This morning, as I lay in bed doing my wake-up Instagram scroll (ugh, I know), I came across a happy reminder of what happened on this day five years ago: Emma Straub’s novella, Fly-Over State, was published. It was the first novella published by Flatmancrooked, back when Nouvella was still a tickling in its fallopian tubes. Now she’s New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and one of the summer’s biggest hits, The Vacationers. It’s been such a thrill to see such a talented, big-hearted author meet this kind of success and we look forward to whatever is in store for her next (our guess is that Rafa Nadal is going to write her a fan letter).
In the spirit of Fly-Over State’s 5th birthday, I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know what’s new with our authors since their novellas have come out. Included in the mix are a National Jewish Book Award, an appearance on The Colbert Report, another New York Times Bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of December pick, and many forthcoming novels. They’re a damn impressive bunch (we’re looking at you, Alyssa Knickerbocker, Edan Lepucki, Matthew Salesses, Daniel Torday, Panio Gianopoulos and Derek Palacio). Heartiest of cheers to our authors past and future, and to our readers, for whom we are forever grateful. Stay tuned!
More than a dozen writers are auctioning off books, coffee dates, even characters’ names.
Lauren Groff is leading a fundraising campaign for Planned Parenthood, enlisting Emma Straub, Edan Lepucki, Aimee Bender, Jennine Capo Crucet, Laura van den Berg, Roxane Gay, Meg Wolitzer and others to participate in The Choice Auction. Lauren Groff will read 400 pages of your manuscript! Edan Lepucki will name a character after you in her next novel! Roxane Gay will give you three signed books plus BAKED GOODS! Jami Attenberg will go on a coffee date with you! Tons of other incredible prizes for a worthy cause. Go here to check it out.
These women, you guys. THESE WOMEN.
"CW 5007 You’re Just Going to Have a Flat Butt Now, Sorry
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Would absolutely sign up for all of these classes. Rebecca Makkai making us laugh, per usual, over at the Ploughshares blog!
7. She was beautiful, elegant. Like a tall clear glass filled with raw pasta.
—If White Characters Were Described Like People of Color in Literature via Buzzfeed.
HAHA. I die.
How strange it was that a dream, once realized, could quickly turn mundane.
—Maggie Shipstead, Astonish Me (via vintageanchorbooks)
Well, this is just everything.