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Newsletter #10 - April 11, 2002
So we're back from Arizona. Didn't know we were gone? Well, we kind of slipped off and then back again. This time we stayed at Endicott West in Tucson, a new resource centre for the Interstitial Arts Movement that's being developed by Terri Windling, Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner (for more about what they mean by Interstitial Arts, visit www.endicott-studio.com). There's a casita guesthouse for visiting writers/artists at the centre; MaryAnn and I were the first to stay in it and let me tell you, it's gorgeous, as is the whole centre.

The past few years we've been staying on the west side of the city—right out of the city, actually, on the far side of the Tucson Mountains. But Endicott West is on the east side, in the foothills of the Rincons, so that, even though we've stayed on that side before, it's been many years since we have so it all felt a little new, or at least different. Still it's a gorgeous spot and we only missed the Tucsons a little bit. After all, Coyote, the saguaro aunts and uncles, the red-tailed hawks and all live there, too, and the Rincons have their own magic. (Just read Terri's The Wood Wife, which does such a lovely job of describing it.)

Seven Wild Sisters (2002) The first week we spent with Charles Vess and Karen Shafer (Charles and I signing far too many signature pages for Seven Wild Sisters—or at least it felt like that for a holiday) and some pals from Salt Lake City: Julie, Anna (the Red Rock Girls) and Julie's husband Kenny. And of course Terri was there, as well as other folks we've met in the area like Mardelle and Richard Kuntz who maintain the Endicott Studio site.

Karen, being Karen, led us on many adventures north of Tucson. We all went in a convoy to a place called Prescott (and apparently you have to pretend there's no "o" in the word to pronounce it properly) because Terri was speaking at a festival, but from there we found ourselves in Jerome, which is basically a town built vertically on the side of a mountain, and then Sedona which is like a little slice of Utah Red Rock Country. I say little only because after visiting the canyons in southern Utah, you can't help but see a place such as Sedona—spectacular though it is—as a smaller version.

Anyway, adventures were had and all too soon our Utah friends were driving off, north into the night with nothing but a Buffy pen and bags of candy to protect them from possible danger, and then Charles and Karen disappeared one dawn to return to Virginia, and Terri got back to her regular painting and writing schedule while MaryAnn and I settled into the casita. More adventures were still had, of course, including lovely hikes (the main reason we love this area so much) and the chance to experience the Yaqui Easter ceremonies with Terri later in the week.

But now we're back, playing catch up. There isn't a whole lot of news to share, but I did want to direct you to:
where you can get a preview of Seven Wild Sisters. (I should note that, because it's an Adobe Acrobat Reader file, it takes a bit of time to open.)

The text starts at the second chapter, but it's where the real story starts, which is kind of funny, considering Sarah Jane's preamble of not wanting to start her story in the middle and here it does anyway in this version. I mention this to let you know that you can read what's here and it won't spoil the overall story for you. And you also get to see some of Charles' gorgeous art. This book is really shaping up to be the nicest production of a book of mine to date and I can't wait to see the final finished version (though obviously I'll have to).

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Those of you missing the music of Loreena McKennitt (and who among us isn't?) might be interested in a new CD from the flautist in her band, Ron Korb. It's called Celtic Heartland and like McKennitt's later work, is an intriguing mix of original music with a heavy Celtic and Middle Eastern influence, featuring appearances by the likes of cellist Caroline Lavelle, Uillean piper Stéphan Hannigan, and harpist Sharlene Wallace (all wonderful recording artists in their own right. For a touchstone, think of a McKennitt album without any vocals. For more information, check out Korb's Web site at:

And that's about it for now. Until again, be merry and well.

Newsletter #10.1
Hello all,

This is just a quick update for those of you who like to pick up the electronic versions of my books. peanutpress has just released two more.

Spiritwalk can be found at: http://www.peanutpress.com/book.cgi/0740803972
and Into the Green can be found at: http://www.peanutpress.com/book.cgi/0740803468

They also have lots of other great titles by folks like Andrew Vachss, Joe Lansdale, and the like. Now if they could just pick up some of my other favorites, such as Terri Windling, or Alice Hoffman, or Joanne Harris...

Newsletter #10.2
Hello all,

I can't tell you any real details just yet, but it looks like Charles Vess and I will be doing some more collaborations for Subterranean Press in the near future. I'll let you all know as soon as the projects develop, but I just had to tell you because I'm very excited about them. Especially since Seven Wild Sisters turned out so well. (For those of you who have been asking, I've been told it will be shipping at the end of this month.)

