News and announcements
On Friday, January 15th, at 7:00pm, Kij read at the independent University of Washington Bookstore in the University District of Seattle, WA. This reading was presented by NW Media Arts and the University Book Store.
In 2010, Kij becomes vice chair on the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, taking on the role of chair in 2011. Kij attended this six-week workshop for writers of speculative fiction in 1987, and she says, "it changed my writing and my life in wonderful ways, as it has changed - and will change - the work and lives of hundreds of others. It is a great honor to be allowed to contribute to the workshop's future in this fashion."
Kij reads new material at 7:00pm on Saturday (October 17) at the Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle (8570 Greenwood Ave North). Kij says, "Spread the news! I'll be giving away several copies of my novels."
"26 Monkeys, Also The Abyss" is named a finalist for the 2009 World Fantasy Awards, to be given at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California, October 29 - November 1, 2009. Kij will be in attendance at the convention.
Kij reads at 8pm on Saturday (May 16) at the Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle. Kij says, "I'll be reading with SF writers Lancer Kind and Tim McDaniel. The Wayward's trying to make this a monthly thing, so come offer moral support!"
Kij is laid off from Real Networks. In her words, "The bad news is, layoffs at work. The good news is, I'm one of them." This prompts work on her newest novel, Kylen, with great enthusiasm.
Kij reads Saturday 11/1, at 1pm, at World Fantasy Con. If you're attending, come listen to Kij split an hour with Simon Unsworth, who is also on the ballot for "The Church on the Island."
"The Evolution of Trickster Stories..." is reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 21st Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, now out. Here's what Gary K. Wolf says about the story in the September 2008 issue of Locus Magazine, as part of his review of the collection:
"When these experiments in voice work at their best, they can produce a tale like Kij Johnson's 'The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change,' the most startlingly original piece in the whole book, describing a world in which dogs, having gained primitive powers of speech, are abandoned by their owners and begin to develop their own folklore; the interpolated trickster tales of the dogs themselves are amazingly convincing, and not at all sentimental."
You can purchase the book from your local bookstore, or here. I attended the World Fantasy Convention this year, in Calgary, Alberta, 10/30-11/2. "The Evolution of Trickster Stories..." is on the World Fantasy Awards final ballot this year, and I'm not going to miss that! Wish me luck.
Kij's essay, "I Believe I'm A Climber," is broadcast on the National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday, 8/31. Be sure and listen! The essay was written for the This I Believe project, which collects short statements of belief, written by people from all walks of life. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
"The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park after the Change" is a finalist for this year's World Fantasy Award. The award will be given in Edmonton, Alberta, during the 2008 World Fantasy Convention. I'll definitely be at the convention, undoubtedly with a cunning little dress to wear.