Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sinisalo Shortlisted for Prix Escapades

Johanna Sinisalo’s Oiseau de malheur (French translation for Birdbrain) is one of the nominees for the Escapades literary award along with five other books by Nordic writers. The winner is to be selected by popular vote and announced next March at the Vernon Book Fair (Nordic literature is their theme next year). Congrats to Johanna for the nomination!

via Helsingin Sanomat

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Arts Council Grants to Sf Writers

The Arts Council of Finland has awarded their annual grants for artists, and there are familiar names among the writers given grants this year. So congratulations to Sari Peltoniemi (5 year grant), Jukka Laajarinne (3 yr), Johanna Sinisalo (3 yr), Marko Hautala (1 yr), Tiina Raevaara (1 yr), Anu Holopainen (½ yr), and Miina Supinen (½ yr) for the grants! (Plus, of course any others I might have missed.)

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Tsunami Fiction

The members of the Paperiarkki writers forum have published an anthology called Suolaa hiuksissa (”Salt in the Hair”). The anthology has a collecting theme of a tsunami that hits the Canary Islands. The anthology is edited by Venla Lintunen and Saara Kuha, and includes such writers as Jussi Katajala, Anne Leinonen, Tarja Sipiläinen, and more. The anthology can be downloaded as a pdf at Paperiarkki.

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Roadside Picnic

Just got back from this year’s Roadside Picnic & accompanying Smof Brunch in Tampere. The idea was that on Saturday, there was the actual picnic, which is the annual relaxacon of the Finnish fandom, and on Sunday, some of the people continued with an informal meeting.

Huviretki 2011

The picnic was fun as ever, although it had to be cut a bit short this year due to an unexpected concert that took over the Viikinsaari island. But that only meant that the barbecuing + regular programming (basically just a couple of filks, really) was done a bit more hastily than usual and that we moved on to a restaurant to carry on a bit earlier.

The terrace of the restaurant Tillikka was a bit damp but otherwise fine, and the food they served good as always (no beets for beer exchange this year, though). As some people thought it got a bit chilly outside, the gang migrated to Amarillo for more beers (and food) and conversation, which all continued well into the wee hours. With drinks called (among others) Endless Summer or Kinky Queen, and an authentic Birthday Monolith, how can you but have a fun evening!

Sunday morning started in a leisurely manner with breakfast at Café Siilinkari (highly recommended—an inexpensive breakfast buffet, delicious pastries, an they even sell a good decaf cappucino, yay!) which stretched into a brunch and then an afternoon of conversation. Lots of topics got covered, and progress was made on quite a few fronts. These kinds of events are something I value highly—you can get a lot done when people from many associations and events committees sit together. A wealth of information shared and good ideas planned further together. In my opinion, it is essential for fandom to have these info sharing and brainstorming meetings a couple of times a year (in addition to conventions, e-mail lists and discussion forums, of course).

Things discussed and planned included:

  • ways of promoting Finncon internationally (and making it consistently foreigner-friendlier)
  • the evolution of NoFF (the Nordic fan fund)
  • a fandom portal project (and its cooperation with existing resources)
  • different ways of getting funds for interesting fandom projects
  • ideas for upcoming Finncons, sharing information
  • developing the “Finnsmofcon” into a bigger event that would be even more useful to fandom in the future

These are all pretty much in the planning stage, but you will definitely be hearing more about these projects in the near future.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

TSFS Looking for Fantasy Feast Organizers

The Turku Science Fiction Society is planning to organize another Fantasy Feast (a pseudo-medieval fantasy gathering) next year and is looking for volunteers to participate in the organizing of the event.

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Linkage: Jani Saxell on Sf

Author Jani Saxell talks (in Finnish) about his writing and science fiction on Kirjahylly.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Pub Meeting, Roadside Picnic this week

This Thursday is the first of the month, and that means the Turku pub meeting. For the summer, we decided to move the meetings outside, so the meeting will be at the Brewery Restaurant Koulu at six (outside if the weather permits). The book circle meets 6:30, this month’s book is Pimeyden reunalla (a new pulp anthology). There will also be a new issue of the Turu Mafia Zine—free for everyone who shows up.

On Saturday, Spektre organizes the traditional relaxacon Roadside Picnic in Tampere Viikinsaari. The first ferry from Laukontori leaves at noon; I’ll be taking the 10 AM train to Tampere which probably means making the 1 PM ferry. Bring your own picnic; there’s a fireplace for barbecuing on the island.

The Tampere trip continues on Sunday with a smof brunch at Café Siilinkari, probably starting around 10 AM. Come discuss things like conventions, fan funds, creating a fandom portal, and everything eles!

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