The culinary Olympics: "The beef platter — of Uruguay!" the female commentator in a white chef’s jacket and high-heeled boots exclaimed in English as drums rolled and trumpets blared. I want to go!
My dear friend (and fellow Mistress of the Fine Arts) Micol's new series the Bradford Novels launched this week with the release of GoldenGirl, and the Bradford Blog is full of celebratory goodness all month long–interviews, giveaways, scoop, etc. The Bradford books are the first teen novels designed to have a fully immersive online component that I'm aware of, with all the characters and many locales in the book having Web sites, blogs, Tumblrs and twitter feeds–and, yes, updated ones with fresh content, at that. And while I'm superexcited for this series' prospects, I'm even more excited about Micol's novel due out from Flux later this year, So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), described as "the E! Behind the Music story of an epic Jewish band that never was" and featuring interstitial graphic sections drawn by her brother David.
The news of Realms of Fantasy's demise is particularly sad, especially given what a track record it had as a venue for the debut of promising new writers (like one Christopher Rowe, for instance). It's really too bad that Shawna McCarthy never got the World Fantasy Award she has so long deserved. If it's possible to give her one this year, I say go for it.