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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.
               

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

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Date: Aug 11th, 2014
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Omaha Public Library recently announced that Karen Gettert Shoemaker's new novel The Meaning of Names is the 2014 Omaha Reads Selection!

Each year, Omaha Public Library encourages the community to join together in reading one book as part of the Omaha Reads campaign. This year, the centennnial of the First World War, they have chosen Karen's book based on its powerful examination of the sacrifice and violence for which the war is remembered.

Karen will speak at the German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St., on Wednesday, September 3, 6:30-8 p.m. in the South Hall. She will discuss her book, and copies will be available for purchase and signing following a Q&A session. This free event is open to the public. More information is available here.

Congratulations, Karen!


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A Little Bird Told Me: Summer Updates from Ron Carlson


This afternoon, our sneak peak at the upcoming fall titles continues with Ron Carlson, whose new collection, The Blue Box, is available August 19th. Ron’s release date is just under a week away; until then, keep reading to learn a bit about the ways in which The Blue Box transcends genre, how Ron’s work has changed over time, and more!

Carlson bw white border1. Are you a social writer? Who do you trust to read the earliest drafts of your work?

Many times with my fiction I’ll finish a story and then have a colleague or friend read the work and offer nudges left and right, notions for a polish. With the pieces in The Blue Box, I learned to be careful because when I’d read one of them or show something to a friend, the reaction was often an expression I’ve seen many times which seems to say: what was that? Did I hear you correctly? When you get that look printed on someone’s face before you, you’ve got to ask: isn’t that what you were after?  I don’t think I’ve answered your question, except to say it’s been fun putting this book together.

2. Do you have a favorite place to go and work on your writing?

I write mostly in a small room with a big window in a building behind my house, but any place will do.  Best would be the front seat of a parked car with the doors all open and the horizon at thirty miles.

3. Which authors or poets were you reading while working on your upcoming release?

All of my prolific students, new and old—and fiction primarily.

4. Biggest challenge while writing The Blue Box

This book, like Room Service, consists of all sorts of notions, some of which are simply little stories, some attempt to be poems, some are parodies, some confounding observations, some are outcries, some are those things an old teacher would write in the back of his notebook late in the day; the challenge I suppose was to select those pieces that, while defying categories, still had some staying power.  It’s so different than writing stories or novels; these are sparks that fly off the wheel. Plus, dare I say, they were fun, many of them. I was playing around and made connections.  Regardless, I’m happy to have all of these odd notes in a single volume.

5. How has your work changed over time?

I’ve tried to get out of the way and let the story or piece have its way.

6. Please provide our blog readers with one summer reading recommendation

A book that deserves the rest of August: The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, a novel by Bob Shacochis.

7. If you could do a reading at any bookstore or venue in the world, where would you choose to read? 

The Commercial Club, Main Street (Hwy.40) in Duchesne, Utah; a big airy beer bar that hasn’t been there for twenty five years.

8. Is there anything you would like to tell your readers about your book before they pick it up this fall?

I’m happy to meet you!

 

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Ron Carlson is the author of five story collections and six novels, including Return to Oakpine and The Signal. His fiction has appeared in Harper’sThe New YorkerPlayboyGQBest American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His book of poems, Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries, & Remarks, was published by Red Hen Press in 2012. His book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely. He is the director of the writing program at the University of California at Irvine and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

The Blue Box is available now for pre-order from Red Hen Press. It will be released August 19th.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.