Four faculty members in the SFUAD Creative Writing & Literature Department will publish books in 2016.
Matt Donovan – “A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Essays on Ruin and Redemption” (Trinity University Press, March 2016)
The nonfiction book is a collection of essays, many of which were written during Donovan’s year as a 2012 Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. Each year, the Rome Prize, as it is known, is awarded to approximately 30 artists and scholars from around the world who represent the highest standard of excellence.
James Reich – “Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness” (Anti-Oedipus Press, March 2016)
A prelude to “Heart of Darkness,” “Mistah Kurtz!” discloses the contents of the papers Kurtz entrusts to Marlow and the end of Joseph Conrad’s canonical novella. Malcolm McNeill, author of “Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook, and Me,” has said of Reich’s upcoming novel: “A phenomenon, a tour de force; James Reich has written a masterpiece.”
Julia Goldberg – “Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction” (Leaf Storm Press, Summer 2016)
According to publisher Leaf Storm Press, “‘Inside Story’ tackles the myriad approaches to the burgeoning genre of creative nonfiction—from memoir to criticism to literary journalism—by deeply exploring each stage of the generation, reportage, writing and editing of stories. Drawing on and integrating examples and advice from diverse practitioners in the field, ‘Inside Story’ extends beyond idea and inspiration with practical advice, examples and exercises geared toward everyone from writing students, citizen journalists, bloggers and working writers.”
Anne Valente – “Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down” (William Morrow/Harper Collins, Fall 2016)
The novel follows four yearbook staff members in the wake of a mass high school shooting as they try to piece together a record of what happened, and as a series of mysterious house fires begins to erupt in the community.
As the newest faculty in the Creative Writing & Literature Department, Valente, will give a reading of some of her new short stories on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in O’Shaughnessy Performance Space (Benildus Hall).