Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Tales For Canterbury" makes the SJV ballot

While I haven't personally been nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award this year, I'm absolutely delighted that "Tales For Canterbury" has been nominated in the Best Collected Work category.

I'm very proud of the work editors Cassie Hart and Anna Caro produced in seemingly no time at all. Though it was a journey of some months post-February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake, it's quite incredible to think that TfC was released within four months compared to the full year to eighteen months some anthologies take to be read for, picked, packed and perfected. It's a testament to the heart, spirit and rallying around displayed by New Zealanders during a terrible time in our history. And the front cover artwork that speaks to our famous norwest wind, a "bent but not broken" spirit, and the hope represented by doves is just gorgeous!

If you haven't picked up a copy of "Tales For Canterbury" yet, there are still paperback versions available. But be quick - this book is destined to become a kiwi rarity as it is only available on limited release. Once all printed versions are gone at the end of this year no more will be printed. Plus you'll be contributing to a good cause - profits will be donated towards the Canterbury Earthquake Red Cross Appeal. Because yes, life in the middle of rubble is still ongoing down here.

"Tales For Canterbury" is a collection of speculative fiction short stories, some set on our shores, the majority of which are penned by authors from the New Zealand specfic community, including such luminaries as Helen Lowe, Juliet Marillier, Karen Healey, and Mary Victoria. It also includes international writers such as Neil Gaiman, Jay Lake, Sean Williams, Gwyneth Jones and Jeff Vandermeer. Oh, and it also includes me.

Front Cover of the Tales For Canterbury anthology,
featuring a windblown tree with doves

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