The December Mythprint lists another Mythopoeic Society discussion group as planning to discuss Peg's Wild Swans: the San Francisco/San Jose metro area group, Khazad-dum [http://www.mythsoc.org/kd.html], on February 13. There was also a discussion report of the Rivendell discussion in the January issue (which appeared in December). (See November news, below).
From the Rivendell Group web-page:
November 20 discussion topic for the Rivendell Group of the Mythopoeic Society: Peg Kerr's The Wild Swans. 1 p.m. The author will join us for the discussion. (This discussion is open to anyone interested).
Southeast Public Library, 1222 Fourth Ave. SE, diagonal from Dreamhaven in Dinkytown. [Minneapolis, Minnesota] Off-street parking available.
We've heard chapters from The Wild Swans at past "Readings from Rivendell" meetings. I certainly enjoyed reading it, and people are talking about nominating it for our Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, as well as other awards. Several Rivendellers are thanked in the author's note at the end of the book. Peg's been getting some amazing reviews, check some out from links on her web-page.
Peg's editor Betsy Mitchell sends along the news that The Wild Swans has been nominated for the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual Round Table.
Approximately 40-50 books a year are nominated for this award (nominations are not limited). Last year's fiction winner was The Hours by Michael Cunningham. This year's recipient will be named at the mid-winter ALA meeting in San Antonio. The person who nominated The Wild Swans, Betsy reports, cited its "writing quality and the originality Kerr employed in using a fairy tale to discuss a modern issue of concern (AIDS)."
Joan Verba, an officer of The Mythopoeic Society, also recently
indicated her intention to nominate The Wild Swans for
the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, once nominations open, which in
the past has gone to such books as Neil Gaiman's Stardust,
Jane Yolen's Briar Rose and Eleanor Arnason's A Woman
of the Iron People.
The Rivendell Group decided to discuss The Wild Swans as a monthly topic, tentatively in November, though this might be postponed until January or sometime in Spring Semester. Hopefully, Peg might be able to join us for the discussion. Don't wait until then to read it!
Here's some news from Peg:
My alma mater, St. Olaf College is sponsoring a week-long on-line discussion of my recently released novel The Wild Swans (Warner/Aspect), beginning Monday, September 6. If you would like to participate, send an email to
and use the word SUBSCRIBE in the body of your message. You'll automatically be subscribed to the list (and automatically unsubcribed when the discussion is over). You do not have to be a St. Olaf student or alum to participate. For further information, go to
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be one of the discussion facilitators. Hope to hear from you on line! --Peg Kerr
One place you might encounter Peg in July would be the Twin Cities' 17th Annual Writers' Block Party at Minnehaha Park, on Saturday, July 24.
Sorry. I've been so busy working on Mythcon/Bree Moot that I've failed to keep up with monthly updates!
But you just have to see this review of The Wild Swans, by David Soyka.[http://www.sfsite.com/07a/wild60.htm]
And here's another, from The Mining Co. http://fantasy.about.com/library/weekly/aa063199.htm
And lo, and behold, there's also a review of Emerald House Rising! http://www.rambles.net/kerr_emerald.html
Check out my new Peg Kerr Photo page, with some "pro" photos by DDB.
I will have a signingat Uncle Hugo's on Saturday, April 17, 1-3 p.m. (with Lois McMaster Bujold).
Here are some of the blurbs from the flyer advertising the book realease party this month at Minicon:
"A breathtaking book."--Lois McMaster Bujold
"As intricately woven as the nettle shirts Eliza makes for her swan brothers, this moving book will remain with me for a long time."--Jane Yolen
"Breaks new ground . . . a challenging, deeply moving book." --Patricia C. Wrede
"Before the end, the homely and poetic detail, the lovingly-drawn characters, the enormous tension created by the weaving together of two times, make it impossible to stop. As you sit there dripping tears on the last pages, all you can really think is that love sometimes does not falter, and that when it does, sometimes it will pick itself up and try again." --Pamela Dean
Two struggles. Two curses. Two tales. One truth.
Warner Books ISBN 0-446-67366-8 $13.99 (in Canada: $17.99) 400 pages.
David, there's going to be a book release party for The Wild Swans in a party suite [at MINICON], hosted by Dreamhaven. It'll be Friday, April 2, from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. --Peg Kerr
Peg will be making a joint appearance with Lois McMaster Bujold and Pat Wrede for a science fiction panel at the Burnhaven Library on February 18. It will be held in the Meeting Room starting at 7:00 p.m. The library is located at 1101 West County Road 42, Burnsville, MN 55307 (612) 435-7177.
Pag writes: I'm trying to get my act together enough to get bookplates printed up that I can sign and hand out at said meeting for the new book.
