Lit News Roundup

As always in our weekly Lit News, we round up the headlines and vital discussions in literature and publishing arts, and also announce Lookout and Ecotone author kudos.

Emma Straub suggestedTen Books To Read If You’re Not Traveling This Summer” for Publishers Weekly and included at #3 Arcadia by Lauren Groff, who has a story in Astoria to Zion.

More than dudes in tights or self-indulgent autobiography: at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Anne Elizabeth Moore considers journalistic nonfiction comics from California, Iceland, and Japan.


Ben Miller, author of last year’s debut memoir in essays, River Bend Chronicle, has been selected as one of Radcliffe’s 2014–15 fellows and will have a year at Harvard’s institute for advanced study to shape a manuscript extending his investigation of the urban Midwest. Congratulations, Ben!

Last night at One Story’s annual Literary Debutante Ball in Brooklyn, two Ecotone contributors made their book debuts. Congrats to Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, and Ben Stroud, author of Byzantium. We hope you both did it up last night! 

Finally, in case you missed this week’s posts, you’ll want to revisit Brad Watson’s charming answers to our Seven Questions. Read on to find out the fictional dog he’d adopt, the classic literary bed scene he’d heat up, and the circumstances under which he’s willing to forgo an afternoon bourbon.

And yesterday, Astoria to Zion contributor Cary Holladay kicked off our new video series. Don’t miss these two compelling and funny minutes, during which she talks about the importance of place, travel, and risk in writing.


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