When a seemingly routine medical procedure results in her mother’s premature death, Anne Panning is left reeling. In her first full-length memoir, the celebrated essayist draws on decades of memory and experience as she pieces together the hard truths about her own past and her mother’s.
Pushcart Prize-nominated writer Anita Felicelli shares her inventive debut story collection, Love Songs for a Lost Continent. From the glittering heat of India to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley, the backwoods of Kentucky to the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, immigrants, daughters, and lovers explore what it means to lose and to love, to continually reinvent oneself while honoring the personal histories and lost continents that shape us all.
Fall for the Book will turn 20 years old in style with a star-studded lineup of headliners including novelists Tayari Jones, Elizabeth Strout, and Elizabeth Kostova; YA author Angie Thomas; and Congressman John Lewis. Other major writers will include Paul Hawken, Tom McAllister, Leslie Pietrzyk, Khaled Beydoun, and Katharine Weber. The festival, which runs from October 10-13, 2018 will welcome a robust list of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors, YA writers and more at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia. Saturday, October 13, Fall for the Book is partnering with the City of Fairfax’s Fall Festival to bring a day of literary and artistic events to audiences from throughout the region.
In honor of the 20th anniversary, Fall for the Book is proud to also host the inaugural award ceremony for its new post-publication book prize for immigrant writers: The Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award, judged by Helon Habila, Madeleine Thien, and Maaza Mengiste. The three finalists, who will appear at the festival, will be announced this summer. All festival events are free and open to the public.
Story Is The Thing Quarterly Reading Series, where stunning emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local literary masters.
The festivities include wine and light snacks, readings by seven talented and versatile local authors, representing an extraordinary range of literary imagination.
Come to discuss the writing life and publishing industry, and engage with our San Francisco Bay Area diverse writing community.
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms." - Muriel Rukeyser
“Love Songs for a Lost Continent is an expansive, inventive meditation on the shifting landscape of identity, on how people can be shaped and reshaped by violence and power and love. Anita Felicelli has a singular eye for the moments that transfigure lives, and this tremendous debut collection announces the arrival of a stunning new voice.”
– Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
“Love Songs for a Lost Continent is the kind of work that we all need to be reading right now. Filled with heart and heat, these beautiful stories pursue and reinvent ideas of home and self in ways that push our national conversation on identity.”
- Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Pioneer Girl and Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
“[This is] the book we needed to read yesterday… a book we will still be reading tomorrow.”
- Porochista Khakpour, author of Sick and Sons and Other Flammable Objects
Anne Panning is the author of the novel Butter and the story collections Super America — winner of the 2006 Flannery O’Connor prize — and The Price of Eggs. Her work has appeared in journals including The Kenyon Review, Brevity, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, and Five Points. Her memoir, Dragonfly Notes: On Distance and Loss will be published in September 2018.
Location: Cooper Hall, NY Room
Visit Stillhouse Press | Booth #1224
** Limited Edition copies of Dan Tomasulo's American Snake Pit will be available for sale & signing**
Stillhouse Press & George Mason University's Creative Writing Programs happy hour, Thursday, March 9th, 5-7pm at Bernini of Ybor.
Dan Tomasulo will be signing books at 1pm on Friday, March 10th in the Stillhouse booth!
Stillhouse acquisitions editor, Marcos L. Martínez will be talking about circumventing the contest circuit for poetry books during his panel Thursday, March 9th at 9am.
Generation Space co-author, Anna Leahy will be talking about how science has helped shape her writing during a panel discussion Thursday, March 9th at 12pm.
For a full list of Stillhouse events, head on over to Moonshine Murmurs, where this week's post details exactly what we're up to!
Come join us for the spring launch party! Open to all! Food, drinks, live music, and terrific books. Featuring Andrew Gifford, author of We All Scream (May 1, 2017).
