Lit News Roundup

After a long hiatus, we’re finally back with our weekly Lit News Roundup.

Hearty congratulations are in order for several Ecotone contributors:

Shawn Vestal recently won the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for his story collection, Godforsaken Idaho, and we couldn’t be prouder that two of the stories in the book, “Winter Elders” and “Opposition In All Things,” first appeared in the pages of Ecotone. “Winter Elders” also has a home in our best of Ecotone fiction anthology, Astoria to Zion.

And Ecotone 16 contributor Molly Antopol’s stunning story collection, The UnAmericans, made the 2014 longlist for the National Book Award in Fiction. You can read “My Grandmother Tells Me This Story” in full on the Ecotone website.

In other news, the screen adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk has found a director. Ang Lee, whose previous films include Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, will work with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to bring this 2012 National Book Award winner to the big screen.

Karen E. Bender, who will read at UNCW on Thursday, October 16, has a new essay, focusing on “Taiwan’s Incredible Edible Revolution,” on Narratively.

Ecotone’s fall Sustenance issue, due out later this month, 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.

Want a sneak peek at the cover of the fall issue? The art team had a great time in Castle Hayne a few weeks ago, shooting with photographer Harry Taylor.


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Until next week, have a lovely fall weekend!