Jen Grow was one of the major winners of the 2016 Baker Artist Awards, as announced this past Thursday on Maryland Public Television. The $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize was awarded for her excellence in writing, as portrayed in her collection, "My Life as a Mermaid."Read More
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The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing. A $10,000 advance and publication in Fall 2017 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. Finalists will be compiled in-house and passed along for evaluation by this year’s judges: Carmiel Banasky (The Suicide of Claire Bishop), Kim Church (Byrd), and Andrew F. Sullivan (Waste).Read More
f you took Oshawa, distilled it, and ran it through a funhouse mirror, you’d have Larkhill, Ontario, the setting of Andrew F. Sullivan’s debut novel, Waste. This potent and disturbing book follows the diverging and converging stories of Jamie and Moses, two young men who work at a butcher shop in the city. On their drive home one winter night, they accidentally run over a lion. The lion’s owner, the biggest fish in the local criminal pond, sics his two ZZ-Top-esque enforcers on tracking down the killers of his favourite pet. The result is a step-by-step tour through the basements, bowling alleys, and hobby-shop-cum-drug-dens of the city.
Peter LaSalle’s essay collection The City at Three P.M.: Writing, Reading and Traveling takes readers on a literary world tour and allows them to live vicariously not only through LaSalle’s experiences, but through the writers whose lives he traces. The collection, published in December 2015, anthologizes work previously published in places such as The Nation, Tin House, and The Best American Travel Writing. Dzanc intern Sarah Corsa asked LaSalle about his travel history, style, and philosophy.Read More
The first American edition of Curt Leviant’s acclaimed novel, Kafka’s Son, is now available. Praise by the Jewish Book Council as “a novel of uncommon beauty, both sharp in its humor and thick with ethical conundrum,” Kafka’s Son follows a documentary filmmaker whose life has been defined by the men he refers to as the two Ks: Danny Kaye and Franz Kafka.Read More
John Holman’s short story collection Triangle Ray is now available.
Triangle Ray is a collection of short stories linked by the character of Ray Fielding, introduced first as a young black man coming of age in the 1980s and infatuated with his schoolmate, the brilliant, miraculous Marie.Read More
Peter LaSalle’s essay collection The City at Three P.M.: Writing, Reading, and Traveling, praised by the New York Times as the perfect read for literary history aficionados, is now available.
In The City at Three P.M.: Writing, Reading, and Traveling, award-winning fiction writer Peter LaSalle offers eleven startlingly original personal essays dealing with his longtime quest for world travel of the sort that might be called literary errands.Read More
Starting tomorrow, November 26, all orders through the Dzanc Books website – including ebooks and hardcover titles – will receive 30% off with the discount code THANKS2015. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Stock up on holiday gifts or stockpile for your own winter reading – the choice is yours.Read More
“I’ve found that the best things for me to write about are the things I’m insatiably curious about.” So says Chrissy Kolaya, whose debut novel Charmed Particles published from Dzanc last week. Chrissy’s poems and stories have appeared in Norton and Milkweed anthologies, the 50th Anniversary Best of Crazyhorse collection, and a number of literary journals. She authored the poetry collection Any Anxious Body and co-founded the Prairie Gate Literary Festival. Charmed Particles is a living museum for the curious, investigating everything from particle physics and world travel to love and the complexities of hope. Sabrina Wise got to talk with Chrissy about her inspirations, book nerdery, lion maulings, and understanding opinions very different from our own, among other topics. Read on for the full interview!Read More
Chrissy Kolaya has been giving a few interviews lately about her new novel, Charmed Particles. In preparation for our own interview with her here on the Dzanc blog, we’re rounding up the most recent of them so you can see if she’s left anything out. If you have questions for Chrissy, please fill out the form at the bottom of this entry.Read More