Vanessa Bell was falling in love with art critic Roger Fry when she learned he was having an affair with someone else. Her response was visceral. It was like getting hit in the stomach.
Except that’s not how Vanessa described her reaction in Priya Parmar’s historical novel, Vanessa and her Sister. Imagining Fry making love with another woman, Vanessa wrote in her journal, “A textured warmth roiled up my spine.”
Can you hear the difference?
In light of the Loft’s Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference coming up, it seems a good time to reflect on some of the many happenings going on in the world of children’s literature: the tragic death of Anne of Green Gables actor Jonathan Crombie, a recent Wrinkle In Time never-before-seen passage reveal, and the touching trailer release of the beloved children’s book, The Little Prince all come to mind.
You’re in the spotlight. A dark gulf looms before you. All eyes are upon you. What does it really feel like to read your work in public? And why should writers go through the stress of reading to an audience? What makes the magic happen?
Today's roundup celebrates the Pulitzer winners, wonders whether you're pinning your book Tweets, explores bookish phone apps, and gets ready for The Little Prince.
Yes. Yes. I'm always a sucker for writing that enacts what it describes. This isn't the first time I've praised and analyzed it in this space.
So how about a passage that enacts falling? One that makes us feel a glorious (though deadly) fall? Of course, I'm going to fall in love with such a passage.
Ali Smith's Hotel World is a novel that follows five very different women, all connected to a particular hotel. My favorite of the women is the ghost.
The most important thing you can do as a storyteller is to continually convince your audience to keep reading. I know that doesn’t sound all that inspiring. It’s all well and good to have aspirations to create great literature or be the voice of your generation or even tell a true story about your life, but to be perfectly frank, none of that can happen if people find your work boring. When readers comes to a point in a story at which they just don’t care to go on, the writer has committed the most unforgivable sin of writing: failing to create and resolve anticipation.
As the writing world knows, AWP took it by storm last week. I won't go into "23 Things I learned from AWP This Year," because I'm sure that's been done before, and, to be honest all I really learned was that I've got a long way to go. And I'm okay with that.
There’s something about the creative process, from the conception of a new idea, to completion, that leaves a permanent impression on anyone. As many of us personally know, it can be a rollercoaster that’s both exhilarating, yet equally anxiety driven.
One of the biggest mistakes on the path to publication is rushing the process. Not only can this result in going the wrong direction and hastily making decisions that will be regretted later; it also impacts those special moments, those first moments that make the entire process feel complete.
It was a whirlwind, but after many sessions, great conversations, late night events, and early morning lines for coffee, AWP in the Twin Cities comes to a close. Thanks to all those who stopped by a Loft session, the Loft booth in the book fair, or one of the stellar events each night at Open Book.
We'll get back on track next week with our regular links roundup, but for now, if you missed it, here is a photo post that gives a taste of all the Loft happenings at AWP.
And just in time for an estimated 13,000 writers to descend on the Twin Cities, Minneapolis was named the most literate city in the country. Saint Paul was number 4.
Finally, we heard many questions about video from the Friday night events at the Loft. They should be available on our YouTube channel next week. Stay tuned.
It’s a story as old as time: boy meets boy in a zombie bar, boys become fast friends, boys start a writing group that later becomes an avante garde literary organization. You’ve heard that one before, yeah? Right, me neither, but one wouldn’t expect an organization like Revolver to develop out of a freshman comp class. Marcus Anthony is one of the boys (correction: men) in the above scenario, when Revolver was just a glimmer in their eyes.