One Bike, One Year on Word Riot’s Recommended Reading List

I woke up this morning to the most wonderful news––One Bike, One Year is included in Word Riot’s recommended reading list! I’m thrilled to be sharing space with Mara Wilson, Grace Paley, and Richard Blanco. If you’re looking for new things to read this weekend, look no further.


Notes From Elsewhere: Small Press News, Feminist Reading + More

We have a lot of kick-ass ladies and reading suggestions in this Notes From Elsewhere, so let’s get to it, and then you can go back to sorting your Halloween plans.

Speaking of Halloween, would you like some spooooooky stories to read? Emily Temple at Flavorwire has a shedload for you.

Also at Flavorwire: 28 Feminist Writers on Books Every Man Should Read. (Also, people in general, I would venture.)

And from Alison Herman: “‘Women as Supporting Characters Is a Problem:’ NY Comic Con Panels Take on Strong Female Characters and Trans Themes.”

And speaking of writing about women, let me squeeze in another mention of my favorite author-pretend-boyfriend, David Mitchell, interviewed by Scott Timberg at Salon:

With Holly, you have your first female character that I can think of who you speak through for so much of a single book.

Yeah that’s right. The trick with Holly, of course, she’s on the other side of the gender divide with me. There were kids like her in my school that I admired from afar.

My wife helped very much with Holly. I think the right way to do a female character is not to over do it. Not to be seen to be making a point about talking about specific, basic, anatomical differences. Not to be seen to make a point of putting in things only women would know. You need to do it more subtlety than that, otherwise you look like a prize turkey.


Well you do, don’t you? There’s a line from a well-known British writer I won’t mention that’s kind of infamous. It’s where a first-person female narrator is going outside on a cold day —and it’s really embarrassing and I’m driving in a car with two women and I’m always embarrassed to say what I’m about to say — but this writer actually says … I can’t believe I’m saying this, ”A gust of cold air made her nipples hard.” That’s just an embarrassing pile of crap. You can’t say that without looking like a prize turkey. So I apologize to you but it was an example of how you have to watch out as a man writing female protagonists; you can’t do that kind of thing.


Back to women, not men-writing-as-women:

Actress and writer Mara Wilson has signed a deal with Penguin Books for a collection of personal essays titled(K) for Kid, which will talk about her life and “being young, female, and a little out of place—as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a New Yorker in California and a Californian in New York, and more.”

One Bike, One Year is a blog dedicated to stories of water and climate change, started by Devi K. Lockwood. Lockwood will be traveling New Zealand, the UK and the United States via bike and public transportation, collecting stories. It’s a pretty cool project, I think.

I really enjoyed this Grace Paley story, “Wants,” presented by Dani Shapiro, over at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading.

How about a Nancy Drew board game? Sally J. Freedman at Persephone Magazine has the details.

Annnnd here’s Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Bailey and David Roberts.

Are you in an Alexandre Dumas novel? Emily Powers at The Toast will help you determine. Cardinal Richelieu on the right there is shocked at the revelation…

Litsa Dremousis, inaugural author in Future Tense’s new Instant Future imprint,has an excerpt from her book Altitude Sickness up at The Nervous Breakdown.

In other Small Press News (including Future Tense):

Poets & Writers has interviews up with 11 small press editors and authors, about why they started their respective presses and the experience of working with them.

Victoria Barrett‘s Engine Books will soon have a new imprint: EB2. It will focus on paperback and e-books that were previously out-of-print. They are open to suggestions.

Editor of Engine Books’ young adult imprint, Lacewing Books, Andrew Scott has an interesting post up about the term “graphic novel.” 

Here are 19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays (besides this one andPersephone Magazine, naturally).

Lynn Green at Bookpage has a good interview with poet Richard Blanco.

And finally, here’s Billy Collins on life, death and poetry:

[P]oetry is actually the home of ambiguity, ambivalence and uncertainty.

Until next time, friends.

Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know anything. 

Currently reading: 

The Believer: Issue 110

Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker 


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