Fireside Chat with Borges in this week’s episode of The Drunken Odyssey podcast

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This week I’m packing up my fall wardrobe as I get ready to head north for the Burlington Book Festival and the official kick-off of the Juventud book tour (remember, you can still donate at Vanessa’s National Book Tour and help offset expenses – thank you!) What makes great listening while packing? Why, none other than The Drunken Odyssey podcast about the literary life. In this week’s episode, host John King and I discuss This Craft of Verse, the wonderful collection of lectures by Jorge Luis Borges. You may tune-in to our rather meta fireside chat-about-a-fireside-chat here: Vanessa Blakeslee discusses This Craft of Verse by Borges. Enjoy!


Interview with Harpur Palate, plus Book Signing at AWP Minneapolis

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This latest interview is with the wonderful literary magazine, Harpur Palate, which first published the story, “Train Shots” a few years ago, under the editorship of Barrett Bowlin. So it’s been extra special to share the publication of TRAIN SHOTS, the collection, with them and be featured in their “author spotlight.” Moreover, I’ll be selling/signing copies of TS at the Harpur Palate table during AWP Minneapolis, so if you’re at the book fair, please stop on by!

You may read the full interview here:

“On Parakeets & Writers”: I talk Train Shots & Juventud with Angela Mitchell

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Back in the summer of 2009, I attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and hit it off with fellow fiction writer, Angela Mitchell. One of the most fun aspects of seeing your books (finally!) turn into print is reconnecting with the hardworking writers you’ve met over the years: to set up readings in one another’s cities, interviews, etc., etc. Angela and I are long overdue for a visit, but I suspect we’ll bump into each other before too long at a book fair or conference. Meanwhile, she was kind enough to interview me for her blog, where we talk mostly about Train Shots, but about the challenge of leaping from short story writing to the novel, too.  Read the interview and while you’re there, check out Angela’s work: her stories have won numerous awards, been published in great places like Colorado Review. All this she’s accomplished while mothering, teaching, and cattle-farming. She’s a creative woman of many hats whom I’m in awe of from afar, and I so look forward to our paths crossing again.

Here’s the link: 

This week at The Drunken Odyssey with John King: Chekhov’s watermelon, Wes Anderson, and “How Fiction Works” by James Wood

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John King and I discuss and digress upon the above topics, as well as Henry James, the flaneur, Twin Peaks, and more in the latest episode of The Drunken Odyssey podcast. How do these far-flung topics tie back to our craft text, How Fiction Works by esteemed critic James Wood, you may ask? You’ll just have to tune in and find out.  Merely click the link below ~ thanks for listening!


Across the Border: Interview with Canadian blogger Rob Mclennan

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Canadian writer and blogger Rob Mclennan’s site is quite the crossroads of the Canadian lit world and he’s featured more than a few of my friends from the Banff Writing Studio. Visiting his site just makes me miss Banff and my dear Canadian lit friends so very much (Toronto! Vancouver! Maybe even St. John’s — I’ll come visit you soon, I promise). Meanwhile, I’m so happy to see my conversation with Rob is now live. One note: this interview was conducted just before my novel got picked up, as you’ll note the mention at the end that my agent was still shopping around the ms. Quite fun to look back and see how much has changed in a few months. The novel, Juventud, will be released by Midwest powerhouse indie publisher Curbside Splendor, which means indeed, I may be visiting Toronto soon indeed. 🙂


“Pura Vida, or Reflections on the Good Life” Essay at The Gloria Sirens

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A couple of weeks ago I attended the Other Words Conference in St. Augustine, FL, and had a raucous good time with the lively and insightful women writers who are the Gloria Sirens. They invited me to submit a “Sister Siren” guest post, and I was all too happy to contribute (I love the photos they chose to accompany the piece — just perfect). You can read it here:

Interview with Belle Reve Literary Journal

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The Belle Reve Literary Journal focuses on “the Southern experience” and I’m happy to have chatted with them about inspiration, forthcoming books, and advice. My favorite question:

“Choose three words that describe your writing nook/office.

Sun, notebook, mug”

You can read the interview here:

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