In Review: The Week of May 1st
This week we said goodbye to National Poetry Month (but sent it off in boozy style), hello to Short Story Month, and learned that book design decisions can tell more of a story, all on its own.See more details below
On the Blog
~ We just couldn't quit poetry month, so we read recent Giller nominee Gary Barwin's latest, No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn), while sipping on a rummy Red-Headed Woody for this month's Chappy Hour.
~ But sunrise, sunset, right? We rang in the start of Short Story Month with a look at RATS NEST (BookThug), the first highlighted short story collection for this month's celebration. You can read an excerpt and learn why Mat describes his collection with the words "blob", "grandmother", and "vape-creatures".
Around the Web
~ An independent press in the United States has started a podcast-based audiodrama about a novelist reality TV show – that'll discuss their books in the process.
~ BuzzFeed did an amazing piece about the costume design behind our favourite screen post-apocalyptic heroines, including ones from The Hunger Games and The Handmaid's Tale.
What Else We're Reading
Lauren just finished Sarah Schulman's Conflict is not Abuse (Arsenal Pulp Press), an incisive but accessible look at how humans can overstate harm and close down communication (especially when we need it most).
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