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The Atlantic

May 28, 2013

For the “By Heart” series in The Atlantic—in which writers write about a favorite literary passage—I wrote about a section of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.

McSweeney’s Recommends

May 10, 2013

The stories in Kane’s new collection are a revelation. They’re somehow solemn and mature in one turn while smiling and ennobling in another. There’s a quiet realism in them, the kind you read on your patio at twilight, the kind with a humanity that accepts how hard it is to trust people and know people and be near people but then also keeps love and fulfillment right there within grasp. It’s good to find these.” The “McSweeney’s Recommends” citation for This Close.


May 9, 2013

Inspired by George Packer’s piece on “gender reveal” parties for The New Yorker, I wrote about “genre reveal” parties for McSweeney’s. Learn how to plan your own here.

My First Time

May 6, 2013

Writer David Abrams, author of Fobbit and keeper of the fine literary blog The Quivering Pen, asked me to contribute a piece to his “My First Time” series. I wrote about how my very first short story acceptance arrived.

2nd Printing!

May 2, 2013

My publisher told me this morning that This Close has gone into a second printing. I’m thrilled and so grateful to everyone at Graywolf Press for all the hard work that goes into making a book of short stories sell.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

April 22, 2013

This Close has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. There are so many wonderful collections on this list, which is here. The shortlist will be announced in late May.

A Public Space

April 10, 2013

I was very happy to be invited to answer 7 Questions for A Public Space.

Ann Arbor News

April 10, 2013

A brief interview in my hometown paper. My reading at Nicola’s was a highlight of the tour so far.

Graywolf Press

April 10, 2013

My US publisher, Graywolf Press, has just launched a beautiful new website. For the occasion, they asked me to write an essay reflecting on my transition from book publicist to writer. Yes, once upon a time I was a publicist.

Necessary Fiction

April 10, 2013

Delighted to contribute a “Research Notes” piece to Necessary Fiction. It made me think hard about where my stories come from.

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