Age-defying Dick Cummins, in addition to his recent 70s+ team playoff in the Seniors Softball Olympics, and weekly standup routines at SoCal venues, has hit pay dirt with his short story “Research Into the Effects of Aging.” He writes, “For what it’s worth (exactly $36.36), ye ole gas bard pinched third place in a quarterly humor contest. Actually thought I called it “Dubious Results Into the Effects of Aging.”Geri Lipschultz‘s novel Grace Before the Fall is a finalist for the Eludia Award. The $1000 prize is for a female novelist over 40 who has not yet released a novel and includes publication. All digits tightly crossed!
Nov 2 —Tauranga Arts Festival, Tale Tellers. Fresh from the Frankfurt Book Fair, Bill Manhire, Fergus Barrowman, and Steve Braunias discuss their paths to storytelling and where they’re headed. RV3 Crystal Palace, Tauranga, NZ 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Nov 3 — Staged reading of Sherry Kramer‘s “How Water Behaves,” First Light Festival, Capital Repertory New Play Summit, Proctors Theatre 4p.m., Albany, NY.
Nov 3 — The poetry of Bill Manhire, performed by Hannah Griffin and Norm Meehan, closes the 2013 Tauranga Arts Festival, TV3 Crystal Palace, Tauranga, NZ 1:30 p.m.
Nov 15 – 17 —Joe Haldeman is guest of honor at the ICON science fiction convention in Cedar Rapids, IA. He and his wife Gay (“Mommy” guest of honor) started ICON 38 years ago. This year’s writer guest of honor is Nancy Kress; editor honors go to Ellen Datlow.