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ARCHIVE FOR QUERY: Alexandra Grabbe

The How, the Why, and the Wherefore of Publishing My Dad’s Memoir

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Coming up for air on the bumpy self-publishing road.  Bumpy and dusty.  I can finally see emerald towers glistening in the distance.  I hold Émigré in my hands and think back over the journey, which started when my ninety-seven-year-old father passed away, entrusting me with his unpublished memoir.  From 2000 to 2005, I contacted agents and publishing houses. My power query included a first paragraph indicating endorsement from none other than Dwight Macdonald’s wife Nancy, who financed politics, a lit mag popular in the 1940s:

Alexandra Grabbe

Novel Incubator Alum Louise Miller Signs with Pamela Dorman Books

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After completing the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet in 2014, baker-turned-novelist Louise Miller recently announced that she secured a two-book deal with Pamela Dorman Books, an imprint of Viking/Penguin.

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Our Internet Faves 9/21/15

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Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 

 

With the release of The Complete Works of Primo Levi published on September 17, The Guardian pays tribute to Levi's unique ability to relay the horrors of the Holocaust in poetic language: 

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Author Interview: Katherine Sherbrooke on Her New Novel, Leaving Coy’s Hill

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This post was originally published on Dead Darlings, a blog about novel writing run by alumni of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program.

Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine Sherbrooke is based on the remarkable life of a little-known pioneering feminist and abolitionist Lucy Stone — the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree, to keep her maiden name, and to fight for women’s rights. Sherbrooke’s beautifully written novel is a fascinating look at timeless issues — how we navigate motherhood and career, to marry or not, and how one fearless woman can spark change in the world. The story is ...

Tracey Palmer

Books & Reading Interviews

Lit Boston: What's Happening in March?

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In the March 2021 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, taking place virtually. See below for our list of local literary happenings.

 

Leslie Epstein with A.S. Hamrah: Hill of Beans

Monday, March 1st at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $36.95

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Writing Black Joy Contest Winners

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We're thrilled to share the winners of the Writing Black Joy Contest, sponsored by Thaddeus Miles in partnership with MBK Boston, 826 Boston, and the Black Joy Project.

This contest was launched on September 12th, 2020, which was officially declared Black Joy Day in the City of Boston. Black Joy Day is a time to appreciate and celebrate our power to uplift ourselves and others despite the challenges we face in our world today.

For this contest, which was open to all writers in New England and New York, we accepted essays between 500-1000 words about joy—specifically Black joy: moments ...

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Lit Crush: Books We're Loving in February 2020

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Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the novels keeping us up at night, the poems that call to us over our morning coffees, and those unputdownable memoirs you'll find us reading while walking through four lanes of traffic [Ed.'s note: all walk-reading is performed by Grub's trained extreme readers; do not try this at home]. Every month we're sharing a few of the GrubStreet community’s latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.

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Winter Dreams: A Different Kind of Writers Conference

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During the Ides of March, as the wind howled and the flakes swirled outside my attic-study, I was faced by a dilemma: to go or not to go to AWP? Since my time as an MFA student, AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) had impressed me as the mother of all writing conferences: heaving at 10,000 participants, it has been known to overrun its host city for four days, engorging entire downtowns

Nicole Miller

The Writing Life

Readings for Writers: Pick of the Week 1/30/15

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Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, Grub staff member Sonya Larson recommends one of her favorite plays. 

Sonya Larson

Books & Reading