We're proud to have helped organize a celebration of Philadelphia-area independent presses at Penn Book Center on Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m. Five (at last count) authors will represent five different indie publishers. Miriam Seidel will be there for New Door Books. For more information, see the bookstore's web page and Facebook event page.
For a group of experts about the technological future, and all other aspects of the future, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) has an oddly low-tech online presence, a minimalist website. We think it's because they can't be bothered with the 21st century when they're so busy imagining the 25th. There's a lot to be said for that approach.
However that may be, our author Miriam Seidel will appear at the next PSFS meeting, September 14, to read from and discuss her novel The Speed of Clouds.
Click here or on the image for details about the reading.
The PSFS event creates another oddity because the book isn't really sci-fi. It's about sci-fi fans, and it contains snippets of futuristic fan fiction, but it's actually a literary novel set in the late 1990s. Or perhaps, because it includes a real plot and a budding romance, it's a mainstream novel with literary leanings. Or maybe, since it features a young female protagonist in a wheelchair, it's chick-lit, disability lit, coming-of-age lit, or -- hell, we don't know what it is, but we're immensely proud to have published it. Come to think of it, a Harley plays a prominent role, so let's call it motorcycle lit.
Miriam tells us she's grateful for her warm welcome by the sci-fi community even though her novel doesn't fit the genre. Now it's up to the Harley community to adopt her as well.
In a new interview at Cleaver Magazine, Grant Clauser talks with Nathaniel Popkin about the many explorations of theme and form in Everything Is Borrowed. Some excerpts:
GC: There are several different storylines running throughout the book, some even on different timelines, yet you weave them in and out through each other. Did they evolve at the same time as you were crafting the story, and how did you decide on their intersection points?
In his latest podcast, Norman B. gets right to the sensational part of Miriam Seidel's novel The Speed of Clouds. In his lead he mentions "intimate relations with a cyborg."
Well, yes, that's in the book, but it's actually not the most fun part of the novel. Play Norman's Life Elsewhere podcast and see what you think. It's show #287, 8/26/18, with multiple options for listening.
Before dealing with cyborgs, Norman interviews Craig Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin, about a certain individual's ties to the Russian mafia. After that, you'll definitely be ready for romance with an alien.
While Nathaniel Popkin is on tour, speaking for America along with other contributors to the anthology Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University Press), reviews continue to come in for his novel Everything Is Borrowed. Here's an excerpt from the most recent:
Popkin’s eye for detail leads to many resonant vignettes of Philly in the summer, like the bus driver who wears a rolled-up white towel on the back of his neck, or the parking-lot attendant’s shack with its “cheap desk fan” that “rocks back and forth, letting out a tiny wail each time it turns.” The author’s sense of sound is acute. In the library, he writes, “my chair against the polished floor lets out a trumpet note, slashing the silence of the reading room.”
Our peripatetic author Nathaniel Popkin is featured on yet another podcast, in addition to the ones listed in our previous post.
His latest appearance is on Gil Roth's fascinating The Virtual Memories Show. Here he talks not only about his novel Everything Is Borrowed -- which Roth characterizes as "the anti-Fountainhead" -- but also about the Writers Resist movement, his new co-edited anthology Who Will Speak for America?, his longtime involvement with Hidden City Daily, his contribution to the spectacular photography book Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, and more.
At one point he remarks that writers have to delude themselves about their own importance and originality. Do you agree?
He also notes the flourishing literary scene in Philadelphia -- not that we're deluding ourselves, of course.
Our tireless author Nathaniel Popkin has done a host of recent interviews and podcasts about his novel Everything Is Borrowed. Here are some links to check out.
Give and Take
Reading at Free Library with Mary Morris (Scroll down to the episode released on 5/14/2018)
In addition, the prolific Nathaniel has been on the road promoting a timely new anthology he co-edited, Who Will Speak for America? See his website for details.
As readers of The Speed of Clouds already know, author novelist Miriam Seidel has a wide range of other interests and talents: art, art criticism, design, music, science...
On July 21 she'll combine two of her passions and vocations when she gives a combined reading and gallery tour at The Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 2:00-3:30 p.m. The occasion is the closing reception for Connie Mississippi: Circle of Time, an exhibition Miriam curated. First she'll read from The Speed of Clouds -- probably the hilarious scene that takes place at an art opening -- and then she'll take visitors on a guided tour of the exhibition.
Click on the picture to go to the Center's web page for the event.
There's an excellent interview with Nathaniel Popkin, author of Everything Is Borrowed, on the PhillyLitSpace website. Click on the image above for the full text. Here are some excerpts:
On the city as a force in the character's lives: