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Sunday Started Early

There was some terrible news yesterday: author Eugie Foster passed away:
In her forty-two years, Eugie lived three lifetimes. She won the Nebula award, the highest award for science fiction literature, and had over one hundred of her stories published. She was an editor for the Georgia General Assembly. She was the director of the Daily Dragon at Dragon Con, and was a regular speaker at genre conventions. She was a model, dancer, and psychologist.

Here's a review of her collection Returning My Sister's Face:
Eugie Foster's Returning My Sister's Face is uniquely situated as an anthology of graceful tales based on Chinese, Japanese and Korean folklore, history and mythology. What sets Returning My Sister’s Face apart is that Foster utilises a multiplicity of cultural markers in order to seed the deceptively simple and innocent narrations of these tales. Foster, an American writer of speculative fiction pays homage to her roots in this collection of elegant and poetic tales. The writing is filled with both the graceful simplicity I have come to associate with Far Eastern literature and poetry as well as the modern edginess which comes with the meeting between two cultures.

Here's a guide to all her stories.

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Yesterday morning we drove up to the Waco Wordfest, which is part of a giant arts festival with a Tattoo and Music festival, an African Film festival, Science Fest, Dance Fest, a small gaming con and a bunch of other stuff we didn't see. I did a panel with Patrice Sarath, Angee Taylor, Golden Parsons, with Gary Lee Webb as moderator. It was a great panel about writing and publishing in general and a lot of fun.

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Book stuff:

Bookstores The Tattered Cover and Mysterious Galaxy are showing copies of Stories of the Raksura I in stock, and Powells has copies at their warehouse.

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Book rec:

* Skin Deep Magic by Craig Laurance Gidney is available
Magic is more than skin-deep. It hides in the folds of a haunted quilt and illuminates the secret histories of Negro memorabilia. Magic reveals the destiny of a great storyteller and emanates from a sculpture by an obscure Harlem Renaissance artist. Magic lurks in the basement of an inner-city apartment building and flourishes in a city park. Magic is more than skin-deep; it shimmers in the ten stories in this collection.
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I think for some reason the release date in the distributor's database wasn't updated, even though the book shipped to retailers last week. It's confusing!

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