Lit-Link Round-up


I want a girl who reads.

Thanksgiving in Mongolia” by Ariel Levy. Brace yourself.

And brace yourself in an entirely different way for what the big publishing looks like on the inside.

Enter the Indie Writer Deathmatch. Okay, personally I’d only do this at gunpoint because I’m a wuss, but by all means go for it!

Spit take of the day: It gets awkward when Mom and Dad come to visit.

PEN survey finds American writers deeply troubled by government surveillance of phone and email records, with some going so far as to report that they are “avoiding controversial subjects” in their work due to uneasiness about freedom of speech rights.

“Each of Lola’s kisses tasted like a funeral.” Melissa Chadburn on The Weeklings.

My novel, A Life in Men, received its first review, in Publishers Weekly.

Congrats to Lindsay Hunter, Time Out Chicago‘s best performer of live lit.

Right or left brained? Take the test.

Don’t give a crap about your brain? Well, find out which female action hero you are then. It’s Sunday after all.

We will need all the female action hero bad-ass-ness we can get since the world’s largest snake is invading American and is…apparently…unstoppable? Geez, Zoe Zolbrod, thanks for this link! Like I don’t have enough insomnia…

And did you see the updated Other Voices Queretaro website? Emily Rapp, the Rumpus’s own Cecil Castellucci, Rob Roberge, Stacy Bierlein…um, me too. Come write in the beautiful central highlands of Mexico with us!

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 →