In this installment of This Week is Lit, we have a special announcement in addition to our regular series. Our Fiction Editor, Sara Schaff, has a new book out in the world on June 15th! The Invention of Love, published by Split Lip Press, is her second collection of short stories. All royalties from the purchase of Sara's book this month will go to Black Lives Matter. And, in honor of the book release, Split Lip is hosting a virtual launch party on Monday, June 15th at 8:00-9:00PM EST. We'll be there toasting her success and hope you will be as well! Register here!
And, if you'd like to listen to Sara talk about her book, follow this link to North Country Public Radio's interview with here. You can also check out some of her latest work here with fiction at Kenyon Review and The Missouri Review or her latest essay at Gay Magazine.
At Saranac Review, we are interested in the impact of nonfiction. We encourage you to tell your own story. But perhaps more importantly, we encourage you to listen to other people tell theirs, because lived experiences are meaningful.
Next Monday, June 15, at 8:00pm, Memoir Monday will host a reading via Zoom. Memoir Monday is collaborative quarterly reading event and weekly newsletter founded by Narratively, The Rumpus, Catapult, Longreads, Granta, and Guernica.You can pre-register for the event, which will feature readings from Meredith Talusan, Matt Ortile, Marcia Trahan, and Jessica Rotondi.
Meredith Tulusan is a critically acclaimed journalist and writer. Her recent, Fairest: A Memoir (2020) has received praise from such tycoons as The New York Times and Boston Globe. Oprah named Fairest one of the most anticipated releases of 2020. Learn more about Tulusan—or nab a copy of her memoir—here: http://mtalusan.com/.
Matt Ortile is the author of the collection of essays The Groom Will Keep His Name (2020). Published last week, Ortile describes the book as a memoir of “unlearning colonialism and racist love.” He is a graduate of Vassar College and the founder of BuzzFeed Philippines. He now serves as the managing editor of Catapult.
Marcia Trahan is a writer and editor from South Burlington, Vermont. Her book, Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsession, launched yesterday. Her work has been published in Full Circle, Clare, Anderbo, Blood Orange Review, Connotation and more. To find out more about Trahan visit: https://marciatrahan.com/.
A Brooklyn-based writer, Jessica Pierce Rotondi is the author of What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers. Rotondi began her memoir a decade ago, and it was published this April. She is a graduate of Brown University. You can learn more about her here: http://www.jessicapearcerotondi.com/.
Catch these authors at Memoir Monday’s event on June 15th.
June 16, 6:30pm, Virtual Poetry Salon Workshop with the American Jewish Historical Society.
This workshop will be led by Lynn Melnick. You can find more information here: https://ajhs.org/virtual-poetry-salon-workshop-june-16.
June 16, 8:00pm, The Antibody with Brian Gresko.
Next week’s installment features Roy G. Guzmán, Genevieve Hudson, and Wayétu Moore. Find the Youtube live or Zoom link here: https://www.briangresko.com/the-antibody.