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9 January 2006
Topic: January 2005

Quik Piks

[1.08.06] Canadian author Paul Auster has recently written what the Toronto Star calls his "warmest, shaggiest novel" yet with The Brooklyn Follies. The story, about a man who obsessively photographs the same streetcorner on a daily basis, is a typical Auster effort, as his "fiction concerns how narrative shapes reality." The unusual temporality of the story nudges it into near-magical realist territory, though perhaps not as much as his Mr. Vertigo, which tells the tale of a boy who can walk on air.

[1.06.06] Get this: Emily Carter for the Star Tribune reviews Zakes Mda's novel The Whale Caller with this utterly amusing statement at the beginning: "The term 'magical realism'…, applies to Zakes Mda's novel, The Whale Caller. But this truly magical book transcends any such tidy labels." Tidy? Wow, we've heard magical realism slandered for being many things, but never Tidy. Hmm. Wonders truly never cease.

[12.08.05] Okay, so it's old news, but here's what Seattle's The Stranger wrote in promoting Margin's final fifth anniversary reading in Ballard last December: "Kathleen Alcala, Tamara Kaye Sellman, Wayne Ude, and others read from a genre of writing involving the occurrence of weird shit." Well, it's not quite how we'd characterize magical realism, but I think it's a little closer than Emily Carter's view [above].

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18 January 2005

Now Playing: Pay Pal added for sale of Periphery
Topic: January 2005
Readers from all around the world can now purchase Periphery, Margin's magical realist zine offshoot, using the convenient Pay Pal service.

More information about Periphery: what it is, how to buy it, how much it costs, why you should?

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Now Playing: Magical Realism Contest: Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry
Topic: January 2005
A flash fiction/prose poem contest
Theme for 2005:
"Reasonable Facsimiles: Twins, Mirrors and Doppelgangers"
Postmark deadline: February 15, annually.

Winner and honorable mentions published in Periphery, released August 1 annually.

Prize: $50, 3 copies of collectible print zine and publication. All manuscripts also considered for general publication in Margin. Sim subs okay with notification, but entry fee nonrefundable. Previously published okay; please credit first publisher in cover letter. Entries not returned.

Entry fee: $7.50 covers up to 5 poems or short shorts (each 500 words or less); additional submissions, $2 each. Make checks payable to Tamara Kaye Sellman.

Proceeds go to produce the August collector's edition of Periphery and to pay the prize. Judged blind by staff. See general guidelines at the website.

Email for inquiries only, no electronic submissions, please.

Winner of the 2004 PERIPHERY contest, "The Living Landscape" ~ Marjorie Manwaring of Seattle, WA. Periphery is published as a limited edition, high-quality zine. Get your copy before they sell out!

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11 January 2005

Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: Margin contributor Jan Steckel to read in March 2005
Topic: January 2005
Jan Steckel will read "The Christening of Alonso" from Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism (June 2004) along with other short stories of hers on Saturday, March 19, 2005, 2 PM, at the Lakeview Branch Library, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, California, (510) 238.7344. Prose open mic to follow. Details

Thanks to Jan Steckel for this news lead.

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Updated: 11 January 2005 9:53 AM PST
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Mood:  hug me
Now Playing: Award Winning Author Jane Yolen to Teach at Whidbey Island Writers Conference
Topic: January 2005
Dubbed the Hans Christian Andersen of America by Newsweek and the Aesop of the 20th century, Jane Yolen has written so many books that she lost count at 250. A writer, teacher and folklorist, Yolen is the latest addition in an outstanding lineup of presenters at the annual Whidbey Island Writers Conference scheduled March 4 through March 6, 2005.

Yolen moves gracefully from children to young adults, fantasy, science fiction, poetry and even nonfiction. Her books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the Jewish Library Award and more.

To learn more about and the Whidbey Island Writers Conference and Jane Yolen, see the website, or contact Conference Director Elizabeth Guss (phone: (360) 331.6714.

Thanks to Wayne Ude for this news lead

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4 January 2005
Margin launches Magical Realism News clearinghouse!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: January 2005
Welcome to Margin's brand-new News Headquarters! Here, you'll find all the magical realism news we can find, as soon as we find it!
For now, how about a few short announcements to get the ball rolling...

2005 is Margin's FIFTH ANNIVERSARY! Yep, that's right?we've been online for five years! That's practically a quarter-century in real time!
You can expect to find us participating in many upcoming literary events including conference panels, local readings and the like.
NOTE: Estimated launch date for the Winter 2005 Special Fifth Anniversary Edition: January 26, 2005. Stay tuned for details!

Margin's first anniversary reading event is slated for FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 2005 at Lottie Mott's in Seattle (Columbia City neighborhood). As part of the ongoing Take a Poem from Your Heart/WPA series, we'll be hosting a special Margin anniversary reading.
Featured readers: Wayne Ude and Sondra Kelly-Green for short fiction; Marjorie Manwaring, Marjorie Rommel and Kelli Russell Agodon for poetry, with introductions from the editor and publisher, Tamara Kaye Sellman, and an appearance by Bruce Taylor, founder of the Magic Realist Writers International Network.
Includes an OPEN MIC/poetry only. The event starts at 7 pm but get there early to sign up for the open mic and to get a good seat! Lottie Motts, 4900 Rainier Ave S. (Columbia City at corner of Rainier and Ferdinand), Seattle. For more information, contact organizer Christopher J. Jarmick at glasscocoon (at)

Margin will be part of the AWP-Vancouver BC Publishers' Fair this coming spring! If you plan on attending, please stop by our table and meet the staff! More details to follow?

Margin announces the debut of its new re-reading journal, Two-Way Mirror. January's discussion will focus on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic short story, "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." Come read along as editor and publisher Tamara Kaye Sellman returns to the text and offers her personal and critical thoughts about the story. Readers are encouraged to comment as well.

Other new features to be added to the Margin website in 2005:
RSS Feed
Site Search
Everchanging Quotes

Stay tuned for those additions!

This new clearinghouse of magical realism news is still under construction. Some of the links on either side of the text may not be fully functional yet. Thanks for your patience as we slowly, but surely, establish the architecture for this latest feature for Margin.


Tamara Kaye Sellman, Editor and Publisher, Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism

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Updated: 4 January 2005 1:04 PM PST
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