Another news roundup

Chronologically, as it seems easiest: Last Friday, I defended my dissertation in the Fleur Cowles Room at the Harry Ransom Center. (You want to follow that photo link, I promise.) Fleur Cowles was one of the sponsors of the internship I participated in at the Ransom Center, so it felt like a nice conclusion to…

Questions answered

Over the weekend, Diane Havens, the wonderful narrator of the Iambik audiobook of Alcestis, and Miette Elm of Iambik asked me excellent questions about the book, writing, and audiobooks, including some Proust-questionnaire-style inquiries about my favorite sounds. If you follow the Q&A link, you’ll see a discount code for all Iambik’s titles through the end…

YA dystopia in the classroom

In the fall I’ll be teaching a first year seminar and an introduction to poetry and fiction course with some workshopping. I’ve been fascinated by the YA dystopia trend — as are the Independent, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, not to mention countless bloggers — and I’m planning to teach my first…

What I’m doing these days

Today, at least, I’m writing about Boston in the 1890s through the eyes of a retired Congregationalist pastor who is about to have a nervous breakdown of sorts (or possibly a stroke, I haven’t decided yet). Here’s part of what he sees: That print was produced only three years before this character visited Boston to…

Diana Wynne Jones and her books

I was sad to learn yesterday that Diana Wynne Jones had died — I remember, last year, seeing reports that she was quite ill. The Guardian’s obituary gives a lovely account of her writing and her life, which had a pretty rocky start — see her own autobiographical essay (thanks to Zen Cho for the…

Yet more exciting news

In addition to yesterday’s Lambda Literary news, Alcestis has also been chosen as a finalist for the Publishing Triangle‘s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, along with Michael Alenyikov’s Ivan and Misha and Catherine Kirkwood’s Cut Away. Here’s what the Publishing Triangle site says about the Edmund White award: Inaugurated in May 2006, this award recognizes…

More good news!

Which is, as I was just saying to a friend on Twitter, a nice change from the rest of the news this week. (Can’t stop thinking about the workers who stayed at the Fukushima plant.) But on to the good news: Alcestis is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Debut Fiction! When…

Final Goodreads reminder

The deadline for entering the Goodreads giveaway of three paperback copies of Alcestis is tonight! There are, as I post this, about twelve and a half hours showing on the countdown clock on the site (apparently the widget is a little slower to update?): Goodreads Book Giveaway Alcestis by Katharine Beutner Giveaway ends March 15,…

More miscellany

Still recovering from my busy week, and now from spring forward, too. Mostly I spent the latter half of the week reading — I finally finished The Ambassadors, then read Jessica Stern’s Denial: A Memoir of Terror, then Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies. (I put up short reviews on my Goodreads page if you’re curious.) I’ve…

Milestones

It’s been a very busy and exciting week. Here are a few reasons why:   That’s Inge declaring ownership of the box in which a copy of my (giant) dissertation is sitting. The diss. is with my committee members now, and we’re working on scheduling a defense in late April. There’s still work to do,…