Saturday, August 14, 2021

THE LONELY AND THE RUM from Dragonstairs Press!



 I'm posting this on Saturday, August 14. Tomorrow, Marianne's Dragonstairs Press will put its latest chapbook, The Lonely and the Rum, up on sale.


And what an eccentric document it is!  The Lonely and the Rum is the lightly-edited transcript of a conversation that Greer Gilman and I (Michael Swanwick, if it needs be said) had for the Virtual Boskone earlier this year. In it, we discuss a group of fantasists who have little in common with each other, other than that they have less in common with everybody else. It's a rich, chewy appreciation of a number of fantasists who deserve your admiration.


As you can possibly tell from the photo, Marianne outdid herself with this one. It's a beautiful chapbook and one I'm delighted to own one.


It goes on sale Sunday, August 15, at noon Philadelphia time.

And here's all the pertinent information . . .


The Lonely and the Rum is a conversation between Greer Gilman and Michael Swanwick, that was part of the virtual programming for Boskone 2021. These two masters of fantasy explored the virtues and dissimilarities of the works of P. L. Travers, Stella Benson, Tove Jansson, and Sylvia Townsend Warner, among others. The only limit was the 50-minute programming cutoff. The transcript was lightly edited by Swanwick and Gilman.


Dragonstairs Press is very grateful to the staff of Boskone, for providing the original recording.


The Lonely and the Rum is 5 ¼ x 8 ½ inches, hand stitched, numbered, and signed by Gilman and Swanwick. The wrappers are silkscreened lokta paper from Nepal, with a cover illustration by Susan McAninly. It is issued in an edition of 125, of which 100 are offered for sale.


Sales will begin on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time at


Domestic: 15$

International: 18$


Above: All information taken from Dragonstairs Press's announcement.



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