Ann Sihler kindly interviewed me for Kickstart this month.
Amazingly, in a short span of time I manage to insult novelists (without meaning to), blame my kids for my lack of productivity and, luckily, also compliment my husband, Brian Padian.
It’s about short stories, and writing, and living with another creative person, and drawbacks and success and everything in between.
Thanks so much to Ann for the chance to talk about all of it, and to Nancy Woods for her ongoing support of Oregon authors.
I had way, way too much fun talking to Michelle Fredette and Isaac Eldridge in a dark, corner table at a wood-paneled bar on a rain-soaked afternoon during the Wordstock Literary Festival in Portland, Oregon.
Honestly, I could have talked for another hour with them. Plus, they kept pushing pickled vegetables on me.
More importantly, if you don’t already know about this podcast, you should. It’s fantastic and well-produced and they arrange each episode wisely showing you which books and authors were discussed in which order.
Thank so much Michelle and Isaac. I loved every minute.
Many thanks to Alan Rose for this great conversation leading up to October’s WordFest in Longview, WA. And thanks to KLTV and the fine folks operating the audio and camera.
I felt right at home.
Here’s the link to the Book Chat interview with Alan Rose.
And if you’re in Washington, come say hello on Tuesday, October 11 from 6-8.
Thanks to Alaskan writer and fiddler Ken Waldman making the rounds at the bookfair at AWP this year and chatting me up at the Atelier26 table, I became acquainted with Portland writer Naomi Ulsted who interviewed me for The Nervous Breakdown, wherein we talk about lower-case F feminism, writing, editing, juggling family and creative life, to MFA v. not-MFA, and writing the thing you don’t always want to write.
Naomi and I had a great conversation about all the ways that life must be arranged and rearranged to make writing time and a book come into the world.
Thanks also to TNB and Brad Listi for showing the love to PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
Here’s the full link.
The folks at Portland Monthly put together a podcast with the writers of their Summer Reading issue – the fiction writers and poets talk about how they worked with the prompt, the space limit, and writing about this place we live.
Here’s the link to the Portland Monthly podcast page
Or click below for the full Soundcloud podcast
Great big thanks to Bookshop Santa Cruz and to bookseller Chorel for making PEOPLE LIKE YOU a Staff Pick. Chorel’s review is so thoughtful.
I’m honored to have the book in such wonderful company.
A few months ago, Portland Monthly came to me and asked for a brand new short story with a few rules:
- Set in the Pacific Northwest
- Word count under 1,400 words
- And, written to the theme of “That Summer…”
The result is The Buried Forest, published online today, and the print version is out in the August issue of Portland Monthly. Inside, you’ll find new work from authors David Shafer and Diana Abu-Jabar, and poetry by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir.
For the whole shebang of Summer Reading stories and poems, go here.
Enjoy the read, and happy summer!
The PEOPLE LIKE YOU e-book is now available for purchase.
Here are a couple links, depending on where you like to buy your books:
On Bookshout, it says the book can be read in about 3 and half hours, which is hilarious because it took me about twelve years to write. I guess I better get back to writing the next one…
Deep gratitude to Beth Castrodale of Small Press Picks, and Connie Bennett of the Eugene Public Library for their beautiful reviews of PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
Beth’s review can be found on her site, Small Press Picks, where she champions small presses (and short stories too!) doing good work.
Connie’s review can be read and listened to on the KLCC website here.
As I’ve said before in various places on my site and in other media, finding a reader that not only understands what you’re doing but loves it is just about the best thing out there for a writer. It is the ultimate kind of connection.
Thank you both so much.
I am ecstatic to announce that PEOPLE LIKE YOU was awarded the 2015 Balcones Fiction Prize. There were some fantastic books on the shortlist with me, and I am humbled to be in their company.
Biggest of thanks to Joe O’Connell at Balcones Center for Creative Writing and to this year’s judge John Blair, author of the Drue Heinz Prize winning collection American Standard, who had this to say:
“Margaret Malone’s People Like You is a masterfully minimalist collection of lives lived poorly but with the best of intentions. Her stories are powerful, sad, and plain-spoken, and this debut collection takes the normative-yet-desperate circuits of the day-to-day that Bobbie Anne Mason and Frederick Barthelme brought to the forefront of American short fiction and makes them both new again and powerfully affecting. These are marvelous and worthy stories, and very much deserving of recognition.”
I am totally blown away by this award, and really looking forward to coming down to Austin next Spring.
Thank you all so very much.