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Best wishes to a trio of fabulous ladies: happy belated birthday to gods_lil_rocker, happy birthday to bouncybabylemur, and happy early birthday to fungus_files! May all of you have a fantastic year to come.

Now that Mythopoeic Press has made its pre-publication announcement, I am thrilled to reveal the details of the forthcoming The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko. (Note to the right the breathtaking cover art, "Forest Spirit," by the brilliant Melissa Gay, a.k.a. melissagay.)

Here are the details:

The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis and David D. Oberhelman

A number of contemporary Native American authors incorporate elements of fantasy into their fiction, while a number of non-Native fantasy authors incorporate elements of Native America into their storytelling. New insights can be gained by comparing fantasy texts by Native and non-Native authors. Nevertheless, few experts on fantasy study American Indian texts, and few experts on Native American studies consider the subject of fantasy. Editors David D. Oberhelman and Amy H. Sturgis have assembled an international, multi-ethnic, and cross-disciplinary group of scholars to consider the meaningful and extraordinary ways in which fantasy and Native America intersect. These scholars examine classic texts by American Indian authors such as Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as non-Native fantasists such as H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling, among others. In so doing, these essayists pioneer new ways of thinking about fantasy and Native America, and challenge other academics, writers, and lovers of literature to do the same.

Table of Contents
* David D. Oberhelman, “Coming to America”: Fantasy and Native America Explored, an Introduction

* Amy H. Sturgis, Meeting at the Intersection: The Challenges Before Us
(main subject: Why do booklovers who devour the works of the Inklings and their modern-day descendants, who through their reading absorb the mythology of Iceland, of Finland, of Germany, not know the comparable tales of the Cherokees or the Navajos? Why do academics who study the fantasy genre rarely devote their attention to relevant literature by Native American authors? Why does this natural destination – Native American fantasy, Native Americans in fantasy – seem such an unexpected, out-of-the way, exotic location to the literary pilgrim?)

* Marc A. Beherec, The Racist and La Raza: H.P. Lovecraft’s Aztec Mythos
(main subject: H.P. Lovecraft's "The Electric Executioner")

* Grace Walker Monk, Lucy’s Sisters in the New World: The Native American Female as Seer in Modern Mythopoeic Fantasy
(main subject: comparison of Native characters in Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Michael Chabon's Summerland, and Michael Bishop's Unicorn Mountain)

* Tripper Ryder, Vizenor the Trickster: Postmodernism Versus Terminal Creeds and Cultural Schizophrenia
(main subject: Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles)

* Sean Corbin, In Defense of Trickster Fantasies: Comparing the Storytelling of Innocent IV and Gerald Vizenor
(main subject: comparison of Innocent IV's commentary on Quod super his and Gerald Vizenor's Knights of Columbus)

* Michael Hemmingson, Native American Myths and Legends in William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
(main subject: William T. Vollmann’s Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes)

* Joe R. Christopher, Artistic Form and the Supernatural in Pushing the Bear
(main subject: Diane Glancy's Pushing the Bear)

* Melanie Ann Hanson, Spirit Voices - The Fantastical Journey of Omakayas in Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence
(main subject: comparison of Louise Erdrich's character Omakayas and characters from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series)

* Lauren Lacey, Ceremony’s Fantastic Stories
(main subject: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony)

* Aaron Tillman, Dreaming with the Dead: Convergent Spaces in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”
(main subject: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Aimee Bender’s “Dreaming in Polish”)

* Punyashree Panda, Tayo’s Odyssey: The Traits of Fantasy in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
(main subject: comparison of Leslie Marmon Silko's Tayo and J.R.R. Tolkien's Frodo)

* Mark Holland, Feminine and Masculine in Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes
(main subject: Leslie Marmon Silko's Garden in the Dunes)

The book goes to press next month. I'll post an update when it's available!

In other news...

