I’m grateful to have participated in yesterday’s Art of the Short Story virtual panel offered by Lit Camp and moderated by its founder Janis Cooke Newman. It was a lively and invigorating chat with my fellow writers Vanessa Hua, Jane Ciabattari, Yalitza Ferreras, and Laurie Ann Doyle, and one which connected us with a large and wonderful audience. I didn’t realize how much I miss these opportunities to be in community and conversation, sharing whatever informative tips, tricks, experiences, and inspiration we can. Here’s a link to the recording of the free event. Use passcode: Z0a+Gj++
Keeping with short stories, 10 advance reader copies (ARCs) of In the Event of Contact are currently on Goodreads Giveaway until March 1st. I’m really touched and excited by the keen interest in my next book and I hope hard readers will find the story collection a worthy read. I turned in the final edits on the book to my publisher, Dzanc Books, this past Saturday. It’s strange to have the ARCs in the world, which pale now next to the finished stories, but such is the nature of the business and I have to believe that there’s enough in the ARCs to gather support and momentum for the final book when it publishes on May 18. I gave these stories everything I have.
My short essay published in World Literature Today. It centers on living in Lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic and noise, missed milestones, family dinner, and the recent drive-by on our block. You can read it here. Stay well.
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Yikes, it has been a long time since I posted here. My supposedly monthly but actually random newsletter has largely replaced this blog. Click here if you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be sending another one out soon. Meanwhile, back to this post.
Last week The Irish Times published my short story “Everywhere She Went.” It’s gotten a lovely response from readers which means so very much. It’s here, if you’d like to read it. If that whets your appetite for the short story, read this stellar one here from Danielle McLaughlin winner of the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award and a Queen.
The world. It is, to quote my oldest daughter, “extra” right now. I’m always here if you need me. Let me know how you’re doing.
The 2017 Fiction Shortlist Announced for the
2nd Annual Reading Women Award
The creators of the Reading Women podcast are pleased to announce their 2017 fiction shortlist for the 2nd annual Reading Women Award.
- The Weight of Him (St. Martin’s) by Ethel Rohan
- Stay with Me (Knopf) by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
- Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing) by Min Jin Lee
- The Strays (Twelve Books) by Emily Bitto
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel (Riverhead) by Heather O’Neill
- Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner) by Jesmyn Ward
Established in 2016, the Reading Women Award recognizes outstanding books written by or about women. The prize will be given to one fiction and one nonfiction work that embodies the mission of the Reading Women podcast, which is to bring female voices to a wider audience. The nonfiction shortlist will be announced November 15th, and the winners of both categories will be announced December 6th.
About the Podcast
The phrase “women’s literature” is often associated with fluffy novels about women looking for mates or covers with lipstick and glitter on them. It’s high time that women reclaim the phrase. If you look back over the history of literary awards, very few women, comparatively, have received top awards. Only 14 women have won the Nobel Prize for Literature and 31 have won the Pulitzer.
The goal of the Reading Women podcast is to bring previously anonymous women to the forefront of your TBR stack. Each month Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett pick a theme and then discuss several books in a book club-style podcast. Subscribe today to discover amazing female authors who are giving voice to a part of the world’s population that has been largely overlooked.
You can find all Reading Women episodes in the iTunes Store or wherever you get your podcasts.
Fifty signed hardcovers of my first novel The Weight of Him are up for grabs at Goodreads. This is the final Goodreads Giveaway for this hardcover. Thanks to those of you who enter and the best of luck.
For The Irish Times, I wrote an essay about my visit to The Irish Potato famine exhibit in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green Center and its surprising effect on me.