Release of Liminal Spaces by Beth Plutchak, literary events, interviews, forthcoming titles, and tributes to Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Welcome to our latest round of news from us and our friends. Award season is back and we have a few nominees among us. Keep reading to find out more, as well as for reports on author readings, tours on the occasion of Black History Month, and the release of a new Conversation Piece: Liminal Spaces, by Beth Plutchak. We will also take some time to remember the spirit of Ursula K. Le Guin, recently departed and sorely missed.

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

Portrait of Ursula Le Guin by Eileen Gunn

It was with deep sadness that we learned about the passing on January 22 of visionary author Ursula K. Le Guin, whose expansive work and relentless commitment to imagining better worlds inspired so many of us in the science fiction community, authors and activists alike. We would like to join in collective remembrance of her life and legacy by linking to some of the countless tributes written in the wake of her departure, which are being collected on her dedicated website. Aqueduct Press publishing director Timmi Duchamp's piece can be read on our blog. We would also like to highlight adrienne maree brown's "final letter to Ursula Le Guin (sent the day after your departure)" and Le Guin biographer Julie Phillips's piece, "Ursula Le Guin’s Eternal Search for Freedom." You may also like to listen to this 15-minute conversation between Phillips and Brooke Gladstone about Le Guin's life and work.

Liminal Spaces,
by Beth Plutchak

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We're pleased to announce the release of Liminal Spacesa collection of short fiction by Beth Plutchak, as Volume 59 in Aqueduct's Conversation Pieces series, in both print and e-book editions. Eleanor Arnason and Richard Chwedyk have both praised it.

"Yes, these stories are science fiction and fantasy, but they are deeply rooted in reality, especially in the lives of women. We learn about being in college in the 1960s, going back to nature in Alaska, working in a bank and trying to make a good life for a child with a disability. If there is a single theme, it's the struggle of women to control their lives—to be free. In addition to this often ordinary, gritty struggle of girls, wives, working women and mothers, the stories have time travel, space travel, game theory, clones, and magic. Grit and sense of wonder and (often) hope. What more could you ask for? I strongly recommend the collection."
 —Eleanor Arnason, author of Ring of Swords and Hwarhath Stories 

"What I like most about Beth's writing is her utter fearlessness. She will take on topics from hard sciences, to magic, to all the spaces in between, and make them new with confidence and proficiency, not to mention a spring-loaded wit. Even in the most fanciful stories here, one will find passion tempered with familiarity—worlds with recognizable edges and shapes, occupied by people we know. If you read short fiction to be captured by an intoxicating fusion of the mysterious and the immediate, you've come to the right place."
 —Richard J. Chwedyk, Nebula Award-winning author of "Bronte's Egg"

Award Season at Aqueduct Press

ICover image of SLEEPING WITH MONSTERSt's that time of the year again: the Locus, Nebula and Hugo award reading lists are out and we're very glad to see some of our 2017 titles (and many of our authors) on them. Karen Heuler's novella In Search of Lost Time has done particularly well, featured on all three Locus, and Nebula lists, as well as the Locus award ballot, seeded from their reading list, and Rich Horton's own Hugo recommended list for novellas.
Cynthia Ward's The Adventure of the Incognita Countess has made Rich Horton's recommendations and the Locus reading list and ballot. Also recommended for a Locus nomination, in the category of non-fiction, is Liz Bourke's collection Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy. You may also vote for our press in Best Book Publisher if you so wish.
We are also very pleased to have two Aqueduct poets among this year's Rhysling Award nominees: Christina M. Rau, for her poem "Opposition Night" collected in Liberating the Astronauts, and Kristi Carter for her poem "Cosmovore Searches the Animal Shelter", collected in Cosmovore.

