Lit-Link Round-up


Have you heard about The Weekly Rumpus yet?

Shelf Unbound‘s competition for the best indie published book.

17 personal essays that will change your life.

96 year old man wins a song contest by writing about his dead wife.

Brian Lindstrom (a good deal more than Mr. Sugar, this man!) interviewed by Anisse Gross.

How and why do we forgive? Lauren Grodstein on Leavittville.

Preston L. Allen‘s TNB Self-Interview.

The super smart Emily St. John Mandel on the pleasures of quiet books.

A quiz of literary pseudonyms.

We have a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney as our Sunday essay today. I rarely read poetry anymore, but this piece inspired me to remember some of my first poetry loves.

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 →