Monday, April 30, 2007

Logorrhea in stores now!

Tomorrow (May 1) will see the publication of the anthology that I edited for Bantam Books. The book is called Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories. Every story in the anthology is based on a spelling-bee winning word. Here is the full table of contents:

Hal Duncan - “The Chiaroscurist”
Liz Williams - “Lyceum”
David Prill - “Vivisepulture”
Clare Dudman - “Eczema”
Alex Irvine - “Semaphore”
Marly Youmans - “The Smaragdine Knot”
Michael Moorcock - “A Portrait in Ivory”
Daniel Abraham - “The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics”
Michelle Richmond - “Logorrhea”
Anna Tambour - “Pococurante”
Tim Pratt - “From Around Here”
Elizabeth Hand - “Vignette”
Alan DeNiro - “Plight of the Sycophant”
Matthew Cheney - “The Last Elegy”
Jay Caselberg - “Eudaemonic”
Paolo Bacigalupi - “Softer”
Jay Lake - “Crossing the Seven”
Leslie What - “Tsuris”
Neil Williamson - “The Euonymist”
Theodora Goss - “Singing of Mount Abora”
Jeff VanderMeer - “Appoggiatura”

I'm very excited about this book. It's been a lot of work in a short amount of time. I sold the book in January of 2006. There were only two out of 21 stories written at that time. To get more than 100,000 words written, edited, and pushed through the publishing process in just over a year took a great amount of effort. I've gotten the chance to work with a lot of authors that I admire.

Those of you that know me better also know that during that course of time I completed my MLIS, my wife gave birth to our first child, I took a full-time job at a great public library in NJ, changed to a full-time job in IA, and moved halfway across the country from NJ to IA. I'm not sure what I'll do with my free time now that the work on the book is essentially done.

The link above takes you to the Amazon page for the book. It's currently $11.05 on Amazon. Not bad for so much great fiction! Go out and buy! Get some for your friends!

If you're in the Quad City area of Iowa, I have events set up on May 19 in the Borders in Davenport and on May 20 at the Barnes & Noble in North Park Mall. Hope to see you there!

John Klima


Janie L. Hermann said...

Congratulations John on this wonderful achievement! I can not imagine how you found the time to squeeze this in to your already hectic life -- perhaps you did not sleep? Enjoy some free time this summer and relax a bit... I am sure you need it.

John Klima said...

Thanks Janie! I'm really proud of it and glad to have it out in the world. I've purposely not looking online until today to see what people are saying and I'm overwhelmed by the buzz that's out there.