Friday Lit News Roundup

We kick off today’s news with the announcement that Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade has won a gold IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) in the anthology category. Another award-winning Lookout title!

It’s only been a few weeks since our Astoria to Zion event in Boston, and we’ve just posted pictures on our Facebook page. Here’s one of contributors and master storytellers Bill Roorbach, Matthew Neill Null, and Steve Almond, but there are plenty more so go check them out!


Astoria to Zion contributor Maggie Shipstead continues to dominate lit news with her new novel, Astonish Me. She’s featured in Elle and the Miami Herald, and sits at number one on Huffington Post’s list of 6 Books You Should Read this Summer. And, if you live in the Saratoga area, Maggie will be at the Northshore Bookstore on May 3 at 7 p.m. for an interview and book signing.

Have you read Lookout author Steve Almond’s advice column for Cognoscenti, Heavy Meddle? Catch up on Dear Steve here, and  send your questions to New posts every Monday!

If you just finished your novel, here’s an article that suggests eleven questions you should ask before starting the celebration. A writer’s work is never done.

On Tuesday, we unveiled House Guest, our third new blog category, which features two-time Ecotone contributor Shawn Vestal. He kicks off the series with his “Jekyll the journalist, Hyde the inventor” take on writing. Shawn’s story “Winter Elders” appears in the newly-released Astoria to Zion.

This week in On Location, Ecotone and Astoria to Zion contributor George Makana Clark took us to the Cemetery of Pleasures in Lisbon to reveal a crypt featured in two of his stories.


Finally, it’s the last week of classes here at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and we’re immensely grateful to the most recent class of Lookout Books and Ecotone practicum students who have worked tirelessly this semester to bring you weekly digital broadsides, introductions to our favorite stories in Astoria to Zion, and our three new categories, House Guest, Seven Questions, and On Location. They’ve also coordinated this blog and our Pinterest and Twitter accounts, as well as helped plan successful events in Seattle, NYC, and Boston. So a huge thank you to Becky Eades, Stephanie Harcrow, Kayla Hohos, Katie Jones, Justin Klose, John McShea, Jane Molinary, Katie Prince, and Ryan Smith. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. You will be sorely missed!