Wednesday’s WIP: Happy News from Fellow Writers

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I don’t know–maybe my online universe is expanding–but within the past week or so there’s been a wave of happy news shared by *several* people in my writing community. These are genuinely nice people as well as genuinely gifted writers, so I’m moved to give them all a public shout-out right here.

  • David Ebenbach–he of multiple genre gifts–will see his first full-length poetry book, We Were the People Who Moved, published by Tebot Bach, as the winning title for the latest Patricia Bibby First Book Award.
  • From Michelle Brafman: “I’m very happy to announce that Washing the Dead, my first novel, will be published by Prospect Park Books in June of 2015.” Just a few weeks ago, Michelle shared that Shebooks will be releasing an e-book of hers, We Named Them All, later this summer.
  • Karen E. Bender’s story collection, Refund, will be published by Counterpoint in January 2015. (Here’s my take on Bender’s most recent novel, A Town of Empty Rooms.)
  • Many hearty congratulations to all.

    Want to let us in on good news about any of the writers in your circle? Why not do so here, in comments?

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  • ICYMI: Thoughts (mine and others’) on litmag submission fees.
  • Intriguing post on what was new (and what was not so new) this seventh time Cathy Day taught her novel-writing class.
  • A reminder that there’s usually something interesting to read and learn over on the NYT “After Deadline” blog, which offers “newsroom notes on usage and style.”
  • Big congrats to John Vanderslice on the forthcoming publication of his story collection, Island Fog. Check these posts for John’s account of how this collection came to be written and found its publishing home.
  • And if you’re looking for a recorded literary event to enrich your weekend, check out this conversation between Junot Díaz and Toni Morrison, courtesy of The New York Public Library.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.

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  • Many congratulations to Stephanie Vanderslice on being named Arkansas Professor of the Year. (If you didn’t catch our Q&A with Stephanie regarding her recent book, Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education: Programs and Practices that Work, it’s archived here.)
  • A big thank-you to The Kenyon Review for posting audio of Elie Wiesel’s acceptance speech on November 8, when he received the 2012 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.
  • Agree with the idea that the Internet has become a realm of (too much) niceness? Roxane Gay suggests that you think again.
  • I’m still laughing over this McSweeney’s item: Raymond Carver’s OKCupid profile, edited by Gordon Lish.
  • Like many of you, I’ve got Alice Munro’s latest, Dear Life, on my tbr list. Munro’s Q & A with The New Yorker‘s Deborah Treisman only increased my interest.
  • Have a great weekend all. See you back here on Monday.