The event will also feature Daniel M. Ford, author of Stillbright; A. A. Balakovitz, of Magic for Unlucky Girls; Kate McCahill, author of Patagonian Road, and Tara Laskowski, author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons from SFWP's 2017 Spring Catalogue.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/383161685388883/
A novelist, a short story writer, a nonfiction writer, and a poet come together to talk about the ways we document and explore history in contemporary literature. With an intriguing range of perspectives, Douglas R. Dechow, Rachel Hall, Anna Leahy, and Emily Gray Tedrowe will read excerpts from their most recent books and talk about how they grapple with history in their writing. Their work draws from women's history, the Holocaust, the Iraq War, and the space age in which many of us alive today came of age. The evening will invite readers to think about the ways we can grasp the meaning of events even as they slip into the past.
Literary Orange is Orange County’s premier literary event featuring headlining authors and thought provoking keynote addresses. The day offers attendees and fans the opportunity to listen and engage with an exciting array of authors, have books signed, ask questions, and learn about the writing process. Included are morning refreshments, a delicious lunch, and a yummy dessert.
From the VA Festival of the Book Website:
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 23rd Annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017.
Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list ofpast participants can be seen here.
Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.
The Festival is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs on a wide range of topics taking place at a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.
The Book Festival has become an integral part of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County community. It was formally recognized as such when it was named a Signature Event by the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In support of the staff, almost every aspect of the Festival is organized and generated by Festival Committees of community volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy.
The Day of the Book Festival will take place along Howard Avenue, Armory Avenue, and Montgomery Avenue on Antique Row in Old Town Kensington, Maryland, one block east of Connecticut Ave (the same side as the Safeway).
More Info: https://dayofthebook.com/2017/01/23/andrew-gifford/
It’s been an exciting year for Stillhouse Press and the Santa Fe Writers Project! Come hear our fantastic authors read and share in some post-conference libations.
WHEN: 8pm - 11pm
1340 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
WHAT: Delicious Libations & Author Readings from...
- Stillhouse Press' Andrew Gifford (We All Scream), Anna Leahy & Douglas R. Dechow (Generation Space), and Christina Olson (Terminal Human Velocity), and
- SFWP’s Daniel M. Ford (Stillbright: Book Two of the Paladin Trilogy), AA Balaskovitz (Magic For Unlucky Girls), Kate McCahill (Patagonian Road:A Year Alone Through Latin America), and Sadie Hoagland (Dementia, 1692).
Come celebrate George Mason University's renowned MFA and new BFA programs, lit journals, Phoebe & So To Speak, Stillhouse Press, and Northern Virginia's annual Fall for the Book festival.
WHEN: 5pm - 8pm
WHERE: A&D Neighborhood Bar
1314 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
WHAT: Light Refreshments & Author Readings From...
- Professor Helon Habila
- Gazing Grain Co-Editor & GMU Alum, Alyse Knorr
- MFA Nonfiction Candidate, Kerry Folan
- Stillhouse Press Poet Christina Olson
We're thrilled to host AWP 2017 in our home city, Washington, DC this year!
We have a host of exciting events and book signings, in coordination with George Mason University's literary journals, Phoebe & So To Speak, and fellow small presses, Santa Fe Writers Project & Sibling Rivalry.
Stay up to date on all the latest #AWP17 happenings by following us on Twitter, @StillhousePress.
Mark Polanzak, POP! - Thursday, 1-2pm
Anna Leahy & Douglas R. Dechow, Generation Space - Friday, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Matthew Fogarty, Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely + Christina Olson, Terminal Human Velocity - Friday, 1pm - 2pm
Andrew Gifford, We All Scream - Friday, 2pm - 3pm
Join Stillhouse's Matthew Fogarty reading from his debut collection, Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely (Sept. 2016).
About Books & Authors:
Local authors and book lovers celebrate reading, writing, and really good hot dogs. Visit official event page for more details: http://www.leonandlulu.com/events/books-authors/
Join Stillhouse's Bryan Borland. He will read from his latest collection, DIG (Sept. 2016), Time/Date TBA.
For more information about the 30th Anniversary Dodge Poetry Festival, please visit: www.dodgepoetry.org/at-the-festival/program/
Two former Detroiters and Write-a-House finalists are returning for a visit to Pages Bookshop!
