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kcdyer, Wednesday November 26, 2008 - 4:54pm


The sky is falling!

But wait...

The New York Times explores the weird world of the business of publishing these days HERE.



kcdyer, Tuesday November 25, 2008 - 3:26pm win the UK's Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her book SHIRE HELL. You can read the full CBC story HERE or the Guardian's take on it HERE.

Rachel Johnson sounds like a good sport and has said she is honoured to accept the award, apparantly given because her animal metaphors were particularly appalling.


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kcdyer, Tuesday November 25, 2008 - 10:33am


Exciting news for 2006 & 2007 presenter Steven Galloway.

From today's Publisher's Lunch:


Borders Original Voices Nominees 

The retailer announced nominees for their 13th annual Original Voices awards in four categories. Winners will be named in January. The fiction candidates are: Dear American Airlines,  by Jonathan MilesThe Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry The Somnambulist, by Jonathan Barnes The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

 Fingers crossed for you, Steven!


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kcdyer, Monday November 24, 2008 - 8:42pm




I've been reading the BIG stack of evaluations from the conference, and I've decided this is a good place to give a little feedback on your feedback. 

First of all, you should know that these little babies get read...a LOT. Right now I'm reading and compiling the information for the Board. (This takes at least 3 readings of each.) Then I pass the actual forms onto the Board members themselves, and THEY read 'em.

We take your thoughts and comments seriously. Of course, we are always hoping to get an A, but when we don't, we pay attention. The recommendations you make for presenters and speakers are all considered carefully. The suggestions for improvements and ideas for future workshops are all noted and we do our best to put as...

kcdyer, Sunday November 23, 2008 - 12:15am

A tip of the hat to Lynn Perednia at the Compuserve Writers' Forum for pointing me to this article in The Guardian regarding the Literary Review's nominees for Bad Sex in Fiction Awards, 2008 ...

 Quite a list of contenders this year -- Russell Banks, Alastair Campbell and even [ahem] a repeat performance by John Updike.



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kcdyer, Saturday November 22, 2008 - 11:06am

Our inaugural give-away event is now history. The competition closed at midnight last night, and today we have the winners.

Thanks to all who participated -- I have added your suggestions for presenters onto our Board wish-list. We always welcome ideas for new speakers at our conference, so please feel free to continue sending them in.

And now, without further ado...photographic evidence of the winning names, freshly plucked from a bowl on my desk...

(Since this was a midnight draw, it's naturally a night-vision view of the winners.)

Congratulations to Susan J (runner-up prize winner of 3 Mira titles) and Laura T (Grand Prize winner of 4 Mira titles)! Drop me an email with your snail mail addresses to ...

kcdyer, Friday November 21, 2008 - 2:58pm
Tags: Michael Katz

Michael Katz, publisher of Tradewind Books (and one of our presenters in 2008), is launching CROCODILES PLAY by Robert Heidbreder and illustrated by Rae Mate on Saturday at Once Upon a Huckleberry Bush, the new children's bookstore in downtown Vancouver. Event begins Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2 pm. Refreshments will be served.

I can't get the image to come up, so here's a link to the Tradewinds site:...

kcdyer, Thursday November 20, 2008 - 9:01pm

Spread the word! We're still interested in hearing your ideas for SiWC 2009 presenters. If you post your comment on yesterday's blog, you'll be eligible to win one of two Mira Book collections. Let's hear your thoughts!


In other news, we are just working on the software for uploading photos from this year's (and past year's) conferences. Keep an eye on the'll read it here first!



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kcdyer, Wednesday November 19, 2008 - 1:11pm
Tags: contest, facebook

If you are a Facebook Fan, I've just linked the blog up to appear there. If you'd like to check us out, just go to the Surrey International Writers' Conference blog page...and you'll find  us!



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Pee Ess...

 Have you entered our contest yet? The clock is ticking...contest closes Friday night!

kcdyer, Wednesday November 19, 2008 - 1:45pm

Last night was a lovely evening get-together for all the members of the SiWC Board of Directors (minus Estelle, who was unable to make it) and plus Ingrid, our intrepid conference assistant and myself. A good time was had by all, and we continued our discussion (essentially begun on the last day of the conference, 2008) about plans for Conference, 2009.

(News and a Contest after the fold...)

First, I guess I should say (and call me crazy, because I know you do-- and what's worse, you're right!)  I accepted the Board's offer to return as Conference Coordinator for 2009.

<author pauses here for quick sanity-check and to go through vivid-tights drawer for future supplies...>

And second...we've decided to celebrate by having our first...