Tuesday, May 30, 2006

SSN Contributor Michelle Wildgen on tour!

Fab writer, Michelle Wildgen, author of You're Not You hits the road:

Atomic Reading Series
Michelle Wildgen, poet Christine Hamm, and novelist Tony O'Neill
Sunday June 4, 7 PM
Lucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn

Sunday June 18, 7 pm
KGB Bar, Sunday Night Fiction
Michelle Wildgen and Eden Collinsworth
85 E. 4th Street

Tuesday June 20, 7 pm
Michelle Wildgen
Morningside Bookshop
2915 Broadway at 114th Street.

Friday June 9, 7:00 pm
335 Howe Avenue
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Saturday June 10, 2006 3:00 PM
Promenade of Westlake
30121 Detroit Road
Westlake, OH

Thursday June 15, 7:00 PM
702 N. Midvale Blvd.
Madison WI 53705

Monday, May 29, 2006

Amanda Boyden interview & new reviews posted

Small Spiral Notebook interviews author Amanda Boyden. Click here to read the interview.

Check out our new reviews!

small spiral notebook interviews...

Alison Weaver interviews David Goodwillie (Seemed Like a Good Idea at The Time, Algonquin Books, June 7) for Small Spiral Notebook:

Setting is very important in a book, and my book is set in New York City in a cultural time that I find in a lot of ways shocking and difficult to live in without being constantly disgusted by what is going on around us. And we do do it to ourselves. It's like politics. A lot of times people are disgusted by it, but politicians are just reacting to a general public. We live in this time of instant gratification, of reality trumping fiction, whether it's reality television or blogs, and it's part of the reason memoirs are so popular. People want real grit. It's why the tabloids are so popular, and it's why we have Jessica Simpson, but even if it's all shit, even if all this reality is nothing, we are still fascinated by it, and I was fascinated by it and am fascinated by it. Again, there is a cultural clash between that and people who are trying to pursue art or something virtuous. This is clashing with the reality of our culture. I get embarrassed by it all the time. That quote is referring to baseball memorabilia, and even though I worked in that field for five years, including at the highest level at Sotheby's, I find it completely disgusting.

click here to read the entire interview


Jennifer Uhlich interviews Michelle Wildgen (You're Not You, June 2006) for Small Spiral Notebook:

Michelle on food in prose:
Part of it is simply that I love to read about food. Some people like details of landscape, which bores me senseless; I love to know what people are eating or drinking. Food, like sex, is such an effective way of catching your characters unawares or vulnerable, devoting themselves to desires they may or may not approve of or even have thought through. I used to do some food writing, and when I first got out of college and wanted to learn about food and wine, I went to the best restaurant I could find at the time and worked there for three years as a waiter. (The restaurant in You're Not You slightly mirrors that one.) I still cook a lot and read about food a great deal.

click here to read the entire interview

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

lit links - news you can use...

*read the first story in charles d'ambrosio's excellent story collection, the dead fish museum at the new york times

*the wonderful dan wickett moderates another fine panel of literary translators

*the legion of lit mags has a website. we're coming back soon with events and literary salons to a bar near you.

*ssn fiction reader, paul toth, edits the latest issue of word riot

*what lit mag are you reading? we recommend KGB BAR LIT, it's fetching.

*benjamin wallace-wells has a fascinating profile of rita katz, who is the head of an organization called the Search for International Terrorist Entities, or SITE Institute, in this week's new yorker.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Win David Goodwillie's galley!

Win SSN friend & author of Seemed Like a Good Idea at The Time, David Goodwille's memoir. Be the very first to email editor AT smallspiralnotebook DOT com and we'll ship you the advanced reader's copy. Also, do check out our interview with the author.

5/23 update: We have a winner! Thanks to the fine folks who entered.

SSN Contributor Ken Foster is on the road!

From Ken:

Hello everyone: I'll be in NYC, Boston, and Philly June 1-5th, doing a
variety of signings to benefit local organizations. Stop by if you can!

