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the latest: from Michelle Herman's Like A Song

When she was six and a half, we made a trip to Chicago

. . .and she watched the paleontologists at work behind plate glass in the Field Museum. A sign posted there (So you want to be a paleontologist?) listed the courses a prospective paleontologist should take in college—mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, art, writing—and Grace asked me if all of these could be taken at Ohio State, where I’d been teaching all her life. I told her they could. “Phew,” she said, and pantomimed wiping her brow, as if she were making a joke. But then she turned serious. “I’ve got to tell you, I’m just not crazy about the idea of going away to college.”


Douglas Watson's short story "The Messenger Who Did Not Become a Hero" gets noted in Best American Nonrequired Reading


"his sentences swoop, dip and dive"

"as captivating as it is graceful"

"calls to mind the best of Vonnegut"

"the funniset book I've read in a long time"

"a brisk, clever take on the coming-of-age debut novel"

Anthology editor J. Ryan Stradal with Dinah Lenney at Los Angeles Review of Books: "Trying to capture California in one book is like attempting to catch a hurricane in a shot glass"


"In California there is sun all the time and it's never cold"

Indolence at Publishers Weekly: An "accomplished debut. . . Maria's voice not only carries readers through these pages, but will stick with them afterward."


"one of the sleekest, bravest, and most explosive first novels I've read in years"

The Wes Letters at The Lit Pub and Entropy: "a captivating venture into the minds of three personalities who seem to invest their entire selves into a relationship with a man they've never met"


"destined to find its place among other recent classics of the epistolary novel narrated by smart, anxious, and questing narrators"

Ravi Mangla at Oyster Review: "The brilliance of Ledgard is in his willingness to plead ignorance. He understands that the enormity of the universe eludes human comprehension."


at Heavy Feather, Necessary Fiction, Wigleaf 50, The Collagist, Other People, The Nervous Breakdown, Word Riot, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3G1B, Fanzine, and 3AM

Recent  titles  

See the full list here.

Author  events  

March 1
Michelle Herman, Like A Song: Essays, book launch, Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH

March 19
Lisa Reisman, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, book launch, RJ Julia

April 2
Michelle Herman, Like A Song: Essays, Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series, Indiana University

April 8 - 11
AWP, Minneapolis

April 14
Lisa Reisman, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, Yale School of Medicine lecture series

April 20
Michelle Herman, fiction reading, Ashland University English Department Spring 2015 Reading Series

June 10 - 14
Lisa Reisman, 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, Wesleyan Writers Conference


A Book of
Uncommon Prayer
edited by Matthew Vollmer

everyday invocations by 64 authors

Becoming Westerly
by Jamie Brisick

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- Paul Theroux

  Tyler's Last
  by David Winner

"an engrossing thriller with an alternately hapless and capable scoundrel; flight and fight, twists and turns"
- John Casey

The artful argument,
the story you don't want to stop

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