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Come see me at SF in SF – San Francisco, May 7

 SF in SF PRESENTS
Sunday, May 7, 2017
American Bookbinders Museum
San Francisco, California

ELLEN KLAGES / DAVID D. LEVINE / ROBYN BENNIS
moderated by Terry Bisson

    

Doors and bar open at 5:30PM
** It’s Debut Novel Drink Night!**
Help us raise funds for the American Bookbinders Museum by sampling a cocktail concocted just for this event!

Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum
no one turned away for lack of funds / cash or Square

All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Each author will read a selection of their work, followed by Q&A with the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books – please feel free to bring your own books from home.

The American Bookbinders Museum’s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street – just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

My Norwescon schedule

Norwescon 40 is next weekend, April 13-16, and I will be there! Here’s where you can find me:

Friday:

10:30-11:00am in Cascade 2: Reading: David D. Levine

2:00-3:00pm in Cascade 11: Raising the Stakes with Mark Teppo (M), PJ Manney, Kat Richardson, and David D. Levine

Saturday:

12:00-1:00pm in Cascade 10: Hand me the Superwrench ConnectorThingy with Spencer Ellsworth (M), Raven Oak, David D. Levine, and Elliott Kay

2:00-3:00pm in Grand 2: Autograph Session 1 with
Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Nancy Kress, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Carol Berg, Alex Irvine, Annie Bellet, Caroline M. Yoachim, Curtis C. Chen, Dean Wells, Greg Bear, Jack Skillingstead, James C. Glass, Jeff Sturgeon, John Cramer, Kat Richardson, Lee Moyer, Nathan Crowder, Nisi Shawl, Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Rhiannon Held, Scott James Magner, Sonia Orin Lyris, Todd Lockwood, Tori Centanni, Wendy N. Wagner, PJ Manney, Julie McGalliard, Crystal Connor, David D. Levine, and Hayley Stone

4:00-6:00pm: Writers’ Workshop (closed session)

Powell’s tonight, ECCC Friday

Klages PassingStrange 2Ellen Klages and I will discuss her new book Passing Strange at Powell’s Cedar Hills in Beaverton, Oregon tonight (Monday 2/27) at 7pm!

Also, at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle this weekend, I will be appearing on panel “Kicking Ass in a Corset: An Homage to Fearless Ladies in Fantasy!” with Kristen Britain, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Marie Brennan! Friday 3/3 at 5:15pm in WSCC 603 with autographing to follow.

Hope to see you there!

Year of Yes

IMG 6217Today is my fifty-sixth birthday.

As most of you know, I had a really sucky 2016. In addition to the problems all of us had with that hell-hole of a year, I had my beloved wife Kate’s illness and death and some other (not unrelated) personal crises that made me very glad to see it go. So at the beginning of this year I decided that 2017 would be my “Year of Yes.”

Yes to fun and excitement. Yes to opportunity and adventure. Yes to new experiences. Yes to love and sex.

It’s going well so far. Here’s an example: a Facebook post about where to find a new belt led in remarkably short order to a decision to visit Siena, Italy after the Worldcon for the Palio di Siena. I’ve been doing a lot of other travel on a rather spur-of-the-moment basis, and, closer to home, spending time with friends old and new and seeing a lot of theatre.

Now, I’m not going all Jim Carrey here. I’m still exercising judgement, and I’m still saying “no” some things, including avocados, olives, and cilantro (sorry, avocado fans). But before I say “no,” I do try to take a moment to consider whether this is still something I don’t want to do. Sometimes I do change my mind — for example, I had guacamole on my arepas the other day, and they were delicious. (Still hate raw avocado, though.)

“Yes” is not without its costs. For one thing, saying “yes” to some things inevitably means “no” to others. My trip to Siena means that I will be on the other side of the world for the August 21 solar eclipse — which will likely be the only solar eclipse within driving distance of my home in my lifetime. “Yes” has also put me in situations that push my boundaries, and in some cases have really frightened me. But all human activities have risks, and I’m determined to face them with mindfulness and learn from the experience.

