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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 08:00 am:   

Here's the Table of contents for Terri and my forthoming anthology from Viking. We're handing it in momentarily and it should be out in about a year or so. The Dunn, Goss, Snyder, and Yolen are poems:

The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales
Table of Contents
Preface by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Introduction by Terri Windling

One Odd Shoe Pat Murphy

Coyote Woman Carolyn Dunn

Wagers of Gold Mountain Steve Berman

The Listeners Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Realer than You Christopher Barzak

The Fiddler of Bayou Teche Delia Sherman

A Tale for the Short Days Richard Bowes

Friday Night at St. Cecilia's Ellen Klages

The Fortune Teller Patricia A. McKillip

How Raven Made His Bride Theodora Goss

Crow Roads Charles de Lint

The Chamber Music of Animals Katherine Vaz

Uncle Bobs Visits Caroline Stevermer

Uncle Tompa Midori Snyder

Cat of the World Michael Cadnum

Honored Guest Ellen Kushner

Always the Same Story Elizabeth E. Wein

The Señorita and the Cactus Thorn Kim Antieau

Black Rock Blues Will Shetterly

The Constable of Abal Kelly Link

A Reversal of Fortune Holly Black

God Clown Carol Emshwiller

The Other Labyrinth Jedediah Berry

The Dreaming Wind Jeffrey Ford

Kawaku Anansi Walks the World’s Web Jane Yolen

The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change Kij Johnson

Further Reading
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Steve Berman
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 12:42 pm:   

Awesome. Ellen, has it been confirmed that Vess is illustrating the book?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 01:18 pm:   

No, but since he did the other two, I assume he'll be illustrating this one as well.
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John Schoffstall
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 04:55 am:   

Agree with Steve, that's a drool-worthy lineup of writers. Wow. Damn.
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Anonymouse
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 05:31 pm:   

By the way, it should be "Terri's and my forthcoming anthology."
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 06:48 pm:   

Yes it should.
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Luke
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 03:27 pm:   

Damn. I'm moving to Arizona in a few weeks. If you do a sequel, I should have lots of material for you.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 05:04 pm:   

Hey Luke,
We don't repeat ourselves in this series. Also, the native American trickster is usually the most popular and we've tried to use a minimum of them :-)

We'll miss you at KGB.
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Leonard J. Sidiski
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 02:57 am:   

That looks great. I'm sorry we have to wait a whole year for it.

Ellen, how do you choose the writers when you put one of these together? Do you just solicit for on-topic stories and see what you get, or are there some you approach directly with a request for material?
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darklingthrush
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 07:20 am:   

That is a fabulous list. Look at all of those great writers in one place. I've loved this series of collections. So here's another can't wait and another wonderful job done from another little fan
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 09:57 am:   

Leonard,
I approach writers whose work I like and think can write a good story for whatever anthology I'm working on. I don't have time to read unsolicited submissions (I have a first reader for SCIFICTION but not for my freelance work).
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 10:00 am:   

darklingthrush,
I hope you love the stories as much as Terri and I do. :-)
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steveberman
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

Hmm, I wonder how many of the authors will be attending WisCon next year? I bet you could hold a dazzling multi-reader event there.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 07:58 pm:   

But the book won't be out till 2007! OTOH, the Faery Reel is coming out in trade pb in February, so if someone wants to do something I'd certainly be as supportive as possible--although I won't be attending :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 10:24 am:   

Finally...I turned in the electronic file of The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales and am bringing in the print copy of the entire mss to Viking today. Any contributor who has not yet been paid, will be as soon as I get the "delivery" money, probably very early January.

The book is coming out summer of 07.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 10:25 am:   

Charles Vess will be doing the "decorations" and the cover.
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Steve
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 11:37 am:   

Summer 2007... I know that will be a busy season as both Holly and I have novels releasing then. Hopefully we'll be able to do a bit of travel and promote CR as well.

I'm glad Vess is involved. I aim to buy the artwork based on my tale.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 07:11 pm:   

I'll be traveling to Finland for a convention, summer of 07 and hopefully to Japan for the Worldcon. Depending on the actual pub date I hope we can plan some events around your towns and mine.
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Christopher Barzak
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 08:28 pm:   

Oh that's great about Charles Vess doing the artwork. I want to buy the artwork based on my story too. And I don't know where I'll be in summer of 2007 (other than I do plan to come to Japan for Worldcon too) but I'll definitely be looking to promote the book as much as I can.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 09:44 pm:   

Super. Charles told me that he allows the authors first dibs on their artwork. I bought the piece from Nina Kiriki Hoffman's story in The Faery Reel--after I discovered that both Jeff Ford and Greg Frost bought theirs...
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Christopher Barzak
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 05:56 am:   

Hey Ellen, how should we contact Charles about purchasing our artwork? I'm really excited about that in a ridiculously giddy way. hehe
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 07:51 am:   

Well, the artwork hasn't even been commissioned yet so it's a little premature :-)
But I'll remind Charles that many of the contributors might want to buy the original art.
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jeff ford
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 01:00 pm:   

Ellen: Actually, I didn't buy the artwork, not that it's a bad idea. I liked the illustrations for both my stories in The Green Man and in The Reel. I think Greg may have, though. His was cool as hell with all the demons -- one of my favorites in the book.

