KIRKUS REVIEW *STARRED REVIEW PRAYING DRUNK, by Kyle Minor An award-winning short fiction author offers 12 stories so ripe with realism as to suggest a roman à clef. “In a Distant Country” is the most affecting, ringing with the haunted truths of Shakespearean tragedy—a missionary in Haiti, his teenage bride, the Duvaliers overthrown, his death, herContinue reading “STARRED REVIEW FOR PRAYING DRUNK IN KIRKUS”

Praying Drunk (shot glasses) in the L.A. Times

My beloved publisher and publicist commissioned these beautiful Praying Drunk shot glasses as a way to promote the book, and yesterday Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece about them titled “How to make sure a book has a shot at getting noticed“: Minor’s work has been widely published — in “BestContinue reading “Praying Drunk (shot glasses) in the L.A. Times”


Happy to announce the 𝗣𝗥𝗔𝗬𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗗𝗥𝗨𝗡𝗞 𝗭𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗗𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿, 𝗦𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟰, coming to a city near you: January 23, Seattle, WA, American Booksellers Association Winter Institute, 6 pm. January 30-31, Elizabethtown, PA, Elizabethtown College, Thursday 4pm craft talk & 8 pm reading; Friday morning class visit. February 7, 2014, Provo, UT, Brigham Young University, Friday Reading Series, noonContinue reading “Praying Drunk ZERO DOLLAR TOUR”

First Praying Drunk Review is In!

Praying Drunk isn’t out until February 2014, but the first review is already in, from Publishers Weekly, which calls it a “dazzling, emotional, funny, captivating puzzle.” I’m happy with that! An excerpt: “Similar to a great magic trick, the 13 stories in Minor’s (In the Devil’s Territory) latest lure reader investment with strong visuals whileContinue reading “First Praying Drunk Review is In!”

Unbound: Fiction on the Radio

Louisville Public Media invited me to read my story “The Question of Where We Begin” for the inaugural season of Unbound: Fiction on the Radio, produced by Erin Keane. The episode, titled “Alternate Histories,” debuted on June 21. It also includes a story by Tania James and music by Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) andContinue reading “Unbound: Fiction on the Radio”

Mission Creek Music Festival, etc.

Worldwide hero Kristen Radtke sent this picture from my Mission Creek Music Festival reading at the Clinton Street Social Club in Iowa City last Friday night, which was sponsored by Jim Beam, believe it or not. Maybe the free-flowing whiskey had something to do with the warm reception from a sweet-natured crowd I’d happily takeContinue reading “Mission Creek Music Festival, etc.”