I hope that you will join me in my Year of Yes. Let’s not let the bastards wear us down.

Arabella nominated for Norton, Oregon Book Award, Locus Award

Very, very pleased to report that Arabella of Mars, my first novel, has received the following substantial honors:

Thank you very much to everyone who nominated, recommended, or talked up my book, and please do vote for it if you can!

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Photos from Kate’s memorial gathering

Thank you to everyone who came out for Kate’s memorial gathering last weekend! And special thanks to Mark Niemann-Ross, who made all the arrangements, and to everyone who pitched in and set up the tables and chairs when we were let into the building after the event was supposed to start. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to spend very much time talking with any one person, but there were lots of good reminiscences and conversation and some people hung around for visits and meals in the following days.

Here are some photos from the event. All are by Alex Wright, except for the last one which is by Karen Schaffer.

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What I published in 2016

So here it is awards season, and I suppose I ought to summarize what I published in 2016. By comparison with previous years it is a very short list, only two items, but I’m exceptionally proud of both of them.

DDLevine Arabella Cover MedMy first novel, Arabella of Mars, was published in 2016 to considerable acclaim:

  • “Embedded in the chaos of clockwork and space adventure, Arabella is a delightful heroine with more than enough fortitude to traverse the solar system. A fanciful romp through a cosmic 1812, Hugo Award-winning Levine’s first novel is a treat for steampunk fantasy fans. Debut of the Month.” — Library Journal, starred review
  • “Arabella is a fully realized character, daring and willing to risk everything to protect the brother she loves and the legacy that her father has left them. Her wits and cleverness save the ship and crew more than once in this rousing swashbuckler.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Excellent, entertaining, humorous scenarios make up Levine’s latest. His storytelling will keep readers turning the pages with its slight edginess, light-hearted tone and clear, crisp dialogue. Arabella is strong, sassy and clever, and her journey, as she makes her way back to Mars on an airship, makes this story an engaging read.” — RT Book Reviews, four-star review

Arabella of Mars is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats at Amazon, Powell’s, and everywhere else books are sold.

My only other publication in 2016 was novelette “Discards” at tor.com, a standalone story in George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards universe. You can read the whole thing for free at tor.com.

If you are a SFWA member and believe these works are award-worthy, you can recommend Arabella for the Nebula or Norton Award or “Discards” for the Nebula Award (login required).

Thank you for your consideration.

Kate Yule Memorial Gathering 1/28/17

An informal memorial gathering to remember and celebrate the life of Kate Yule will be held on January 28, 2017, from 2pm to 5pm, at the Fulton Park Community Center in Portland, Oregon. Bring your memories, photographs, knitted objects, and stories of Kate.

We will be providing hors d’oeuvres from Chef Naoko. It’s really important that you RSVP, and do so as soon as possible — January 22 at the latest — so we know how much food to order. Please RSVP here: http://evite.me/CvqND1nn1M

If you are coming in from out of town, we’ve set up a 15% discount at the Embassy Suites Portland Downtown (the BentoCon hotel). Use the hotel website, or call 800-643-7892, and use group code “DLM” and reserve before January 21 to get the discounted rate.

Anyone who knew and loved Kate is welcome to attend; please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone we might have missed.

David’s Index for 2016

Novel words written: 73,735
Short fiction words written: 8,335
Notes, outline, and synopsis words written: 50,057
Blog words written: 13,501
Total words written: 145,628
Novel words edited out: 8,049
Net words written: 137,579

New stories written: 1

Short fiction submissions sent: 1
Responses received: 1
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 1 (pro)
Other sales: 6 (3 reprint, 3 translation)

Short stories published: 6 (1 pro, 2 reprint, 2 translation, 1 audio)

Nebula nominations: 1
Other award nominations: 1
Awards won: 0

Novels completed: 1
Novel submissions: 1
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 1
Novels published: 1

Happy new year!