We’re launching the long awaited Mocklore collection Bounty by Tansy Rayner Roberts this weekend at Conflux. Join us in Canberra at the Novotel on Northbourne Avenue, 5.30pm on Sunday October 2. We’d love to hang out with you!
And don’t forget, there’s just one day left to enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads!
At 3pm on Saturday 17 September, a wild bunch of Canberra speculative fiction lovers (and some ring-ins from interstate) packed out A Bite To Eat in Chifley for the official launch of the confronting, challenging anthology In Your Face. The publisher and several authors took centre stage to talk a bit about the book and their individual stories, and bitey cakes and drinks were enjoyed by all.
A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the launch – it was loads of fun (if a bit noisy in the venue) and a wonderful way to recognise the hard work of everyone involved. Especial gratitude to Cat Sparks for photographing the event, and as always, to the authors who have permitted me to publish their amazing work, to SpecFaction NSW for the initial seed funding, and to all the Pozible supporters who helped bring the book to life, as well as Amanda Rainey for the dramatic cover, and Elizabeth, Matthew and Katharine for proofing. You’re all awesome and the book could not be what it is without you.
We’re (finally) launching In Your Face and you’re all invited! Join with editor Tehani and many of the fabulous authors to celebrate (a little belatedly) the launch of the challenging and confronting In Your Face anthology.
3–4pm on Saturday 17 September @ A Bite To Eat in Chifley
(8 Eggleston Cres, Chifley ACT 2606)
Please RSVP to Tehani at firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes!
It’s been a very busy few weeks in the FableCroft household! In addition to two fabulous awards ceremonies on the weekend, we also launched Kate Forsyth’s beautiful non-fiction collection The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower. The launch was a great success, with over sixty guests in attendance enjoying champagne and chocolate while chatting with Kate. We had a gorgeous giveaway pack, and sold lots of books, and it was just lovely.
Check out the Big Idea behind the book over at John Scalzi’s Whatever blog – thanks to John for letting us play in his sandbox 🙂
You have just a few days left to enter the Galactic Suburbia giveaway for The Rebirth of Rapunzel – listen to the ep here and enter to win! It’s open internationally.
On the subject of Rapunzel (and winners), congratulations to our three winners of the Goodreads giveaway. Sofia Raquel Romero Erazo from Puerto Rico, Sintija Ursulska from Latvia, and Sushma Pillai from India. We hope you love the book as much as we do!
But one Goodreads giveaway is never enough! We also need to celebrate the brand new Mocklore omnibus, so we’re giving two copies away to a lucky Goodreads user – enter below!
And just in case you haven’t already got your hands on the books, some purchase links!
The Rebirth of Rapunzel can be found in ebook on Amazon, and in print from your preferred physical or online bookseller, or in the FableCroft shop.
The Mocklore Omnibus, bringing back into print for the first time in many years the novels Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold can be found all over the place in ebook and in print from your preferred physical or online bookseller, or in the FableCroft shop.
The launch got off to a slightly rocky start, as I was struck down with plague just prior to the arrival of co-editor Tansy Rayner Roberts (flying in from Tasmania) on the Saturday afternoon. Kaaron Warren (and her sidekick) swept in to the rescue, collecting and delivering Tansy to us, and hanging out with the family while I was in quarantine. Despite the shaky beginning, Sunday March 8 dawned fair and fine, the sun shining on International Women’s Day and treating our visitors to Canberra’s best behaviour.
Tansy and I arrived nice and early (with Miss 9 as offsider) to set up at The Front Gallery and Cafe – a big thanks to the venue for a great space and a great price, and friendly and helpful service. Thanks also to my work colleague Alexis who was a huge help throughout the setup and launch, completely unexpectedly but most appreciated. Our special guest Karen Middleton joined us – next time I hope I can actually have a proper conversation with her, but I think others did get to chat more – and the attendees began to trickle in. The room filled up quickly and the poor airconditioner couldn’t quite keep up with the pressure, but the launch proceeded regardless of the warmth. Karen Middleton spoke passionately and thoughtfully about the book and the concept, to the point where I was nearly in tears – it’s so great when people really get what you were aiming to do, and we couldn’t be more grateful for Karen for her time and kindness in officially sending Cranky Ladies of History out into the world.
Welcome to Women’s History Month 2015, which has the theme “Weaving the stories of women’s lives”. This is pretty cool, as it fits perfectly with our Cranky Ladies of History anthology project! After 18 months of work, including our successful crowdfunding campaign in March last year, the anthology will be officially released into the world at 3pm on International Women’s Day (March 8) at The Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham, Canberra, with special guest Karen Middleton officiating! (You can find out more at the Facebook event page)
To celebrate, many of our wonderful authors have supplied blog posts related to their Cranky Lady, and we are delighted to share them here during the month of March. While most of these posts can be safely read in isolation of the story in the book they relate to, we’ve made sure to mark those posts which may be spoilery!
To get your own copy of Cranky Ladies of History, you can buy from our website, order your favourite real world bookshop, or purchase at all the major online booksellers (in print and ebook). We’re so proud of this book – the contributors have produced astonishing stories, and combined with amazing art by Kathleen Jennings and design by Amanda Rainey, it’s simply stunning.
Thank you to our contributors, the Pozible campaign backers, Arts Tasmania, and all those people who have supported us along the way on the Cranky Ladies journey – it’s been a heck of a ride and we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes next!
It is with great pleasure we invite our readers to the official launch of the Cranky Ladies of History anthology on International Women’s Day. We are delighted to announce that author and journalist Karen Middleton will be our special guest and official launcher! Please join us if you can:
Throughout history, women from all walks of life have had good reason to be cranky. Some of our most memorable historical figures were outspoken, dramatic, brave, feisty, rebellious and downright ornery.
Cranky Ladies of History is a celebration of 22 women who challenged conventional wisdom about appropriate female behaviour, from the ancient world all the way through to the twentieth century. Some of our protagonists are infamous and iconic, while others have been all but forgotten under the heavy weight of history.
Remember, you can also enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads!
So much Cranky Ladies news! First of all, Tansy and I just signed off on the internal layout this morning, so we are ready to go to print! For our Pozible backers, this means we hope to have your ebooks to you within a week, with the exclusive hardcover edition (for backers who chose one) on track to be with you by the end of February. For everyone else, the official release date is March 8, 2015 (International Women’s Day), and we have a launch event planned! We’re very excited that Tansy is coming up from Tasmania to celebrate, and if you are in the general Canberra vicinity, we’d love for you to join us. More information here.
We are also delighted to show you the official covers for the hardcover and trade paperback editions of the book. Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once more, and gorgeously enhanced Kathleen Jennings’ beautiful artwork to create stunning designs that showcase the amazing stories contained within. I’m not sure I can adequately express just how pleased I am with the covers – I actually gasped aloud when Amanda first sent the hardcover design to me!
On top of all this, the ebook editions of the book are now available for pre-order from Kindle and Smashwords – Kobo pre-order link will also be live soon!