Lit-Link Round-up

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The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists.

And 2013’s Creative Capital grant winners.

Greg Olear of The Weeklings interviews the great Francine Prose. Wow, between this and my Atwood interview, Greg and I have had a pretty cool week.

Also on The Weeklings, Sean Beaudoin and Jess Walter go head-to-head.

Hooked on HBO’s Girls? Or like to hate on it? The Millions has your Girls reading list.

Susan Steinberg’s Spectacle reviewed on Bookslut.

Laila Lalami on Salman Rushdie–and freedom of speech–at The Nation.

So I got nominated for this award, and the list of other nominees–Jonathan Evison, Steve Almond, Matt Bell, Caroline Leavitt, Tayari Jones, Lidia Yuknavitch and more–definitely makes me feel like I’m at the right party. Thank you, mystery-person-who-nominated me. I’m giddy.

And yeah, that’s right: Margaret Atwood is in the Sunday Rumpus house. Jesus. I need to go lie down. (Seriously, thank you to the good people at Byliner for this amazing opportunity.)


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 →