What a whirlwind it’s been for the first month of Alternate Histories of the World's release! From our tour of video & music programs that helped inspire the book to meeting people and seeing fan's reactions, it's been quite a trip. Monsters! Robots! Zombies! Oh my! They're all here, rampaging through history!
Thank you, Tumblrs, for all your likes and reblogs on my original cover mock-up! You can now buy How Not to Be a Dick at Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, and Books-A-Million nationwide NOW ON SALE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING! You can also find it online at Amazon.com. It would make the perfect, fun, and inexpensive holiday gift.
Thank you all, again! <3 <3
Congratulations Meghan! I can think of a relative or two who could use a book like this…
Who doesn’t like to give and get books for the holidays? No one, that’s who. This year, we’ve compiled a list of twelve Graywolf books—from contemporary classics to major award winners (Pulitzer, NBCC, Nobel)—that will entertain and enlighten you and your loved ones. We’re offering each of these titles at 25% off through the end of the year.
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Lev Grossman on writing from Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer. Image by Sam Van Olffen
Exciting news, not only does my book have a cover (voila!) ……it can be preordered now via the following links:If you preorder, email me your proof of purchase and I’ll enter your name in a contest to win a hand-knitted scarf/hat combo.Knitted by yours truly, of course.
I hope to be knitting a lot in the next 6 months, outfitting CUTTING TEETH readers in warm woolly goods.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported me and Cutting Teeth, whether through pre-ordering the book, or sharing the book cover over the social media grapevine, or just sharing my excitement.____________________________________________________Also, here is a discussion of sexism in the literary world I was honored to contribute to.____________________________________________________Also, also, I’ll be reading at the amazing WORD Brooklyn bookstore on Friday, December 6th with Chelsea Hodson, Joseph Rippi, and special guest, Kevin Sampsell, to celebrate the release of Kevin new book, This Is Between Us, from Tin House Books.The reading is sponsored by Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Facebook RSVP here._____________________________________________________Workshop your fiction with me.I promise it will be fun, inspiring, and the most thorough feedback ever. I love to talk, teach & discuss the craft of fiction.July 2014: I’m teaching two workshops—a week-long MFA Application Prep Workshop and a weekend Novel-Writing Workshop in late July at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
The 2014 summer schedule and registration will be up, and open, soon.September 2014: I’m teaching a week-long fiction workshop on gorgeous Madeline Island in Wisconsin from 9/15-9/19.Registration for The Craft Of Fiction: Writing The Short Story And The Novel is open now.
All kinds of bookish news from our friend Julia Fierro.
What an amazing night at the 5 Under 35 National Book Foundation National Book Awards celebration last night at powerHouse Arena!
Interviewing Carrie Brownstein—Portlandia star and co-creator, musician, writer, fantastic person—was just one of the highlights of last night’s National Book Award ‘5 Under 35’ Awards.
Carrie was charming and we laughed about the word “artist” and how hard it is so take yourself seriously. She said she has always thought of herself as a writer foremost, and feels most comfortably defining herself as such, which was very interesting because she’s accomplished so much as a musician and actor as well.
I also had so much fun interviewing the 5 nominees—Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans), NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names), Amanda Coplin (The Orchardist), Daisy Hildyard (Hunters in the Snow), Merritt Tierce (Love Me Back); as well as nominators Kevin Powers (The Yellow Birds), Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones and Men We Reaped), moderator Fiona Maazel (Woke Up Lonely), and host Carrie Brownstein.
A more specific summary of my conversations, especially those with Jesmyn Ward and Fiona Maazel, who I found particularly inspiring, coming soon.
Jesmyn spoke about the challenges of transitioning from writing fiction to nonfiction, especially when writing about close personal experiences, and Fiona had great advice on the writing-publishing experience, staying motivated, keeping perspective, and more.
They were all wise, funny, authentic, kind, and I’m in love with them all.
Rebecca Keith, who organized the event, gave a heartfelt introduction for Carrie Brownstein, and here’s a clip of Carrie Brownstein’s own introduction, which was, of course, very funny. In a perfect literary kind of way.
For example, her joke about the publishing biz—“Trees have never felt safer.”
This week, Tumblr is proud to help celebrate the National Book Awards with the National Book Foundation and many other literary friends.