Tonight at 7pm, The Center for Fiction celebrates a year of hard work and many accomplishments with readings from all nine 2012 Emerging Writers Fellows.Meet the City’s emerging voices:Seamus Scanlon“Everything either happened or almost happened. Or could have happened…Irish humor is fatalistic and essential for survival. It may date from centuries of colonization and gray clouds all day - rain, hunger, famine, and emigration. The Catholic outlook of self sacrifice, pain, purgatory, and reward in the next life needed some antidote.”In an interview with Bookslut, Seamus Scanlon reveals what makes an audacious, brave, and great writer and why he doesn’t whitewash the truth. For him, “Political correctness has no place in fiction.”Leopoldine Core“Peanut quietly considered replacing all of her friends with dogs.”In “Historic Tree Nurseries” from Issue 6 of The Literarian, Leopoldine Core takes us into and far beyond a story of a man’s best friend.Lisa Lee“I stopped writing to my pen pal, Mary Wang, of Anchorage, Alaska, the year I started high school. Partly because my mother told me she was too ugly for me to be friends with, but mostly because I was terrified of being ugly myself.”Pen pals, correspondence, and the idea of “pretty” - Lisa Lee writes about not writing back in her Sycamore Review essay, “Dear Mary Wang.”Daniel LongBroke, broker, broken, sure…but maybe life don’t conjugate so easy. There’s flesh and blood and little bits of hope tucked here or there. Give us this day our daily bread. Or weekly bread. Or monthly. Give me a fair sum of bread per annum, and we’ve got a deal.
What I mean is, could you spare some old bread about now?
What I mean is, we’re fighting the dust.Daniel Long, an Oklahoman living in New York, had women “hiding tears” while he read at the Southern Writers Reading Series.Manuel Martinez“Try every type of food…Sleep whenever there is nothing else to do…” Most of all, “Don’t go anywhere but be afraid to stay where you are. Remember that there is always something you are missing.”Need travel tips? Manuel Martinez shares sage advice in Issue 1 of The Literarian.Rosalie Knecht“I arrived at adulthood and New York City with a smug and completely deluded attitude toward credit and debt. Namely: who needs it?” In “Taking On a Debt to New York” for the New York Times Opinionator’s ”Townies”, Rosalie Knecht takes on the rat race, ingenuity, and what happens when making a living is “neither tangible nor profound.”Tracy O’Neill“A man’s relationship with his mother shows which black and white movie star he is like,” says Tracy O’Neill in her essay on sons and mothers, “The Imperfect.” “The Imperfect” was published in Issue 5 of The Literarian.Tim O’SullivanAs Tim O’Sullivan writes in “On Irrelevance” for A Public Space, “A taste for topical relevance is cool. There are better places to look than fiction. Newspapers maybe. On TV, pundits speak provocatively on topics of the day. Fiction can handle these topics too, but I suppose people will always argue whether it’s the most appropriate tool and/or for how long the relevant topic will remain relevant.” So, what is O’Sullivan’s irrelevant gem? Find out.Jackie Reitzes“The water is seaweed colored, the boat’s belly white. There is the thought- maybe this is it, maybe I will not be leaving after all. Maybe my parents would kill me if I die doing a Leonardo DiCaprio impersonation. And the release of leaning into the fall, the surrender because there’s nothing to be done but wait. Close your eyes. Brace yourself. Hold your breath. See.”
Jack Reitzes story, “King of the World,” was read at The Liar’s League NYC. She is currently a teacher in NYU’s Expository Writing Program.
There are a few writers of color on here!
For Milton, the American otaku character in Peepo Choo, he gets a big shock when he finally gets to go to Japan, a place where he has always wanted to go to.
For me, I always wanted to see what it was like in Japan, to live there and be able to do things. But at the same time, I knew that there are things about going to a different culture that can be very shocking, especially when realize that you had misconceptions about what it would be like. I really wanted to address that issue, too. Japanese people experience this when they go to the States as well. I think it’s great to be excited about things, but being excited about things blindly can be really dangerous.
These differences really, really interest me. Because they make you think a lot about where you come from and why you do things. This kind of experience really helps you find out who you really are and what you want to do in life.
This happens to people from all cultures, and it’s something that every one of the characters in Peepo Choo end up dealing with. Even the assassin from America, even the yakuza guy who’s really into American culture, the bikini model, Milton the American otaku, and even Jody, the regular American guy, they’re all searching for who they are."
— Maya Angelou (via writeswrongs)
I got an email last week from a good friend of mine about a book launch party where the author would be reading excerpts from her new e-book on… Chinese American witches
and I was like
oh my god
this is so exciting
WHO IS THIS GIRL SHE IS MY MIND TWIN WE MUST MEET AND I WANT TO BE HER FRIEND!
so I went to the reading and met Gwen Li, the author of The Switch Sisters. pointy hats were worn and Witches’ Brew beer was imbibed.
and guess what, guys! For the rest of today and all of tomorrow you can download the e-book FOR FREE off Amazon as part of a special promo!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???
I can’t wait to read it!
As the only Chinese family in town, the Switch sisters have always kept to themselves. But when Mara Switch is framed for murder, her sisters are forced to step into the spotlight and prove her innocence—all without revealing a dark family secret.
The Switch sisters know they’re different. With ink black hair and cat-like eyes, they certainly draw stares in a small town like Ambrose, where everyone else is white and has lived in the same neat houses with the same grassy lawns for generations. Behind their Chinese faces, however, the girls are also witches. The sisters manage to keep their special powers under wraps—that is, until Mara falls in love with the mayor’s only son. Their wedding is the most exciting event in town history, but festivities abruptly end when someone is murdered and Mara is unjustly charged. Her three younger sisters know that she’s innocent. Each with a budding magical talent, the girls must bring their powers together in order to save their sister. Meanwhile, the real murderer is still on the loose…
An immigrant story inside a witch story, THE SWITCH SISTERS is the first novella in a young adult series that follows Mara, Morgan, Marie, and Mina as they grow up, fall in love, and learn to embrace who they are.
Signal boost and shoutout!