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AJL Conference Dispatch

So, as you may recall, I recently attended the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries. I went there to represent Fig Tree Books, so much of my time was spent in the AJL equivalent of the AWP Bookfair. Here’s a snapshot of the FTB table.

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But I managed to sneak away and sit in on just a few of the panels. Including one that featured some expert book reviewers and book-review editors sharing book-reviewing tips. You can see my summary of that session over on the Fig Tree Books blog.

“Maiden Names” and My Latest Published Poem

People have been talking (on my Twitter and Facebook channels, at least) about a New York Times article about “maiden names.” Which reminds me that I have not yet shared my latest published poem, “Beautiful Enough,” part of the wonderful “All About My Name” series that’s currently running over on the Silver Birch Press site.

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Finally, if it’s July 1, the July issue of The Practicing Writer is available. If you haven’t yet seen it, here you go.

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. (NB: Since I will be traveling for work over the next several days, this MAY be the last post you see until late next week. Apologies in advance!) Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence

Alan Cheuse

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In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

You may have read about an imaginary Southern piece of turf where the past presses on the present with such force that characters find themselves transformed with the pressure of it, where the landscape comes alive, where human beings seem sometimes like gods and sometimes like devils, and the language of the story lights up your mind: William Faulkner’s half-historical, half-fabulized Yoknapatawpha County, yes?

Source: Alan Cheuse, review of Steve Stern’s The Pinch, for NPR.

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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • Useful Brevity blog post on writing residencies by Allison K. Williams. Nice mix of personal account and resource information.
  • Revision tips on the Story Prize blog, from novelist and short-story writer Karen E. Bender.
  • On my weekend viewing agenda: “Book TV’s tour of the New York Times Book Review included an interview with the section’s editor, Pamela Paul, and a look at the department’s weekly ‘headlines’ meeting, where the upcoming edition of the Book Review is discussed.”
  • Speaking of the NYTBR: Last week’s “Bookends” page, with contributions from Mohsin Hamid and James Parker, addressed a topic in which I am invested both as a reader and as a writer: whether “more is necessarily more” when it comes to page count.
  • And some literary humor on BuzzFeed, from Shannon Reed, who imagines “If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop.” (popular online, but I first saw it thanks to Nick Kocz)
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    Sunday Sentence

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    In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

    “Who knew an accordion tune could come so close to sounding like a symphony?”

    Source: Jason Hess, review of Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping: A Novel (NewPages.com)

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

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    So, as many of you may recall, I spent a big chunk of last week at BookExpo America (BEA). As the show website notes, BEA is “the largest publishing event in North America,” providing “access to what’s new, what’s next, and everything exciting in the world of books.” This was not my first time attending the trade show, but it was the first time I participated as part of a publishing company that was exhibiting there. Continue reading ›

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