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 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 →