Steph has a Best Books of 2006 list up at Natural / Artificial.
The Creative Loafing “Blood” party at Eyedrum was fun–corpses, limbs, blood, and all. You can read the first place story here. Also, from that page you can find the second and third place stories, podcasts of each of the authors reading their stories, interviews with each of the authors, information about the judges, etc.
AWP is going to be in Atlanta this year (February 28-March 3) and I’m super excited–there’s no way I could attend otherwise. The conference schedule is up; it’s overwhelming to say the least. Saturday is the only day I’m sure I can attend, and I’m eyeing these panels: What’s So Funny About Suffering? Writing Buddhist Humor, How to Start, Sustain, Promote Your Own Reading Series, and Authors Who Cross Over to YA.
ETA: Grace Octavia’s first novel, Take Her Man, is also available on Amazon for pre-order.