September marked the publication of two of our fall titles: Lindsey Alexander's Rodeo in Reverse and Kathryn Schwille's debut novel What Luck, This Life. Read an excerpt of Lindsey's book here, see her on TV! here. and reviews Kathryn's book at the Charlotte Observer, the AJC, Charlotte Lit, and the Greensboro News & Record.. Hub City favorite Claire Fuller also mentioned WHAT LUCK, THIS LIFE in a Vulture writers recommend roundup.
Former Writers-in-Residence are in the news, too! Congratulations to Akwaeke Emezi, who was named one of the National Book Foundations 2018 5 Under 35 Honorees. Leslie Sainz's poem If For the Flies was a Narrative Poem of the Week.
Speaking of literature of the week, Emily W. Pease's short story "The After-Life" was chosen in Narrative's Stories of the Week 2017-2018 feature. This story is a great sneak peak of the work in her collection Let Me Out Here.
Leesa Cross-Smith's Whiskey & Ribbons was a recent BookPage editors pick. "Another debut worthy of your TBR stack, Cross-Smith’s Whiskey & Ribbons got a lot of prepub buzz at the beginning of the year, but I think it’s worth revisiting now," says Deputy Editor Cat Acree. "With moments that break your heart and others that lift you up, it’s partially a love-triangle story, partially a meditation on grief, loss and faith."
A little video to close out this rodeo: Ray McManus talks to SCETV about his passion for poetry.