Lit-Link Round-up


Readers of literary fiction learn empathy and better understand social cues, a study reveals in the NYTimes.

Tom Clancy, dead at 66.

Buzz Feed seeking a Books Editor.  “No haters.”

Josh Mohr is the ugliest tranny at the Uptown.

Jonathan Lethem talks with David Naimon on Between the Covers.

Congrats to Caroline Eick, new Book Reviews editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and Julia Goldberg, new Nonfiction editor.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with both of these powerhouse women before and know good things are in store.

And Duke Haney makes his return to TNB with “Room 32,” a tour de force on Jim Morrison.

So “You’re a Fiction Writing Professor“…now what?

A rave for Kathryn Davis’s latest in Bookslut.

Holy smoke: Peru is taking the “Literary Death Match” concept a little seriously!  Welcome to Lucha Libro.

And nice to see the Chicago love on this list of the 20 best literary cities.

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 →