DePaul Alum (MAWP ’09), Rita Leganski wrote a short story for Professor Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009. The story was turned into a novel that was acquired by Harper Collins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts tomorrow, February 26th!
It was selected as the “March Indie Next Pick” by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the “April Next Pick” by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an “Adult Book for Teens” and is listed in Academic One File. Furthermore, Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a “Book of the Month Club” selection.
Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday February 27th at 7:00 p.m. Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL.
Professor Christine Sneed‘s new novel, Little Known Facts, appeared in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. If you’re interested in more about the novel, she received acclaim from NYT reviewer, Curtis Sittenfield. He writes that her work is “Impressive. . . hypnotic. . . hard to put down. . . . Little Known Facts is juicy enough to appeal to our prurience but smart enough not to make us feel dirty afterward…. Sneed is such a gifted writer… Her depiction of both proximity to celebrity and celebrity itself had me totally convinced.” Congratulations, Professor Sneed!