Litstack Recs| How to Write an Autobiographical Novel & A Song for a New Day

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays, by Alexander Chee “Writing is a way of going to the depth of Being,” wrote Marguerite Yourcenar, and the sixteen essays that make up Alexander Chee’s 2018 memoir are about the heart of being—and writing, about striving to succeed as a writer, reconciling the pain and trauma of [….]

LitStack Review: Edges by Linda Nagata

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Edges Linda Nagata Mythic Island Press LLC Release Date:  April 2, 2019 Space is unimaginably vast, with time and distance unfolding in languid increments full of grandeur and teeming emptiness. How can we as mere, puny humans ever overcome the challenges of venturing forth in such a daunting expanse? Thankfully we have luminaries such as [….]

Litstack Rec: The Dead Fish Museum & The Red

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The Dead Fish Museum: Stories, by Charles D’Ambrosio While most of the writing world is in Portland at #AWP19, myself included, taking in panels, readings, and the bookfair with hundreds of exhibitors of presses small and large, there isn’t much we get to see of Portland, the stunning Pacific Northwest landscape with its majestic Shasta [….]

LitStack Rec: The Films in My Life & Slow River

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The Films in My Life, by Francois Truffaut The revered French filmmaker, who would have been eighty-six this year, is the subject of numerous books that cover his life and work, and we are lucky that Truffaut was also a prolific critic who wrote scores of essays. One of the founders of the French new [….]

Litstack Rec: Selected Stories & Gemini Cell

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Selected Stories, by William Trevor A volume of stories by William Trevor is a reader’s must-have, and this 2009 collection brings together some of the great writer’s best—48 classic stories, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and literary magazines such as Glimmer Train and the late, great, Antaeus. Trevor, who [….]

Why We Love Our Genres

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The best thing about running a site like LitStack is the diversity of folks you meet. Our writers come from all walks of life; their ages vary from those still in college, to a granny or two. With this diversity comes a variety of tastes and preferences, a fact that is exhibited in the wide [….]

LitStack Review: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

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Bloodline Claudia Gray Release Date: May 3, 2016 Del Rey ISBN-10: 0345511360 Claudia Gray can tell a Star Wars story. I got this book from the library shortly before Carrie Fisher fell ill. I had been meaning to read it since its publication and had been looking forward to it since finishing Claudia Gray’s previous [….]

Kickstarters We Love: Women Destroy Science Fiction

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We love, love, love this awesome kickstarter from Lightspeed magazine. It’s an issue completely written and edited by women. From the Kickstarter info page: It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley wrote what is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel (Frankenstein). Yet some readers seem [….]

Gillian Anderson’s Debut Sci-Fi Novel Coming in October!

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  Former X-File actress Gillian Anderson has landed a deal for a Sci-Fi novel to launch in October. Hold onto your hats, fanboys, the lady is a triple threat. From Tor.com: The Guardian reported that Anderson will be writing a series, ‘The EarthEnd Saga,’ with co-writer Jeff Rovin. The first novel, A Vision of Fire, [….]

2013 World Fantasy Award Winners

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The winners of the 2013 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. The winners were announced during the awards banquet at this year’s World Fantasy convention, held in Brighton, England. The judges for this year’s awards were Holly Black, Tom Clegg, Marc Laidlaw, Stephen Laws, and Stephanie Smith. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees! Winners [….]