The Golem and the Jinni wins a 2014 Mythopoeic Award

Congratulations are in order for Helene Wecker, this year’s VCU Cabell First Novelist winner, whose novel The Golem and the Jinni has just been awarded a Mythopoeic Award in the category of Fantasy Adult Literature.

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Each year the Mythopoeic Society, an international organization “promoting the study, discussion and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature” recognizes a fantasy novel or story collection for adults which “best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings,” an informal Oxford literary circle, active between the 1930s and 1950s, which included writers J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.

For more on the Mythopoeic Awards, including other 2014 winners, check out the press release.

For more on the Inklings, start with the Mythopoeic Society’s brief history and bibliography, or everyone’s favorite open-source encyclopedia.

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Ramona Ausubel in Style Weekly

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Have a look at a new First Novelist article by VCU’s own, Dale Brumfield, in the most recent Style Weekly! 

“Being a writer means you need to be like Velcro so that experiences stick,” author Ramona Ausubel says. “I try to be influenced by everything. For me, it’s about collecting details along the way.”

 

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“The Afterlife of Emerson Tang” by Paula Champa

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Congrats to Paula Champa, VCU MFA alum, for publishing her first novel!  Grab a copy of “The Afterlife of Emerson Tang” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) at your nearest bookstore!

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Justin Torres & The Lambda Literary Foundation

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In 2007, Justin Torres was honored with the Lambda Literary Fellowship, an intensive workshop experience that helped inspire and create his first novel, We the Animals.  Check out LLF’s interview with Justin to learn more about his experience as an emerging first novelist.

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FN Winner Named to National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35”

The National Book Foundation has named Justin Torres a recipient of their “5 under 35” Award!

Now in its seventh year, the celebration honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists.  Congrats Justin!

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Los Angeles Review of Books Interviews Justin Torres

Great interview with this year’s Cabell Winner by semifinalist Daniel Olivas (The Book of Want), in the LA Review of Books to boot.

If you haven’t read this book yet, you no longer have a good excuse!

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CFN Winners in the Paris Review!


Grab a copy of Fall 2012 issue of The Paris Review to read new short stories by two previous CFN winners: 2011 winner, David Gordon and 2007 winner, Peter Orner.

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2010 First Novelist Award Winner in The New Yorker

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A Past Winner Makes Good

Here’s a New York Times profile of Peter Orner, winner of the 2007 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His second novel, Love and Shame and Love, has recently been published to rave reviews. There’s even a book trailer for it, starring none other than Ed Asner. Orner’s literary renown is on the rise, and we here at VCU are glad to have known him way back when. Well, four years ago. But we’d like to think we know genius when we see it.

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“I want to be awful.”

Did you know that it’s not just movies and video games but books have trailers now too? We like this one, a lot.
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