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My daughter has been telling me for some time how I should start a literary magazine for kids, or, at other times, that I should make a children’s section for Luna Park. [Read more]

   Fictionaut Five: Brad Watson
   This Saturday: Fictionaut Reading in San Francisco
   Checking In with Raíces y Alas

Ginna Howard‘s novel Night Navigation, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, is now available in paperback. [Read more]

   Fictionaut Five: Gloria Mindock
   Luna Digest, 3/16
   Fictionaut Faves, 3/15
   Checking In With Metazen

Terese Svoboda reports on her visit with writers in a Somalian refugee camp at The Rumpus:

When it was clear that we didn’t want five-point essays, the students instantly composed poems about female genital mutilation, politics, love, and—over and over again—the importance of education.

Quartet Press, the new digital publisher founded by Kassia Krozser, Kat Meyer, and Kirk Bilione, is now accepting submissions.

The first issue of kill author is out, named for Roland Barthes, with work by Barry Graham, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Ethel Rohan, J.A. Tyler, Mel Bosworth, and Nicole Elizabeth.

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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.

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“Since How the Broken Lead the Blind is sold out and won’t be reprinted, I’ve now posted the entire book online so that anyone who couldn’t get a copy can still read it exactly as it was in print.” You can download Matt Bell‘s How the Broken Lead the Blind as pdf file or read it online at issuu. The title story is on Fictionaut.

May was short story month, and there’s a wealth of reviews, recommendations, and interviews in the archives at Emerging Writers Network, Condalmo, Hobart, and Matt Bell‘s blog.

Calls for submissions: new journal Kill Author and Epiphany are both inviting you to submit. Epiphany is also looking for an assistant fiction editor. Rusty Barnes’ Fried Chicken and Coffee offers a helpful list of writers he admires.

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Emerging Writers Network has declared May “Short Story Month” and taken the opportunity to post dozens of reviews, guest posts, and “story mix tapes.” Matt Bell and Blake Butler get in on the action.

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival is underway, and Jim Hanas is serializing his story “The Arab Bank,” which is set during the festival, until May 24.

At Largehearted Boy, Ben Greenman talks to musician Rhett Miller about work, life, and Charles Manson.

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What 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.

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The 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.


Victoria Lancelotta‘s story “The Anniversary Trip,” which originally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the Gettysburg Review, will be included in Best American Short Stories 2009, edited by Alice Sebold.

Steve Silberman in the Shambhala Sun: “Keith and I weren’t planning on starting a gay marriage revolution, outraging the religious right, or even committing a noble act of civil disobedience. We just loved each other a lot.”

“Daring and often exquisitely tender:” Robin Romm in the New York Times Book Review on Kevin Wilson‘s debut story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, now available from HarperPerennial.

Interview talks to Richard Nash about leaving Soft Skull Books: “I felt like I could more usefully participate in the future of publishing outside than inside.”

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Marc Fitten shops for a pillow in the New York Times: “Thirty dollars! Are they crazy? At 40 percent off?”

At Eyewear, Morgan Harlow reviews the 2008 edition of Best American Short Stories, edited by Salman Rushdie.

The New Yorker published Terese Svoboda‘s poem “Mom as Fly.”

John Minichillo‘s novel The Snow Whale was selected as a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This phase of the contest will be decided by reader reviews.

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