BRIGHT SHARDS named an NPR “Best Read”

NPR included Bright Shards of Someplace Else as one of it’s “best reads” of 2014, along with Lorrie Moore’s excellent Bark, and John Darnielle’s  Wolf in White Van (which I’ve both read)& many other great titles from presses both large and small.  

Horse Reunion

Recently, I talked about death and math here, and discussed why I don’t commit my best stories to paper here.  I’m also finally done with my six readings this month.  Shards: A Live Book Trailer went perfectly!  Natalie Bird, Jason Faust, and Christopher Stephens were wonderful, and the scenes all played really well.  Pics here,…

Notes from the Book Tour

So I did a crazy thing and scheduled six readings in one month.  It’s been hectic but fun–meeting other writers/students/profs has been the best part.  Come Home Chicago was a particularly fun event:  I was part of a lineup that included singers, bagpipers, and screenwriter Irvine Welsh (of Trainspotting fame).  The only problem was, I…

The Story Prize Blog: Shards & Greased Pigs

Bright Shards of Someplace Else has been entered for The Story Prize, which gave me a chance to be part of the Story Prize Blog.  My entry is about my days as a 4-H agent, and the interpersonal dynamics I found so memorable: Monica McFawn: In Pursuit of Clarity The TSP Blog is fun reading, since…

Free drawing with preorder!

To all my McFans out there: Now’s the time to preorder Bright Shards of Someplace Else! It’s available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. And here’s a special deal: preorder the book, then email me (mcfawn@icloud.com) your mailing address and a number from 1-164. I will then draw an image based on that page of…

“The Chautauqua Sessions” out in Missouri Review, “Snippet” in Paragraph.

“The Chautauqua Sessions” is out in the new issue of Missouri Review. I love the design of the issue and what I’ve read so far. Melissa Yancy’s father/son story is excellent, and an interesting counterpoint to my own story about father son difficulty.                    Also, “Snippet and the…

Hand-Drawn covers for Bright Shards of Someplace Else!

Bright Shards of Someplace Else has a real cover, which will be revealed soon.  In the meantime, I’m sending the proofs to blurbers and potential blurbers.  Rather than just send a boring PDF or a sheaf of paper, I had the proofs cheaply bound at OfficeMax and had them add a blank cover, which I…

Interview with Matt Kissane of Slam Internet Radio

Matt Kissane, who played “Bruce” during the reading of SNOW ANGEL at the Public House Theatre, interviewed me for his ‘net radio show.  My part starts at 59:47.   I talk about the inspirations behind SNOW ANGEL and the recent trend of “I bumped my head/had surgery/fainted & saw heaven books” on the NYT Best…

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