* The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winners of this year’s Prometheus Awards for libertarian fiction in advance of the planned awards ceremony at Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Winners and finalists are as follows:

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
Matter, Iain Banks (Orbit)
The January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor)
Saturn's Children, Charles Stross (Tor)
Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)
Opening Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Penguin/Roc)

Hall of Fame
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold
Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury
"As Easy as A.B.C.", Rudyard Kipling
The Once and Future King, T.H. White
The Golden Age, John C. Wright

* Kenneth Hite (a.k.a. princeofcairo) puts up for discussion his choices for "10 Best Stories About Cthulhu Not By H.P. Lovecraft" and "10 More Best Cthulhu Mythos Stories, Not By H.P. Lovecraft, Not Necessarily Involving Cthulhu."

“Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn't discover America.”
- Louise Erdrich


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! The cover art is spectacular! It's almost here!!! *g*
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Thanks. I'm so glad you like the art, too - I think it's breathtaking.
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! *beams*
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
I note that your list of finalists for Best Novel omits Harry Turtledove's Opening Atlantis. Did you pick up your list from Locus, by any chance? They had the same omission, though they've now corrected it. Or is Turtledove just this year's Forgotten Man?
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oops! Thanks so much for catching that - I've corrected my post. Obviously there's a virulent strain of Forgetting Turtledove going around.
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
OMG I cannot WAIT for this! *flail* How much will it be so I can set aside money!
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much! :) I'm thrilled that the lineup of chapters looks interesting to you. I'll be 100% certain soon, but at this point, it looks like it will be US$20 - I'll probably have a few I will offer through my website from my book signing, too.
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hi Amy, I'm new in here but I'm looking forward to the book. Sounds really interesting!
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hi there, new friend! Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so happy that the book sounds interesting to you!
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes! And the prezzie!
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
You bet! I hope you had a fantastic birthday.

By the way, did you happen to see The Link, the new documentary on the Discovery Channel recently about the recent "missing link" fossil discovery? All of the lemurs made me think of you and your icon.
Jul. 9th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I have the book title written down and will look for it next time I'm in the library!
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.
Jul. 10th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well done on the new book!
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
how incredibly beautiful and striking
Oh Dr. Amy, what amazing artwork for the cover. I am beyond thrilled about this. And, incidentally, can never thank you enough. Ever. I would feel proud, except I owe it all to you, so I am hugely proud of you and all your hard work.
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: how incredibly beautiful and striking
Wait until you see the cover layout with the artwork front and center! Isn't Melissa amazing? (She also did the Past Watchful Dragons book cover with Aslan, you know.) I'm so thrilled to have this "Forest Spirit" be the "face," as it were, of the collection.

And I'm so happy to have your work included. Thanks so much for your kind words. I didn't do the work to write your essay, though: you did! And you should be very proud of it! :)
Jul. 13th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the b'day wishes and the e-giftee! :D

AND for G.'s welcome card. You're such a thoughtful sort. I'm feeling quite the ingrate at the moment as lovely folk are sending along many cards and emails and they languish, unloved, in my Inbox for weeks before I get a chance to respond. Hope all's going well with you. I'm hoping to check back in with some semblance of propriety (and catch-up-ed-ness) in the near future. Er, maybe for your October features...? ;)
Jul. 13th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Oh, and forgot to say:

a) LOVE LOVE love the new website look and artwork.

b) Have friended you back on bookmooch even though it exposed the fact that I own (and have read...) the (terrible) bodice-ripper Yankee Princess. No, you may not mooch it, A.

c) I was watching a travel/foodie show on cable the other day and they mentioned very briefly the history of the Cherokee groups in the Appalachians (?) - Trail of Tears, etc - and I kept waiting for them to mention your book! I think the show was made at least 4-5 yrs ago, though... :)
Jul. 16th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I just got your wonderful announcement. What a fantastic picture of wee Griffin! :)

I'm hoping to check back in with some semblance of propriety (and catch-up-ed-ness) in the near future. Er, maybe for your October features...? ;)

LOL! That sounds great. Until then, we all know you have your hands full with the funglings. (Give them a hug for us!)

I'm so thrilled that you like the new website. Thanks for checking it out! Your BookMooch comment has me collapsed in hysterics. :)

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