marthawells: (Teyla)
I've been waking up very early with anxiety issues this week, so basically ugh.


Book Fair

The annual Book Fair for Ballou SR High School has started. The school's library is badly underfunded, and while it's now in a new building, there is still no money for new books. At the link you can find the link to the school's Powell's wish list, and the direct address to the school librarian where you can ship the books, including SF/F, graphic novels, mystery, YA, non-fiction, and pretty much everything. Most of the books on the list are under $20 and some are under $10.00. If you can't afford a book, please pass this info on.

Book recs

* Fool's Gold: A Sabina Kane Novella by Jaye Wells

* The Black Ship by Diana Pharoah Francis
Thorn is a member of the Pilot's Guild—those who possess the magical ability to navigate Crosspointe's deadly seas. When a malevolent master within the Guild bans him from the sea, it seems his life is over. Then he is kidnapped and forced to serve aboard the rogue ship Eidolon—pitch black from bow to stern—and Thorn finds himself battling a mad captain, a mutinous crew, and the terrifying magic of the sea.

* The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich
A fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy.

Links

* Female Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors Went Ignored for Far Too Long, and It's Time You Paid Attention by Marie Lu

* For a long list of women writers The List of Non-European Fantasy by Women

Book Fair

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 09:15 am
marthawells: (Default)
Book Fair for Ballou SR high school library:

http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/2013/11/spread-some-holiday-good-cheer-with.html#more

This high school library started out with less than one book per student, and after several annual book drives is doing much better, but the school still has little to no budget for new books.

You can buy books off the library’s wishlist at Powell’s (http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/wishlist?email=guyslitwire@gmail.com&list=Ballou%20Sr%20High%20School,%20Washington%20D.C.) and send them directly to the school at:

Melissa Jackson, LIBRARIAN
Ballou Senior High School
3401 Fourth Street SE
Washington DC 20032

There are lots of books on the list under $10.00.

Be sure to include the title “librarian” so the books go to the right person at the school, and be sure to check them off the wishlist as you’re buying them.

State of Me

Sunday, April 28th, 2013 08:24 am
marthawells: (Default)
Thanks to everyone for the great comments on the cover. I don't know that I'll be able to answer them individually. I'm still not feeling great due to my stress levels being through the roof for the past couple of months, basically. I'm also having a lot of allergy symptoms due to the weather and the long period where the wall/ceiling in the living room/hall/bathroom was cut open, which combined with the stress gives me asthma-like symptoms, so that's not fun. I have lost a little weight, due to having some meals that were basically toast, cereal, and benadryl. (It's a great diet except for the rickets.) So I haven't been very present online, or anywhere else, really.

The last of the plumbing disaster is almost dealt with. I finished the painting last week, except for one little bit of ceiling. Tomorrow we're having the ruined living room and dining room carpet replaced. At the moment most of the living room/dining room is crammed into my office, so I can only admire my printer and filing cabinet from a distance. Hopefully by Tuesday we'll be able to start putting everything back.

To new people who have friended me, hi! It's not normally this depressing here. I mirror this journal on Dreamwidth and Tumblr (I post a lot of random photos and art on Tumblr also) and if you want to buy any of my books or check out sample chapters, short stories, etc, there's a list with links on my web site here. My first four out-of-print fantasy novels are in ebook $2.99 (The Element of Fire, City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite, and The Death of the Necromancer) and purchasing them helps pay for the above-mentioned plumbing repairs.

Other things that are going on:

* RisingShadow.net reviewed Emilie and the Hollow World.

* The Other Half of the Sky anthology (with my Raksura story) is out in ebook and trade paperback.

* I'm going to be teaching two classes at the DFW Writers Conference in Hurst next weekend. (Other appearances are listed here.)

* The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School Library has been going on for the past couple of weeks.

The school started out with only a handful of library books for over 1500 students, and the book drives over the past few years has started to get it up to a more reasonable number, but there's still a big book deficit and zero school budget money for books. Buying books for kids you don't know is restful and fun and somewhat addictive, so if you have spare money, you should definitely try it out. There's lots of YA and SF/F and non-fiction on the list, and a lot of sale or used books that are under $10.00.

