No Cause for Alarm

I’ve been battling some nagging health issues the last few months — nothing too serious, promise — and I’m behind on many varieties of correspondence and important work. If I owe you an email reply or even some work, I’m back to work now, rolling up my sleeves, trying to catch up as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and forebearance!

Italian Translation for Praying Drunk and In the Devil’s Territory in 2016/17

baldini-castoldiSome good news: Milan-based publisher Baldini & Castoldi has acquired translation rights to Praying Drunk and In the Devil’s Territory. The books will be available to Italian readers in 2016 and 2017.

Amazon Best Books of 2014

KyleMinorandPrayingDrunk2014-amazon-editors-best-books-pick1I’m happy that Praying Drunk made the Amazon Best Books of 2014 list for short stories, alongside such heroes as Lorrie Moore, Margaret Atwood, and Donald Antrim.

Trying to Remember

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I’m trying to remember what my grandfather looked like when he was alive and I knew him, but all I have to work from is a photograph taken before my mother was born. Is he on his way to hellraise or to declare whatever sounded enough like undying love to get the yes and the ring? I’m imagining hard and writing hard and drawing hard but I can’t bring him back.

Powell’s Best Story Collections of the 21st Century (So Far)

landing-short-list-2014Praying Drunk was selected as one of Powell’s “Best Short Story Collections of the 21st Century (So Far),” keeping some good company: Junot Diaz, Roberto Bolano, Lorrie Moore, Wells Tower, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Karen Russell, George Saunders, Jess Walter, Lydia Davis, Ben Marcus, David Foster Wallace, and Donald Ray Pollock.

Some Unsolicited Advice for Young Writers

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Some unsolicited advice for young writers: There is probably something weird about you, about what you want to do, about how you want to do it. You’re probably not pulling it off yet. But the one piece of advice you should immediately ignore is the suggestion that you shear off the rough edges, regularize, de-complicate, become like whatever the advisor thinks everybody ought to be. Don’t do that. Be yourself. Be weird. Be singular. When the time comes, the thing that will lodge your work in the mind and heart of the readers for whom it will mean so much is the thing that right now is causing people to say the crippling words: No. Don’t. Can’t. Stop.

- Kyle Minor

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