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Monday, March 30, 2009

In New York

Been in New York, in fact am writing this from JFK airport, while Jason tumbles around the big bean-bag chair in the airport lounge. Tananarive is headed to Florida for a week with her parents. After she gets back, I take off for Norwescon (next week) and two weeks after that, I head to Atlanta and Grand Rapids, Michigan for various business and personal functions. In Atlanta I'll be training with my first karate instructor, Steve Mohammad. Seventy years old now, and still punchin'. Love him to death, and probably the last chance I'll have to really train with him. want to mak the most of it, so I'll be working out a little harder over the next few weeks.

We were in New York for two things: a celebration of Octavia Butler's work at Medgar Evers college, and a celebration of somebody named Tananarive Due, held at a nice little theater in Harlem, organized by our "Tennyson" editor, Malaika Adero. Room was packed. Sold a lot of books, met some nice people, and heard from several of them how much they loved "Lion's Blood." I'm working on the proposal for the third book in that series, THE BRONZE NILE. For some reason, I want to deal a bit more with contact with India, even though the book deals with the Civil War. I have some loose ends to wrap up: the end of slavery, for instance, and Kai's relationships to Aidan, Babatunde, Lamiya and Nandi. I think I'm going to create a novella that details Kai and Aidan's journey down the Mississippi ("The Bronze Nile") and then weave it into the novel. For some odd reason, I want to re-read "Huckleberry Finn." Wonder why?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news on "The Bronze Nile". I've been looking forward to that since you mentioned it the first time.

And glad to hear you'll be at NorWesCon this year, too! Hopefully I'll see you around!

Aaron

Shady_Grady said...

That is really good to hear that "The Bronze Nile" will be created.

Marty S said...

I'm also looking forward to "the Bronze Nile"

Steve Perry said...

Whitey Jim?

Gotta love it.

Pagan Topologist said...

I had hoped I might be able to buy Shadow Valley at the Butler Symposium, but it was not there. Is it not available yet?

Christian M. Howell said...

Heck, I wish I was leaving with you. NYC is so dirty I'm losing my mind. Not to mention the fact that every male is trying to be bummier than the others.

SCREAMS LOUD, EXPLETIVES NOT DELETED.

Steven Barnes said...

Shadow Valley is out in May. Hope you love it!

Tash said...

Need more Kai & Aiden.... Two books are just not enough. : )

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