There's going to be an article published in the Sun Current in the next week or two in conjunction with this appearance. They asked for a photo, too, so I met with DDB to take some publicity photos. He will meet with me later this week so we can go over the roll and pick what looks good.
There MIGHT be a book release party at Minicon.
I think that I'd overlooked this page, which Warner Aspect has provided for Peg!
Warner's page for Peg http://www.pathfinder.com/twep/aspect/authors/peg_kerr/index.html
Don't we all need a little magic in our lives? I think you can learn a bit about some of the reality that underlies the magic in Peg's stories. Here is a little story, a true story, from Peg. I'm calling it "Delia's Keys." I think it was in August that Peg sent this note to me, but it's only now, in January that I'm getting around to putting it here. It's kind of a holiday/New year's present for Peg's readers. --David
7/1/98. I saw Peg last weekend at the Barnes & Noble SF & F festival. She had a copy of the cover art for Wild Swans, which was not exactly like it had been described. But it's quite attractive.
A 6/22/98 Note from Peg:
I finished the manuscript [of The Wild Swans] at 1:00 a.m. on June 20. I will be federal expressing the first draft to Betsy Mitchell at Warner tomorrow.
Betsy tells me that the cover painting is complete and has been delivered, and that it looks spectacular. I can't wait to see it.
Here's an interview with Peg: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/3932/intervpk.html
A note from Peg, in reference to progress on The Wild Swans:
I just passed page 500 (about 115,000+ words) last night and am continuing on my climb. Clouds are still around me, but I am beginning to dimly make out the summit. I am relieved, because my supply of bottled oxygen seems to be running rather low.
I believe my initial estimate is correct, and I will be planting the flag at somewhere between p. 550 and 575 or so (about 125,000 - 130,000 words).
I am REALLY looking forward to admiring the view from the top.
Here's a new review link: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/3932/emerald.html
But the author wants us to link to this page only, so please use the above only if you can't get there from here: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/3932/reviews.html
Peg will be appearing at Dreamhaven Books again on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. This is a joint appearance with Steve Brust and Mike Ford, in conjunction with the Minnesota Book Award nomination (the awards ceremony is the next night).
Peg reports: "I got a fax from Betsy with the artist's conception of the cover for Wild Swans. It's just a rough mockup, but I'm very pleased (after all, they're using my idea!) The cover will show a figure of a woman, wrapped in a quilt made of colorful blocks sewn with stylized swans. A beam of light will hit the quilt from one side, and on that side, the swans will appear to be bursting out of the quilt, becoming real 3-D swans, flying away (rather like an Escher print). Eye-catching and evocative, I think." Peg also reports: "I've just got 4 # chapters to go [on The Wild Swans], but it's like pulling teeth. I feel like a diver who's gone too deep, who's desperately trying to claw her way to the surface before running out of air."
Peg joined the Rivendell discussion with Lois McMaster Bujold
on Saturday, March 7, and they compared notes about the Italian
Renaissance, and the books they both drew upon in writing their
novels The Spirit Ring and Emerald House Rising.
It was an interesting session.
Emerald House Rising is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
YALSA nomination for 1998 Best Books for Young Adults
Emerald House Rising has made YALSA's list of nominations for its 1998 Best Books for Young Adults (YALSA means something like Young Adult Library Services Association--it seems to be an arm of the American Library Association (ALA)). 2/1 update: However, it seems not to have made the final list.
SF/Fantasy Romance Award
Peg heard about this site from Carolyn I. Gilman: AOL members nominate and vote on their picks for the SF/Fantasy Romance of the year. Nominations for 1997 are closed, and Emerald House Rising is one of the ten finalists. It appears that anyone can vote for the winning book. Take a look for yourself:
My review of EHR appeared in the January Mythprint. The Rivendell discussion of EHR in November was a good one. We'll try to post a discussion report in the near future, along with a picture of Peg in glass slippers. Peg read a couple of chapters from The Wild Swans at the November meeting.
Peg joined The Rivendell Group for its discussion of Emerald House Rising at a November 22 discussion in Coffman Union 327 at 1:30 p.m. on the Minneapolis campus of the U of Minnesota. --ddl
Peg, Lois McMaster Bujold and Bruce Bethke will be part of a panel discussion and author signing at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Book Center at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
AUG: I just heard from Peg that Emerald House Rising has been selling well enough to justify a second printing. --ddl
JUNE 18, 1997: "I got a call last night from Scott
Imes, the manager of Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore. He
wanted to let me know that Emerald House Rising is 7th
on this month's Locus list. (I gather that means sales in May;
the list will be reported in July). He thought it was the only
first novel on the list, although he wasn't sure about the 10th
book (he rattled off the names so quickly I missed who the 10th
author was). This was out of field of forty-six books reported
on in total." --PK
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