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.
- Nick Antosca‘s story “Playground in the Fire,” which is available on Fictionaut, was published in The L Magazine.
- Chris Killen‘s story “Stretch Out and Wait” appears in the anthology Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction inspired by The Smiths.
- The inaugural issue of San Pedro River Review features two poems by Morgan Harlow.
- Cliff Garstang‘s story “Hunger” appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Cream City Review.
- Stephan Clark‘s novella The Castrato of St. Petersburg can be found in Salt Hill #23. At Barrelhouse, he has a story about Zeno’s Paradox, Friday night football, and Jesus called “An Open Letter to Fans of Southplains Football.”
- Excerpts from Daniel Nester‘s Cousin Mike: A Memoir appear in the new issue of Indiana Review.
- The June/July issue of elimae features work by Michael Kimball, J.A. Tyler, and Mel Bosworth. J. A. also has stories in the debut issue of lōbrow and Artvoice.
- Freight Stories No. 5 promises “the best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.” Contributors include Alicia Gifford and Michael Martone. Alicia’s story “Afterlife” was featured as the story of the week in Narrative.
- Australian Reader published “The Bruces” and “Deep in the Woods” by Brentley Frazer.
- Ravi Mangla‘s short “Laces” appeared in Word Riot.
- In Avatar Review, stories by Kevin Wilson, Charles Lennox, and J.A. Tyler.
- Sotto Voce published Mary Akers‘ story “Thunderstones.”
- The first issue of Grey Sparrow Journal contains work by Randall Brown, David Erlewine, and Sara Crowley.
- To celebrate Bloomsday, William Walsh had texts derived from James Joyce in Monkeybicycle, Keyhole, Flatmancrooked, and mudluscious.
- The June issue of Keyhole Digest features stories by Matt Bell, Ravi Mangla, and J.A. Tyler. Matt’s story “How I Started Going to Meetings” appears in Necessary Fiction.
- Tim Jones-Yelvington‘s flash “Painted Faces” has been published on a wall in Boise, Idaho. You can hear and read his story “Fugitives” at Pank.
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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