Author Olivia Laing, whose nonfiction account of writers and drinking, "The Trip to Echo Spring," was widely reviewed, has canceled her book tour. Laing was scheduled to appear at Common Good Books this Thursday. Her book traces the lives of six male writers--John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, John Berryman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tennessee Williams, and the effect alcohol had on their output, lives, and prose.
Laing's publicist said today that Laing had suffered a medical emergency and had undergone emergency surgery while on tour in Portland, Ore. At first doctors thought she could continue the tour, but later they suggested it would be better for her to return home and recuperate.
"All involved (especially Olivia) are terribly disappointed," her publicist said in an e-mail. We are wishing Laing a speedy recovery and hope she can come to Minnesota some time in future--perhaps when it's not eleven degrees below zero.
Here's the Star Tribune's review of her book.
Twelve experiments involving words and risk, each lasting ten minutes. What does it all mean? Who can say? Revolver Magazine's "Revolver at the Ritz" is promising a night that explores the intersection of words and risk, and they're bringing together local writers, publishers, musicians and other wordy folks to play.
Writers Sarah Stonich and Marty Kihn will attempt to pitch a novel (a famous, already-published one) to folks from Coffee House and Graywolf without using any words that give away which novel it is. Poet Heid Erdrich will "do something amazing" (it might involve a salad shooter). Dylan Hicks (musician, author of "Boarded Windows," and occasional Star Tribune book critic) will write a song, right there on the spot, with help from the audience. Andy Sturdevant will create essays before your very eyes. Poets apparently will wrestle. (Poets! Gentle poets! This you gotta see.)
Also taking part in the madness: poets Matt Rasmussen and Lightsey Darst, Coffee House Press publisher Chris Fischbach (always one to experiment with form), and many others.
The evening will be "all the crazy fun / dark weirdness you've come to expect and love from our crew," the Revolver folks said on their Web page.
The event costs $15 and is sponsord by Coffee House Press, the Playwrights Center, and Revolver, an online magazine which is still new but is quickly growing in its influence. Tickets are available here. It begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE, Mpls.
You can check out the full list of 12 experiments on the Revolver Facebook page.
The Pushcart Prizes were announced today, and the list is long and illustrous. Andrew Dubus III, Natasha Trethewey, Louise Gluck, Amy Hempel, Pam Houston, Lorrie Moore ... Three Minnesota writers are among the nearly 70 winners:
Charles Baxter, for his story, "What Happens in Hell," published by Ploughshares
Jude Nutter, for her poem, "Love Like That," published in Briarcliff Rerview
The Pushcart Prizes honor stories, essays and poems published by small presses.
For a full list of winners, go here.
"Ordinary Grace," the latest novel by St. Paul writer William Kent Krueger, is a finalist for an Edgar Award for best novel. Krueger's book was well-received by critics (you can read the Star Tribune review here) and has already won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for best fiction.
Other finalists for the Edgar are: "Sandrine's Case," by Thomas H. Cook; "The Humans," by Matt Haig; "How the Light Gets In," by Louise Penny; "Standing in Another Man's Grave," by Ian Rankin; and "Until She Comes Home," by Lori Roy.
To read a full list of finalists (other categories include Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, and many others) go to the Edgars Website.
The Edgar Awards are given by the Mystery Writers of America, and winners will be announced May 1.
The spring lineup for Talk of the Stacks has been announced: Just four writers, but big names, all. Here's the schedule:
Feb. 18: Jennifer Senior, New York Magzine contributing editor, will talk about her new book, "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting."
March 7: Novelist and short-story writer Lorrie Moore will discuss "Bark," her first story collection in 15 years.
April 3: Poet Ron Padgett will read from his collected poems, published by Minneapolis' Coffee House Press.
May 12: Francine Prose--poet, novelist, essayist, critic--will discuss "Lovers at the Chameleon Club Paris 1932," her new novel.
All readings are free and open to the public and will take place at the Central Library on the Nicollet Mall. Doors open at 6:15, readings begin at 7 p.m., and each program is followed by a book sale and signing.
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