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 07:39 pm:   

You still can (and I can't afford it now :-) )
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, January 03, 2007 - 08:58 am:   

Here's an update:
The book will be out in June and I'm trying to set up various publicity events when/where possible, including a reading/signing pre-Readercon in Cambridge, MA or around there, at Books of Wonder in NYC, a NYRSF event/launch at the South Street Seaport, etc., possibly an event in Philadelphia.
More news as things firm up.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 11:57 am:   

There will be a reading from THE COYOTE ROAD at Readercon this year. So far, those contributors participating are:
Steve Berman
Rick Bowes
Chris Barzak
Jeff Ford
Kelly Link
maybe
Elizabeth Wein

more additions tk.
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sharyn november
Posted on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 04:00 pm:   

while i, for my part, am sitting here entering in every single little editorial and c/e change.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 04:19 pm:   

Hey, it's a dirty job and someone has to do it! I did my part --during the holidays ;-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 09:36 am:   

Here's the Coyote Road cover art, by Charles Vess:
my picture
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Daniel Ausema
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 04:53 pm:   

Nice--I like it! And Kokopelli is in there too :-) I almost missed him.
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 05:21 pm:   

It's got steenking poems in it, but the cover is so lovely and the stories so good, I'd definitely buy it. I think this series of anthos is probably the best thing you and Terri have ever done together.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 09:30 pm:   

Only a few, Jonathan ;-)Thanks...
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steveberman
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007 - 08:04 am:   

Maybe Jonathan should edit Best Steenking Fantasy Poems 900-1900. I see it as a huge sellah!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 02:28 pm:   

This series has certainly sold better than anything else we're collaborated on other than Snow White, Blood Red, which continues to sell in mass market over the years.
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sharyn november
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 05:17 pm:   

that is because it is awesome.
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Jonathan Strahan
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 05:56 pm:   

Steve: Even if John Kricsafalusi was up for it, I doubt I would be. Want stories in books. If I wanted poetry I'd...I'd...I'd - well, I wouldn't :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007 - 08:35 pm:   

Thank you, dear editor :-)
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Charles Vess
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 12:17 pm:   

Ellen and All,

They've been a long time coming but I'll have finished all my illustrations for the book by the end of the day.

I loved all these stories and really tried to do my best to live up to them with my art.

And because so many of the writers have asked if they might purchase them, I'll start sending out jpegs of each image to the indivudual authors in the next day or so.

Thanks for the opportunity to be associate with this lovely series of books.

Charles
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steveberman
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 12:46 pm:   

Charles, needless to say I'm utterly excited. Of course, you might be a true Trickster and send authors the wrong image just as a tease of the rest of the book, lol.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 01:55 pm:   

Yayyyy! I just got the bound galleys today (sans interior art, of course).

I wish I could afford to buy one this year (if any of the contributors were not interested in buying their own).

Btw, if I haven't already told you, Charles. I love love love the cover. Best one yet!
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steveberman
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 03:09 pm:   

Ellen,

Have you found a Philly/NJ region bookseller for a Coyote Road reading yet? Last I heard, Chris' Corner had really gone downhill (with the death of the owner) and would not be a good venue. Maybe Big Blue Marble Bookstore? Chester County Book Co. Inc.?

Steve
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 03:56 pm:   

Hi Steve,
I haven't really thought about it that much. July is busy for me with Readercon and then a few days later a convention in Finland.

Perhaps late June? I don't feel we can plan anything for sure until Sharyn confirms the date that books will be available.

If you'd like to see if one of those bookstores are interested please do (something easy to get to for us out of towners)
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Charles Vess
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 01:24 pm:   

Ellen,

I've started sending out jpegs of all the individual illustrations to the stories in Coyote Road but I seem to not have these e-address (can you send them to me?):
Jeffrey Ford
Michael Cadmun
Katherine Vaz
Pat Murphy
Kim Antieau
Pat McKillip

And considering that there are 26 stories that's a not a lot...