If you want to participate, go to the wish list at Powell's, pick out the books you want to buy for the library, and ship them to:

Melissa Jackson, LIBRARIAN
Ballou Senior High School
3401 Fourth Street SE
Washington DC 20032
(202) 645-3400

Be sure you get the name and title in there, as it's a big school and you want to make sure the books go to the librarian. Also, during the buying process, a screen will show up asking you to check a box for each book so it will be marked as bought on the wish list.

If you can't afford a book, you can help enormously by passing on the link http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-time-for-annual-spring-book-fair.html on LJ, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

Book Fair

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 07:38 am
marthawells: (Default)
My thoughts and condolences and worries are with everyone in Boston. Everyone I know who might have been around there checked in pretty quickly, which was a huge relief. If you want to keep up with the news there without being overwhelmed by wrong information and videos of the explosions on continuous loop, the WBUR NPR liveblog has been pretty good so far.

* On to something positive:

The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School Library started yesterday.

Ballou is still operating at a serious literary deficit and so we are staying with them until they are busting that minimum standard and knee deep in all the reading these students could ever want or need.

The most exciting news for Ballou is that a new structure is in the works for the school and should be completed by January 2015. As the existing building dates to the late 1950s and is in disrepair, to say the project is overdue would be a vast understatement. But while the new Ballou is going to be a great and wonderful thing, it is not the answer to all its students' problems. The bright and shiny 2015 Library and Media Center will be 5,800 square feet of awesomeness but there is no money in the budget - nothing from the DC public school system - to actually provide books for its shelves.

Wrap your head around that fact for a moment, please. The library space will be grand, the library contents...not so much.

Buying books for kids you don't know is restful and fun and somewhat addictive, so if you have spare money, you should definitely try it out.

If you want to participate, go to the wish list at Powell's, pick out the books you want to buy for the library, and ship them to:

Melissa Jackson, LIBRARIAN
Ballou Senior High School
3401 Fourth Street SE
Washington DC 20032
(202) 645-3400

Be sure you get the name and title in there, as it's a big school and you want to make sure the books go to the librarian. Also, during the buying process, a screen will show up asking you to check a box for each book so it will be marked as bought on the wish list.

There are lots of books on the wishlist at or under $10.00. Even one book helps. If you can't afford a book, you can help enormously by passing on the link http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-time-for-annual-spring-book-fair.html on LJ, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

* And if you need a kitten today, here's some pictures of Jack when we first got him.
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
I had a very good Thanksgiving. We mostly sat around with friends and had turkey, dressing, green beans (braised in bacon, onion, and garlic), mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Plus there was a cheesecake, a pumpkin pie (that my husband made), and a chocolate fudge cake that I made. It's a chocolate mayonnaise cake that my mother used to make, and it's really really good. I'll post the recipe if anyone is interested.

Today we're going to Murder by the Book in Houston for small business Saturday. (We'd go there anyway because one of our friends is from out of town and really likes to go there when she's in state, but it's nice that it's also small business Saturday.)

For Small Business Saturday:

* My post with the list of art, craft, fair trade, small press, and links to find local independent bookstores you can buy online from is here.

Holiday Book Drive:

* There is a holiday book drive for Ballou High School Library in Washington, DC There are lots of sale books and new books under $10.00 on the Powell's wishlist. You can buy a book for 9.95 and give a gift to 1200 kids.

The Cloud Roads Kindle US Sale:

* The first Raksura book, The Cloud Roads, is still on sale in the Kindle US ebook version for $1.99. I think the publisher will probably put it back to the normal price at the end of November, so if you ever wanted to check it out or know someone who wants to check it out on ebook, now is a good time.

Women and Fantasy

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 07:49 am
marthawells: (Zoe)
Another quickie post:

Stumptown Books: Guest post by Courtney Scafer: Broaden Your Horizons
Not long ago I was idly browsing an SFF forum thread on epic fantasy, and came across this statement (made in apparently perfect seriousness): “Hardly any women write epic fantasy.” I was so flabbergasted all I could do was stare at my screen saying “WHAT.” Even if the poster wasn’t merely using “epic fantasy” as a shorthand for secondary-world fantasy (as so many people do), and meant specifically Big Fat Multivolume Sprawling Epics…well, I’m pretty sure Kate Elliott, Janny Wurts, Michelle West, Sherwood Smith, Jacqueline Carey, and a whole host of other authors would beg to differ. Epic fantasy and its more general cousin secondary world fantasy are my favorite genres, and I’d say about 70% of the books on my shelves are written by women, without any conscious decision on my part to seek out female authors.

