Internets, I have not told you of Tales for Canterbury! How very remiss of me.
Tales for Canterbury is an anthology of original short stories and reprints by writers from inside and outside New Zealand. All proceeds are going to the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Appeal, to aid people in the stricken city. None of the contributors nor the editors are getting paid.
Editors Anna Caro and Cassie Hart started putting the anthology together the day after the earthquake, and the response has been incredible. So much so that they opened pre-orders for the anthology one month after the quake. If you know anything about publishing, internets, and also about Star Trek, you know that this is Warp 13.
So, the pub date is expected to be mid-April (!!!!) and pre-orders are open, for both electronic and print copies! You can pre-order copies at Random Static for $12 NZ (electronic) and $24.95 NZ (print)*.
What Christchurch gets for your money is badly needed help.
What do YOU get for your money?
The full contributor list can be found here, but it includes such luminaries as Juliet Marillier, Gwyneth Jones, Sean Williams, Jay Lake, Helen Lowe, Tina Makereti, Jeff VanderMeer and Neil Gaiman.
Oh, and me, all a-flutter at my inclusion in such stellar company.
My contribution, “The Unicorn Bell”, is something of a urban fable. It features seven-year-old Sophie, a full moon, a nor’wester wind, and the most magical thing in her Nana’s magical house.
If you liked Guardian of the Dead and/or Queen of the Kitchen, I think you’d like it. Even if you don’t, odds are that you’ll really enjoy something.
Also, feel free to link everywhere you see fit.
* Non-NZers: if you are eyeing those prices and going, “wellll, if it’s for CHARITY”, be aware that these are actually very cheap prices for New Zealand books. Trade paperbacks often come in at nearly twice that, I am not kidding. Also, if you are in the USA, remember that this is New Zealand dollars. It’s like… fifty cents of your money**.
** Okay, maybe a dollar.