Charles
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 04:16 pm:   

Will do...and send them to me too ! (the jpgs I mean)
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Charles Vess
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 12:14 pm:   

All,

I've posted a half dozen b/w images from the book up on my news blog if you want to take a look?

http://greenmanpress.com/news/

Charles
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 01:03 pm:   

I saw those--they're great!
Btw, Jeff Ford is trying to reach you but his email is bouncing.
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steveberman
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 04:24 pm:   

So, Ellen, would it be okay if I posted the artwork accompanying my story on my blog?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 07:47 pm:   

I'd say it's up to Charles.
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Charles Vess
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 08:23 am:   

Writers all,

Most certainly you can post the illustrations to your individual stories on your respective blogs. But please remember to indicate that the art is © Charles Vess (and not to be used without his permission) and that its from the forth comming book,'Coyote Road' published by Viking.

Thanks!

Charles
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:42 pm:   

Some events are shaping up.
Sunday 1:30-3:30 June 10
Event at Books of Wonder in NYC off Union Square (more details later) with
Steve Berman
Rick Bowes
Delia Sherman
Ellen Kushner
Jedediah Berry
Jeffrey Ford
Kelly Link-maybe
Holly Black probably

and on Monday evening June 11th
Jim Freund and NYRSF sponsors an event at the Southstreet Seaport with
Jeffrey Ford
Delia Sherman
Ellen Kushner
Rick Bowes
Steve Berman
Jedediah Berry

Contributions will be taken at the door (but are not required)and there will be refreshments.

So come join us once --or twice. We'll try to be doubly entertaining!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 08:02 am:   

Our first review:

http://tinyurl.com/38glln
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steveberman
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 07:45 pm:   

Sharyn had a copy of CR at Wiscon. It looked beautiful. It's a pretty big book too.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 09:42 pm:   

So I heard. I'm very eager to see it. And I'm very relieved to know that the books will be at the events next Sunday and Monday!! Hooray!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 - 05:18 pm:   

The Nick Gevers Locus review is out and it's a rave. Some snippets:

"In this year of superb anthologies, there are several more such to report…
In the last few years, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have been putting together a series of excellent YA (or younger) anthologies on mythic themes, and THE COYOTE ROAD: Trickster Tales is probably the best of these so far.

Easily of major interest to adult readers.

Kelly Link’s “The Constable of Abal” is a marvelous evocation of adolescent discontent...


No less brilliant is Jeffrey Ford’s “The Dreaming Wind”...

...Kij Johnson supplies a fascinating insight into interspecies social dynamics in “The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change”, depicting a sudden, unexplained Event—animals learn to speak—which undermines the trust between humans and their pets, a cycle of suspicion, betrayal, abandonment, and murder.

Other pleasing, subversive tales abound....

Sly or tragic, cutting or soothing, all of these are skillful and entertaining tricks in prose."

Apologies for slaughtering Nick's prose as his review is beautifully written.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 09:43 am:   

I know that most of you will not be up 5am in the morning this Saturday. But if you are, Rick Bowes and I will on Jim Freund's radio show on WBAI: Hour of the Wolf. Rick will read his story from THE COYOTE ROAD and we will be discussing the anthology.

Sunday, several of the contributors and I will be at Books of Wonder in NYC. It looks like the books will not be there with us, but hopefully attendees can pre-order the book and we'll sign bookplates. Jeff Ford will not be there on Sunday afternoon 1:30-3:30 but will be at the event....

Monday at the South Street Seaport. Doors open 6pm--a little earlier than usual so people can start with the refreshments, etc....
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 01:44 pm:   

Good news! It's still not absolutely certain the books won't be available for the Books of Wonder reading/discussion/signing Sunday but we'll have 150 bookplates on hand!

Also, there WILL be books at the South Street Seaport reading event. Yayyyy!
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steveberman
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 02:00 pm:   

Ellen, do we have more details on the Readercon performance?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 02:25 pm:   

Nope. Program questionnaires have been emailed out and I'm just filling mine in right now!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 06:26 pm:   

A review on Strange Horizons was posted today:
http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2007/06/the_coyote_road.shtml
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 01:15 pm:   

I was on Hour of the Wolf this morning, with Rick Bowes. Rick did an excellent job of reading his story "A Tale for the Short Days" and I read Theodora Goss's poem. A scary moment as I began to read: I had the galleys and the layout of the poem seemed totally wrong, with capital letters in the middle of sentences--it was laid out in paragraphs rather than stanzas. I muddled my way through (it's difficult to read something aloud for the first time--I hadn't planned on reading it)and then afterwards freaked out that the finished book would be printed that way.

