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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

A Fab Week for Fig Tree

One of this week’s projects for me in my job at Fig Tree Books is preparing the February newsletter. (If you’re not yet subscribing to the Fig Tree newsletter, you can remedy that right over here!) A couple of issues, back, I established a new “column” for the newsletter that I’ve dubbed the “Kvell Korner.” It’s a spot where we can share especially good news/press/honors about our authors, books, and company.
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This past week provided some excellent material to be “kornered.” First, from the Jewish press came Sandee Brawarsky’s spring books preview article for The Jewish Week, which opens as follows: “While there’s frequent news these days of bookstores closing and publishers downsizing, the really good news is that two new publishers interested in Jewish literature are introducing their first titles this season.” Yes, Fig Tree Books is one of them! You can find the full article, which also touts two of our forthcoming novels, The Book of Stone and Safekeepingonline. Continue reading ›

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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • Ethan Gilsdorf shares “5 Things Your Personal Essay Needs to Have.”
  • From Poets & Writers: “Let’s Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners.”
  • “I used to worry about the fact that my writing identity fits no particular niche and that my career seems headed towards no particular goal.” So begins an excellent post by Nina Badzin on “Letting Go of What Comes Next.
  • A terrific Q&A with Mark Polizzotti, who translates into English the work of Patrick Modiano. (And he has a heavy-duty “day job,” too.)
  • And because this message cannot be conveyed too often–a reminder about the range and roominess of the “nonfiction” genre.
  • Have a great weekend!

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    Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • No-nonsense advice from “Margie” at Behind the Margins: “Wanna Quit Your Day Job? Economic Realities 101.”
  • “We call them Summer Submission Parties.” So begins Risa Polansky Shiman’s post for the Brevity blog.
  • More than 20 unpublished poems by the late Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, most of them taking up romantic themes, have been discovered in boxes of his papers in Chile and will be published in Latin America and Spain in 2014 and 2015, according to reports from Spain.” No news yet about English translations.
  • D.G. Myers, for Books & Culture: “Perhaps the best examples [“of provocative and satisfying religious fiction”] are the work of two young Catholic novelists still in their thirties—William Giraldi and Christopher Beha.” (And then, a more personal essay by Myers on Good Letters, the blog of the journal Image.)
  • Finally, as a member of the Sara Lippmann Fan Club, I must point you to this new interview with Sara, which, as a bonus, presents the title story from her forthcoming collection, Doll Palace.
  • Happy weekend!

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