Faye Rapoport DesPres

A few writing/book notes

A few quick notes on writing/book news from friends and colleagues:

Elizabeth Stuckey-French, wife of friend Ned Stuckey-French, has an exciting new novel out called Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. I am trying to get out from under the mountain of reading I have to do (which is not easy for me, because paying work always seems to get in the way) so that I can read this novel, which has been positively reviewed everywhere you can think of, including The New York Times. Could there be a movie in this story’s future?

Clifford Garstang, one of the editors of Prime Number Magazine, is the author of In an Uncharted Country, an award-winning short story collection that I’m currently reading (in-between my occasional hours with Anna Karenina). And friends, I’m impressed.

Laban Carrick Hill’s stunning book, Dave the Potter, illustrated by Bryan Collier and reviewed here in The New York Times, was recently #6 on the Times’ list for Children’s Picture Books.

Kim Dana Kupperman, who was profiled in The New York Times, is receiving a lot of accolades for her essay collection, I Just Lately Started Buying Wings. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys, studies, or writes personal essays, or who simply wants to sample some masterful writing.

Joy Castro, writer and teacher extraordinaire, is one of the writers currently being featured by Platte Valley Review. Joy is currently an associate professor with a joint appointment in English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Joy has a very unique voice — sensitive and poetic, yet uncannily strong and direct, and always, to me, important.

Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans, a short story collection published by Last Light Studio Books in January 2011. You can read more about the collection here.

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, an old friend from my childhood years in rural upstate New York, has published an article in Writer’s Digest about how writers can use Twitter to expand their writing network. Read “Confessions of a Tweetaholic” here.

Jina Ortiz, a poet from my alma mater, the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College, published a poem titled poem “I’m Afroargentina” in the summer 2010 issue of Kweli Journal.

In other news, Faye Snider, another Solstice alum who writes both creative nonfiction and poetry, will be teaching a winter/spring semester course, “The Importance of Place in Creative Writing,” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis University.

Congratulations to my friends and colleagues — and friends and readers, consider checking out their work. Supporting each other is a great thing to do.

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6 thoughts on “A few writing/book notes

  1. Cynthia Briggs

    I just held a planning meeting at my house today to begin a book club (I’m in Houston). This reading list couldn’t have come at a better time.
    Thank you so much, we were feeling a bit stumped on where to start. Maybe you could offer some comments on our beginning choices, which are March/Last Orders, Graham Swift; April/The Hangman’s Daughter, Potzsch; May/Someone Knows My Name.
    I’ll show this reading list to the group so we can choose some of your suggestions beginning in June.
    Thanks Again!

  2. admin Post author

    Cindy, thanks for checking in, and I’m glad you like the list. And Cynthia, I’m very happy to hear that this list will be helpful to your book club. I haven’t read the three books on your current list, but The Hangman’s Daughter is getting a lot of buzz, and Someone Knows My Name sounds particularly harrowing. Another book you might want to consider if your group is interested in memoir, is Joy Castro’s “The Truth Book,” a very gripping, beautifully written memoir.

    1. admin Post author

      That’s incredible and very cool, that Elizabeth Stuckey-French will hold a Skype discussion with a book club that is discussing her book!

  3. Charles Boisseau

    Thanks, Faye for the news. (I am just getting to read some links that you sent earlier.) These sound like great reads. And, I really must read Laban’s book soon!