West of Bathurst, by Kari Maaren

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Monday, September 9, 2013


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Hurrah!  I've caught up.  Let us hope I'll remain caught up.

I'd also like to point that this is the last week of voting in the Prix Aurora Awards, Canada's science-fiction and fantasy awards (mostly for literature, but also with art-, music-, and fan-related categories.  Film and TV have their own separate awards, the Constellations).  West of Bathurst is up for an award in the "Graphic Novel" category, and my music is up for an award in the "Fan Filk" category.  If you are Canadian or a Canadian permanent resident and would like to vote for me, I would be grateful.  Warning:  it's not free.  To submit an Aurora ballot, you need to be a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA).  The membership is $10 per year (with December always marking the end of the year, logically enough).  That $10 gets you access to the Prix Aurora voter's package, which is actually worth a lot more than $10, as it includes full electronic versions of most of the nominated works, including the novels.  Do not feel obligated to vote, but if you happen to be voting anyway, please consider WoB, which is a rather small fish swimming apprehensively alongside some much bigger and better-known...fish.  Comics.  Whatever.  And no, I don't really enjoy posting this sort of note, as I feel all selfish and stuff, but apparently, self-promotion is something that has to be done sometimes.

Incidentally, even if you would rather not vote for me, please consider taking part anyway.  For a national award, the Auroras have a startlingly tiny voting pool.  They constitute the only official Canadian recognition for an entire subset of literary genres:  genres, moreover, that tend to be shut out of the "real" literary awards.  There's some fantastic stuff on that ballot.   Masseyites, one of the names that appears on the ballot five times--Helen Marshall--belongs to a Massey alumna.  Her sister Laura is there too.

The deadline is Friday at noon PDT.  Go forth and vote if you will.

Comics copyright Kari Maaren 2006-2013