Currently Reading: or, April Hangover

April is a whirlwind of events, yet it seems as if I’m getting a decent amount of reading done. I hate to think this is a result of procrastination–those research essays won’t grade themselves…will they?

Ann Beattie is one of the most down-to-earth, pleasant writers I’ve had the opportunity to speak with. Beattie delivered the Keynote speech at the 2012 Townsend Prize ceremony this past Thursday. I purchased The New Yorker Stories. The book contains stories spanning from 1974 to 2006. I started at the beginning and am enjoying it—I love the humor and moments of awkward reality.

Thomas Mullen won the 2012 Townsend Prize for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, so that’s next in my to-read stack.

In the recent Southern Issue of the The Chattahoochee Review, I have an essay on Daniel Woodrell. I discuss The Bayou Trilogy, Tomato Red, Winter’s Bone, and The Death of Sweet Mister. Finally, I have in hand Woodrell’s newest release, a collection of stories titled The Outlaw Album. I’ve read two stories so far and can say the stories are artful and the characters are sufficiently depraved.

Even if you aren’t suffering from an end-of-semester hangover, what are you reading this spring?

Amber

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