You Must Be This Tall to Ride is a new anthology of coming-of-age stories edited by B. J. Hollars with twenty stories by Antonya Nelson, Chad Simpson, Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Stuart Dybek, Michael Martone, and others. Each writer also contributed an essay and a writing exercise. The book’s website doubles as magazine that will continue to publish new stories every few weeks, beginning with  Matt Bell‘s “A Certain Number of Bedrooms, A Certain Number of Baths.”

On August 15, Dzanc Books is launching a new online journal called The Collagist. The magazine will be edited by  Matt Bell and Matthew Olzmann and is reading submissions now. American Short Fiction interviewed Dzanc executive director Dan Wickett about it.

J.A. Tyler‘s Mudluscious Press is giving away free copies of Charles Lennox‘s “fantastically explosive text” A Field of Colors for the month of June. Mud Luscious also has Molly Gaudry‘s first novella We Take Me Apart available for preorder.


Digital Fiction Show interviewed Jim Hanas about the serialization of his Cannes Festival story The Arab Bank” and online publishing:

I began to feel that the stories, once they were published, were entombed inside those journals. … The whole, long dance of print publishing seemed a little absurd. … It made more sense to make the work immediately available. By now, I’m sure more people have read the stories online than when they were originally published.

Maud Newton promises a “Jean Rhystravaganza:”  at The Second Pass, she reviews Lilian Pizzichini’s new biography The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys, and next week, Granta online will publish a correspondence between Maud and Alexander Chee “about Rhys’ affair with Ford Madox Ford, and the novels they wrote afterward.”

Matt Bell moderates a conversation between Michael Czyzniejewski and Kyle Minor, and Emerging Writer’s Network has the video.

At Book Expo America, Sarah Weinman conducted a memorable interview with James Ellroy and Colin Harrison. For a limited time only, you can watch it Sarah’s site, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

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