January 2019 marked FIVE incredibly productive and successful years of craft publishing for Stillhouse Press. For those who are attending AWP's 2019 annual conference and book fair in Portland this year, we encourage you to come out and help us celebrate!
Based at George Mason University, Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held each October. The festival as well as other activities for both children and adults:
Connect readers and authors so that readers become acquainted on a personal level with writers and their work in new and vibrant ways
Illustrate the many ways reading encourages cultural growth through empathy and knowledge
Give children their first experience with the thrill of writing creatively through tailored workshops and readings, as well as first publication opportunities
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
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.
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!
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/
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.
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
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.
3:45-4:30 p.m. SMALL PRESS PANEL
Moderator: Michael Landweber, author of two novels and numerous short stories
Jen Michalski, a novelist whose work has appeared in more than 80 publications
Andrew Gifford, founder and director, the Santa Fe Writers Project
Marcos L. Martínez, founding editor of Stillhouse Press
Come check us out: Booth 708
From the AWP website:
"The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Los Angeles in 2016 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer."
From the Frostburg State University website:
The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, is excited to announce that the ninth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., at Main Street, Frostburg. The event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local community. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on various creative genres, DIY publishing, self-publishing, promotion and marketing, writing local, and reading and writing online.
From the Conversations and Connections website:
Want to write better? Want to get published? Attending pricey, academic-style, lecture-hall writer’s conferences won’t quite get you there, no matter how good the bagels are.
Here’s what will: a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, editors and publishers. You need to speak with the people who make editorial decisions, as well as with others who are trying to perfect their craft, just like you.
You’ll find this at Conversations & Connections, a conference devoted to giving you practical advice on getting published.
Since 2007, Conversations & Connections has been a top-pick among writers in the DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh areas.
View the schedule: http://writersconnectconference.com/schedule14/