The flurry of fall may be fading into the cold lethargy of winter, but our authors aren’t slowing down. As always, you can catch them all over the web and all over the country–you may even catch them giving away some serious prizes to gear up for the holiday season. So, before you slip into a turkey-and-stuffing-induced coma or race off to Best Buy at 2 a.m., see what the team at Atticus has been up to and what to look forward to in the coming months! Have a hearty and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Atticus Books.
ERIC D. GOODMAN
Over at Potomac Review, Eric shares what it was like to finally see a dream come true in his account of the release day of his debut novel-in-stories, Tracks. How did he get to release day, you ask? Believe it or not, Tracks began as a NaNoWriMo novel. As Eric points out in “Success Story: Eric D. Goodman,” “[t]he nice thing about NaNoWriMo is that you’re forced to write even when you’re not sure you have it all figured out. And for a first draft, that’s good. Tracks is a different, and better, book than that original draft. But the original draft helped make it possible.”
And if you missed Eric at the train-themed night of stories and music at Cyclops in Baltimore, the Greetings and Readings Book Fest and the B&O Railroad Museum, you can still read “Late Lunches,” a story from Tracks, at Slow Trains.
Recently, JM Tohline has been going to town on jmtohline.com, whipping up interviews, articles and contests that never fail to impress. November’s highlights include a Q&A with Pultizer-Prize-winning author Junot Diaz, an examination of the surprising similarities between writing and beards (in honor of No-Shave November) and “The Christmas List Initiative” (read: win prizes including a $200 Amazon gift card, signed copies of The Great Lenore, and more!).
JARED YATES SEXTON
(An End to All Things, December 2012)
Jared’s story “It is Wide and It is Deep” was nominated for a Pushcart by the editors of Prime Mincer and his story “Now I Am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds” was accepted by Pulp Modern. He also served on IUPUI’s third annual Literary Editors Panel with Sycamore Review’s Jessica Jacobs and Vouched Books’ Christopher Newgent.
Joe Zeppetello (Daring to Eat a Peach) just returned from the Faculty Resource Network conference sponsored by NYU in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he presented a paper on online teaching.
Steve’s novel The Bee-Loud Glade received another glowing review, from Precipitate. Guest blogger Monet Moutrie wrote, “If you are looking for a novel that explores both the natural and the philosophical with deftness and complexity, then look no further than The Bee-Loud Glade.” And Lori Hettler of The Next Best Books Blog included the postmodern pastoral in her “Top 10 Indie Picks of 2011” at BookPage. Oh and before you make your way to the mall at midnight on Thursday, please check out this “endearingly, even nostalgicly, pre-crash” essay Steve has re-shared (originally published in 2005). We can only hope it will change your mind.
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