Report: Double Launch of Slights (Kaaron Warren) & Silent Sorrow (Russell Kirkpatrick)

A few weekends ago Kaaron Warren and Russell Kirkpatrick teamed up and officially launched their most recent novels to the reading public. Kaaron’s book, Slights, is a refreshed reissue of her very first novel and there has been a demand by new Warren readers to get access to it. Russell’s novel, Silent Sorrow, has been a long time coming and is the first of his The Book of Remezov series. It was also an opportunity for Kaaron to represent herself and Ellen Datlow in showcasing their recent literary partership (in effect turning the event into a triple launch): Tool Tales (a chapbook that has photographs of obscure antique tools, with Kaaron writing imaginative microfiction to interpret their purpose/history). COVID has impacted on release dates as well as launch timings, but we are so glad it finally eventuated – special thanks to Harry Hartog ANU for hosting the event and making the authors, and guests, very welcome.

Kaaron provided us with a mini report:

Leading up to our triple book launch, Russell and I had lots of chats about the importance of involving the audience in our event. I love a book launch where the audience becomes a part of the show! We each made 30 gift bags. Russell’s had his amazing maps, mine had nasty recipe cards and an odd little soldier. Both had Wizz Fizz. Russell printed up door prizes; large Russell maps from him, blow ups of Ellen Datlow’s tools from me. Russell made people work for his; they had to draw a map. The winner depicted Ashfield as ‘Trashfield’ and Russell says it was humour that won the prize for this one. I gave one prize to Nicole Murphy for making the best fart noises during Russell’s reading. It was appropriate, I promise! The opening of his Silent Sorrow is so good. Descriptive, evocative, funny, and full of farts. I read some of my Tool Tales and Russell and I talked about our inspirations and motivations. There was wine and cheese, laughter, conversation and much positive feedback. An absolutely excellent launch!

After reading Kaaron’s report we definitely knew we missed something special. Perhaps some of the photos below will help a bit (courtesy of Cat Sparks):

New Release: Tool Tales by Kaaron Warren & Ellen Datlow

IFWG is proud to release the second in its ongoing chapbook series, Tool Tales: Microfiction Inspired By Antique Tools, with photography by Ellen Datlow, and microfiction accompanying each photo by Kaaron Warren. “It was a pleasure to work with Kaaron and Ellen,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and I thoroughly enjoyed the Zoom sessions and email iterations. While this was a small project – being a chapbook after all – the whole process went smooth as silk, mainly because we had such fun. I think this spirit comes out in its pages.”

Multi-award winning creators Ellen Datlow and Kaaron Warren teamed up on Facebook a few years ago when Ellen posted photos of antique tools and Kaaron wrote microfiction pieces to accompany them, without either of them knowing what the tools were for.

This chapbook collects and preserves their playful interaction for readers to enjoy.

Tool Tales is only available in print format and can be purchased world-wide from all good and specialist book stores. IFWG also sells the chapbook directly (click here).

Books Deal with Kaaron Warren & Ellen Datlow

Kaaron Warren & Ellen Datlow taken by Cat Sparks

Ellen Datlow & Kaaron Warren (photo by Cat Sparks)

IFWG Publishing is extremely pleased to have acquired the publishing rights for five titles by Kaaron Warren, one of which is a collaboration with multi-award winning editor Ellen Datlow.

Three Warren titles are transfers of rights from a previous publisher (Slights, Mistification and Walking the Tree) and two are original works: Morace’s Story (a middlegrade novella that closely ties with Walking the Tree, where both will be published worldwide simultaneously), and Tool Tales, a chap-book that will contain original photography by Ellen Datlow paired with micro-fiction by Warren—all associated with images of old tools that are odd, weird, or whose utility are largely forgotten over time. Warren’s prose sources inspiration and stream of consciousness from these images.

All five titles will be published on return to normalcy in the marketplace following the current COVID-19 crisis, but Slights will be available in ebook format in coming months. All three reprints will be augmented with new creative material, notably a bonus related short fiction piece for Slights, and Walking the Tree will be closely associated with Morace’s Story—it will be the same story as Walking the Tree, but through the eyes of a young protagonist. IFWG views this pairing as an exciting project with an original approach to bridging literature across different age groups. IFWG will provide more news on enhancements to Mistification at a later date.

Tool Tales brings Ellen Datlow into the project as an artistic contributor, which contrasts with her usual expert role as an editor. IFWG was approached by Warren and Datlow following their social media success in matching Kaaron’s speculative fiction writing against Datlow’s collection of images of tools, to turn this exercise into a print and ebook collection. IFWG recognised the potential interest in this project in the wider reading community, and also saw it as a superior reference work for writers’ workshops and classes.

IFWG Publishing views these acquisitions as a strong investment, injecting two projects with unique offerings to the market (Morace’s Story’s pairing with Walking the Tree, and the creative collaboration between Warren and Datlow in Tool Tales). Additionally, IFWG values the addition of five titles bearing Warren’s respected name to its current catalogue of two books (the multi-award winning novel, The Grief Hole, and her collection of short fiction, The Gate Theory).

Kaaron Warren’s Bio:

Shirley Jackson award-winner Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had fiction in print every year since. She was recently given the Peter McNamara Lifetime Achievement Award and was Guest of Honour at World Fantasy 2018, Stokercon 2019 and Geysercon 2019. Kaaron was a Fellow at the Museum for Australian Democracy, where she researched prime ministers, artists and serial killers.

She has published five multi-award winning novels (Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone) and seven short story collections, including the multi-award winning Through Splintered Walls. She has won the ACT Writers and Publishers Award four times and twice been awarded the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her most recent novella, Into Bones Like Oil (Meerkat Press) is on the Final Ballot for the Stoker Award, the Recommended Reading List for Locus and the Aurealis Award Shortlist.

Ellen Datlow’s Bio:

Ellen Datlow has been editing sf/f/h short fiction for four decades. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and currently acquires short stories and novellas for Tor.com and Nightfire. She has edited many anthologies for adults, young adults, and children, including The Best Horror of the Year series and Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles, and the reprint anthologies Edited By and Body Shocks. She’s won multiple Locus, Hugo, Stoker, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards plus the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre” and was honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

She runs the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in the east village, NYC, with Matthew Kressel.