Man and Wife by Katie Chase
From Twilight Zone suburbia to cities on fire to post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, these award-winning stories range over unexpected landscapes and land squarely in the wildness of the human heart. "Katie Chase's stories have a rhythm, a form, and a mesmerism all their own." Kevin Brockmeier "Toggling between the comic and the horrific, these brilliant stories rearrange the familiar into something more nuanced, fraught, and mysterious." Edan Lepucki "With sharp, confident consideration of what it takes to survive in the world as a woman, MAN AND WIFE introduces an important new literary voice." Danielle Evans "Katie Chase's narrators sound like the girl-next-door if you lived next door to a parallel universe." Peter Ho Davies "Captivating, haunting, and eerily smart. Every story in this collection gave me chills. Katie Chase is one of a kind." Jennifer DuBois "An imagination worth watching." The New York Times"
Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely: Stories by Matthew Fogarty
MAYBE mermaids and robots are lonely. Maybe stargazing dinosaurs escape extinction, and ‘80s icons share their secrets and scams. A boardwalk Elvis impersonator declines in a Graceland of his own, Bigfoot works as a temp, families fall apart and come back together. This wild and vibrant collection of explorer's tales will take you from fabulist faraway worlds to Great Recession realism in a single breath.
Katie Chase’s short fiction has appeared in the Missouri Review, Five Chapters, the Literary Review, Narrative, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, Mississippi Review, and the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was the recipient of a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, a Provost’s Postgraduate Writing Fellowship, and a Michener-Copernicus Award. She has also been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University. Born and raised outside Detroit, Michigan, she lives currently in Portland, Oregon.
Matthew Fogarty's work has appeared in Passages North, Fourteen Hills, PANK, The Rumpus, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He has twice been a finalist for the Write-a-House residency, and has received scholarships from the New Harmony Writers Workshop, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He earned his MFA at the University of South Carolina, where he served as the Editor of Yemassee. Currently, Fogarty is a Co-Publisher of Jellyfish Highway. He is originally from Troy, Michigan, one of the square-mile suburbs of Detroit.
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Oklahoma State University will host Stillhouse's Bryan Borland (DIG) for a two-part series:
3:15pm Publishing Panel, Morrill Hall, Room 207
Bryan will talk about his experience as the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press.
7:30pm Reading / Book Signing, Stonewall Tavern, Beer Garden, 115 S. Knoblock
Bryan will read from his latest collection, DIG.
Join us to celebrate a groundbreaking year and four new releases. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, get to know the staff, and meet our literary lineup: Matthew Fogarty of Maybe Mermaids and Robots are Lonely: Stories and a Novella, Mark Polanzak of the hybrid memoir, POP!, and poets Bryan Borland of DIG and Christina Olson of Terminal Human Velocity.
Hosted By: Stillhouse Press
Mark Polanzak, reading from his debut book, a hybrid memoir, POP! (March, 2016)
Matthew Foggarty, reading from his debut collection of short fiction, Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely: Stories (Sept. 2016)
Location: GMU Johnson Center Plaza, Sandy Spring Bank Tent
Hosted By: Stillhouse Press
Bryan Borland, reading from his third poetry collection, DIG (Sept. 2016)
Christina Olson, reading from her second poetry collection, Terminal Human Velocity (Dec. 2016)
Location: GMU Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III
We're teaming up with our friends at the Santa Fe Writer's Project and Upshur Street Books for a reading as a part of the 2016 Fall For the Book Festival.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Bryan Borland, author of the poetry collection DIG
Matthew Fogarty, author of Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely: Stories
Elizabeth Hazen, author of the poetry collection Chaos Theories
Stephen G. Eoannou, author of the short story collection Muscle Cars
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The 2016 festival, which runs from September 25-30, will be headlined by some important names in the industry. Diane Rehm and Sandra Cisneros will accept the top prizes, while Jon Mooallem, James McPherson, Patricia Briggs and Lauren Groff lead the list of over 150 authors who will read at George Mason University and at locations around Northern VA, MD and D.C. The festival will welcome a robust list of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors and more.
** Please see individual Stillhouse events for times and descriptions. **
Fall for the Book is Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest festival of literature and the arts. In recent years the festival has expanded from its base at George Mason University’s Fairfax, Va., campus to host events at select venues throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. All events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of sponsors including the Fairfax County Public Library, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Office of University Life, in partnership with other businesses and organizations.