Monday, December 16, 2013

Twin Tongues Giveaway!

Start your New Year with a new book! I'm giving away two copies of Twin Tongues on Goodreads! Click below to enter.


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Twin Tongues by Claire Lacey

Twin Tongues

by Claire Lacey

Giveaway ends January 01, 2014.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

To release a book


Having a book out in the world is strange. I understand fully now why they call it a release - the knot in my brain where the text lived let go like a massaged muscle. That's it, no more changes, it's done for real. In some ways, I can let it go and move on. At least, I keep telling myself that.

It looks awesome. The team at Invisible does great work.

And even though it's far from perfect, even though the project itself is problematic and a kind of failing, I still felt a sense of accomplishment. (Such a weird impulse, to want to dismiss the accomplishment, to devalue the work. Is that an acknowledgement of my own limitations and the work still to be done, or a lack of self-confidence? Is it a socialization thing, an anti/feminist thing?)

Then the launch was a rush, with friends and mentors all gathered to congratulate me. Twin Tongues has no acknowledgements because the failings in it, the ethical uncertainties, are my own. But I owe so many people gratitude for the education & support that produced the book, and the book itself is in dialogue with so many other texts and sources. I feel conflicted.

So now I wait for some kind of answering resonance. I saw my books in a shop and got a little thrill. But will anyone open a copy? Will anyone engage? And if they do, will I find out?

Well my Mom read it. And so did my sister. That's a pretty sweet start. Now that I think of it, my thesis committee, the RK award judge, my publisher, my editor, and the patagrads all read and responded to various versions of the text. So actually, I've had a decent number of early readers providing me with direct conversation about the text. Maybe I've been spoiled!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CFS: 2014 RK Award!

I highly recommend entering - I never would have thought I'd won last year's competition, but it worked out for me despite a tight field (I knew several of the other entrants, and am familiar with their work). I've had a pretty good experience so far working with Invisible. This year's judge is Ken Babstock, who writes some damn good books.

RK Award - How to Enter

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Recent Reads

Lately I've found that variety is the key to healthy reading. With that in mind, here are a few recent favourites:

fur(l) parachute - Shannon Maguire 
This lovely book plays with Old English poetry - interweaving texts and shuffling through eras of English. The language is rich and textured, the poems and translations are sorrowful and playful in turns, but always lively. 

The Jesus Year - Jani Krulc
I like reading short stories before bed because they're short, and that usually lets me put a book aside and go to sleep. Not the case here. These thrilling, often morbid, stories kept me turning the pages until I had finished the book. And now I'm ready for Jani to hurry up and get the next one out.

The Magicians, The Magician King - Lev Grossman
This pair of books riff on the familiar fantasy traditions of Narnia and Hogwarts, but bring the conventions crashing down with a dose of realism (what would actually happen if teenagers were tasked with saving the world with magic powers? It would get messy, and they'd bring a hell of a lot of angst to the table).

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Historical fiction set in World War II. Narrated by Death. This terrific book brings an interesting approach to a familiar topic, and executes it with excellence. I found myself laughing and crying, urging the characters to make different choices, and at times had to put the book down to deal with the emotional upheaval of reading about the horrors of the Nazis and the Holocaust as the world shatters around a young girl.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Big News: a book!

I am just going to leave this link here: RK Award Winner Announcement.

I will post more about it when I get past the OMG WTF reaction. What I do want to say right away is thank you to Snare, Invisible, Jay MillAr, my friends, family, & mentors.