Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Arts and Crafts

The new issue of Gavin Grant and Kelly Link's amazing zine that could, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, is out (number 23!). It includes a few weird illustrations by yours truly, a byproduct of my doodling in front of Gavin during the work sessions at Sycamore Hill this summer. It was a lot of fun to illustrate someone else's stories, as with the above holiday-suitable drawing of a just-arrived giant box containing mysterious goods, as depicted in LCRW 23's opening story, "The Love Sling" by Nick Wolven.

Gavin and Kelly's small press, Small Beer Press, also has a ton of beautiful books and chapbooks and trinkets for for those question marks on your shopping list, including an outstanding selection of short story collections from the likes of John Kessel, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Alan DeNiro, Maureen McHugh, and Kelly, wonderful anthologies like the Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss-edited Interfictions (whose next volume is forthcoming next year), and chapbooks from kudzu-smoking Southern fabulists like Richard Butner and Christopher Rowe.

And one of the not-so-small presses has just published Kelly's new YA collection, Pretty Monsters.

Here's another drawing, one that didn't make the cut:

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