Lit-Link Round-up


Flavorwire’s 50 Books that define the last 5 years in literature. It’s a hell of a list.

If you’re getting online for the first time in a week, National Book Awards winners announced.

Edan Lepucki on magazine editors’ 50 Shades of Rejection.

Richard Thomas of LitReactor gives his top 10 short stories of all time, including Stephen Graham Jones and Mona Simpson.

PEN literary awards call for submissions.

14 Habits of Highly Miserable People.

Classic beauties of art get the photoshop treatment.

Intense story from a random writer I have never heard of.

In celebration (well, maybe that’s too strong a word…) of the new Hunger Games film, this great oldie-essay from Laura Bogart, “What The Hunger Games Gave Me.”

The moment a symphony audience in Boston found out JFK had been shot. Wow…what an odd and powerful bit of recorded history.

Roxane Gay talks with Jesmyn Ward.

And just because: Canadians rescue a shark choking on a moose. That, as Jon Stewart recently said of Mayor Rob Ford’s “enough to eat at home” comment, is a closer.

Oh, but there’s this: the Sex Issue is out from American Book Review. Edited by Cris Mazza, and I wrote the Introduction.

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 →