I’m pleased to see a Joyland Magazine piece has been included as a Notable Story in Best American Short Stories 2013, edited by Elizabeth Strout. Congratulations to our author Leopoldine Core, whose story “The Underside of Charm” can be read here.
Congrats also to our past Joyland contributors, Peter Orner and Maggie Shipstead, for having their other work listed as Notable.
Alice Munro won this year’s Trillium Book Award and I honestly couldn’t have been happier to just have been there, let alone on the short list for the Canadian edition of The Blondes. No one knew that night that Munro was announcing her retirement from writing but her short, perfect, beautiful speech seemed a parting message to not just writers of Canadian origin but any writer ever pushed to the margins.
I’m overwhelmed. This is truly wonderful. There are so many good writers in this country. When I began, there were fewer of us, and, well, there was some doubt as to could [there] be such thing as many? We got together, and we proved that that was wrong. There could indeed be Canadian writers, and this room fills that to such perfection. I’m so proud of you all.
Over on Joyland’s Tumblr we have a slide show of our entire trip.
Well, yours truly forgot her camera cord at home, so I cannot upload photos from the Trillium Award readings yet, but you can read a fun conversation in the National Post with my fellow nominee Steven Heighton. We jaw about our work, how it’s similar, and what we really think about being nominated.
Elsewhere, in the latest Truth & Fiction podcast, you can listen to my talk with author Roxane Gay about feminism, TV, and hiding our writing from our parents.
Very excited to say that my novel The Blondes has been nominated for the Trillium Book Award alongside books by Alice Munro, Tamara Faith Berger, and others.
Longreads selected my fiction “The Side Sleeper” (published in Taddle Creek) as one of their top picks for the week. Then I was asked by them if I’d like to contribute my own picks to their blog. I chose a piece from Daily Beast by Roxane Gay, “The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory,” where she reviews Benjamin Percy’s new novel, Red Moon, and another terrific long essay by Bruce Handy, “Budd and Leni” that appeared in Tin House #55.
I’ve been busy the last couple of months getting the new Joyland podcast, Truth & Fiction, up and running along with producer Brian Joseph Davis. We have a brand new episode this Monday featuring Ben Greenman, author and editor at The New Yorker, talking about his novel with HarperCollins, The Slippage. Truth & Fiction is available for free download or subscription via iTunes.
It’s also streaming at The Public Radio Exchange. I’m looking forward to the next episode, which is a talk with screenwriter James Greer, about his days in Guided by Voices and working on the Cleopatra musical with Steven Soderbergh. Look for that in May.
Just a quick note to say that The Blondes now has a US home at St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books. The release will be in the spring of 2014. Expect more details soon. I’ll be reading from The Blondes at Unameable Books in Brooklyn on February 28 at 7:30PM along with poet James Arthur and writer Melinda Moustakis. Details here.