The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers
Scott Nadelson’s new story collection, Aftermath, is this week’s Fiction Writers Review Book of the Week. Follow @FictionWriters for a chance to win a copy. (Having read Nadelson’s two previous collections, I’ll admit that I would love to be a winner this week.)
My fellow Last Light Studio author, Ericka Lutz, has posted her first book trailer for The Edge of Maybe, her forthcoming LLS novel. Take a peek (but be forewarned that you should be wearing headphones if you’re listening at work and/or in the vicinity of children).
Thanks to the Yiddishkayt site, I discovered a fabulous video profile of author Arnost Lustig (1926-2011) that was produced for Czech TV. Thankfully, there are English subtitles. And the profile perfectly captures Arnost, with whom I had the privilege of studying in the Prague Summer Program in 2004. Arnost would have turned 85 last week.
D.G. Myers remembers those writers, like Arnost, who left this world in 2011. (Myers also comes up with his own set of the year’s top 10 literary news stories.)
In case you haven’t heard about the latest brouhaha in the poetry world, here’s a pretty good summary. Disclosure: I have never studied with Rita Dove, but I have taken courses with Helen Vendler (a British lit survey as an undergrad and a summer seminar on Yeats after I’d finished graduate school), and I think she is brilliant.
Lest you believe that anthology quarrels are new to our modern moment, Benjamin Ivry recalls some older literary history. Hint: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emma Lazarus are key players here.
On a less fraught note, author Alan Heathcock recommends a poem a day. (And so do I.)