wwkrd1What Would Keith Richards Do? by Jessica West is released this week, featuring “daily affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor.”

Ben Greenman‘s Please Step Back, the story of  a funk-rock star in the sixties and seventies, comes out next week. Adrienne Day profiles Ben for Time Out New York, and Largehearted Boy presents an original Swamp Dogg song inspired by the book. Ben will be reading at Book Soup in Los Angeles on April 29.

Frigg‘s microfiction issue is packed with Fictionauts, with work by Randall Brown, Kim Chinquee, Lydia Copeland, Kathy Fish, Scott Garson, Barry Graham, Tiff Holland, Mary Miller, Jennifer Pieroni, Meg Pokrass, and Joseph Young.

storySouth has released a list of about 175 “best online short stories” of 2008. On May 15th, they will select ten for the Million Witers Award. Heather FowlerKim Chinquee, Sam Pink, Kyle Minor, Molly Gaudry, Blake Butler, Myfanwy Collins, Alicia Gifford, B. J. Hollars, and J.A. Tyler all have stories in the running.

Lauren Becker‘s story “You Should Know,” published in PANK, is reviewed in Five Star Literary Stories.

My Dinner with Lydia” by Meg Pokrass won Tim Jones-Yelvington‘s “My Dinner with Lydia Davis” contest.

20090417_night-women“You have to be careful when you declare that you’re on a mission. Sooner or later the mission becomes you and you become nothing.” Maud Newton interviews Marlon James about his second novel, The Book of Night Women.

Donna Storey talks to Kirsten Menger-Anderson about Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain.

Luna Park talks to Mary Miller about Big World.

At <HTMLGIANT>, Blake Butler interviews Vanessa Place about La Medusa .

Carolyn Kellogg interviews Jerry Stahl about “writing, Mengele, and muttering at 3 a.m.” Jacket Copy also has in-depth coverage from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

At her blog, Molly Gaudry talks with Shane Jones. Shane is also interviewed in Apostrophe Cast.

Ben Tanzer simultaneously interviews William Walsh and Michael Fitzgerald for What to Wear During an Orange Alert: “A cursory glance at your bios reveals that you both spent time in prison with Johnny Cash.”

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