My essay, “The Father Within, the Fears Without,” will appear in the forthcoming anthology, The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humilations of Fatherhood, edited by Ben George. Ecco/Harper Collins will publish the book and my essay will appear alongside notable authors such as Ben Fountain, Rick Bragg, Steve Almond, Nick Flynn, Anthony Doerr, Charles Baxter, Rick Bass, and many others. The book will be released in May 2009 in advance of Father’s Day. I will post a reminder and updates here so you can be among the first to get a copy.
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.
The new and stylish American Traveler magazine praises The Enders Hotel while encouraging “literary sojourners” to visit the hotel itself. They call the book a “remarkable memoir” whose “poetic prose tells an important tale.”
I have been invited to contribute an essay to Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, published by the MFA Program at Columbia University in New York. Since 1977, Columbia has been publishing works by some of the greatest writers in the country and abroad. Notables include Raymond Carver, Jorge Luis Borges, Lorrie Moore, Louise Glück, Jane Kenyon, James Tate, Lydia Davis, Stephen Jay Gould, Noam Chomsky, Phillip Lopate, Ha Jin, Jonathan Lethem, Italo Calvino, John D’Agata, Steve Almond, Paul Muldoon and many, many others.
The journal comes out anually, so look for my essay, “Fourteen Fragments on My Great Big Superfund Childhood,” in their Spring 2009 issue.
My essay, “The Bone Road,” is in the new issue of Shenandoah. Other writers in this edition include Ha Jin, David Kirby, Joyce Carol Oates, Albert Goldbarth, Margaret Gibson, Paul Zimmer, and many more. You can order a copy online or buy one at any fine bookstore.
The Enders Hotel received a very generous and thorough review at NewWest.com.
“Schrand. . . proves himself a top-notch yarn spinner with this richly described, poignant memoir.” –Jenny Shank, NewWest.com.
As a longtime subscriber to the High Country News, I was delighted to see my book get some traction in its pages. Review Excerpted below.
“Schrand’s personal story reflects larger cultural truths: The transitory lives of his grandfather and stepfather mirror those of the down-on-their luck drifters who gravitate to the hotel. . . Schrand’s memoir breaks new ground. . . [and] makes Soda Springs and towns like it finally matter.” —High Country News.