Lit News Roundup

During UNCW’s fall break on Monday and Tuesday, some of us curled up with a good book, while others hit the road. Lookout intern Katie Prince ventured west to Asheville, NC, and photographed the stunning fall colors.


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


“There’s no muse quite like place. Living characters may have pulses and points of view, but locations surge with the blood of generations,” writes the New York Times Book Review about Rebecca Makkai’s new book, The Hundred Year House. Makkai’s story “The Way You Hold Your Knife” appears in Ecotone and Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade.

Ecotone contributor Toni Tipton-Martin, whose essay is forthcoming in our fall Sustenance issue, will receive the John Egerton Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi on Oct. 24. The prize recognizes artists, writers, scholars, and others whose work, in the American South, addresses issues of race, class, gender, and social and environmental justice, through the lens of food. Congratulations, Toni! You won’t want to miss her essay in Ecotone, due out on newsstands later this month.

Speaking of Ecotone’s fall Sustenance issue, it features beautiful new writing about food, farming, and nourishment by Randall Kenan, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Camille T. Dungy, Ron Carlson, Camas Davis, Toni Tipton-Martin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Matthew Gavin Frank, among many others. We’ll celebrate its release on Friday, November 7, in Wilmington with a ticketed farm-to-table supper in collaboration with our friends at nonprofit food system initiative Feast Down East. Inspired by stories and essays in the issue, the menu features ingredients sourced from local farms. Tickets are going fast! Get yours today.


Steve Almond’s new book, Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, continues to garner attention in the height of football season. The author joined writer Jonathan Chait and host Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live to discuss this question: “Is It Time For Fans To Ditch Football?

Congratulations to the 2014 National Book Award finalists! Winners will be announced November 19. Until then, you can find us piling the nominees’ books into our shopping carts.

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Enjoy the weekend!