While Andre and I were at the Banff Centre, they interviewed us for their Banff Blog! Here’s the article. AN OPERA THAT WILL DEFINITELY FEATURE A ZAMBONI
For those of you considering year end contributions, I hope you will consider a donation to the amazing Basilica Hudson a magical place dear to my heart. I’m even on the board.
It’s owned and curated by my friend and art force, Melissa Auf Der Maur
This year alone there were 16 film screenings, 5 art exhibitions, 12 performances, and 23 community gatherings. Basilica Hudson draws thousands to our region each year, and attendance keeps growing. Together, these programs contribute to Basilica Hudson’s mission of supporting the creation, production, and presentation of arts and culture, and fostering sustainable community.
Make your mark on a piece of history in our North Hall Screening Room. Support future Basilica programs by making a gift of $500 or more and we’ll engrave your name (or short phrase of your choice) on a handsome plaque, affixed to one of our Hudson-made and salvaged chairs!
Donations to Basilica Hudson are made through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to empower artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. Contributions for the purposes of Basilica Hudson are tax-deductible (both in the USA and for our Canadian friends) to the extent permitted by law.
I arrived in Toronto and went to Bakka Phoenix Books to meet with Rebecca Simkin from the Sunburst Award Society and received my Sunburst Medal. What a thrill! The Sunburst honors Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The award was for TIN STAR. If you haven’t read it, why not try it now!
Today is thanksgiving and I thought maybe I’d just give a little thanks. I’m so thankful that I get to make art and write books and do cool projects. This year has been both difficult and rewarding. A year of books and awards and now I’m a bona fide NY Times Best Seller (thanks, Princess Leia!) But it’s also been a hard one financially. I’m thankful to those who support me and to those who have fed me dinner when I haven’t been able to buy groceries.
Right now, I am grateful to be up in the mountains of Alberta, at the Banff Centre for the Arts, working on my new opera with composer Andre Ristic. It’s tentatively set to be performed in Montreal in 2017 with ECM+ who mounted our last opera Les Aventures de Madame Merveille.
It’s kind of gorgeous here. Nestled in a cabin in a bowl of mountains whose stoney arms hold you and nourish you as you create. It’s a bit fun being a writer in the music residency. It’s like having a foot in a new world. So far, I’ve been working on the libretto, but also I wrote some lyrics for two of the other music residents here.
Glad to be an artist.
Very excited to announce that TIN STAR won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. I won in the YA category and Thomas King won in the Adult category for his book THE BACK OF THE TURTLE which looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it.
About Tin Star, the Sunburst Jury said:
Tin Star is a gritty, compact science fiction novel that travels far beyond the usual orphan tropes of much young adult fiction. Tula is a teenaged girl overwrought with thoughts of revenge after her parents are murdered. Left behind on a shabby space station populated with all manner of alien life, Tula must learn to fend for herself if she is to survive. Castellucci handles notions of cultural difference with a deft hand, moving Tin Star beyond the sort of human-centeredness typical of traditional space operas. The spare prose paints a vivid picture of Tula’s struggles between her desire for vengeance and her yearning for a life beyond grief, and her refusal to view human manners as a default form of “normal” is reminiscent of the best of science-fiction such as Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. A powerful, melancholy, and ultimately surprising work, Tin Star is a coming-of-age tale that will resonate with any reader with a pulse.
The other shortlisted works for the 2015 Young Adult Award were:
- The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet Books, 2014)
- A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloomsbury Press, 2014)
- Sophie, in Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown Press, 2014)
- The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet (ChiTeen, 2014)
Just look at who is on my crazy cool team! WOWZA! Today, I am delighted to be hosting Jessica Burkhart on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! She’s here with her new book WILD HEARTS I am looking forward to reading it.
How do I play? Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there is also a green team, a blue team, a pink team, an orange team, a red team, a teal team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
This contest is open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 4TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Sorry! Jessica did not give me any content! I’m in a holding pattern!
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jessica Burkhart, and all of TEAM ORANGE! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 39. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Orange Team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
This week is all about Star Wars & Princess Leia! My new novel MOVING TARGET is out on Force Friday!
But in case you are visiting me here for the first time and want to get to know my other work, here’s a handy little list of my other Sci Fi stories. Enjoy!
The SOUND OF USELESS WINGS free on tor.com
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED ON MARS free to read over tor.com
BABY IN THE BASKET free strangehorizons.com
“The Marker” a short story in AFTER ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
FIRST DAY ON EARTH *this one currently only available in ebook OR THE LIBRARY!
It’s July! I’ve got two new stories out this week.