For the WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS blog, I wrote about night, light pollution and insomnia. There are some incredible images of the Earth seen by satellite by Canadian scientist Felix Pharand-Dêschenes.
The Review also has a great Know the Night review by Kelly Davio.
I'm also excited to announce that on Thursday, September 18th at 6:30pm at The Brooklyn Book Festival (Pacific Standard in Park Slope, Brooklyn), Know the Night will be going head-to-head in a Battle of the Books hosted by the wonderful folks at Late Night Library.
This event is coming up on July 9th--it's the 15th Annual Book & Author Lunch, put on by the Women's Club of South County. I'll be reading with Dawn Tripp and Joan Wickersham, with proceeds going to the WCSC's various programs and scholarships in support of women in need. For tickets.
1. Beautiful review in the Providence Journal's Sunday paper by Mike Freeman. (I got to see this in the print version, also, which was weirdly (sadly and unsettlingly) nostalgic, or something along those lines.)
2. Tomorrow (June 17th) is the Freerange Nonfiction Series event at Culturefix in NYC, featuring Julia Fierro, Peter von Ziegasar, Jessamine Chan, Tommy Pico, and me. Looking forward to this (and the train ride into Manhattan).
The Drum Literary Magazine recorded my version of Red Riding Hood (originally published in Guernica last autumn): "Appetites". They were having a fairytale kind of vibe and also recorded Matt Bell's short tales. The Drum is a great concept--you can listen to fiction, poetry, and essays, search by theme, or narrow down by the amount of time you have.
I'm excited to be reading/talking with these folks on May 13th in New Bedford, MA: Amy Brill and Elizabeth Graver (with Dawn Tripp moderating). Tickets are $35, (Wine by Travessia & a dessert buffet, which sounds pretty civilized).
Lauren Daley, who writes the Booklovers column for the New Bedford Standard Times, wrote a review of Know the Night ahead of the reading:
I wrote a piece for Marion Roach's blog column on Writing Lessons, about bending the rules for memoir. I'm asked a lot about how my book came together and if I had concerns about how memoir is defined, constructed, received. I like to think that categories are broad and elastic, and that playfulness is important--it's your book: you can do what you want. Be prepared, though, to do some explaining.
[ Enlarging Memoir ]
The month started off with Grubstreet's conference, The Muse & the Marketplace, in Boston--such good energy, and so many great writers and friends. (Walter Mosley and Jane Friedman did the keynotes, the workshops were plentiful, the organising impeccable, and the whole she-bang was set in the Park Plaza.) Best part was seeing my comrades in Grubstreet's (inaugural) Launch Lab program. Love these people.
Ron MacLean, Rosie Sultan, Henriette Power, Ilan Mochari, Deborah Halber, Andrew Goldstein, Marjan Kamali
The May/June issue of Poets & Writers is out. My essay (print only), Ghost in the Machine, is in it, plus a great feature on Roxane Gay (whose novel An Untamed State has just been released).
Oprah.com has chosen Know the Night for its list of Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down.
Possibly some of the most fun I've had was reading with a jazz band and I can't wait to do it again. This was in Chester, NS, at The Playhouse Theatre, with Cynthia Myer's band, The Cynthetics. Heavy weather, amazing experience.
My reading at Books on the Square in Providence--a lively, connected hub of a bookstore (loads of events and bookclubs). Great hosts.
The Knopf Canada edition in the Book City window, Toronto.