New York, June 1st and 3rd Thursday June 1st, 7pm The National Book Critics Circle presents a panel discussion of writers whose work has gone to the dogs: Ken Foster, author of The Dogs Who Found Me, Lee Harrington, author of Rex and the City
Alison Pace, author Pug Hill, Rebecca Skloot, contributor to the anthology Woman's Best Friend, Julia Szabo, author of The Underdog, and NY Post pet columnist at Housing Works Used Bookstore and Cafe 126 Crosby Street, NYC 10012

Saturday June 3rd, 11am-2pm
Ken Foster will be signing copies of THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME as part of a fundraiser and adoption day with Bide A Wee:
Kiehl's 109 Third Avenue (corner of 13th Street) New York, NY 10003 (212)677-3171

Saturday June 3rd, 4-7pm
Ken Foster will be signing copies of THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME; proceeds go the BARC Shelter, where Foster adopted his first dog, Brando. Saturday June 3rd, 4pm-7pm
BARC Shelter/BQE Pet Store
253 Wythe (at North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Friday June 2nd, 4-7pm
Signing/adoption event with MSPCA
112 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Sunday June 4th 12-5pm
Reading 1:15-2:15; signing all afternoon
Dog Day's of Summer Adoption Festival,
Head House Square, 2nd and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia

Ken Foster

Thursday, May 18, 2006

SSN Contributor Richard Grayson reads May 21!

From Richard:

I'm giving a reading at Barbes in Park Slope (NYC) on Sunday night, May 21, at 6 pm and I just found out about it. Barbes is on 9th Street and 6th Avenue. While I know this is short notice, I would be really happy if you could come. Here's Barbes's website: http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ann Arbor Festival Recap

Dan Wickett of the EWN offers a fabulous recap. Literary journals you must read:

Absinthe: Absinthe: New European Writing is a print journal committed to featuring contemporary European writers who have not been widely translated into English. The journal includes poetry, prose, essays, interviews, and author photos. Absinthe: New European Writing is published biannually; issue 1 appeared in July 2003 and features work by Emilian Galaicu-Paun, Saviana Stanescu, Pèter Zilahy, Dieter Gräf, Tomas Mikael Bäck, Andrej Blatnick, Mara Malanova, Gintaras Grajauskas, Zoran Feric, Martin Enckell, Herberto Helder, Mehis Heinsaar, Sophia Nikolaidou, Ryszard Krynicki, Kristien Hemmerechts, and Stefan Hertmans.

Orchid Lit: Keith Hood is the hardest working man in the literary bizz. His boundless energy is inspiring and his literary magazine brimming with compelling stories.

New Pages: the definitive online journal for all things lit mag and indie publishing.

Frostproof Review: new and certainly promising...

Ishiguro & Faulkner reviewed...

visit our homepage to view our updated recommended reads!

Publicists/Authors - want to send your books over for potential review? Details here.


in an effort to get our fab issues out the door - folks who purchase a single issue copy of SSN will receive one! free! book! folks who purchase a one-year subscription will receive a whopping three! free! books!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

new reviews posted!

visit our homepage to view our recommended reads!

Small Spiral Notebook in MICHIGAN! 5/13

On Saturday, May 13, 14+ literary journals will be in a special section of the 2006 Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair. The literary organizations represented include: Absinthe: New European Writing, Diagram, Frostproof Review, Hobart, The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, NewPages.com, Orchid Literary Review, Prairie Margins, Small Spiral Notebook, The McGuffin, Third Coast, and TWO LINES: A Journal of Translation. Visit www.aabookfestival.org for more info.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

SSN Friend, Dave King's upcoming readings!

May 4, 7pm: Strongsvile Public Library, Strongsville, OH
May 5, 7pm: Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cleveland, OH
May 6, 12noon: Cuyahoga County Library, Mayfield Heights, OH
May 11, 6:30pm: Gale Free Library, Holden MA
May 20, 3pm: Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
May 24, 7pm: West Hartford Library, West Hartford, CT
June 10, time TBA: Pink Ink, LGBT Center, New York, NY
June 17, 8pm: Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY (with Edmond White
and Cynthia Carr)
June 23, 12:10pm: Port Washington Library, Port Washington, NY
July 15, time TBA: Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook, NY
July 17, 12noon: Westport Library, Westport, CT

Monday, May 01, 2006

SSN Contributor Jennifer Prado reads!

From Jennifer:

I'm one of the readers at a Fiction Event/Party on
Sunday, May 21st from 2-4 pm in Manhattan, NYC and I would be
very pleased to have your support.

Location: The Four-Faced Liar (Appropriate venue,
165 West 4th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)
in the Big Red Apple
Planet Earth