Celtic Colours International Festival announces 2013 lineup; tickets on sale July 8

(Sydney, Nova Scotia) – The lineup for the 17th Celtic Colours International Festival was released today. It includes an exciting mix of local, national, and international artists, festival favourites and Celtic Colours newcomers. The nine-day, Cape Breton Island-wide celebration gets underway October 11 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and wraps up October 19 at . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours International Festival announces 2013 lineup; tickets on sale July 8

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy is inarguably one of the seminal works of modern science fiction. It was one of the first to take its inspiration from the social sciences rather than the physical sciences (Gernsback’s formula of “better living through technology” had received a serious blow with the first use of the atomic bomb in . . . → Read More: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy

In Search of an Elegy

Cover image for Finding My Elegy, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Finding My Elegy, by Ursula K. Le Guin

I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. I’ve been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the ‘70s in a single-wide trailer . . . → Read More: In Search of an Elegy

Clannad Considered

Clannad, around 1970.

Clannad has been around since 1970, a run of over forty years, and they just released their newest album, Live at Christ Church Cathedral 2011. Founded in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal, they’ve been described as traditional Irish, Celtic and New Age. Just two years later with the release of ‘Theme From . . . → Read More: Clannad Considered

A new story from Charles de Lint: Sheriff Poole & The Mech Gang

Charles de Lint just put a new story up at Amazon and Smashwords.

Here’s what it’s about:

Sheriff Poole & The Mech Gang is set near de Lint’s fictional desert town of Santo del Vado Viejo, where his novels The Mystery of Grace and The Painted Boy take place, and where some of his recent . . . → Read More: A new story from Charles de Lint: Sheriff Poole & The Mech Gang

Literary Matters: Charles de Lint’s Digital Short Fiction

Cross-possted from Sleeping Hedgehog.

Being the Manager for the Green Man Pub here at the Kinrowan Estate and afternoon barkeep (as I’d be a piss poor Manager if I didn’t keep my skills up), I frequently (when it’s quiet) like to read short fiction as I can usually finish a story in ten or fifteen . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Charles de Lint’s Digital Short Fiction

Literary Matters: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

I got the galley for this collaborative affair by writer Charles de Lint and artist Charles Vess way back in August of last year, if memory serves me right. However, that galley was missing one essential aspect of the story as the artwork, though charming, was but the preliminary black and white sketches for the . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

Brief Lines: Semi-Familiar Terrain

There’s nothing quite so unsettling as semi-familiar terrain. The landscape that we think we might know constantly throws up false positives in recognition, things that we react to in exactly the wrong way because we think they’re something they aren’t. The further in you go, the less you trust yourself, and the more fraught every . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Semi-Familiar Terrain

Rick Hautala

Rick Hautala, well-known horror writer and well-liked person, passed away this week from a heart attack. Cristopher Golden, a past Oak King here and a fine writer in his own regard, sent out this letter in hopes of heliping Holly, his widow, with her finances:

Dear friends,

            I don’t have the words to put Rick . . . → Read More: Rick Hautala

A Little Something to Ease Re-Entry

Everyone seems to be recovering from yesterday’s festivities, so I ducked over to lend a hand with some new reviews for you.

Let’s start out with the next installment in Leona Wisoker’s Children of the Desert, Bells of the Kingdom. Brace yourself — it’s strong stuff.

Next, from the world of the Northern Kingdom and . . . → Read More: A Little Something to Ease Re-Entry