THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. IV No. 2-3
July-September 1999
ISSN 1089-764X

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

Published bimonthly by whim and fancy for the Avram Davidson
Society.  Contents copyright 1999 The Nutmeg Point District Mail
and assigned to individual contributors.  All rights reserved.

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STORMY THURSDAY SPECIAL SUMMER DOUBLE ISSUE

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AVRAM DAVIDSON SOCIETY MEETING

The second meeting of the Avram Davidson Society will be held in
New York City on Friday, 8 October 1999, 12:30 p.m. at Zen Palate
restaurant off Union Square.  All are cordially welcome.  Please
inform the Editor (wessells@aol.com) in order to reserve a big
enough table.

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THE ORTHODOX JEWISH LIFE STORIES

Time, place, transportation, and library opening hours were in favorable
conjunction earlier this summer when your Editor finally managed to
track down most of Avram Davidson's earliest publications: poems,
stories and essays that appeared in the pages of Orthodox Jewish Life
in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  Some of this material is apprentice
work and of comparatively lesser interest, but several of the pieces are
full-fledged Davidsonian gems with strong fantasy elements.  The big
surprise was "The Land of Sinim" (Orthodox Jewish Life, June 1948), a
previously unrecorded story set in China, where traces of a vanished
Sino-Jewish culture are evoked.  It's a poignant (but not mawkish) story
that reflects many of the concerns that would be found in Avram's fiction
during the next forty-five years!  Also of note is "The Fisherman..., A
Tashlich Legend" (Orthodox Jewish Life, Sep.-Oct. 1950), a fantasy tale.

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NEWS ITEMS

Robert Silverberg and Grania Davis, editors of The Avram Davidson
Treasury have been nominated for the World Fantasy Award in the
Special Professional Award category.  The Treasury, which is now
available in paperback, won the Locus Award for best collection.

Grania Davis and Henry Wessells will edit The Other Nineteenth
Century, a volume of stories by Avram Davidson to be published by
Tor Books.

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Your Editor apologizes for the silence between issues & for the spare
content of the present overworked summer double issue. There are lots
of good things planned for the November issue.

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