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.
German Edition of AFTER THE PARADE released
With a new cover and title (Life Is a Peculiar Place), After the Parade is officially out in German!
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.
Well, I think I’m caught up with my newsfeed, except for…
… this link to my great new paperback cover! It will be out July 26, 2016!
‘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.
Another Great End-of-the-Year List (that I was thrilled to be on)
Joshua Bodwell, Maine Writer’s and Publisher’s Alliance executive director (and all-around great human being), makes his end-of-the-year recommendations. Thrilled to have After the Parade chosen for his list as “Breakout Shining Star.”
SF Chronicle: Writers’ Favorite Books of 2015
Thanks to Antonio Ruiz-Camacho for picking After the Parade! Link here.
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