Language of Men, readings, nominations, Penelope at Harvard, Fringe flash fiction, comedy night pics, and ‘Memory Palace’ video

Extract(s) of The Language of Men by D’Aries

The Language of Men, by Anthony D'AriesExtract(s) has a sneak peak of The Language of Men, a memoir by Massachusetts writer Anthony D’Aries:

My father speaks his own language. A hillbilly twang of the Looney Tunes dialect – Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam – mixed with the African-American jive of the dirtiest comedians – Redd Foxx or Richard Pryor. His swearing is part of a well-oiled machine, except when a driver cuts him off – then higher-octane terms explode from his mouth. He cuts words in half, stresses whichever syllable he wants. Verbs become nouns and vice versa. He throws in song lyrics, movie quotes, even slogans from TV commercials. It all swirls together and all you can do is try to keep up.

Read more of The Language of Men at Extract(s). Visit the website of Anthony D’Aries.

Local authors reading at Brookline Booksmith

Speaking of, D’Aries will be at the Brookline Booksmith this Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7pm for a reading from the memoir. So, too, are these fine debut authors:

  • Monday, August 27th at 7pm: Grub Street instructor Tim Horvath, author of the collection Understories, with Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm: Debut novelist Judith White, of Brookline, author of The Seventh Etching

And earlier this month, local debut novelist David R. Gillham read from City of WomenMaryanne O’Hara read from Cascade, and Brookline local artist Joe McKendry read from One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World.

Short story nominated for Best of the Net anthology

Writer Tim Weed announced his short story Snarl has been nominated for Sundress Publications’ 2012 anthology.

Interview with Harrington on her Harvard-set novel ‘Penelope’

Rebecca Harrington, author of Penelope

Rebecca Harrington, author of Penelope. Photo by Michael Lionstar.

EW’s Shelf Life has an interview with 26-year-old author and Harvard grad Rebecca Harrington on her new novel, Penelope, about a young, socially awkward girl trying to navigate the culture at the Ivy League campus.

Penelope was inspired more by the tradition of British campus novels than her own experiences. “I was reading a lot of novels set at Oxford and Cambridge, like Lucky Jim and Decline and Fall, which viewed education less as this kind of transcendentalist, transformative experience and more as a series of absurd accidents happening over and over again,” says Harrington. “I decided to transpose that form and see if I can do it in an American setting. … Sometimes college can be more absurd and alienating than it is transformative and really fun. In America, you have these models of college where it’s either like Animal House or Good Will Hunting.”

Steve Almond judges Fringe’s inaugural flash fiction contest

Pushcart-Prize-winner Steve Almond will judge Fringe Magazine’s first flash fiction contest. First prize is $350 and publication in Fringe, second prize $100, and third prize is $50. All entries will be considered for publication. Submissions are now open and will close at midnight on October 15, 2012.

Pub & Grub member mixer: Comedy night pics

Writer/comedian Steve Macone. Photo by Stanley Dankoski.

Writer/comedian Steve Macone

Grub Street members were treated to free drinks and snacks and a taste of live stand-up comedy by Tim McIntire (one of the most popular and prolific comedians in New England for over a decade), Steve Macone (contributor for The Onion), and Alingon Mitra (comedian-in-residence at the Comedy Studio in Harvard square). It was a wonderful night of drinking, mingling and shooting the lit. A slideshow is up at Grub Daily.

Video of Mira Bartok reading at Harvard Book Store now online

Mira Bartok, children’s book writer and essayist, reads from her memoir “The Memory Palace,” her first book for adults. She explores the relationship between herself, her sister, and their mentally ill mother.

WGBHForum has uploaded videos of readings and lectures from forum-network.org onto its YouTube site.

Summer catch-up! Boston Book Festival, other news

Boston Writers Review had been on an unexpected hiatus the last two months! Here are some recent newsworthy items to note. Continue reading

Photos from Newtonville Books’ author-packed grand opening

Newtonville Books opened its doors at its new location a week ago, and the local independent bookstore at its grand opening this past Thursday night was packed even before the advertised 7pm celebration start date.

Boston-area literary notables, emerging writers and the general public intermingled at the new gorgeous space. Read on for photos of a few of them. Continue reading

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is winner of Literary Death Match Boston Episode 7

AML broke records last week by becoming not just the contestant of Literary Death Match with the longest name ever, according to LDM creator Todd Zuniga, but the champion with the longest name ever.

Now celebrating its sixth birthday this year, LDM will return to Boston on Thursday, June 7.

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Ethan Gilsdorf and more Mortified Boston with the angst of their younger selves

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks author Ethan Gilsdorf rounded out the five storytellers compelled to share on stage Friday night at the Oberon in Cambridge.

Robin Sitten walked us through a five-part sketch of a baked-beans-loving kidnapper, while others, including Gilsdorf, read from their teen journals. One woman read from her younger self’s visions of being a fairy in a past life. A boy who wrote poems about an unreachable girl. A sexually active girl suddenly fraught by the fear of disease. And Gilsdorf’s story of awkwardly exploding, oozing, flowing sexual tension along an abroad trip from India to Japan. See photos below.

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