Finalist for Simpson Family Literary Prize

I was one of 4 writers named as a finalist for the $50,000 prize, awarded to a writer in mid-career. “The Simpson Family Literary Project administers the prize with the collaboration of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the UC Berkeley English Department. The Simpson Project is named in honor of Barclay and Sharon Simpson and their family, philanthropists whose mission is to help artists and students and underserved children.” Info here. [repost of old post that went missing]

I Interviewed Anne Raeff (my wife) for The Rumpus

I loved doing this interview with Anne Raeff, my wife and first reader, for The Rumpus on the eve of the release of her Flannery O’Connor Award-winning collection, The Jungle Around Us (released October 1, 2016). I asked her about being married to another fiction writer and winning the same prize, being a self-described “bad Jew,” and learning to love cats.

Star Tribune Review of AFTER THE PARADE

In August, I read in my home state of Minnesota, where half of my novel is set, for the first time. I was thrilled with the Star Tribune review of After the Parade that preceded my visit: “It is the story of an American man who must come to terms with his childhood. This sad, brilliant book is for all of us. Its Minnesota moments make it especially compelling for those of us who live here, especially if we grew up in small towns, where nothing, but everything, happened to us.” Full review here.

Video of my conversation with Richard Russo

I was delighted to be in conversation with Richard Russo discussing his new novel, EVERYBODY’S FOOL, a sequel to NOBODY’S FOOL. The Bay Area Book Festival has made a video of the conversation available here.

After the Parade: Northern CA Book Award Finalist for Fiction

I had a great time at the award ceremony for the Northern California Book Awards, despite the fact that I had a terrible cold and, unfortunately, coughed my way through much of the ceremony. After the Parade did not win, but it was a pleasure to have it on the list with such great fiction titles.

‘After the Parade’: Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist

The Publishing Triangle always does a wonderful job of calling attention to the great LGBTQ books published each year. I was so very happy to learn that After the Parade was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award. One of the highlights of my writing career was when The Bigness of the World received the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction in 2010. Thanks to The Publishing Triangle for everything they do to support books by and/or about GLBTQ writers.