Lit News Roundup

At UNCW, we’re abuzz about our upcoming annual Writers’ Week, which will celebrate the tenth anniversary of national award-winning magazine of place, Ecotone. From November 3 until November 7, contributors from across the country will gather on campus to read, workshop, and talk about the craft of writing. For more information, visit the Writers’ Week web page, which includes the complete schedule of events and author bios. Visiting writers include Brock Clarke, Belle Boggs, Heidi Lynn Staples, Chantel Acevedo, Randall Kenan, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Patrick Phillips, and Mark Spitzer, as well as agent Michelle Brower and managing editor of Milkweed Editions, Patrick Thomas. A keynote reading by Kathryn Miles will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at 7 p.m. in the CIS building, room 1008. We will cap off the week with a ticketed farm-to-table supper celebrating the launch of Ecotone’s fall Sustenance issue in collaboration with nonprofit food system initiative Feast Down East.


Congratulations to Lookout’s debut author and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Binocular Vision, Edith Pearlman, whose forthcoming book of stories, Honeydew (Little, Brown), has garnered a starred review from Kirkus. Shewrites with the wisdom of accumulated experience … Without quite the moral gravity of Alice Munro but with all the skill: Pearlman serves up exemplary tales, lively and lovely.”


In case you missed news of Simon & Schuster’s multi-year deal with Amazon—assuring authors that their books will be continuously available for sale through the holiday book buying season—here’s the scoop from the New York Times blog. As David Streitfeld writes, “It is a measure of how much the Hachette negotiations have reshaped expectations that such assurance was necessary.”

Buzzfeed rounded up 44 Great American Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit, including some of our favorites. See which stores made the cut.

For those of you in Wilmington, please join our friends at Feast Down East for Food Day on Friday, October 24. The day of action celebrates healthy, affordable, and sustainable food, with activities on UNCW’s campus and at area cooperative markets and restaurants. There’s even a kale-eating competition.