Notable Essay in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2008

September 24, 2008

My essay, “Eleven Ways to Consider Air,” winner of the Willard R. Espy Award and the Pushcart Prize, has been listed as a “Notable Essay” in the Best American Essays 2008, guest edited by Adam Gopnik. The essay first appeared in Ecotone and will be anthologized in the forthcoming Borne on Air: Essays by Idaho Writers as well as the Pushcart Prize anthology.

This is my second “Notable Essay” in the BAE series. I also had a Notable in last year’s volume which was guest edited by the late great David Foster Wallace.


The New Missouri Review is Out

September 15, 2008

My essay, “Works Cited,” is in the recently released Fall issue of The Missouri Review. You will also find work by Jilian Weise, Todd James Pierce, William Lychack, Peter Levine, and an interview with Chuck Klosterman.

Blood Orange Review (UPDATED)

September 15, 2008

You can read an excerpt of my forthcoming essay, “On Failure,” over at Blood Orange Review’s blog. If you don’t know about Blood Orange Review, you should. They are an up and coming online lit journal that has been attracting some attention as of late.

Update: The full issue, with my essay, is now online. Check it out.


September 15, 2008

I am simply at a loss as to how to respond to this news about one of my greatest literary heroes. RIP DFW. RIP.

Review in School Library Journal

September 1, 2008

School Library Journal has given a generous review of The Enders Hotel. Excerpt below:

This memoir is a classic coming-of-age story in which the author casts himself as an antihero in the tradition of Holden Caulfield. Schrand’s stories of life at the family-owned Enders Hotel in Soda Springs, ID, resonate with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of youth and yet are balanced with the sober vision of hindsight… He introduces readers to a ragtag and at times sorry cast of characters searching for purpose and dignity. This common narrative thread ties strongly to his search for “manhood” and his missing father. Schrand’s specificity and eye for detail transport readers to the desolate environs of the Enders Hotel. This book will appeal to anyone who has ever felt out of place or out of step with the world.”