cocovlgThe Collectors, the new chapbook by Matt Bell, is now available for preorder from Caketrain. Deb Olin Unferth says: “Matt Bell’s lifesick pair, Langley and Homer, shell-shocked under a pile of newspapers, are disquieting, hilarious, and—in that strange way that makes Beckett’s and Kafka’s characters so urgent—entirely recognizable. Bell has written a beauty.” An excerpt called “How They Were Found and Who They Were That Found Them”  is up on Fictionaut.

Terese Svoboda blogs about love, war, and Southern Sudanese song at The Millions.

Novellas! At John Madera‘s blog, scores of writers list their favorites, including  Nick Antosca, Ken Baumann, Blake Butler, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Jim Hanas, Shane Jones, Sean Lovelace, Josh Maday, Cooper Renner, Matthew Simmons, Matt Bell, Timothy Gager, Molly Gaudry, Michael Kimball, Michael Martone, and David Shields.

Erik Smetana‘s “Carnivorous” appears in 6S, Volume 2, a collection of stories from Six Sentences with an introduction by Neil LaBute.

Gwenda Bond contributed an essay about YA science fiction and fantasy to the Nebula Awards Showcase 2009, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Columbia College has a video interview with Barry Graham: “I like things that blur.”


“When the Flock Changed,” an excerpt from Maud Newton‘s novel-in-progress, is the “story of the week” at Narrative. Maud will be reading with Kate Christensen and Lizzie Skurnick at Housing Works in New York on April 15.

More Publications:

Amy Halloran reviews Allison Amend’s Things That Pass for Love in Rain TaxiMolly Gaudry reviews Light Boxes by Shane Jones for jmww.

ur“Soldiers listened intently and prayed with their M16s slung over their shoulders.” Julie Dermansky celebrates Easter in Iraq at Ur.

Meakin Armstrong is blogging at the American Society of Shitcanned Media Elites — that’s ASSME for short.

At Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg interviews Stephen Elliott about The Rumpus and “the business model for being a novelist.” Laura van den Berg reviews Keith Lee Morris‘s The Dart League King for The Rumpus.

Michael Kimball writes Michael Martone‘s life story (on a postcard.) Scott Packs interviews Michael about Dear Everybody for Me and My Big Mouth. Michael is currently on a tour of the UK blogosphere.

In London, Chris Killen joins The Recession Session Live! on April 24th.

According to the Universal Record DatabaseWilliam Walsh‘s Questionstruck holds the world record as the book with the most interrogatives: 3,883.

This just in: John Minichillo‘s The Snow Whale makes the semi-finals in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. (pdf link)

Speaking of Amazon, three of our members weigh in on last weekend’s Amazonfail outrage: Richard Nash (“It is always the GLBTQ books, the queer books, the non-normative books that get caught in the glitches, the ham-fisted errors,”)  Kat Meyer (“If you care about what is happening with the community of books and publishing and readers — you need to engage with them via social media,”) and Carolyn Kellogg.

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