For those of you who like this sort of thing, there's a short interview with me up at:

I like the look of this webzine and hope to find the time to look around inside it a little more.

Lastly, I don't know about you, but I've been missing the work of Robert R. MacCammon ever since he stopped publishing far too many years ago (Boy's Life is still one of my all-time favourite novels). Well, the good news is, he has a new novel called Speak the Night Bird that will be out in September. The better news is, you can read it for free at:

It will appear in four installments and the first one just went up.

If you've sent me an email and are waiting on a reply...my inbox is so full at the moment that I don't know if I'll ever be able to reply to them all. But I'm trying.

Stay strong, dream true.

Newsletter #10.3
I try to slip in recommendations to the Web site for The Endicott Studio of Mythic Arts whenever I can, mostly because it's such a wonderful forum for so many of the things that I love about the arts. This time around my excuse is that their May/June addition has just gone up. If you go there, you can read the text to a new song of mine, as well as some of my thoughts on the work of photographer Stu Jenks, mostly centering around a recent show of his that MaryAnn and I were lucky enough to catch when we went to Tucson in March. The url, for those of you who haven't bookmarked it yet, is:
Newsletter #10.4
Pardon my clogging your in box with this since it won't be relevant to most of you, but for those of you who live in the Ottawa area, I thought I'd let you know that it's fast approaching the time for my annual book sale which will be on June 1st this year. For more details go to:

Please note that these aren't books written me, but are books culled from my personal collection—something I do every year. And you can only get them by showing up in person on June 1st, in other words, no mail orders.

There will also be CDs, LPs (remember vinyl?), and Reclectica will have some wares available—mostly the ones that are too big to ship, but little stuff as well. If you want to see MaryAnn's current auctions, go to:


Hope to see some of you on June 1st.

Newsletter #10.5
Hello all,

I just have a brief note from Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press that I want to pass along to you:
Seven Wild Sisters SHIPPING UPDATE:
Seven Wild Sisters by Charles de Lint begins shipping on Monday, June 10. Given the number of initial orders, it will take roughly one week for all copies to be sent. We ask that customers allow until July 1 for their books to arrive before querying, to allow the postal service and UPS ample time for delivery.

Although I've seen all the art, I've yet to see it put together with the words in a book myself, but I'm sure it will be gorgeous.

I should also mention, in case I haven't already, that Charles (Vess) and I had such a great time doing Seven Wild Sisters, and Bill was so happy with the final product, that he's commissioned three more of these short novels from the pair of us. The next one will be out around this time next year—maybe even a little earlier. It's set mostly in Arizona and is called Medicine Road.

Have a great weekend.

Newsletter #10.6
Hello all,

I have another Seven Wild Sisters heads up for you. Bill at Subterranean Press has just told me that the book was officially sold out before publication. This means that while you can no longer get copies directly from Sub Press, you can still get it from distributors and book stores such as DreamHaven. But it will probably go fast. I only mention this to you because I've gotten so many e-mails from folks who were disappointed that they missed out on copies of Triskell Tales.

I still don't have time for any new music recommendations, I'm afraid. I'm busy trying to finish the current novel for Tor, as well as proofing galleys for Tapping the Dream Tree and Waifs & Strays. But if you're planning holidays in August, you might consider coming to Ottawa for our annual folk festival. This year we have an amazing line-up including these favorites of ours: Greg Brown, Richard Thompson, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Karen Savoca, and the Eileen Ivers Band. And our fiddler Don swears by the Bill Hilly Band who are also playing there this year.

And speaking of galleys, I should probably point out to the serious collectors among you that MaryAnn's put an advance reading copy of Waifs & Strays in her newest listing. You can see it at:

Hope your gardens are blooming.

Newsletter #10.7
Hello all,

I don't mean to inundate you with Seven Wild Sisters mailings, but I just got this email from Bill Schafer at Subterannean Press and thought I should forward it to you:
Just a quick note to let you know that we've shipped all individual preorders for Seven Wild Sisters by Charles de Lint. Please allow until July 1 for the postal service to deliver your book before querying about it. If you haven't ordered Seven Wild Sisters yet, and want a copy, YOU CAN STILL GET ONE!!!

Yes, we have more orders than we can fill, but in order to put copies in as many readers' hands as possible, we're going to hold off on filling some large orders until Friday, June 21. Chain bookstores and large online booksellers may not get copies. Order direct from us or from a specialty book dealer to be certain you don't miss out.

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