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By ww2bw on October 11, 2012
Ever irreverent prankster and frequent contributor to this blog Dick Cummins sent this All Hallows howl because we could all use a good laugh. It stars, in order of appearance: Dick himself, in long blond tresses and a deep-cut, troubling top; Jane Smiley in a French maid’s uniform and big red hair; Cheryl Olsen in sequined […]
By ww2bw on September 19, 2012
Fred Setterberg’s “true-life novel” Lunch Bucket Paradise was shortlisted for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. There’s a reason for that. Actually, a whole slew of them. Here’s Fred on how reading saved his narrator’s father’s life. <<>> What does reading mean to you?
By ww2bw on September 6, 2012
In this trailer for Sandra‘s new book Have You Seen Marie?, she relates the inspiration for what she calls a fable for adults: “I realized I was living the story I should be writing.” The hardback will be out next month, and is gorgeously illustrated by Sandra’s friend Ester Hernández.
By ww2bw on May 9, 2012
No doubt there will be miles of video footage of John Irving now that his 13th novel is out, but this intimate look at a writer in his lair will surely be among the best. Photographer and videographer Shaul Schwarz knows how to wield a cam.
By ww2bw on December 16, 2011
In the spirit of the season—with equal irreverence for Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa and any other legitimate celebrations you can think of—resident prankster Dick Cummins sent this festive compilation of a JibJab e-card, asserting “all writers are children.” Plus a super-nice wish: “May your book sales lift Amazon stock 10 points!” Band members: D.C. himself (tortoise […]
By ww2bw on November 29, 2011
The multi-talented Bill Manhire, author of the kickass intro to We Wanted to Be Writers, and director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (among myriad other thriving pursuits) has a new book out next month. Co-authored with several fellow faculty members, The Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises […]
By ww2bw on October 24, 2011
Anyone who’s been to a reading at Book Soup in West Hollywood knows what a terrific indie bookstore it is and what a tiny space is allotted for readings. So too, such a person will understand how tiny Michelle would appear to be framed between columnar Glenn and Eric. While drawing an audience whose numbers […]
By ww2bw on October 4, 2011
Gotta love Iowa City audiences. Where else can you get an SRO crowd on a blustery Monday night?
By ww2bw on August 8, 2011
The Erotic History of a Southern Baptist Church is the second, starting with Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All in Allan’s Falls Trilogy. Allan has been described as “the rightful heir to Faulkner and Welty,” and “one of our essential comic writers.” Literary critic Henry Louis Gates, Jr. once declared, “Gurganus can do anything he likes as […]