Writers Anonymous member Heather Arndt Anderson has a new gig: She is now a Portland Mercury contributor. The Mercury’s holiday guide, Hacking the Holidays, debuted online today. Ms. Arndt Anderson has four features in the issue, including Hacking the Mincemeat Pie, Hack Your Leftovers, How to Hack a Turkey, and Ratafia: Quicker Liqueur Love. Watch out for the print edition, out tomorrow.
1. Our sources tell us that Mark Russell has just eaten five tamales in a row.
2. Mark Russell, in addition to the alleged tamale-eating, had an excerpt from God Is Disappointed You on Medium.
3. And, if that weren’t enough on his plate (get it? on his plate? like the five tamales?), Mark Russell also got a glowing review of his book in the Seattle Post Intelligencer.
4. Sarah Gilbert has some exciting upcoming announcements about her work. Complete details cannot be revealed at this time. What we can say is that she has two essays that will be published over the next several months that need reviewers. One is about the ethics of sustainability; the other is about sin, guilt, and domestic violence. If you would be willing to review one of these for some publication or other, let her know!
5. Laurel Hermanson’s cholesterol levels are higher that she had hoped. With time and a daily breakfast of oats, we hope to follow up with good news soon.
6. Laurel Hermanson has been publishing up a storm lately despite the sobering health news reported in #5. Read her most recent essay, “Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of balance),” on Ravenous Butterflies.
7. Rebecca Kelley and her sister made a book trailer for her not-yet-published novel Broken Homes and Gardens. Watch the trailer now and start getting excited that this book might be available in a bookstore near you one day!
8. Heather Arndt Anderson will be at the Oregon Historical Society’s Holiday Cheer on 12/1.
9. And she will be speaking at the Jack London on December 3 on Portland’s Militant Pinko Lesbian history!
10. Heather also has an exciting upcoming announcement about a new writing gig, the details of which will be revealed in an upcoming post.
11. November 11th was an exciting day for Art Edwards. He revealed today that his novel Badge will be released on February 4th, 2014!
Read Art Edward’s piece “Litertainment” on The Weeklings today.
Reading God Is Disappointed in You, I began to question the wisdom of letting violent prisoners spend any time at all in their cells reading the real Bible. And should we really leave copies in hotel drawers, where innocent children could find them?
Read the full review on The Rumpus.
This Saturday (August 3) at 11:15, Heather Arndt Anderson will be having another reading party of her new book, Breakfast: A History! If you missed the launch, this is a great chance to come get a taste of the book and a dish created by Chef/Owner of Sunshine Tavern (and Lincoln Restaurant) Jenn Louis. Her special menu item is based on a historic recipe from the book.
On Thursday, August 8, Members of Portland writing group Writers Anonymous will be reading from their works. The Co-Guests of Honor are Mark Russell, whose *God is Disappointed in You* will have just come out on Top Shelf; and Heather Arndt Anderson, whose *Breakfast: A History* just came out on Altamira Press. (Heather promises to make pancakes while reading.)
Other readers will include Sarah Gilbert, Rebecca Kelley, Laurel Hermanson, and Art Edwards, and the night will also feature live music by Dave Lindenbaum. (Other WA members may sign on to read too.)