THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. XV No. 1


8 May 2013

ISSN 1089-764X

Published irregularly by whim and fancy for the Avram Davidson Society.
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IN MEMORIAM : AVRAM DAVIDSON (1923-1993)

Today's version of the Avram Davidson Society luncheon was the best
ever, with new members and old friends braving a spring downpour to
meet at the new iteration of Zen Palate Union Square (earlier gatherings
had been in the restaurant when the dining room overlooked the square).

Guests included Maria Dahvana Headley, Gregory Feeley, Michael
Swanwick, and the director of the M. C. Porter Endowment for the Arts.
This was the fifteen anniversary of the establishment of the society to
" support critical and biographical research and other activities contributing
to greater awareness of Davidson's writings and his place in the history of
American literature and the fantasy and science fiction genres".

Gregory Feeley recalled his first Nebula Convention, where he met
Davidson and where Davidson was the announcer of the short fiction
award — the year no award was given (1971). He also told of a visit to
Bremerton, where Davidson lived during his last years: the country of
manufacture of the rental car was queried before Davidson would accept
a ride. Michael Swanwick reminded the gathering just why this mattered:
Avram Davidson reminded his friends and correspondents that it was not
his choice to remember the Holocaust every day. Swanwick also said, I
never met Davidson but I got him a job, when my faculty advisor Dr. D.C.
Jenkins proposed bringing a science fiction writer to William & Mary
writer in residence program but wanted to get a "quality" writer. It was
Dr. Jenkins who also published the first chapbook of Davidson's
work, Polly Charms, The Sleeping Woman (1977).

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THE WAILING OF THE GAULISH DEAD

The Wailing of the Gaulish Dead was published today, to mark the
twentieth anniversary of Davidson's death. All in attendance today
signed a presentation copy for Grania Davis. The essay, an Adventure
in Unhistory, was composed late in 1981 but not published during
Davidson's lifetime. It is not known whether the original typescript
survives; the source for this edition, a photocopy, was sent to your
correspondent in 1999 by Iain Odlin, son of R.W. Odlin (patron of the
1993 Owlswick edition of Adventures in Unhistory). Details of the