Lit-Link Round-up


A smart, informative and provocative open letter from Dani Shapiro: “Dear Disillusioned Reader Who Contacted Me on Facebook.”

Reading Bingo challenge.

Thanks, Seth Fisher–love this on “cisgendered persons.”

Sunday Rumpus contributor, Jennifer Pastiloff, asked me to write something for her blog, The Manifest-Station. “Penance.”

Slang phrases from the 1920s that we should start using again.

Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for young people’s literature.

Sleeping with the Lights on” by Mag Gabbert at TNB.

Melissa Chadburn on Buzzfeed on how to grieve for a life that never began.

Rock on, Harper Lee, still making 9K a day from To Kill a Mockingbird, published 50 years ago. It was Lee’s only book.

How many novelists are at work in America?

Speaking of The Millions, Roxane Gay and I both made their Most Anticipated Books of 2014. Thank you, Million-aires…

And speaking of that novel of mine: the Round-up is going to be taking a hiatus from February to April, while I’m touring for A Life in Men. So these are my last few weeks for a while…

Meanwhile, Thea Goodman debuts on The Sunday Rumpus with her staggeringly intimate and beautiful essay on the complexity of her bond with her gifted and haunted cousin, “Art Lovers.” Sundays will continue to feature new work throughout my tour, because there are just too many writers out there who are kicking ass and taking names, and we’re really lucky to have so many of them coming by here.

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 →