Five years ago I had the opportunity to attend the Denver Publishing Institute--a month long graduate-level course in all aspects of publishing. It was during this time that I conceptualized Absinthe and while in Denver received advice from a number of the faculty and visiting lecturers. Also in Denver, at the Tattered Cover bookstore, I met the writer Arthur Phillips who was in town promoting his debut novel Prague. Arthur had spent some time living in Paris and so I discussed with him my plans for Absinthe and he recommended I contact David Applefield, the editor of FRANK. Since that time Arthur has continued to be a valued advisor to the journal.
Last night he was in Ann Arbor at Shaman Drum bookshop to read from his new novel Angelica. It was the first night of his book tour and if he stops by a city near you I highly recommend making it out for the reading and purchasing a novel or two or three.
NBCC awards finalists - The finalists for the (American) National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced. There are quite a few categories -- fiction, 'gener...
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