Rick and I had breakfast at French Roast around 7:15-- I always forget that it's actually open every day at that time--and then I trundled home and immediately emailed editor Sharyn, not expecting to hear from her until tomorrow. Lo and behold she must have been up because she told me that Dora and she had caught that in the galleys. (which I didn't go over-the authors all went over their individual stories). Whew.

So what was Sharyn doing up 9:19am on a Saturday morning. I went back to sleep and snoozed for a few hours, which was very pleasant.

The show is archived here
http://archive.wbai.org/
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steveberman
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 04:21 pm:   

It's a shame that the show is not downloadable as an MP3 file. I can't figure out how to listen to it in its current format.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 05:19 pm:   

It's in the mp3 format but it's streamed.

iTunes can handle it. (So should any other application which can play a streaming mp3 file.)
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PM
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 05:39 pm:   

Good show!

If I had been awake I could have called in.

But then that could have interfered with Ellen's poetry reading so I'll take the poem :-)

Will Liz Hand have her revenge?

Enjoyed Rick's reading.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 09:51 pm:   

The South Street Seaport reading went very well this evening. Books were there and 23 copies were sold. The readers seemed a bit more comfortable than at Sunday's reading (we stood rather than sat and that does seem to make a difference).

Wine and taco chips and salsa and lemonade and pretzels and cookies adn apple cider.

Dinner afterwards.
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steveberman
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 07:54 am:   

I thought the Seaport event had a terrific turnout and a very eager audience. It was really gratifying to me, as an author, that so many people were truly enthusiastic about the stories.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 08:15 am:   

I agree. It was excellent. I'll be posting photos from both events on flickr this evening.
Thanks, Steve, for participating.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 05:51 pm:   

And here are the photos:
http://tinyurl.com/2jbbat
http://tinyurl.com/3b3avo

Plus, if you want to see Dinah's true nature:
http://tinyurl.com/3ar72y
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steveberman
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 06:05 pm:   

Looks like you read Holly's gurgitation story to Dinah.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 06:56 pm:   

Yup. That's my girl :-)
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 08:07 pm:   

Hope Dinah doesn't bite you.

That was a good picture of Jed holding The Coyote Road.

What was Rick Bowes saying? Perhaps this is a lot easier than getting up at 4 AM? :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 09:04 pm:   

Dinah's not a biter. She's just on her own schedule and wants me to get up when she feels like it.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 09:28 pm:   

Predictability has its drawbacks :-)

Something interesting happened today that's cat related. There are "wild" cats around and they usually bolt when approached.

But today one cat stood in position and we just watched one another. There was a second cat further away that was just there.

I didn't want to approach the cat as it would likely bolt. So we maintained distance and eventually the cat gave a meow.

I went inside and took a look outside the window. The cat was still there. Slowly the second cat approached.

As the second cat approached, the cat bolted. Both of them chased one another but maintained a distance.

At first I was concerned that there was going to be a cat fight.

But they stopped chasing one another. The second cat watched from a distance as the cat playfully rolled over. Then the second cat approached and the cat ran a short distance away and then stopped.

The second cat approached closer. Again the cat playfully rolled over. The second cat would watch until the cat assumed a lounging position. The second cat would approach closer and then the cat would run a short distance and then stop.

And so this was repeated a few times until it was obvious that they weren't going to fight :-)

Right out there in the driveway.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 06:52 am:   

Obviously the first cat wanted to play. Maybe they'll become friends over time.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 07:19 am:   

Yeah, I'd never seen two cats make out before.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 09:44 pm:   

John Joseph Adams interviewed Terri and me for SCIFI Wire:

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=5&id=42448
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Charles Vess
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 11:17 am:   

I just received my comp copies of the book. It really looks (and, of course, reads) lovely indeed.

Congratulations to us all!

As soon as I return from the San Diego Comic-Con and have had a few days to recover, I'll start sending out the original art to all the authors that purchased their's.

Best,
Charles
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 03:31 pm:   

Hey Charles,
It looks beautiful! Thank you again for all your work on it.
Have fun in San Diego.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 - 08:06 am:   

You can listen to some of the readings of stories on Jim Freund's Hour of the Wolf:
http://www.hourwolf.com/toc.html
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sharyn november
Posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 - 05:14 pm:   

*So what was Sharyn doing up 9:19am on a Saturday morning.*

being your editor, of course. i never sleep.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 - 07:34 pm:   

Hi Sharyn,
Do you mean after the show Rick and I were on? --at least you got to sleep in a few hours ;-)

Jim's also posted the Readercon readings on his site.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 08:18 am:   

Michael Cadnum, Ellen Klages, and Pat Murphy will be reading from and signing THE COYOTE ROAD:Trickster Tales at Borderlands Bookstore at 866 Valencia St, San Francisco CA September 15th in the afternoon--time tba.

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