Anthony Doerr and I will be reading our essays from the forthcoming anthology, The Book of Dads: Essays on the Perils, Joys, and Humiliations of Fatherhood on May 6th at the University of Idaho. The event is sponsored by the UI Campus Bookstore, and will be free and open to the public. Editor Ben George will introduce the book and the readings. Check back for details and updates.
My essay, “The Bone Road,” which was published in Shenandoah (Fall 2008), has just won the Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay for that magazine. Other writers who have won in the past include Rebecca McClanahan, Paul Zimmer, Seamus Heaney, Margot Singer, and others. In addition to the $1,000.00 booty, I will select next year’s winner.
The Write Question, a program on Montana Public Radio, has a clip of me talking about my book and reading from a section of it. You can check it out by clicking here.
I have been asked to post some of my essays online and I haven’t until now had the time to do so. So if you want to read a sampling of some of my essays–including an excerpt from my current book, Works Cited–you can click on the link above now titled “Writing” and browse the pieces I have posted. Cheers & happy reading.
I have been invited to read and give a talk at this year’s Get Lit! festival in Spokane, Washington. Jane Smiley, among others, will be headlining this year’s festival. Past headliners at Get Lit! have included writers such as Sherman Alexie, Walter Mosley, Dorianne Laux, Tobias Wolff, and numerous others.
The Enders Hotel has been nominated by the American Library Association for the 2009 Alex Award. I hadn’t heard of this award before, but I could dig it if I won.
School Library Journal has named The Enders Hotel as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students for 2008. My book is in good company with the others on the list. Check out their list here.
My memoir, The Enders Hotel, has been named one of the Best Western Books of 2008 by NewWest.com. Other books named include Mary Clearman Blew’s Jackalope Dreams, Kim Barnes’s A Country Called Home, and David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
I have been invited to contribute a craft essay to the forthcoming Now Write!: Nonfiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers. Edited by Sherry Ellis, the volume includes essays from contributors such as Robin Hemley, Lee Gutkind, Gay Talese, Danielle Trussoni, Dinty W. More, and others. This is the second volume in the series. Now Write!: Fiction, was published by Tarcher Penguin in 2006. Stay tuned for further details.