Lit-Link Round-up


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 is the author of four books of fiction and a forthcoming memoir, Blow Your House Down. Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Netflix as a series produced by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. 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, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including UIC, Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. More from this author →