Introducing Book View Café

November 19th, 2008

I’m formulating my thoughts on this whole politics/class/fantasy thing–an issue which fascinates me as a writer and a human.  But (as with many fascinating topics) every time I write something I realize I need to think a little more.  So pardon me while I think, and I’ll be back to the topic in a day or so.

Meanwhile, I want to let you know about a new venture started by a group of women writing in SF, fantasy, horror, mystery, and romance: the Book View Café.  Writers such as Ursula LeGuin, Vonda McIntyre, Irene Radford, Katherine Elisska Kimbriel, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Sarah Zettel, and, well, <i>me</i>, are putting up screenplays, stories, poetry and even whole novels.  Right now it’s all read for free, while we’re in the shakeout period.  Thereafter some of it will be free, some will be free if read online, some available for download for a nominal fee. 

The idea is to make a place where we can get our work before readers in a new way–stories that are out of print, experimental, or otherwise unavailable.  There’s also a blog with posts by the site’s various authors–updated daily, and as diverse as we are.

Looking for something good to read?  Want to check out a writer you haven’t tried before?  Check out the Book View Cafe.

2 Responses to “Introducing Book View Café”

  1. Nicole L.on 20 Nov 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Madeleine,

    That’s awesome! I see some old faves, some new faves, some complete unknowns-to-me and even one I didn’t realize was still writing (cough).

    The organization doesn’t seem that intuitive to me yet — and the introductory page with the quote for each section is a little frustrating. Is it really necessary to go through it every time? Love the quotes though. I will definately be following you there.

  2. Madeleine Robinson 20 Nov 2008 at 9:33 pm

    The interface is still a bit of a work in progress, but we’re stamping out burning ducks as fast as we can.

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