Lara Ehrlich discusses “Animal Wife” with Amber Sparks

Animal Wife is composed of fifteen stories unified by girls and women seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. They address the complexities of transitioning from innocence to experience and take on the anxiety of motherhood. The majority of the stories are set in an off-kilter version of our world, where the fantastical can exist side by side with—and reveal the absurdities of—the mundane. They often include monsters, mothers, and monstrous mothers.

Lee Child, with contributors Joyce Carol Oates and David L. Ulin, discusses “The Nicotine Chronicles”

In recent years, nicotine has become as verboten as many hard drugs. The literary styles in this volume are as varied as the moral quandaries herein, and the authors have successfully unleashed their incandescent imaginations on the subject matter, fashioning an immensely addictive collection.Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine’s scintillating alter egos.

Virtual Reading – Writing for Life: An Anthology

Nervous Ghost Press presents a YouTube Live reading of its anthology Writing for Life.
Writing for Life is a collection of poetry and stories written by individuals who share a common theme even though in the outside world they may as well be as different as night and day. That is the power of writing. It brings quarreling families together, unites those of us who are on different sides of the political spectrum, and it reminds us all that we have trauma we share. This anthology, at its core, is meant to connect us by our most primal of instincts: survival.

Shruti Swamy, in conversation with Rachel Khong, discusses “A House Is a Body: Stories”

Dreams collide with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth with identity in the twelve arresting stories of A House Is a Body. In “Earthly Pleasures,” a young painter living alone in San Francisco begins a secret romance with one of India’s biggest celebrities, and desire and ego are laid bare. In “A Simple Composition,” a husband’s professional crisis leads to his wife’s discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy.