Lit-Link Round-up


Lauren Cerand, Penina Roth, Michelle Orange and a host of interesting others make Flavorwire’s “50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers.”

Speaking of up-and-coming, the always-provocative Laura Bogart’s “The Curse of My Birthing Hips,” in Salon’s Body Issues series.

On The Weeklings, Sean Beaudoin goes home for the holidays–to Newtown and Sandy Hook elementary school.

What happens to those who have lost a child once the dust of Tragedy settles? Ann Hood’s “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare” explores what is really at stake for the families of Newtown.

TNB’s Nobbies Awards list includes Cheryl Strayed, Michael Kimball, Matt Bell, Paula Bomer, Stacy Bierlein, Claire Bidwell Smith, Kate Zambreno, and many more–go on, check it out.  Oh–and Donna Johnson, today’s Sunday interviewer!

The powerful LA spoken word poet Rich Ferguson has a debut book, 8th & Agony.

And thanks to Wednesday Kennedy for this F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, worth revisiting on the brink of a new year:

Mostly we authors must repeat ourselves — that’s the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives, experiences so great and moving that it doesn’t seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before. Then we learn our trade, well or less well, and we tell our two or three stories — each time in a new disguise — maybe ten times, maybe a hundred, as long as people will listen.


Gina Frangello’s next novel, Every Kind of Wanting, will be published by Counterpoint Press in Fall 2016. Her last novel, A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series and has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She co-founded and served as the Executive Editor for many years at Other Voices Books, and has also been the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown and the Sunday editor of The Rumpus. Gina is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert's low residency MFA program in Creative Writing. More from this author →