I have been invited to read at this year’s Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival on April 7th in Pocatello, Idaho–not too far, as it happens, from Soda Springs, the town in which my book takes place. I will also be teaching a class at Idaho State University. Now in its 18th year, the RMWF will run from April 7th–April 12th. Please visit their website for location information. Also reading at this year’s festival is the hugely talented Paisley Rekdal. Stay tuned for more details.
I’ve excerpted parts of my first review below:
Since 1919, the three-story brick hotel, complete with cafe and bar, has anchored downtown Soda Springs, the prosperity of which has always been tied to the notorious vicissitudes of mining, farming and ranching… For a young child, the hotel exerted a certain kind of magic, which Schrand effectively captures in his reminiscences… Holding the enterprise—and to a large extent, young Schrand’s life—together were his grandparents, whose charity and decency reassured a boy who never knew his father. As Schrand grew older, work and responsibilities mounted, as did the feeling that the hotel might be a failing venture. He worked out his resentment and anger in acts of gratuitous cruelty and petty vandalism that threatened to mark him for a future not so different from the dead-enders the hotel often sheltered.
An evocative account of a man coming to terms with his youth.–Kirkus Reviews
Drunken Boat, the hip and trend-setting online literary/art journal has released its ninth issue at long last. It is dedicated almost exlcusively to their Pan-Literary Award Winning Finalists of which I was one. My essay, “Collusion,” is an excerpt from my memoir, The Enders Hotel, and you can read it by visiting their site and clicking on my name under NONFICTION.
I was recently interviewed about my book for the University of Idaho’s student-run newspaper, the Argonaut. It was an enjoyable interview mostly because the reporter was so thoughtful and gracious. You can read the whole thing online by clicking here.
Utah State University, the school where I earned my master’s degree, has given me some good press recently. You can check out the article/interview at Utah State Today under the “Highlights” section, or you can just click here to read the story.