Reading and writing on trains. Literary magazines. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
On the Writing Side of the Tracks
Ann and I both love reading on trains, and it appears that authors enjoy writing on trains. Based on a comment from one writer, Amtrak has started the Amtrak Writers’ Residency, and they received 15,000 applications! From that massive pool, twenty-four writers will be given sleeper car berths on Amtrak trains this summer. We’ll be sure to follow up as things progress.
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Reading Periodically (10:27)
This week we delve into the world of literary magazines and journals and highlight two in particular:
Tweed’s – A new incarnation of Coffin Factory, the literary journal Ann profiled last year. The first issue is out now and the magazine will be published bi-annually. The first issue includes a wonderful interview with Edwidge Danticat, and their website has many free features and interviews, including one with Linn Ullmann, author of The Cold Song.
Story – Ann was alerted to the resurrection of Story Magazine by a blog post on Melville House’s website. Originally begun in the 1930’s, revived in the 1990’s, it’s back as a bi-annual magazine which will include stories of all kinds, including poems and comics.
Ann mentions Ada Books in Providence as a great place to buy journals.
I, on the other hand, used to subscribe to The New Yorker and One Story, but I started to feel overwhelmed by all of the things to read, so I have not renewed those. Now, most of my magazine reading about books is the review section of Entertainment Weekly. Their newest issue reviews Fictitious Dishes, a book I’d really like to check out.
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (22:37)
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, is her first novel, and is a charming look at a young woman who comes to work at a venerated food magazine in NY, just before it is summarily shut down. She’s kept on to keep up the magazine’s recipe guarantee, and it’s during these quiet days alone in the offices that she discovers a wonderful trove of WWII-era letters between James Beard and young girl in middle America. I think it’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!
Ann recommends The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, but Gabrielle Zevin, a book that seems to feature Ann as a main character! It’s the story of a man who owns a bookstore on an island off the coast of Cape Cod. He’s grieving his wife and the theft of a valuable book when both a baby and a new publisher sales rep come into his life. It’s been the buzz of booksellers all over the country, and now, non-industry folks are reading it and loving it as well!