Friday, June 1, 2012

News from Emerging Writers Network/Dzanc Books #michlit

Dzanc Books and Emerging Writers Network Newsletter

June 1, 2012

In This Issue
Dzanc rEprint Series
Chapbook Contest
Film & Writing Festival
SSC Contest
Robert Coover
Dzanc rEprint Series

Thank you very much for all of the donations, or spreading of the word, in regard to our recent Kickstarter promotion--it was a success and your help goes toward our acquiring and publishing more fantastic titles in the Dzanc rEprint Series.

In recent weeks we've brought out a lot of great titles:

4 from Merrill Joan Gerber
2 story collections from Stephen Dixon

2 story collections from Michael Martone
Story collections from Jonathan Baumbach, Noy Holland, Michael Hickins, and Dean Paschal

Prose poems from Christopher Kennedy

Great work from Joseph McElroy with a special eBook only introduction from Mike Heppner 
We've recently signed up books by Perry Glasser, Percival Everett, Charles Johnson and Robert Coover. Keep checking the page as new titles are being added both as signings, and as new available titles, on a regular basis.
2012 Collagist Chapbook Contest

There are currently exactly two weeks left to submit your chapbook for the 2012 Collagist Chapbook Contest. 
Absinthe Festival of International Film & Writing
absinthe festival

Those of you in SE Michigan tonight and/or tomorrow night, the Absinthe Festival of International Film & Writing is taking place in Farmington.
June 1

Reading and discussion with Iraqi-born poet Dunya Mikhail, French-born poet Chris Tysh, and Polish translator Benjamin Paloff, followed by a screening of the cold war thriller Farewell.

June 2

Reading and discussion with Chilean-born poet Mariela Griffor, Romanian-born writer Anca Vlasopolos, and Japanese translator Jeffrey Angles. Followed by a screening of the film The Hedgehog, based on the NYT bestseller. 

Hope you are all well and enjoyed Short Story Month 2012 at the EWN and elsewhere.

Much going on with Dzanc as always, in more detail below, we've selected out SSC Contest  winner, have signed Robert Coover to print his next novel and much more, and we've continued adding books to the available list in the rEprint series.


Dan Wickett
EWN /Dzanc Books

Anne Valente Named Winner of Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest

May 31, 2012, Ann Arbor, MI-Dzanc Books is pleased to announce that Anne Valente is the winner of our 2011 short story collection contest. Valente's manuscript, By Light We Knew Our Names, was selected from more than 250 submissions. This collection will be published in October 2014.


Steven Gillis, Publisher and Co-Founder at Dzanc Books, notes: "Anne's writing is unique as she has the capacity to create stories that are at once magical-with baby giraffes gift-wrapped and given as birthday presents-and at the same time entirely believable and personal. The characters in each of Anne's stories are real people, fully developed and fleshed out, and yet the tales told are also brilliantly imaginative and like no others."


"I just wanted to express how absolutely thrilled I am to be among the authors that Dzanc has published and will publish," Valente reacted. "I have been an admirer and avid reader of Dzanc's books for many years, and I couldn't be happier that my collection found a home with such an incredible press. Truly, this is a wonderful honor."




Anne Valente's fiction appears or is forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, CutBank, Sou'wester, Freight Stories and Bellevue Literary Review, among other journals, and her work was selected as a notable story in Best American Non-Required Reading 2011.  Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in Ohio where she teaches writing and literature.




The short list of finalists consisted of collections from Tetman Callis, Pete Duval, Jessica Hollander, Ben Jahn, Pedro Ponce, Michael Sheehan, Stephen Tuttle, Anthony Varallo, Richard Weems, and Kellie Wells.


The long list also included collections from Thomas Barrett, Tanaz Bhathena, Daniel Chacon, Amy Clark, Josh Denslow, Gary Fincke, Scott Garson, Lisa Gornick, Katherine Hester, Patrick Hicks, Tom Hopkins, Jamie Iredell, Randa Jarrar, Andrea Kneeland, Victoria Large, Sarah Malone, Megan Martin, Sarah McCarty, Kate Milliken, Donald J. Modica, Andy Mozina, Daniel Mueller, Devin Murphy, Phong Nguyen, Paul Pedroza, Micah Perks, Caroline Picard, Liz Prato, Nick Ripatrazone, Terry Rogers, and Daniel Torday.

Dzanc Books to Publish Robert Coover

May 29, 2012 - Ann Arbor, MI-Dzanc Books is proud to announce that it will publish The Brunist Day of Wrath, the sequel to Robert Coover's award-winning debut novel, The Origin of the Brunists, in September 2013. Dzanc Books will also publish an as yet untitled Coover short story collection in September 2014. The Dzanc rEprint Series will be publishing ten of Coover's backlist titles to eBook form beginning in August 2012 and running on up through August 2013. Titles include the aforementioned award-winning The Origin of the Brunists; Pricksongs & Descants; The Public Burning; Spanking the Maid; Gerald's Party; A Night at the Movies, or You Must Remember  This; Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears; Pinocchio in Venice; John's Wife; and Ghost Town.


Robert Coover has published fourteen novels, three short story collections, and a collection of plays since The Origin of the Brunists received the The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. At Brown University, where he has taught for over thirty years, he established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers who face harassment, imprisonment, and suppression of their work in their home countries.  In 1990-91, he launched the world's first hypertext fiction workshop, was one of the founders in 1999 of the Electronic Literature Organization, and in 2002 created CaveWriting, the first writing workshop in immersive virtual reality. Michiko Kakuntaini of The New York Times has said "Of all the postmodern writers, Robert Coover is probably the funniest and most malicious, mixing up broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls, and clever word plays that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it." Coover has also received awards from the Lannan Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Rea Lifetime Short Story Award.


Dzanc's Executive Director, Dan Wickett, said of the acquisition:  "We are thrilled to be able to bring out both new and past work from Robert Coover, a favorite author of ours here at Dzanc Books for many years. To be able to bring back many of his older works to a new readership is extremely exciting and to see him return to West Condon and the Brunists after all these years with a simply fantastic novel is something we're very happy to be a part of."

This signing was made through Robert Coover's agent, Georges Borchardt.


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