June 23rd, 2009

book and glasses

Today is Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Day

...at least according to rolanni

The gist of it: Is there a a writer of worlds of wonder who has changed your own world in some small way by the stories that they tell? Then let them know.

I'll be sending out a few notes today - some for real (because I can) and some by lighting a virtual candle in the shrines that some writers who are no longer with us have in my mind. To say thank you. To say, go on. To say that my life would have been different, and poorer, without you all in it.

Go you and do likewise.
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

And, speaking of writing -

- couple of tabs that need closing.

Jenny Diski gets fired as guest editor

Nutshell version: bunch of student writers from a handful of universities invited Jenny Diski to guest-edit their anthology, which they called "the premiere literary anthology of student writing". She did. She didn't pick the stories THEY liked. So they fired her, and told her that the introduction she wrote for the "premiere anthology" would not get printed. So she tells it like it is anyway...

Ray Bradbury fights for a local library

He's one of the icons. One of the greats.

Bits from the article:

“Libraries raised me,” Mr. Bradbury said. “I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”

And -

He can still be found regularly at the Los Angeles Public Library branch in Koreatown, which he visited often as a teenager.

“The children ask me, ‘How can I live forever, too?’ ” he said. “I tell them do what you love and love what you do. That’s the story on my life.”