Literary News Round-Up


by Debbie Vance

Tuesday morning folks–time for a good dose of news both fun and frivolous. (Although I don’t think it’s frivolous at all, actually. What better way to start plugging into your literary community than by learning about it? (Although, if you do need a bit of frivolity this morning, there just may be something in here to satiate you.))

Kenyon Review announced their 2014-16 fellows: poet Jamaal May and fiction writer Melinda Moustakis. (I heard Jamaal May read a couple of years ago and was amazed. His rhythm and presence still linger in my memories. Check out his first full-length collection, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013).

The Twitter Fiction Festival is happening tomorrow!

From March 12-16, 2014, the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House are partnering to put on this year’s festival on Twitter.

  • showcase of authors from across the industry will be crafting fiction on Twitter.
  • We invited everyone to submit their fiction ideas for the chance to be featured in a showcase alongside these amazing authors.
  • During the festival, anyone is invited to jump in and tell stories with the hashtag #TwitterFiction.

Also happening tomorrow… “New Books” reading for Auraria Writers’ Week: 11:00 am to 12:45 pm at Tivoli 640. Five local Denver creative authors will read from their recently published works of poetry and prose: David Boop, Theresa Crater, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Kathryn Winograd, and Leslee Rene Wright.

Book Editors discuss the first book they bought: some thwarted dreams, some glorious successes.

The best fiction of the millennium: The Millions conducted a poll of their “regular contributors and 48 of [their] favorite writers, editors, and critics (listed below), asking a single question: ‘What are the best books of fiction of the millennium, so far?'” This list reveals their final conclusion. #1? The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. (Feel free to disagree.)

The Weight of Mountains: a short film about the rise and fall of those great behemoths we Coloradans see out our bedroom windows…if we’re so lucky.


cover photo by Debbie Vance


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