Includes reviews of Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky #1), by Elizabeth Bear, The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1), by N.K. Jemisin, The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura #1), by Martha Wells, The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles #1), by Amanda Downum, Alamut (Alamut #1), by Judith Tarr, and Tales from the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee.

And in the same theme:

Violette Malan: So, Why Do I Write Sword and Sorcery?
I have a PhD in 18th-century English literature. Most people don’t care (hell, most of the time, I don’t care), but those who do invariably ask me why I write fantasy novels. The implication, as you might guess, is that I should be writing something more important, or more literary, or more “real”. I used to fob these people off with some answer designed to appease them (and change the subject).

Retro link:

I did a post earlier this year called Erasing Women that was sparked by the "women don't write epic fantasy" thing.

***

Guys Lit Wire extended their Book Fair for Ballou SR High School in Washington DC a few days, but it ends today. They also posted some photos of the new books arriving: Along with librarian Melissa Jackson, the kids are tracking the wish list to see what is purchased and eagerly awaiting the boxes. More than a few books are being checked out before they even hit the shelves.
marthawells: (Reading)
Thinking about libraries, and how incredibly vital they were to me as a kid. There was a library relatively close to our house, but it was tiny, run by River Oaks which was a small town/suburb of Fort Worth. It wasn't until we started driving across town to one of the large branches of the Fort Worth Public Library that I really got access to a lot of books. I did not have a very good time as a kid, and books kept me from going crazy, made life bearable. For me, having access to books was like having access to oxygen. I remember feeling the terror that I might run out before I could get my parents to take me back to the library.

Even today, walking into a library, I still get an echo of that feeling of relief and escape.


The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou SR High School Library is still going! Lots of books left on the wishlist that are on sale or at 9.95. That's pretty cheap for a book that's going to be read over and over again by lots of different kids. The school has requested lots of manga, too.

Links:

There's a review/guest post about the Raksura books on Diana Pharoah Francis' blog

What She Might Think: Summer Library Series: All Sorts of Freedom by Juliet E. McKenna
What I read was up to me. This wasn’t the school library with its teacher-approved selection or English class limiting me to the latest books in the reading scheme.

Juliet E. McKenna has also just reprinted her first novel, originally published in 1997, as an ebook. It's The Thief's Gamble, the first tale of Einarinn.

Booktrust: The (literary) heroes who saved me
For Children's Book Week, author Stephanie Burgis writes about the fictional heroes who helped to see her through even the most difficult times

Photography Fundraiser: 10-4-2012 Update: Photos for sale Buy a gorgeous photo and help someone raise money for a replacement camera.
marthawells: (Reading)
A few years ago I discovered that I love book fairs for school libraries. There's something about buying books for kids and libraries that I can't get enough of. I mean, I'm addicted to them and have to restrain myself from spending way too much money. If I was rich, they would need a truck to ship the number of books I would buy for a school library.

The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou SR High School Library has started. The link to the library's wishlist at Powell's and the shipping address of the school's librarian is in the link. When you purchase the books, Powell's will prompt you to check them off the wishlist.

we were already planning to return to Ballou but the news that libraries in particular were facing major cost cutting measures in the city has just strengthened our commitment. When we began with Ballou in 2011 there were just over 1,500 books in the library, or 1.25 for each of the nearly 1,200 students. Now, they have 5,484 which means we are about a third of the way to our goal of meeting the ALA standard of eleven books for each student. The three book fairs for Ballou to date have resulted in over 1,000 books bought from Powells Books and many others donated directly to the school through the publicity we have helped generate. Now, we are back to Ballou for another round of gift giving from a list of 450+ great new books that has us all really excited.

There are lots of SF/F, manga, and non-fiction on the list. So far (I say so far because I don't know how long I can hold off on a second order) I've sent The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson, Adaptation by Malinda Lo, No Boyz Allowed by Ni-ni Simone, 2 Days by L.B. Tillit, The Stranger by Anne E. Schraff, and Detective Conan #2.

If you can't afford to contribute a book from the list, please pass the info on. You never know, someone on your friend's list might be rich and want to buy a truckload of books.

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