Just a brief but extremely heartfelt note of thanks to Joe Ponepinto for a glowing and perceptive review of The Grievers in The Los Angeles Review. And when you're done reading the review, check out Joe's ruminations on the difference between literary and commercial fiction -- and why it's a good thing that discerning readers…Read more Thanks to The Los Angeles Review!
Thanks once again to Farley's Books of New Hope, Pennsylvania, for hosting me last weekend! It was a beautiful day, so I got to sit in front of the store and meet a lot of friendly passers by -- some of whom even bought my books! Anyone familiar with Farley's knows that it's a mainstay…Read more Thanks Again to Farley’s!
I always find out about these things long after they've stopped being news, but I'm told that today is International Short Story Day. To celebrate, here are a few links to short story sources you might enjoy: Fiction by D. Thomas Minton Great short stories by a sci-fi writer I've quickly grown to admire! Philadelphia…Read more International Short Story Day
Big thanks to Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books for an inventive interview with two of the most colorful characters from The Grievers, Charley Schwartz and Greg Packer! I'm a huge fan of the titles that Atticus has produced, especially The Snow Whale, The Great Lenore, and Fight for Your Long Day. I was also blown…Read more Schwartz & Packer Interviewed!
A friend of mine just alerted me to a Craigslist Help Wanted ad for a "Giant Burrito Man or Woman." The ad reads, "NEED 1 PERSON TO DRESS UP AS GIANT BURRITO, RUN AROUND THROWING BURRITOS AT BUILDINGS, OTHER PEOPLE, ETC. WE PROVIDE THE BURRITO COSTUME AND THE BURRITOS, BUT THIS IS AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP."…Read more Stranger Than Fiction?
First, big thanks to Lavinia Ludlow for a lovely review of The Grievers in The Nervous Breakdown. Ludlow writes, among other things, "Schuster has an amazing sophomore novel on his hands. His writing has matured; he’s fine-tuned his approach and can effectively drive a story from start to finish with subtle tactics and engaging characterizations." Also,…Read more Of Possible Interest
Not too long ago, I mentioned that I stumbled upon a book by another Schuster -- The Might Have Been by Joseph M. Schuster. Given the coincidence of our last names, idle curiosity drove me to read it. Once I picked it up, however, Schuster's writing wouldn't let me put the book down. Touching on…Read more Putting One Word After Another: An Interview with Joseph M. Schuster