Lit-Link Round-up


LitReactor names Other People as one of its 5 favorite podcasts.

James Salter interviewed.

Sean Beaudoin on Elmore Leonard.

The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge called “one of the most gripping novels about the rock and roll lifestyle I have ever read” by Largehearted Boy.  Check out the Book Notes.

Writers, when you’re on fire writing, do you read more or less?  Diane Mehta explores her inability to read while working on TPR’s blog.

Her Kind talks lit and feminism with “the new rabble-rousers.”

Writing tips from wildly successful writers.

My forthcoming novel, A Life in Men, is up on NetGalley…and I have the hard copy galley in my hands…hard to believe I’m still standing!

This week’s Sunday essay is a killer.  For anyone who has ever wondered how much they can “afford to give” or to which causes dig the deepest in their own lives, Zoe Zolbrod not only interrogates these questions but highlights a very real, grassroots opportunity to help Lisa Carver’s teenage son, Wolf, defy the odds of the medical industrial complex and health insurance nightmare to live with dignity and respect.  Please check it out, and learn more about Wolf the artist, too.

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 →