Posts tagged ‘SLS Montreal’

June 8, 2010

SHTEYNGART: ONE OF 20 UNDER 40

Big congrats to SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart, who was recently named one of the twenty best writers under forty by the New Yorker.  The New Yorker’s list was compiled in part by another SLS special guest, fiction editor Deborah Treisman; you can read her and co-editor Cressida Leyshon’s essay about choosing the top twenty here.

May 11, 2010

GARY SHTEYNGART HAS BAD NEWS FOR YOU

SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart was recently interviewed by the folks at The Days of Yore, who asked him about his pre-publication life as an aspiring writer.  For those seeking asylum in graduate programs: behold your future.

April 16, 2010

MARTIN ESPADA READS

Check out this video of SLS Montreal faculty member Martin Espada reading his poem “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper.” Espada has been called “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors” and recently read a new poem, “Walking,” at the memorial service for firebrand historian Howard Zinn.

April 12, 2010

WATCH GARY SHTEYNGART READ GOGOL

Watch this video of SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart reading from Nikolai Gogol‘s classic Dead Souls, in both English and the original Russian; Shteyngart’s appearance at New York’s 92nd St Y was in celebration of the Russian writer’s 200th birthday (being Gogol’s 200th, Shteyngart is a relatively springish 37).

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April 6, 2010

BACHINSKY AND QUEYRAS SHORTLISTED FOR PAT LOWTHER AWARD

SLS Montreal faculty members Elizabeth Bachisnky and Sina Queyras have both been shortlisted for the 2010 Pat Lowther Award for Poetry.  The Award is given annually to a female poet for a collection published in the previous year.  Deanne Beattie of the Vancouver Review called Bachinsky’s God of Missed Connections “a formidable work from this young poet: a considered and important contribution to the quintessential dialogue on Canada’s fractured collective history,” while Xtra! says in a review of Queyras’s Expressway, “[she] writes circles around her contemporaries.” Queyras has previously won the Lowther Award, for 2007’s Lemon Hound.

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March 26, 2010

KEVIN CANTY TALKS WITH MONTANA PUBLIC RADIO

Speaking with Montana Public Radio, SLS Montreal faculty member Kevin Canty says of writing that “as soon as you know what you’re doing, it’s dead; the energy’s not there.”  Hear him talk about his writing process and read the titular story from his new collection Where the Money Went at MTPR’s The Write Question blog, or read an excerpt from the collection at Random House.

March 24, 2010

LIPSYTE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE INTERNET

The Washington Post and The Huffington Post are both in love with Sam Lipsyte’s The Ask.  In Washington, Lipsyte’s “rants become arias” and Huffington calls him “the poet laureate of overeducated American loserdom.”  If you haven’t yet read Five Chapters’ excerpt of The Ask, make sure you do; or, if you’d rather have Sam himself read it to you, make your way to Harper’s YouTube, to see him reading “Love: A Rebuke,” from the novel.

March 18, 2010

WALK THROUGH QUEENS WITH SAM LIPSYTE

SLS Montreal special guest (and two-time SLS St. Petersburg faculty) Sam Lipsyte’s new novel, The Ask, is pulling strong reviews.  The novel takes place in Astoria, Queens, where Lipsyte lived for many years.  Read as he takes Flavorwire reporter Emily Temple on a walking tour of some of the novel’s locations.  Lipsyte and fellow SLS Montreal guest Robert Coover are both featured in the new issue of Gigantic.