Susan McCarty’s Anatomies continues to wow critics and readers–it was on the November/December SPD bestseller list again and recently reviewed by Kelsie Plesac at Blotterature: “The stories, impressively diverse, are woven together by one thing: they cannot seem to shake their theme of the body, particularly pertaining to illness and injury. These intimate and personal themes get at the human truths of fear and triumph, and leave the reader as infected as each of the characters.”
Susan also did an interview at Blotterature, wherein she talked about her current project, working with Carissa at AP, and how to best approach the ups and downs of writing.
If you’re in the Iowa City area, stop by Prairie Lights on Friday night or the North Liberty Community Library on Saturday night to see Susan read and pick up a copy of Anatomies!
Krysten Hill (photo credit: Jonathan Beckley)
We’ve been a little quiet lately, as we’ve been hard at work on the sixth print annual of apt, as well as a project we’ve been very eager to announce!
And here it is:
Next fall, we’ll be publishing Krysten Hill’s chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out!
We’re very lucky to have worked with Krysten many times via apt and Literary Firsts. She’s well on her way to building an urgent, necessary body of work, so we’re honored to have the opportunity to publish her first book.
To get ready for HHSGO, you can read Krysten’s poems at Amethyst Arsenic, Pank, and apt. And you can find more info about her writing on her website.
“Adeptness is a quality clearly valued by both apt and the writers whose words appear on their pages…these stories are long, but their language is spare, with no word wasted. The disorderly plots need the space to sort themselves out; or to conclude in an even more thought-provokingly entangled manner than they began….In apt, the length of each story has function—the slow building of action and intimate acquainting with character are essential to the sense of dislocation you’ll feel as a reader once the story has ended. Because the experience of reading apt is cerebral, it is visceral, and you will live inside these stories.”
E. Ce Miller has given our Long Fiction issue 4/5 stars at The Review Review! Check out the full review, as well as the kind interview they did last year.
And even though we’re sold out of print copies of issue five, you can still snag one from SPD, or a digital copy directly from us.
Susan McCarty’s Anatomies has received glowing praise from NewPages! The first and last paragraphs from Katy Haas’s review:
“If bodies are temples, Susan McCarty is an expert demolitionist. In Anatomies, McCarty breaks these temples down, rips through drywall and flesh, tears sexuality and humanity from their hinges, and leaves behind the barebones, the nervous system, the warm, buzzing electrical impulses buried beneath the exteriors of the temples housing her characters.
Anatomies is not a collection for the reader who doesn’t want to get their hands dirty. McCarty invites us to pick up a sledgehammer alongside her and give it a swing—to break down the walls of her characters while tunneling through our own deconstructed temples where we might find the things we’ve hidden or forgotten in ourselves. So go get your hands dirty, reader. Break your temple down.”
You can read the full review at NewPages.com and order your copy of Anatomies here!
The recording of Dolan Morgan’s funny and exacting story, “Interior Design,” at Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts is finally available to hear at wnyc.org!
Alongside work by Joe Meno and Anne Enright, Wyatt Cenac reads “Interior Design,” a story about love and furniture and “domestic life with a twist,” followed by a brief interview with Dolan about the genesis of the story and how he approaches his work.
Anatomies debuts at #6 on the SPD fiction bestseller list!
And, even after a year, TWTKCD is still going strong at #17!
You can check out the full list here.
Susan McCarty was on Delmarva Public Radio talking about Anatomies!
Topics covered: the genesis of the collection, medical history as fictional form, being scarred or “pierced by the world”, reading during eras of disconnection, finding communities of writers despite geographical constraints, how to humanize reality television, experimental fiction, narrative as accumulation, James Baldwin, and writing short fiction vs. writing long fiction.
Head over to the WFMT site to hear the full interview, and if you haven’t already, order a copy of Anatomies now!
Publishers Weekly on Susan McCarty’s Anatomies:
“McCarty’s characters often show poor judgment and make bad decisions, but her affection and sympathy for them is never in doubt….McCarty’s deft blend of drama and humor always rings true; there’s not an out-of-place moment in this resonant collection.”
You can read the full review here, and pick up a copy of the collection here.
Dear DC-area readers, in light of the past two days of good news from SCOTUS, let’s change that old adage to, “Good things come in threes.”
On that note, we hope you’ll join us at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan on Monday, June 29 at 7pm to celebrate Susan McCarty’s debut collection, Anatomies! Susan will read alongside Matthew Kirkpatrick and Caren Beilin, and there will be much to celebrate indeed.
Can’t wait to see you there!
It’s been in Kirkus Reviews.
It’s been in Esquire.
Now it can be on your bookshelf.
You can order your copy of Susan McCarty’s debut collection here.
(Available in print, PDF, EPUB, and MOBI!)
June 15, 2015. Welcome to the world, Anatomies!