Brag-a-lag

Let’s lead with a terrific piece of news that I found out about while I was attending Words and Music. In August, I bragged that Kiki Whang’s “Cucarachero” was selected as the 2012 fiction winner of the Enizagam Literary Awards. Her story has since been nominated for a Pushcart Prize!! I’m sure I’ll be bragging on her some more in a few months.

James Claffey has been busy as always, with new stories at:   Thrice Fiction Magazine  Tuck Magazine  Red Fez  The View from Here  & Negative Suck and he’ll soon be working with Thrice Fiction to publish his novel! His wife Maureen Foley, also an extremely talented writer, has a novel called Women Float, which will be published in June. Check them out, if you haven’t already, for they are a family of literary powerhouses.

A fabulous tango dancer/instructor, Tomas Corbalan, is also a musician and he has a new video up on YouTube. Check it out:

MelaNated Writers’ Collective is hosting the Novel Challenge: Toni Morrison, the schedule is listed below. I think this is a fabulous idea.

The Bluest Eye is currently being facilitated by Vanessa DeGuia
Sula Feb 19-Mar 19 facilitated by Jewel Bush
Song of Solomon March 26-April 23 facilitated by Gian Smith
Tar Baby April 30-May 28 facilitated by Marla Chidron
Beloved June 4-July 2 facilitated by Davida Chanel
Jazz July 9-Aug 6 facilitated by Ambata Kazi Nance
Paradise  Aug 13-September 10 facilitated by Kristina Robinson
Love September 17-Oct 15 facilitated by Jeri Hilt
A Mercy October 22-November 19 facilitated by Geryll “Gee Love” Robinson
Home Nov 26-Dec 24 facilitated by Mary Webb

The first season of Helen Krieger’s new webseries Least Favorite Love Songs is available to watch in its entirety, for free. She was behind the camera for Flood Streets, but she’s acting in this one, so enjoy! Here’s the trailer:

Ronlyn Domingue‘s book release party for The Mapmaker’s War will be Sunday, March 17th at 4 p.m., at the Baton Rouge Gallery, a beautiful space. Local bookstore, Cottonwood Books will have copies available for purchase that I’m sure Ronlyn will be happy to sign. I’m already counting down till the sequel, The Chronicle of Secret Riven.

So many great books coming out this year, as well as music, events and now t.v. series, from my lovely and talented friends.

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3 responses to “Brag-a-lag

  1. oh, emilie, you’re too kind! thanks for the kind words about me and mo. hope all is well with you and your own writing. anyway, all well here, not enough time for writing, but life is good. all out best. james

    New stories at: I Must Be Off Interview Thrice Fiction Magazine Tuck Magazine Red Fez The View from Here & Negative Suck

    http://www.jamesclaffey.com

  2. Thank you, Emilie! Your support has meant so much to me through these many years. I can’t wait to see you again soon, now that I’m out of Book Hell. (P.S. My first event for The Mapmaker’s War will be at Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans on Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m.)

  3. emofalltrades

    @James: My pleasure – I’m proud of you and Mo, and excited for you. @Ronlyn: Ditto on the proud of and excited for you comment above. You’ve always been such a great inspiration. It will be nice to catch up and I’m excited that you’ll have a NOLA event, just in case I can’t get away for the one at the BR Gallery. See you then, if not sooner. 🙂

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