there's other book news as well. The long untitled fourth collection of Newford stories finally has a title (courtesy of MaryAnn). It will be called Tapping the Dream Tree. I'll be turning it later this week, so it should be out by this time next year from Tor Books.

Subterranean Press is also planning a couple of hardcover reprints: A Handful of Coppers: Collected Early Stories, Vol. I is the first of three forthcoming collections of material that either first saw print in small press magazines during the late seventies/early eighties or is appearing here for the first time. Volume I is due next year and will focus on heroic fantasy, bringing "The Fair at Emain Macha" back into print, as well as three earlier stories featuring the same character, and a number of other stories. The other volumes will collect all the secondary world fantasies in one book, and all the contemporary and dark fantasies in the other.

Also due next year from Subterranean Press will be the first hardcover edition of Wolf Moon, which will see a later paperback reprint as part of the new Firebird line that Sharyn November is editing for Viking. MaryAnn will be providing covers for both of the Subterranean Press books.

And speaking of MaryAnn, when she's not busy with her art, she's been hard at work on a major update of her Web site, including a virtual version of her Reclectica Shop which, with all of its funky trinkets and the like, wouldn't be out of place on a side street in Newford's Crowsea area. To see what she's been up to, go to:

She also has some nice things up for auction, including a copy of Triskell Tales. To check out her auction site, go to:

* * *

The World Fantasy Convention in Montréal has come and gone. It was great meeting some of you there; hopefully more of you will be able to make it to Minneapolis in 2002. MaryAnn and I are already saving our pennies towards it.

I wish I had time to write a bit about all the things those of you who didn't come this year missed, but I'm so pressed for time these days (working on a new book, putting together the three collections, etc., etc.) that I'll have to just say it was great fun. But I have to say that one of the highlights for us is getting together with friends we don't get to see often, or meeting new ones. Happily we got to hang with Nina Hoffman, Gay & Joe Haldeman, the Clockwork Storybook gang from Austin (next year we need a less serious monkey panel—and I know, that seems like an oxymoron, because how can you have monkeys and seriousness on the same panel?), Sharyn November, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Tim & Serena Powers, and…oh, far too many people to mention here.

But a real highlight was finally getting to meet Paul Brandon and his wife Julie Hinchliffe, who came all the way from Australia to attend, and then spend a week with us in Ottawa. I've been corresponding with Paul for years and had been looking forward to this for a long time.

Paul has a new book out, Swim the Moon, that I love and I think you will, too. It's got fiddles and selchies and magic and all sorts of wonderful things in it. Paul also plays a mean open-tuned Celtic guitar and sat in with us at the pub on Thursday as well as at the Saturday night cabaret at the convention which was hosted by Ellen Kushner and Ellen Klages (who did the most hilarious, off-the-cuff, stand-up routine) and featured music from many of the folks mentioned in the paragraph above.

Other than that let me make a quick mention of a few CDs that have gone into constant rotation here in the de Lint/Harris household: I don't think I'm ever going to get tired of Chris Knight's A Pretty Good Guy, and that's not because there are a couple of co-writes with Fred Eaglesmith on it—though they don't hurt. I've been playing this pretty much every day for a month. And then there's Barricades & Brickwalls, a new release from Kasey Chambers that's only available in Australia at the moment, but should get a North American release early in 2002. And MaryAnn wants me to be sure to mention Pete Yorn's musicforthemorningafter, which she hasn't stopped playing since we picked it up in Austin earlier this year.

Locally (at least to us) there's Lynn Miles with another collection of bittersweet and achingly beautiful songs called Unravel and for the fans of trad. music out there, The Whistling Thief by Duncan Cameron, one of our former session friends from the Cock Robin days, who plays everything from whistles and pipes to bouzouki and guitar, and has an amazing voice. Duncan's CD was released in 2000, but I just got a copy last night at a show at the Black Sheep Inn where Duncan was playing with the Pierre Schryer Band (which was a great show, by the way). It might be a little hard to find in your local shop, or even on-line, so if you're interested in tracking down a copy, you could try writing to Duncan at shanahan@interlog.com to find out about its availability.

And that's about it, except having mentioned Moonheart above, I should also mention to those of you who write to ask me where they can find out more about the history and mythology of Taliesin that I'm in the middle of a wonderful new book about him: The Song of Taliesin: Tales from King Arthur's Bard by John Matthews (Quest Books). So far, it's a fine read with an excellent bibliography in the back.

Until again, stay strong and dream true.

Newsletter #8.1
MaryAnn and I are heading to Toronto for a couple of days this week to do some promotion for The Onion Girl. Sorry to be so late in mentioning this, but details only came in this morning. We hope to see some of you there.

Tuesday, November 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fantasy/Science Fiction Night:
University of Toronto
Hart House Library
2nd floor of Hart House at 7 Hart House Circle

Writers participating:
Charles de Lint
Robert Sawyer
Peter Watts
Robert Charles Wilson
Terence Green

A free event, with brief readings by each of the writers, and a panel discussion about fantasy and science fiction followed by audience Q&A. Authors will be available to sign books during the event.

