Back in October I published a new story, "Translated from the French," in the inaugural issue of Better: Culture & Lit. They even have a video of me reading the story: Janey filmed me--I was a little embarrassed during it all--standing at the pulpit in my office, reading. I may or may not have been wearing pants. At any rate: Better has been publishing some great work, and now they're doing a Kickstarter so they can spread their Better goodness even further. Here's their Kickstarter video:
In review news:
Jess Stoner published a super-generous and thoughtful and beautifully written review of Tell Everyone I Said Hi over at Necessary Fiction. You can read what she had to say here.
Over at Babble, Brian Gresko made an annotated list of short story collections parents will love, and he was kind enough to include my book in a line-up that, well, I'm not so sure I should be a part of. The other writers include Raymond Carver, J.D. Salinger, A.M. Homes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Karen Russell, Donald Ray Pollock, and Michael Chabon. You can read what Brian had to say here.
In some pretty cool anthology news:
My story "American Bulldog" has been reprinted in New Stories from the Midwest 2012. Jason Lee Brown & Shanie Latham are the Series Editors, and John McNally served as the Guest Editor for this volume. I loved McNally's Troublemakers, another winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and I'm floored he chose to include my story in this anthology, which also has work by Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, and Lee Martin, among others. It's truly a beautiful book, and full of amazing stories.
The title story of my collection, "Tell Everyone I Said Hi," has also been reprinted, in 24 Bar Blues: Two Dozen Tales of Bars, Booze, and the Blues, edited by the excellent Andrew Scott. He, too, has put together an amazing line-up that I'm honored to be a part of. You can see the full table of contents here.
Lastly: Several years ago, I published an essay in Barrelhouse called "Home of the Poor and Unkown." It's about Galesburg and traumatic brain injury and socio-economic class. And Duffy's, a great little bar. And the Chicago Cubs. That essay has now been reprinted in Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine. Again, it's a great line-up; I'm thrilled they made my essay a part of it.
In some events news:
I'm going to be reading in Iowa City twice the first few weeks of April: On Friday, April 5th, time & location TBD, I'll be part of the Mission Creek Festival. There are going to be some great bands in town, and Tig Notaro, and a host of cool and talented lit folks.
On Thursday, April 11th, I'm going to be reading at Prairie Lights at 7:00 with Marie-Helene Bertino. I could spend about 10000 words delineating my connection to this awesome little bookstore, but I think I should save that for a separate post.
And, last but not least:
The Believer is holding their annual reader survey. They want to know your three favorite works of poetry and fiction published in 2012. If you read Tell Everyone I Said Hi and liked it enough, maybe let them know? Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.