Post-Hurricane Help in Haiti

The BBC reported today that over 800 people have lost their lives in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It is difficult to know how to be helpful from a distance, but those I trust who have lived many years in Haiti always suggest that if you’d like to offer a donation, it is best to give to someone small and local and accountable.

A suggestion from my friend Michael Deibert, who has spent many years living and reporting in Haiti: “I recommend Fonkoze and FOKAL, perhaps not directly hurricane related, but local orgs that work to alleviate the structural ills that lead to so much loss of life at moments like these.”

New Interview at the Arkansas International

I did an interview with the Arkansas International, the new magazine out of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. Check out their debut print issue, too, which features a new excerpt from my not-yet-published novel The Sexual Lives of Missionaries.

Best American Mystery Stories 2015

9780544526754My first post-Praying Drunk story, “A Kidnapping in Koulev-Ville,” is included in Best American Mystery Stories 2015edited by James Patterson and Otto Penzler.

New York Times Book Review

29MINOR-facebookJumbo 51fMvrpix5L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
I reviewed Kirstin Valdez Quade’s Night at the Fiestas for the New York Times Book Review.

Story Prize Spotlight Award

1529805_10101069239273207_6703271661836476615_oSpotlight award-blue

Just heard the good news that Praying Drunk was chosen the winner the Story Prize Spotlight Award, by former O. Henry Prize Stories editor Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey. The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in New York, at the New School Auditorium, on March 4.