The Bone Mother longlisted for the Giller Prize

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    The Bone Mother cover - click to view full sizeCongratulations to David Demchuk whose novel The Bone Mother is the first horror novel to be longlisted for the prestigious (and $$$) Scotiabank Giller Prize!

    I also love the story of how the author found out:

    Copper Cylinder Award Winner!

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    The Door in the Mountain coverCongratulations to Caitlin Sweet whose novel The Door in the Mountain is one of the winners of this year’s Copper Cylinder Award! Here’s more from the official press release:

    The Copper Cylinder Award is an annual members’ choice award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year. It derives its name from what is considered the first Canadian scientific romance, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, by James De Mille (1833-1880).

    All winners of the Copper Cylinder will receive a unique, handcrafted copper cylinder trophy.

    The winner of the 2015 Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award is The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet (ChiZine Publications, 2014).

    From the publisher:

    Lost in time, shrouded in dark myths of blood and magic, The Door in the Mountain leads to the world of ancient Crete: a place where a beautiful, bitter young princess named Ariadne schemes to imprison her godmarked half-brother deep in the heart of a mountain maze, where a boy named Icarus tries, and fails, to fly—and where a slave girl changes the paths of all their lives forever.

    Caitlin Sweet works for the Ontario government and the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She is the author of A Telling of Stars (Penguin, 2003) and its prequel, The Silences of Home (Penguin, 2005.) Her third novel, The Pattern Scars (ChiZine, 2011) was short-listed for the 2012 Sunburst Award, and won the 2012 CBC Bookie for Speculative Fiction.

    For additional information about the Copper Cylinder Awards, Sunburst Award Society membership, and the voting process, please visit the website at

    For additional information about the Sunburst Awards, the nominees and jurors, eligibility, and the selection process, please visit the website at

    All ChiZine backlist titles are just 99c today

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    ChiZine are celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day in the USA (ok, so 1 day early) with a huge blow out sale: all their books here are 99c! All these books are an incredible 90% off! Here’s a small selection — there are four pages of books here!

    Hair Side, Flesh Side Remember Why You Fear Me A Book of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series Bullettime The Warrior Who Carried Life Katja from the Punk Band Zombie Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos Major Karnage The Indigo Pheasant The Choir Boats: Volume One of Longing for Yount Bearded Women: Stories Celestial Inventories

    Peter Watts, Karen Hueler, Weekly Sale TK

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    The Inner CityMichael and I are working on a feature we’re looking forward to launching before the end of the year: the Weekly Weightless One Day Sale. Every Thursday we’ll have one book on super sale: at least 50% off. Add your name to the sale email list here.

    It’s a busy time here at Weightless, although I like to think the website is going along nice and smoothly from your side. Well, apart from the huge mistake I made last week when I emailed thousands of readers I shouldn’t have. Thanks everyone for being so understanding. Suffice to say I will not be sending out any more emails without running it by Michael first.

    We just added Karen Heuler’s collection The Inner City, which, along with Yoon Ha Lee’s The Conservation of Shadows was selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. Two short story collections in the top 5 sf&f books? Alright!

    Another book that’s proving very popular is Peter Watts new collection Beyond the Rift from Tachyon. I don’t know if this is Peter’s first collection (ok, I could check that), but it is flying off the virtual shelf. (Note to self: Need new metaphors.)

    Not to be missed: Mary Anne Mohanraj’s The Stars Change. Mary Anne did a Kickstarter for the book a couple of years ago and it is great to see it coming out in all formats.

    Also, a personal fave, Maureen F. McHugh’s “Special Economics,” is reprinted in the new issue of Clarkesworld. Hey, reviews of fave (or, er, unfave, I suppose) books are always welcome!

    And that’s it for this afternoon. Enjoy your weekend!

    Beyond the Rift The Big Click Issue 11 The Stars Change

    Helen Marshall, Michael Marano

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    Hair Side, Flesh Side cover - click to view full sizeI’m pleased to see Helen Marshall’s collection, Hair Side, Flesh Sideis now available. We were lucky enough to have one of the stories, “The Book of Judgment” (Jane Austen!), in LCRW 28. Speaking of ChiZine books, another debut collection (although not debut!) has popped also up here, Michael Marano’s Stories from the Plague YearsIt might be too dark for me, although I like the description: “…lush portraits both terrifying and tender, injecting even the darkest of fantasies with a punk rock sensibility and a touch of the humane.”

    And for fans of the horror stories, here’s a freebie from Apex, Sarah M. Harvey’s The Convent of the Pure.


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    Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies

    Fans of Apex and Nightmare rejoice, today we added 30+ titles from ChiZine Publications with books from Tim Pratt, Gemma Files, Nick Kaufmann, and, you know, many more. For instance, check out Imaginarium 2012 which is the first in a series, The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction, and James Marshall wins catchiest title award with Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies.

    Actually, Rick Klaw may win best title with his Tachyon book, The Apes of Wrath, which collects stories from Pat Murphy , the late Steven Utley, Howard Waldrop, Karen Joy Fowler, among others. (Karen has a new novel coming this summer from Penguin Putnam: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Read it and weep—but don’t read the spoiler-y jacket copy!)

    Also new today: The Steampunk Megapack, Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #113and  The Transcriber by Kristen Witucki.

    We added two titles from Australia’s FableCroft, Epilogue and After the Rain, both edited by Tehani Wessely.

    I like the sound of Epilogue: “Twelve writers take on the end of the world and go beyond, to what comes next” but I want to recommend (unread as yet!) After the Rain as it has stories from two favorite people, Kathleen Jennings (whose art has graced a number of Small Beer books) and Robert Hoge, whose memoir, Ugly, I am reading right now. It comes out from Hachette Australia in August and it is fabulous. I don’t know that we’ll have it here to sell—hey, you never know—but I’m going to be rec’ing it again and again so you might as well preorder it now!

    (Got totally distracted there by Kathleen’s “Dalek of the Pigeons” post.)

    ChiZine books coming next week

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    Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City cover - click to view full sizeGood news! We’re happy to announce that next week—Tuesday if things go well, Thursday is the sickness-that-is-infecting-the-whole-world gets us—we will be adding all the ChiZine Publications books that we can. Readers rejoice! Some of their ebooks are on a delayed schedule for contract reasons but as per usual we will post every book as soon as we can.

    More DRM-free ebooks for the world!

    There’s a good profile of James Currier, founder of Chelsea Station Editions, and author of The Wolf at the Door, etc., at the Lambda Literary Review.

    You probably noticed that this week we released a new issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. This issue has the second of Nicole Kimberling‘s cooking columns. I love these. Tell me what you think. She just handed in her column for the next issue and it is hilarious.

    Also this week saw the third and final issue of Fireside Magazine. Subscriptions will be refunded by next week. We were very sorry to hear that this is the last one but we’ll be watching with interest to see what’s next as Brian says on his site: “It looks like we will be launching the Kickstarter for the revamped Fireside early next month. We are still working on a lot of things, but we think we have a sustainable long-term plan, along with a whole bunch of kick-ass writers lined up. We’ll let you know more as we close in on launching.”

    And I wanted to point readers towards Peter Kuper’s Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City, which looks pretty amazing.

    And don’t forget: Tuesday = ChiZine Day!