It's always good news to me when I hear about a new book store opening, (especially lately). Congrats to local indie store One More Page Books in Arlington, Virginia, founded by Eileen McGervey to "share a love of books and provide a space to support local writers, artists and independent businesses." Planned events include author signings, children story hours, wine tastings, writing workshops, book clubs, knitting clubs, and arts and crafts projects for children. Among the first authors to hold book signings: Ellen Crosby, signing the latest in her Lucie Montgomery mystery series, The Viognier Vendetta, on Sunday, December 19, 2-4 pm; and Richard Gazala, signing his debut thriller Blood of the Moon, Tuesday, December 21, 7-9 pm.
Congrats also to the new ezine, Pulp Carnivale, launching January 31, 2011. Author Tracy Austin is looking for alternative short fiction in the tradition of pulp magazines including fantasy, gangster, detective/mystery, science fiction, adventure/exotic travels, westerns, romance and horror/occult. Stories can be flash fiction, 1,000 words or less, published daily as a "News Flash"; longer stories around 5,000 words or less; and serial fiction (episodic or a miniseries), 5,000 words or less to come in weekly installments.