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February 4, 2013


Announcing Launch of New Kindle Serial


Gooseberry Bluff is not a school for the chosen ones. It's a school for those who have run out of choices. An unlikely place for an international conspiracy. But after suspicious paranormal signatures are reported and a professor of magical history goes missing, the possibility of demon trafficking seems more and more likely.

St. Paul, MN – February 4, 2013 – With his new Kindle Serial GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC: THE THIRTEENTH RIB, Nebula Award-nominated author David J. Schwartz is joining a pioneering group of writers that are forging into new frontiers -- with their feet planted firmly in the past.

Combining the uniquely modern phenomenon of e-books with the distinctly retro appeal of serial novels, Amazon Publishing's new Kindle Serials program offers full books bought up-front for as little as $1.99, then delivered episodically to readers' Kindles on a set cadence. GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC: THE THIRTEENTH RIB is the first Serials to be released in 2013 by 47North, Amazon Publishing’s imprint for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. As the series unfolds, readers have the opportunity to provide feedback and discuss the Serial with each other in community forums.

"Before TV and before comics, writers like Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas were working in the serial form," said Schwartz. "I'm looking forward to the fun and challenge of making that three weeks between episodes into an escalating agony of suspense," he joked.

GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC: THE THIRTEENTH RIB, the first season set in Schwartz’s fantastic contemporary world, begins the tale of Joy Wilkins, an undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Magical Affairs, as she starts her first semester of teaching and investigating the alarming activity at this school of magic on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The deeper she goes, the closer she gets to dangerous secrets that could threaten her entire world.

David J. Schwartz is the author of the Nebula Award-nominated novel Superpowers as well as the novella The Sun Inside. He has written more than twenty-five short stories, which have appeared in such publications as Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror collections, Paper Cities, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the World Fantasy Award-nominated anthology Twenty Epics. Visit his Amazon.com author page at http://tinyurl.com/b3j5kxh, or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/snurri.

For more information about GOOSEBERRY BLUFF, contact David J. Schwartz at snurri [at] gmail [dot] com. For more information about 47North, visit http://www.amazon.com/47North. To pre-order GOOSEBERRY BLUFF, visit http://tinyurl.com/b9bhyag.




Feb. 4th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I don't remember with blistering clarity, but I think the vague or implied context was how Rowling had messed around with it and that it was something that you wanted to try--but this was years ago, so I can't remember either, and it might have even been in person in a dark bar, or in a comment thread, or in my dreams.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
I've been carrying some version of this idea around for at least ten years, so it's definitely possible. I like Rowling's stuff (that sounds so weirdly diminutive), but this is definitely a riff on the class and social stuff that she sidestepped or ignored, among other things.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
I've hoped that you'd write this since whenever you said something about it. (And, if memory serves, yes, addressing what Rowling left out was part of the context back then.) I'm so excited for this that I might go jump around outside!


David J. Schwartz
Mumble Herder

Recent and Forthcoming



US Edition

UK Edition


"The Sun Inside," part of the Electrum Novella Series from Rabit Transit Press

Short Stories:

"Escape to Bird Island" at The King's English, Winter 2008-9 Issue

"Bear In Contradicting Landscape" in Polyphony 7, Coming Soon

"MonstroCities" in Tumbarumba: A Frolic of Intrusions

"Mike's Place" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #22

"Proof of Zero" in Spicy Slipstream Stories, Out Now!!

"The Somnambulist" in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Out Now!!

"Oma Dortchen and the Pillar of Story" in Farrago's Wainscot, Summer 2007

"The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Number 13, Fall 2003 (Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collecion); Reprinted in The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet


""Stardust" at Strange Horizons


"On Making Noise: Confessions of a Quiet Kid" in Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer



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