Deepest thanks to KBOO’s Ken Jones for dreaming up a short story all-star roundtable of writers for his once a month show Mr. Jones’s Neighborhood, where I had the joy of talking for an hour around the mikes with these luminaries of the literature and the short story – KAREN RUSSELL, LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, & KIMBERLY KING PARSONS.
The conversation could have gone on much longer than the hour we had.
It was an absolute privilege to be in the room with these women and to discuss everything we love about my favorite literary genre.
Link to listen to the full taping is here.
Somehow, incredibly, Powell’s Books included PEOPLE LIKE YOU in their 2019 list of 25 Books To Read Before You Die.
The title is alongside works by Ursula K. LeGuin, Raymond Carver, Katherine Dunn, Ken Kesey, Charles D’Ambrosio, Lidia Yuknavitch, Barry Lopez, Brian Doyle, Terese Marie Mailhot, Mitchell Jackson, Joe Sacco, Beverly Cleary, Tom Spanbauer, Pete Rock, Ruth Ozeki, Jim Lynch… It’s really quite an incredible honor.
Thanks so much to the booksellers at Powell’s for supporting Northwest writers and for bringing them to the attention of readers everywhere.
The Hugo House Literary Series interviewed each writer reading at this month’s event and asked them to write about three things: the work they’ll share with the audience; a single piece of advice that’s kept them going; and what one superpower they would have if they could.
Check it out here: https://hugohouse.org/exclusive-domingo-martinez-terese-marie-mailhot-margaret-malone/
The advice, in particular, is outstanding.
If you’re in Seattle, come on over to Hugo House where I’ll share new work along with National Book Award finalist Domingo Martinez and the gorgeously fierce writing of Terese Marie Mailhot.
Big thanks to Beth Golay of Marginalia at KMUW for the chance to hang out in the studio and chat about my Visiting Writer gig for the month of February at Wichita State University, and to pimp my upcoming reading at the Ulrich Museum.
I’ve loved my time in Kansas, except for that thing with the arm. But even still, you’re in my heart, Wichita.
This is easily one of the coolest things I’ve ever been invited to do. The podcast STORYTELLERS TELLING STORIES, now in its second season, invites writers to read a story which host extraordinaire Jude Brewer then coordinates and foleys with sound and music and pacing to create a wholly original experience for the listener. It’s magic.
If you haven’t heard an episode yet, get ready. You’re going to get hooked.
LISTEN HERE: Storytellers Telling Stories – Season 2 Episode 5
Not that it’s about me, but since you’re at my website, I’ll give you the lowdown on where I’ll be reading this year, in case you are looking for me.
FRIDAY, November 9 – LitCrawl Portland
6:00 pm – LITERARY BINGO! at The Big Legrowlski at NW 8th & Couch with Why There Are Words PDX. Prizes!! Hilarity!
7:00 pm – Storytellers Telling Stories Live at Powell’s Employee Union L5 Gallery at NW 9th & Burnside (There will be a live band at this one, playing a coordinated soundtrack with each writer’s story – don’t miss it!)
SATURDAY, November 10 – Portland Book Festival
10:45-11:00 – Why There Are Words PDX Pop Up Reading in the Art Museum
Reading with Brian Benson and Jennifer Perrine.
Come out and say hi, okay?
Here it is.
I promised I’d post it when the link went live. Here it is: THE INSTRUCTION
Paper Darts editor-in-chief Meghan Murphy had this to say when she launched the link today on Twitter:
In my 10 years as the head editor for , no story has meant more to me than “The Instruction” by . Survivors of domestic violence, this one is for us. I am so grateful to the women that make publishing stories like these possible.
Deepest gratitude to Meghan and all the phenomenal people at Paper Darts that make it a beautiful home for such incredible art and literature.
I’m delighted this particular story found a home in this particular place.
Illustration by Greta Kotz
Coming in October 2018 is the Italian translation of People Like You from NN Editore. The book will be in extraordinarily fine company: NN has also published Italian translations of work by Jesmyn Ward, Kent Haruf, Sherman Alexie, Sarah Manguso, Cristina Henriquez, and Jenny Offil to name a few.
The Italian title: Animali In Salvo
That translates to Animal Rescue, which, if you’ve read the book in English, you’ll make the connection to one of the other stories in the book.
The translation was done by the wonderful Gioia Guerzoni (who I’m hoping to meet in person when I make it to Italy next year).
I’ll post the cover when I have it (soon!).
I had the phenomenal privilege of contributing a new story to print issue no. 7 of PAPER DARTS, a gorgeous magazine with such talented art and lit editors that the last print issue sold out in three weeks. So, pre-order your copy now while it’s still available.
TO PRE-ORDER GO HERE
X. C. Atkins / Jordan Cooley / Bibi Deitz / Dessa / June Gehringer / Blair Hurley / Julian K. Jarboe / Jac Jemc / John Jodzio /Erini Katopodis / Muriel Leung / Mercedes Lucero / Elisa Luna-Ady / Christine Ma-Kellams / Maryse Meijer / Christine Prevas / Dina L. Relles / Ethan Rutherford / Tatiana Ryckman / Rebecca Saltzman / Kevin Sampsell /
Maggie Ryan Sandford / Sagirah Shahid / Alina Stefanescu / Jennifer Tseng / Margaret Malone / Harmony Neal
Liron Ashkenazi-Eldar / Jana Brike / Laura Callaghan / Jazzmyn Coker / Herikita Con K / Henrietta Harris / Jamea Richmond-Edwards / Bobby Rogers / Dadu Shin
Jazzmyn Coker / Benjamin Currie / Andres Guzman / Alex Fukui / Meghan Irwin / LK James / Greta Kotz / Leigh Luna / Meghan Murphy / Keit Osadchuk / Amanda Tseng
There’s so much to tell you about my time at Ucross, and I also don’t want to tell you about any of it because it is so perfect I don’t want to ruin it by attempting to explain it. What I will say is this: there was this me that existed a long time ago, before I had kids, before I was married, before I started writing, this version of me that I thought only existed in a particular place at a particular time and could never be retrieved or revisited. This me liked to read and think and scribble about what she was reading and thinking about and walk around for hours taking pictures of whatever crazy beauty passed her way. This was the first me I ever liked.
After a few days at Ucross, there she was again, that me I liked. Turns out I am not just a screaming mom running late to get the kids out the door, or a nagging wife asking her husband to pick up his socks, or a time-deprived writer scrambling for one more minute to finish a story for a deadline. I was still this other me, this curious, world-loving, wandering, autonomous me. It is no exaggeration to say I had absolutely no idea I was still this same person underneath the minutae of the everyday.
And I realized how if I was that person then long ago, and was this person again at Ucross, then isn’t it fair to believe she will be there when I go looking for her the next time?
Where is your you that you thought was gone?