Miami, mars s’en va! (A recap)

A few years ago, Natalia Maldonado pointed out on The Writer’s Digest, “It’s hard to believe that [Miami], a city associated with oily bronze bodies, million-dollar yachts and a sleepless club scene would have any place for bookworms and writers.” Later, Poets and Writers described Miami as “a city in the throes of cultural enlightenment.” I agree. And I believe that writing workshops help foster the vitality of Miami’s literary community. I was happy to announce some interesting March events, with writers such as John Dufresne (How to Write a Novel in Six Months) and Jan Becker (Boot Camp for Queer Writers). John Dufresne is the author of five novels (Louisiana Power &…

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South Florida, what’s your story? (We want you to send it to us!)

Back in November, in honor of its eight-year-anniversary, Lip Service launched Badass, Lip Service: True Stories, the Double Album (Lominy Books, 2014) edited by Andrea Askowitz.  This anthology is acollection of some of the best of Lip Service’s first eight years. Lip Service is a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation award-winning organization and a Miami institution. Badass recentry got a great review in Florida Book Review.  Bonnie Losak wrote, “The stories in Badass are effective, evocative, and accessible. They cover a wide array of subjects, ranging from an attempt to use Santeria to affect the outcome of a criminal trial in Miami to the rape of a heroin addict in New York City.”…

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Andrea’s Guide to the Miami Book Fair International

A note from writer Andrea Askowitz: If anyone cares, here are the authors I’m going to hear.  There are so many great things I’m missing, but here are some highlights. SATURDAY, November 23 11:00:  Joyce Maynard reading from her new book, After Her.  She is my good friend and mentor.  Also a great, great storyteller, so whatever she does is entertaining.  Room 8301 (Bldg. 8, 3rd floor). 1:00:  Authors I don’t know who have written about dead authors that I love, David Foster Wallace and Sylvia Plath.  Room 7128 (Bldg.7, 1st floor). 3:30:  Joe Clifford reading from Junkie Love, which has a bunch of true stories Joe told a Lip Service.  Joe is my ex-Lip…

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Who’s Russell Reece?

On September 21, our VIP sale at Lip Service (one of the most popular literary events in Miami) was paramount!  All That Glitters was officially released online on October 1st (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). On October 12, we had an awesome, mellow reading at Books & Books, in Coral Gables. On November 24, at 5 o’clock, we’ll be at the Miami Book Fair International for a reading followed by a Q&A with the prose editors (Room 8301, in Building 8, 3rd Floor). Russell Reece’s story, “Come On, Harold,” is one of the gems in All That Glitters. Russell lives in Delaware along the Nanticoke River. He has had stories and…

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All That Glitters is going to the Miami Book Fair International!

The 15 nonfiction stories published in the  All That Glitters (Lominy Books; $15.00), recount lives and identities unsettled by the scary, but irresistible pursuit of truth. Also included are interviews with award-winning nonfiction writers, including Susan Orlean and Dinty W. Moore. According to Joe Clifford, “Every piece in All That Glitters bristles with the raw emotion and authenticity of the real deal, while never forsaking the edict that the story comes above all. (And the behind-the-scenes interviews are pretty damned good too.)” At the Miami Book Fair International on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 8301 (building 8, 3rd floor), local authors Andrea Askowitz, Jan Becker,…

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An awesome, mellow event

On his Facebook page, writer Hector Duarte, Jr. described the launch of Sliver of Stone’s All That Glitters as an “awesome, mellow event.” According to editor Nicholas Garnett, it was “warm and lovely, like family, in the best sense of the word.” In fact, story plot master Lynne Barrett, who introduced Nick and me, called the book her grandchild. It was Michelangelo who once said, “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” I often remind myself of these words and, as the founder of Sliver of Stone,…

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All That Glitters: VIP Sale at Lip Service

ALL THAT GLITTERS will be released on October 1st, 2013 (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). Yesterday, however, we conducted a special sale at Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud, at the Miracle Theater, in Coral Gables. Fresh, fierce, and enlightening, ALL THAT GLITTERS is a find. The talented nonfiction writers in this collection invite us along on the complicated, sometimes scary, but irresistible pursuit of truth. —Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies and The Secret Names of Women Sliver of Stone Magazine presents its first volume of collected nonfiction. From the mouth of a Seattle whale to a Nordstrom’s swimsuit department, from an Idaho fundamentalist…

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What are you up to, Andrea Askowitz?

Two weeks ago, you met Jan Becker,  MFA candidate at Florida International University and contributor to All That Glitters, a nonfiction collection edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and myself. Today, meet Andrea Askowitz, author of My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, Jewcy.com, and NPR.  She teaches memoir writing at Lip Service Institute.  She is creator of Lip Service:  true-stories out loud, one of the most popular literary events in Miami.  She’s at work on a book of stories currently titled, Listen to This or maybe Don’t You Know I’m Famous?  Andrea grew up in Miami where she lives with her wife Victoria and children Natasha,…

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Jan Becker on Home, Violence, Evil, and the Fragility of Life

Following is an interview with Jan Becker, contributor to All That Glitters, a nonfiction collection edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and myself. The book will be released online on October 1st, 2013 (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). Nick and I have been planning several readings of All That Glitters in South Florida. On September 21, we’ll conduct a VIP sale at Lip Service, one of the most popular literary events in Miami, at the Miracle Theater, in Coral Gables. On October 12, we’ll have a reading at Books & Books, in Coral Gables. In November, we’ll be at the Miami Book Fair International for a reading…

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Writing after Baby Comes Along

The idea of having babies terrifies me. I’d be a good mother, no doubt about it. When I’m on a mission, well—I’m on it! And if life were to entrust me with children, they’d grow up to be pretty decent.  No, scratch that. For sure, they’d be best thing since sliced bread! Eventually, I do want children. But I’ll be honest here: I’m not thrilled at the idea of having to give up on writing. How do parents manage their writing life? Particularly mothers, with their “Velcro babies constantly clinging to their boobs?” (A mother’s words, by the way—not mine.) I decided to chat with five South Florida…

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Sean Kenniff & Esther Martinez on their 5 (+1) Favorite Books

Sean Kenniff is a polymath. Neurologist, journalist, amateur painter, conspiracy theorist and reality star, he is also the author of Stop Effing Yourself and of the novella, Etre the Cow. Esther Martinez is a bibliophile, francophile, logophile. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in The Daily Beast, Newsday, and the Columbia Observer, among others. She co-produces the storytelling series, Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud. Sean and Esther met at a charity event for City of Hope in 2002. During their courtship, they read passages to one another from books they loved. They’ve been sharing their lives, and their books, ever since. The couple married in April of 2012 and are producing their…

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