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Furuness coverHTML Giant reviews Bryan Furuness’ debut novel, writing “I was first introduced to Furuness – and to Revie Bryson – in a story called “Ballgrabber” that appeared in Hobart 9.  Revie surveyed the world of kids in such an irreverent, fresh, hilarious way that I filed Furuness’s name away and vowed to read his first novel whenever it came out. I read Lost Episodes in three days, and that same irreverent freshness was there to remind me why I’d been anxiously awaiting its release.” Read the entire review here, and grab your copy of this fantastic book here.

Big Moose Prize Finalists and Semi-Finalists Announced

Big_Moose2We’re thrilled to post the finalists and semi-finalists of the 2013 Big Moose Prize!  It’s always difficult to narrow down the excellent submissions we receive, and this year was especially tough. Congratulations to everyone selected; winner will be announced next month.



1.    The Good Girl: A Novel – Angela Jane Fountas
2.    Lesson Plans – Suzanne Greenberg
3.    Leave a Crooked Path – Simone Hanson
4.    Reclamation – Doug Heckman
5.    The Button Field – Gail Husch
6.    Hungry Town – Jason Kapcala
7.    Let Me See It – James Magruder
8.    Where the Birds Go to Die – Sean Padraic McCarthy
9.    The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg – Betsy Robinson
10.  Via Dei – Lones Sieber

1.    A Robot with a Penis Is No Man – Josef Benson
2.    Message Stick – Laine Cunningham
3.    Prosperity – Jenna Leigh Evans
4.    In Ohio – Brad Felver
5.    Vinegar Lake – 99 Hooker
6.    Where People Go When They Disappear – Victoria Kelly
7.    The Gypsies – Margo Littell
8.    Children and Lunatics – Megan McNamer
9.    A Tree Born Crooked – Steph Post
10.    Back Tracks – Doug Wagner

Jen Michalski on Literary Baltimore

Michalski cover JPG“Like an imperfect gemstone, Baltimore’s real value lies in it being one of a kind.” Prizewinning novelist Jen Michalski gives us a tour of her literary Baltimore in a charming piece in Poets & Writers. Click here to read the entire essay, and don’t forget to order a copy of The Tide King, due out next month.

How Bryan Furuness Became a Writer

Furuness coverBryan’s much-anticipated debut novel The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson was just released, and in celebration, enjoy this funny and inspiring interview. Bryan talks about who inspired him, what his writing process is like, and how he envies the reading speed of his nine-year-old self. You’ll also get a hint of his voice as a writer, and that alone will prompt you to buy his book. Julianna Baggott blurbs that it’s “as beautiful and hilarious, as crushingly tender and brutally hopeful as I’d ever hoped for.” We agree.

Upcoming Reading: Tracy DeBrincat

DeBrincat coverSave the date: Tracy DeBrincat, novelist extraordinaire, will read from her Big Moose Prize-winning title Hollywood Buckaroo on February 23 at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA. Don’t miss out! (And buy a copy of this hilarious and incisive book here…)

A Radio Interview with Marcel Jolley

Jolley Cover - PriorsKUFM-Montana Public Radio recently interviewed fiction writer Marcel Jolley about his new short story collection Priors, and posted the audio here. It’s a lovely introduction to Marcel’s work, which we adore–as evidenced by the fact that we’ve published three of his books! (His novel, The Following Sea, is available for pre-order; Priors and Neither Here Nor There are available now.) Enjoy!

My First Time: Jen Michalski

Michalski cover JPGThe Quivering Pen interviews Jen Michalski, whose wondrous debut novel The Tide King won the 2012 Big Moose Prize (and is now on sale at a discounted price!). Read on to learn which childhood literary hero influenced her writing (and click here to pre-order The Tide King).