Lit-Link Round-up


If you’re not listening to literary podcasts, you’re missing out.  Some recent highlights:

The Bat Segundo Show: now with Deborah Scroggins and upcoming with Stewart O’Nan.

Other People with Brad Listi: always good but running on an especially killer streak with new episodes featuring Caroline Leavitt, Vanessa Veselka, Alan Heathcock, Claire Bidwell Smith and Tayari Jones.

Tyson Cornell, a man with his hand in pretty much every aspect of book culture, runs broadcasts through Rare Bird Lit and takes callers.

My Chicago homie, author Ben Tanzer, runs This Podcast Will Change Your Life, and isn’t above interviewing you while drunk under the el tracks.  (Or I wasn’t above being interviewed drunk under some el tracks, is what I’m saying.)


Sunday Rumpus alums celebrate books now officially on sale:

Stacy Bierlein’s A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends is now available for pre-order on Amazon and the indies.

Claire Bidwell Smith celebrated her official release date for The Rules of Inheritance.  Claire is smoking hot right now, people.  It’s pretty awesome.


And Miscellaneous:

Franzen comes out in favor of paper books.  Me, I’m more sympathetic to his views than I care to admit, even though they’re unrealistic and, as Quenby Moore points out, he’ll probably cash those e-book checks.

My first novel dropped just a week before I gave birth to my son—here, that old metaphor of book-and-baby as “twins” is explored further on The Millions.

The lovely Elissa Schappell shared this on FB; I’d never heard it and am not sure how I’ve previously lived.  Plath reads “Lady Lazarus.”  Chilling-gorgeous.

The first time I published Dan Chaon in Other Voices magazine, I thought, This fucking guy is gonna be a rock star.  I love being right.  Here, Dan elevates the WSJ.


Gina Frangello’s fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released on Counterpoint in September. Her last novel, A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. More from this author →