28 May 2007

burning Kansas (City)

Peculiar news here from Kansas City, where an indie bookstore owner staged a public burning of books to protest "society's diminishing support for the printed word":

"This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today," Wayne told spectators outside his bookstore as he lit the first batch of books.

The fire blazed for about 50 minutes before the Kansas City Fire Department put it out because Wayne didn't have a permit for burning.

Wayne said next time he will get a permit. He said he envisions monthly bonfires until his supply — estimated at 20,000 books — is exhausted.

"After slogging through the tens of thousands of books we've slogged through, and to accumulate that many and to have people turn you away when you take them somewhere, it's just kind of a knee-jerk reaction," he said. "And it's a good excuse for fun."

Thoughts? (Debra, I'm especially looking in your direction...)

22 May 2007

Mad Hatters NYC June 10 Blast!

SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH! The Mad Hatters will present their first
at The Gallery Bar, 5 – 11 + PM
120 Orchard Street, The Lower East Side, NYC
On June 10, 2007 the literary multimedia webzine Mad Hatter's Review (MHR) will host their first Live-action Multimedia Fundraising Extravaganza at Gallery Bar, an innovative new venue/art space in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The event will consist of live music, dancing, readings by MHR contributors and guests, screenings of video art and animations plus a possible special guest or two, infamous Mad Hatters' facoctails at an attractive discount, and edible morsels (while they last). There will also be a silent auction and an OPEN READING at the end of the featured performances.
Mad Hatters' Review is a unique online multimedia magazine featuring edgy, experimental, gutsy, thematically broad, psychologically and philosophically sophisticated writings, music, and art. The magazine specializes in collaborative ventures, bringing writers together with artists and composers to create a full sensory reading experience. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, dramatic pieces and experimental whatnots are displayed adjacent to images of original artwork and accompanied by musical compositions or authors' recorded recitations.
The evenings' live musical offerings range from the experimental adventure of an improvised duet by Ben Tyree (acoustic guitar) and Will Martina (cello) and the 21st Century Composed (Jazzy) Improvisation group The Push-Pull Quartet (Ben Rush Miller & friends) to rocking, rolling, and swinging international music for DANCING by The Alphabet City AllStars.
There will be a showing of video art and animations by Jean Detheux, Jeff Lowe, Orin Buck, Debra Di Blasi, New Zealand film makers, and possibly others. Poetry and Prose Readers will include Eric Darton, Ranbir Sidhu, Rich Murphy, Tsipi Keller, Jason Price Everett, Urayoan Noel, and Andrew Taylor. The work of these authors can or will be found in the pages Mad Hatters'.
There will also be a Photo/Art Slideshow, featuring works by Joel Simpson, Jean Detheux, Peter Schwartz, Tantra Bensko, Dee Rimbaud, Roz Dimon, Brian Hutzell, et al. A Silent Auction will include donations of books by Michael Rothenberg, Vernon Frazer, Denis Emorione, Burt Kimmelman, George Held, Tsipi Keller, Vanessa Place, Stephanie Strickland, Debra Di Blasi, G. K. Wuori, & Jessica Treat, artworks by Robert Kirschbaum, Anne Pearce, Donna Kelsh, Debra Di Blasi, Tony Baloney Juliano, Joel Simpson, Peter Schwartz, Tantra Bensko, et al., and cds/dvds by various artists.

The event will begin at 5 pm. Gallery Bar (http://www.gallerybarnyc.com) is located at 120 Orchard Street, near the corner of Delancey St. ("F" train to Delancey).. Tickets for purchase online cost $15 and will be available through June 9th via PayPal (Address PayPal payments to madhattersreview@yahoo.com), or $20 at the door. This event benefits the Mad Hatters' Review and its local programs promoting innovative art and literature.
Contact Carol Novack (Publisher/Editor) and
Amy Bucciferro (PR Director) at madhattersreview@gmail.com Subject Line: Fundraiser
TO MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION, PROCEED TO https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/580

09 May 2007

fc2 innovative fiction contest


The Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of the final judge for 2008, Michael Martone, are ineligible to win the contest. Employees and Board members of FC2 are not eligible to enter.


Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, R. M. Berry, Brian Evenson, Noy Holland, Brenda Mills, Lance Olsen (Chair), Susan Steinberg, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

The winning manuscript in 2008 will be chosen from the finalists by FC2 Board of Directors member Michael Martone.

Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2's stated mission to publish "fiction considered by America's largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu," including works of "high quality and exceptional ambition whose style, subject matter, or form pushes the limits of American publishing and reshapes our literary culture."

For contest updates and full information on FC2's mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit the website at: http://fc2.org.


Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August 2007. All entries must be postmarked no later than 1 November 2007. The winner will be announced May 2008.


The Prize includes $1000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

Manuscript Format

Please submit either TWO hardcopies of the manuscript, or ONE hardcopy and one Word file of the manuscript on a labeled CD.

The manuscript must be:

--anonymous: the author's name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (the title page should contain the title only); include a separate cover page with your name and contact information;

--typed on standard white paper, one side of the page only; paginated consecutively; bound with a spring clip or rubber bands; no paper clips or staples, please.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification that manuscript has been received, and a self-addressed, stamped, regular business-sized envelope for contest results.

We strongly advise that you send your manuscript first class.

Please retain a copy of your manuscript; FC2 cannot return manuscripts. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is accompanied by a $25 reading fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered; the winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. FC2 will consider all finalists for publication.

Submission Address

Full manuscripts, accompanied by a check made out to American Book Review for the mandatory reading fee of $25, should be sent to:

Ronald Sukenick American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize
American Book Review
University of Houston-Victoria
School of Arts and Sciences
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901-5731

CLMP Contest Ethics Code

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:

1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;

2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines--defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and

3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.