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Will Canadian literary magazines get the ax?

Bookninja -- Canadian literary magazines in peril

Provisions in the Conservative budget will force Heritage Canada CMF to drop funding for magazines with circulations under 5,000, which is essentially every lit mag out there, as well as a whole host of others. Go to it with the arguing, folks.

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The new program caps at $1.5-million the amount that an individual title can receive in a fiscal year. Eligibility is expected to be determined by a formula based on the readership of each publication as well as a minimum overall Canadian content of 80 per cent.

One key eligibility element, Moore said, is that a periodical must have an annual paid circulation of at least 5,000. As a result, it’s expected some of the country’s largest magazines could see modest reductions in their annual allocation. In 2007-08, more than 230 commercial magazines, English and French, earned editorial content assistance via the CMF, with Maclean’s, Chatelaine and Canadian Living ranked as the largest recipients at $396,389, $228,769 and $205,308, respectively.

February 20, 2009

Rudy Rucker on self-publishing

Rudy Rucker on Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing Review

Rudy Rucker: For a number of years now, I’ve been posting documents online in the Acrobat PDF format on my Writing page. I’ve posted a book-length collection of my collected interviews, and book-length writing notes for each of my last seven books. Recently it’s gotten to the point where my writing notes are longer than the novels that I’m working on.

In an idealized writer’s paradise, I’d be able to publish and sell these books of writing notes to fans and devoted scholars, but in this real world, I’m happy to just give them away—although I do put copyright notices on them. Publishing my real books is hard enough, without trying to find commercial publishers for my notes!

Recently I decided to get two of my earlier novels back in print, The Sex Sphere and Spacetime Donuts. I’d hoped that Tor Books might reissue them under their Orb imprint, but they didn’t feel this was a commercially viable option—and I didn’t find much small press interest either.

February 11, 2009

Holy Crap! Scribbling Mojonauts; If You Qualify, Apply for these Grants!!!

NEA Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing - Application Calendar The NEA...

Georgia Republicans move to ban the study of queer theory in colleges

Georgia republicans want to ban queer theory in state colleges - Feministing

Republicans in Georgia have announced a campaign to try and ban "racy" college courses like queer theory, and oust the professors that teach them:

"This is not considered higher education," [State Rep. Charlice] Byrd said. "If legislators are going to dole out the dollars, we should have a say-so in where they go."

Byrd and her supporters, including state Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Canton, said they will team with the Christian Coalition and other religious groups to pressure fellow lawmakers and the University System Board of Regents to eliminate the jobs.

"Our job is to educate our people in sciences, business, math," said Hill, a vice chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee. He said professors aren't going to meet those needs "by teaching a class in queer theory."

February 05, 2009

Stephen King thinks Twilight sucks

Stephen King rubbishes Twilight author Stephenie Meyer | Books | guardian.co.uk

King compared the Mormon author to JK Rowling, saying that both authors were "speaking directly to young people". "The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good," he told an interviewer from USA Weekend.

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King went on to say that it was "very clear" Meyer was "opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books". He told USA Weekend: "It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because they're not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that's a shorthand for all the feelings that they're not ready to deal with yet."

February 04, 2009

Neil Gaiman wins ALA Newberry Medal for The Graveyard

La Bloga | Chicana, Chicano, Latina, Latino, & more. Literature, Writers, Children's Literature, News, Views & Reviews. | American Library Association Award Winners
Congratulations to all ALA winners, especially to Margarita Engle who won a Newbery Honor Book Award. This is the first time a Hispanic author has earned Newbery recognition. Also congratulations to all my friends and teachers who won an award this year. You deserve it! The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Winner *The Graveyard by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins).