Book Review: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson As might be guessed from its title, one of the primary characters (14-year-old Skippy) dies within this novel’s first few pages. After that unexpected death, which interrupts a doughnut-eating contest between roommates, the narrative jumps backwards in time to cover the events leading up to that fateful event. Along the way, Skippy Dies touches on every imaginable component of …

How Can New Niche Micropublishers Compete with Large Established Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Eoin Purcell discusses launching “The Irish Story” — an online community focused on Irish History — and its first publication, John Dorney’s The Story of the Easter Rising 1916. One of the things Purcell is doing is competing with the large, established publishers — such as Penguin Ireland and Oxford University Press — who …

My “Irish Story”: On Launching an Online Community and Micropublisher from Scratch

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• A lot of people talk about taking the power of “community” and leveraging that into a publishing brand, but few do it. • Eoin Purcell of Dublin, Ireland discusses his achievements in launching “The Irish Story,” a community web site about Irish History and publishing John Dorney’s The Story of the Easter Rising 1916. Editorial by Eoin Purcell DUBLIN: …

The All-American Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize Short List!

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats The shortlist for the annual £35,000 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award features an all American cast: T.C. Boyle, Ron Rash, Robin Black, Belle Boggs, and Laura Van den Berg- and British author David Constantine. The announcement of the award’s shortlist comes amidst a flurry of heated discussion regarding Lee Siegel’s recent comments in the New York Observer that …

A List of International Epics

In News, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Yesterday, one hundred and six years ago, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus journeyed through the cobbled streets of Dublin. Well . . . sort of. Bloom and Dedalus are the famous characters from James Joyce’s Ulysses, the story of which takes place in Dublin on a single day — June 16, 1904. Each year on that date, fans …