Nancy Jane Moore readings
in San Francisco

Nancy Jane Moore readingOn February 10, Aqueduct author Nancy Jane Moore (The Weave, 2015) joined three other contributors to the Book View Café anthology Nevertheless, She Persisted in a group reading at Borderlands Books in San Francisco. She, Marie Brennan, Deborah Ross, and Dave Smeds each read from their stories. The book, edited by Mindy Klasky, was inspired by outrage over the treatment of Sen. Elizabeth Warren by the Senate majority leader.

The day after, Nancy read at SF in SF, the long-running science fiction reading series in San Francisco,  along with the noted cartoonist and writer Trina Robbins. Nancy read a short story that merged the Fermi Paradox with a highway sign, while Trina provided a glimpse into hippie days and underground comics by reading from her memoir, Last Girl Standing.
Kristi  Carter
in The Chapbook Interview 

Cover image of COSMOVOREPlease enjoy poet Kristi Carter's interview by Laura Madeline Wiseman, in which the Aqueduct author discusses poetic strategy, her relationship with trauma, writing violence, and her poetry collection Cosmovore, our 57th CP volume: “The old idea that women were property in the heartland made a literal inversion of that spring forth–a woman who could consume instead of being consumed, a woman who was grotesque, a woman who could destroy but not produce, and thus, as Monique Wittig would remind us, a being that might not be a woman at all.”
Arrate Hidalgo
in La Casita Grande

Portrait photo of associate editor Arrate HidalgoThis past January, our associate editor Arrate Hidalgo was interviewed by La Casita Grande, a Colorado-based press focusing on Latinx literature, on their blog. She talked about the political dimensions of translation, being a queer creative in Spain, her hopes for Basque speculative fiction, stories set on Mars, transfeminism, forthcoming projects, and more.
Nisi Shawl, keynote speaker
at Other Futures Festival, Amsterdam

Nisi Shawl et al on Writing the Other panelA couple of weeks ago the Dutch capital hosted the first edition of the Other Futures festival, a "new multidisciplinary online and offline platform for thinkers and builders of other futures." Science fiction was the inaugural focus of this international event, which had our very own Nisi Shawl as keynote speaker. (Left is Pieter Ker's photo of Nisi et al. at a panel on 'Writing the Other'). The festival was illuminated with the brilliance of authors Nalo Hopkinson, Dilman Dila, Grace Dillon, Nnedi Okorafor, Daniel José Older, and Walidah Imarisha, among many other writers, musicians, visual artists, and performers.
Sheree Renée Thomas's
Black History Month Tour

Sheree Renée Thomas inspiring ASFA attendeesA couple of weeks ago, as part of the Ron Casey Visiting Writers’ series at the The Creative Writing Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Aqueductista Sheree Renee Thomas read from her latest collection of poems and short stories, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, and then inspired attendees "with a set of feeling/thinking/writing exercises that encouraged us to shed our preconceived notions of what (and how) we’re “supposed” to write." Have a look at their blog post for a slideshow of the event and examples of the resulting creations.

Sheree Renée Thomas posing with three other convention attendeesSheree's visit to ASFA is part of her Southern sojourn on the occasion of Black History Month, during which she also attended the Black Speculative Arts Movement convention in the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta GA, alongside Professor Marcus Haynes, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, and Dr. Susana Morris (pictured), among others; celebrated at the Art Village Gallery's Black Panther Afterparty in Memphis; and visited the Desert Island Supply Company, a nonprofit creative writing program for Birmingham children and youth.
Eleanor Arnason's Ring of Swords

May 2018 will see the long-awaited return to print of Eleanor Arnason's novel Ring of Swords as a volume in Aqueduct's Heirloom Books series, in both trade-paperback and e-book editions. It will include an introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin, who loved the novel and like many other writers and critics have called for its return to print.
Arnason’s fourth novel, A Woman of the Iron People, won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the Mythopoeic Society Award for adult fantasy. She has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and has appeared often on the James Tiptree Jr. Award’s Honor List. Her short story “Dapple” was honored with the Spectrum Award for GBLT science fiction.
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