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News Roundup

We’re taking the long view in this week’s Roundup, folks. We hope you’re in for the long haul, because–long story short–we’re going to take a long, hard look at some good news. This post will be filled with long-ing.

Up first? Some long lists! We’re thrilled for Lookout author Matthew Neill Null, whose debut novel, Honey from the Lion, made the long list for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize in the “Prince of Tides Literary Prize” category, where he is joined by Ecotone contributors Ron Rash and Karen E. Bender. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance renamed their book awards this year after Mr. Conroy. Wanda Jewell, SIBA’s Executive Director, said, “We have long wanted a sexier more marketable name for our book awards, and nothing is sexier than Mr. Conroy!” We’re resurrecting a photo of Matt with Mr. Conroy himself–signing over a copy of Honey.


The 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award long list has also been announced–with a prize of £30,000, it’s the world’s richest prize for a single short story. Lookout author Edith Pearlman made the list for her story “Unbeschert,” and Ecotone and Astoria to Zion contributor Maggie Shipstead did as well, for her story “Backcountry.” They are joined by ten other writers from six different countries.

Ecotone received a nice write-up from Wilmington’s own Star News this week thanks to our inclusion in BuzzFeed’s long list of literary journals that will help you read better. We mentioned that in our last Roundup, but we plan on having a long memory about it.

Indiana Review has a great interview with Ecotone contributor Matthew Gavin Frank who spent fifteen long years inadvertently research his book, The Mad Feast. “I’ve had a lot of strange food-related jobs—ice cream truck driver in Chicago, edible grasshopper trapper in Oaxaca, Mexico, wine cantina floor-mopper in Barolo, Italy.” Matt will have you longing for a copy, and for any word on his new book on pigeons and their role in global diamond smuggling, which he describes as “something like Blood Diamonds bumping-and-grinding with the Audubon Field Guides.”

And last but not least, we hear Ecotone contributor G.C. Waldrep has long-poem-turned-book coming out from BOA Editions called Testament. In defiance of our theme, the reviewer over at the Ploughshares blog says,  “The most concise reference point that occurs to me… is that Waldrep is the closest American poetry comes to Geoffrey Hill, in the music of his language, the range of his erudition, the integrity of his intellect, and the honesty of his doubt.”

That’s the long and short of it this week. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you next time. In the meantime, so long!

News Roundup

This week’s Roundup is brought to you by the letter M! You may recognize her from marketing campaigns like this one or songs from the ’90s like this one. But this week we’ve got Ms up to a bunch of literary magic.

First up is a two-fer: Lookout author Matthew Neill Null who asked this week on Paris Review Daily, “Will anyone in America give a damn about Maria Beig?” The German author remains largely unread in America, sadly. Matt says, “Her writing, so invested in the disappearing rural world, is particular, yes, but universal: her characters love and long and pine away. She would be totally unknown here if not for the good labor of the novelist Jaimy Gordon and her husband Peter Blickle, a German academic, who have translated and published Lost Weddings and Hermine for small presses.” We cannot wait to read the work of ninety-five-year-old Beig, available in the U.S. from New Issues Poetry & Prose.

Matt Null is meeting up with a couple of other Ms at the Boston Book Festival this weekend, Ecotone contributor Megan Mayhew Bergman and Matt Bell. They’ll talk about fiction grounded in real places or real life stories, read from their work, and answer your most pressing questions. Don’t miss these three fantastic writers on Saturday from 1–2 p.m.

And if you’re in the Provincetown area, you won’t want to miss another one of Matt’s events at the Provincetown Public Library. Matt will be in the (wait for it) Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m., where he will read from Honey from the Lion.


In the category of things that make you go mmmm:

Ecotone contributor Toni Tipton-Martin was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, discussing African-American culinary history, and her forthcoming book, The Jemimi Code.

We have two Notables (and two more Ms) in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 both from issue 17: Matthew Clark, for his essay “Shedders,” and Matthew Neill Null for his story “The Island in the Gorge of the Great River.”

We hope your weekend is filled with marvels, mysteries of the best kind, and as much literary magic as you can muster!