Jumping on the Pynchon bandwagon...

Thomas Pynchon is the author of several novels, including V., THE CRYING OF LOT 49, and GRAVITY'S RAINBOW. His newest book, THE BLEEDING EDGE, has been called "[b]rillantly written" (Washington Post), "dazzling and ludicrous" (New York Times Book Review), and "darkly hilarious" (Library Journal). Is the book on your "want-to-read" list?

If so, you might want to consider adding some of our titles that deal with Pynchon's works, including "GRAVITY'S RAINBOW," DOMINATION, AND FREEDOM. Available in time for the 40th anniversary of Pynchon's GRAVITY'S RAINBOW (1973), "GRAVITY'S RAINBOW," DOMINATION, AND FREEDOM is a groundbreaking study of one of the twentieth century's most radical and enduring novels. Offering a theoretically and historically informed approach to the main characters and storylines in GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, authors Luc Herman and Steven Weisenburger place the great novel in its "Long Sixties" context—anti-war resistance, freedom struggles, free speech crusades, and strong critiques of late-modern forms of domination. Tracing the novel's persistent and deep doubts about "the chances for freedom" in a globalized military-industrial "System," "GRAVITY'S RAINBOW," DOMINATION, AND FREEDOM realizes a darker GRAVITY'S RAINBOW than critics have been willing to see. The book will be available this December.

Other Pynchon-related titles include:

THOMAS PYNCHON AND THE DARK PASSAGES OF HISTORY by David Cowart

"In this concise, jargon-free study, Cowart elucidates Pynchon's postmodernist grappling with history in all seven of his novels and in his short stories, journalism, and ephemera. . . .This study will be extremely useful for beginning readers of America's greatest living historical novelist and a pleasure for all experienced critics as well."—Choice


A GRAVITY'S RAINBOW COMPANION by Steven C. Weisenburger    

“Astute detective work . . . The Companion offers a wealth of information that makes it indispensable reading for Pynchon scholars. It is a remarkable achievement, representing untold hours of research into the flotsam and jetsam that constitutes the surface of Pynchon's preterite text.” —Pynchon Notes

 
A COMPANION TO V. by J. Kerry Grant

"A solid, most resourceful guide to a text that challenges even the most knowledgeable and patient readers."—Studies in the Novel   


A COMPANION TO THE CRYING OF LOT 49 by J. Kerry Grant

"Anyone who teaches the novel or writes about it in the future will want to take along this useful companion."—Review of Contemporary Fiction

Short Takes

Three Flannery O'Connor Award winners (Geoffrey Becker's BLACK ELVIS, Harvey Grossinger's THE QUARRY, and E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY) had an event at the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore on Tuesday night. In advance of the event, the Baltimore Sun interviewed the three authors about short story writing.
You all have either written novels or are in the process of writing them. Can you talk about the difference between long-form and short-form writing?
Levy: The short story has a density and richness and beauty and intimacy that it's hard to find in any form of writing other than poetry. Writing a short story is a little bit like making love. There's an intense pleasure that may be brief and that leads to an illuminating conclusion.
I'm pregnant now with my first child, and it seems to me that writing a novel is more gestational than writing a short story. Reading a novel takes more time and writing one takes more time. It slowly reshapes your world.
Becker: I love E.J.'s metaphor. It's sort of the difference between making love and being in a long-term relationship. Writing a novel takes forever, and you're not the same person at the end. You've changed. You've moved. Real life tends to filter in when you're writing a novel in an ongoing way that it probably doesn't when you're writing a short story.
Grossinger: I don't consider myself a natural short-story writer. When I entered a graduate writing program in the '80s, my short stories were just novels in disguise. I had to keep chopping them down. I'm just more drawn to the long form. Short stories have a much narrower vision. They're a moment in time. You can't exfoliate the entire life of a character, with their beginnings and ends, in a short story in the same way you can in a novel.
Booklist reviews the two newest Flannery O'Connor Award winners: THEIVES I'VE KNOWN and THE VIEWING ROOM. According to Booklist, THIEVES I'VE KNOWN is "a memorable THE VIEWING ROOM is described as "hard-hitting."
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Flannery O'Connor Award winner, Alfred DePew (THE MELANCHOLY OF DEPARTURE) has a piece on e-books in the Vancouver Observer.

WUKY 91.3 features selections from TURN ME LOOSE, along with historical context commentary and music, to mark the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers' passing.

Last Thursday, two UGA Press books, REMAKING WORMSLOE PLANTATION and ATLANTA'S OAKLAND CEMETERY, received awards from the Georgia Historical Society during a ceremony held on the University of Georgia campus. The Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for best book on Georgia history went to Drew Swanson's REMAKING WORMSLOE PLANTATION and the Lilla M. Hawes Award for best local or county or history book pertaining to Georgia went to ATLANTA'S OAKLAND CEMETERY by Ren and Helen Davis. For more on the event, including quotes from the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) President & CEO Todd Groce and GHS trustee Vince Dooley, read the article in the student newspaper, the Red & Black.
Right to left: Todd Groce, Ren and Helen Davis, Vince Dooley, Lisa Bayer. Not pictured: Drew Swanson.
The Decatur Book Festival was held in Decatur, GA over the Labor Day weekend. Here are some photos from the event:

Winners Announced for the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Congratulations to Karin Lin-Greenberg and Monica McFawn, this year's winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction! The competition, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, continues to be a celebrated route to publication for literary short fiction collections. UGA Press is glad to have Lin-Greenberg and McFawn carry on this tradition.

Lin-Greenberg’s FAULTY PREDICTIONS and McFawn’s BRIGHT SHARDS OF SOMEPLACE ELSE will be published by the University of Georgia Press and will be available in fall 2014.

Karin Lin-Greenberg's stories have appeared in The Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review Online, The North American Review, Redivider, and elsewhere. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Siena College, where she teaches creative writing.

Flannery O’Connor series editor Nancy Zafris on Lin-Greenberg’s collection: “The many, diverse tales in this collection deliver the realism and emotional heft of a Chekhov story: full, total experiences that pause along the way for laughter and insight into the human condition. The author is a sublime chameleon who takes us deep into lives so varied and different that a map of the characters would simply read: The World.”

Monica McFawn has published fiction, poetry, and is currently working on a play. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Georgia Review, Confrontation, Gargoyle, Web Conjunctions, Conduit, Hotel Amerika, and others. McFawn holds an MFA in poetry from Western Michigan University and currently teaches in the writing department at Grand Valley State University. In her spare time, McFawn trains her Welsh Cob cross pony in dressage and jumping.

Nancy Zafris on McFawn’s collection: “The writing and language soar in these amazing, unusual, funny stories that whip away that familiar rug under our feet and turn it into a magic carpet. Journeys through the initially familiar terrain of babysitting or the death of a pet paint new constellations in the sky, and the reader, really, must look up in wonder.”

The finalists in this year’s competition are Thomas Benz of Evanston, IL; MaryEllen Beveridge of Cambridge, MA; Polly Buckingham of Medical Lake, WA; Serena Crawford of Portland, OR; Geeta Kothari of Pittsburgh, PA; James Mathews of Adamstown, MD; Ann Ryles of Moraga, CA; Jay Shearer of Chicago, IL; Adam Stumacher of Jamaica Plain, MA; and Seth Brady Tucker of Lafayette, CO.

Congratulations to all participants and thank you for creating compelling short fiction. The award-winning books selected in last year's competition, THIEVES I'VE KNOWN by Tom Kealey and THE VIEWING ROOM by Jacqueline Gorman will release this month.