Wednesday, November 21:

Bookstore event: Fantasy/science fiction authors Chapters Festival Hall, 7:30 p.m.
126 John St & 265 Richmond St. W
Toronto, ON
(416) 595-7349

Writers participating:
Charles de Lint
Robert Sawyer
Peter Watts
Robert Charles Wilson
Terence Green
Nalo Hopkinson

There will be brief readings, a Q&A, and book signing.

* * *

A cautionary note:

One of my readers brought this eBay auction to my attention yesterday and I'm not happy about it:
>CHARLES DE LINT - Published Works
>Item # 1485629180
>CHARLES DE LINT Index of Published Works 1978 - 2001 compiled by Dennis
>Breck. Gypsy Scarecrow Press, Ontario (2001) Signed and numbered
>limited edition. Number 3 of 200 copies. Spiral bound. 34 pp. This
>covers de Lint's short works of fiction; his books; his poetry; and his
>non-fiction, first and later printings. A fine new copy. Buyer pays
>actual shipping costs. Paypal is preferred but Bidpay, Billpoint,
>personal cheques and International money orders are also accepted.

I was previously unaware of the existence of this publication and I want you to know that I've not endorsed it, nor have I signed it. The material therein is presumably lifted from the bibliography that I provide to my readers on my Web site (see url below).

I dislike the idea that my fans might consider this index something special and pay good money for it when it's available at no charge on my site. I put the bibliography there as a reference for my readers, not as a source for someone to personally profit from it.

MaryAnn has written to bidders to apprise them of the situation and ask that they retract bids and/or refrain from bidding again. Obviously, we're writing to the seller as well to express our concerns.

I hope I can count on your support in asking that you refrain from purchasing this title, either via auction, or as a retail item.

The url for my bibliography is:

I hope I can count on your support in asking that you refrain from purchasing this title, either via auction, or as a retail item.

* * *

Lastly, I received the following message from Subterranean Press about a draw they're having for a lettered copy of my forthcoming collection, A Handful of Coppers and an advance bound galley of my forthcoming short novel, Seven Wild Sisters.
>All members of the (Subterranean Press email list) are automatically
>entered once into our drawing.
>Anyone who orders a book from the Subterranean Press website
>(http://www.subterraneanpress.com) in the next few days (offer expires
>at midnight on Wednesday night!) is automatically entered AGAIN into
>the drawing...with five more chances instead of just one. That's right
>— order one book, and you're entered five more times in the drawing.
>Order five books, and you have 25 more chance to win.
>On November 22nd, we'll pick three winners—the grand prize winner
>will receive a special Charles de Lint prize package, including a
>LETTERED copy of his forthcoming collection A HANDFUL OF COPPERS (which
>will contain material NOT in the numbered edition), and an advance
>bound galley of his original novel Seven Wild Sisters. Read it before
>anyone else! The second prize winner will receive a copy of the
>lettered edition of FOR A FEW STORIES MORE by Joe R. Lansdale, which
>includes an entire young adult novel not contained in the numbered
>edition; third prize is a copy of the lettered edition of Poppy Z.
>Brite's GUILTY BUT INSANE, which includes a piece of original art by Poppy. Good luck.
>Please mention THANKSGIVING DRAWING in the additional comments section
>of our order form to make sure we enter your name properly.

Newsletter #8.2 - December 5, 2001
Hello all,

Just wanted to let you know that Jack of Kinrowan and The Little Country are both now available in e-book format from peanutpress.com. If you're interested, go to:

Also, MaryAnn has asked me to tell anyone who's signed up for her Reclectica mailing list via her Web site, that there's some technical glitch and it hasn't been working. If you really want to make sure you're contacted, send her a note at mah@reclectica.com. She has a separate low-tech list there.

She informs me that she's just got this one current batch of auctions going till Sunday and then she'll take a break until after Christmas. I'll believe it when I see it. Meanwhile, you might want to check it out, especially for the "benevolent genie." Very cool.


Newsletter #8.3
Hello all,

Just wanted to send all of you our best wishes for the season and the hopes that 2002 will be a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year for all of you.

This year we've decided to put up a short story on my site, letting you see how the crow girls celebrate Christmas. Or at least candy. You can read it at:

Remember to be kind to one another.

Newsletter #8.3, resent
Sorry, folks. That's what I get for not checking my link and sending it out as late as I did. The real URL for the crow girls Christmas story is:

Thanks to everyone who brought it to my attention.

Happy holidays.

Newsletter #8.4
Happy new year, everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that a short interview just went up at:


Chapbook Preview (2001)
This is for you folks that have handhelds—an advance look at this year's chapbook, as well as a story MaryAnn and I have published on the web. Your chapbooks are on their way to you, or will be hand-delivered soon. The web story (with MaryAnn's illustrations) can be also be accessed at:


Have a happy holiday season!

If you find any errors, typos or anything else worth mentioning, please send it to rturner@arctera.com.
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