From my world of work, shimmering today:
Remember when I accompanied Tayari Jones to the PEN/Faulkner Gala in DC, while I was publicizing her novel, The Untelling? We filed a post-party report for The Happy Booker, and today I learned that the familial tale of heartbreaking brevity that Tayari wrote for the occasion, "Some Thing Blue," has been selected to be in the next edition of the prestigious anthology, New Stories from the South, edited by Madison Smartt Bell. Hear it here.
And Anne Landsman, whose novel, The Rowing Lesson, I helped to publicize, was announced as a finalist yesterday for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. It's $100,000. In honor of the occasion, I have five copies to give away to Lux Lotus readers-- leave a comment if you'd like one. Here's a recent interview with Anne on Flavorwire. She'll also be reading on February 25th at Bluestockings.
"Upstairs at the Square" returns next week.
Meanwhile, things at The New You Project get better and better...