Fall 2014: Triple Time to be released in paperback!
February 2014: AWP Seattle panel handout
For those of you who attended my AWP panel "Rethinking Linking: Stories and Novels, Structure and Beyond" with Dylan Landis, Cliff Garstang, Mary Akers, and Imad Rahman, you may download our handout on linked books here.
June 2013: THE NEXT BIG THING
Thanks to David Schuman for tagging me for this! Here goes:
What is the working title of the book?
Where did the idea come from for the book? The initial impulse came from a dream fragment where I saw the black-and-white face of a young woman kind of superimposed over old-style European city rooftops—so I wanted to know who she might be. That, combined with a general obsession with WWII history and the legacy of German guilt and silence passed down to contemporary generations, somehow clicked with editorial work I happened to be doing related to film studies, and so the initial focus was wartime Berlin. Over time it's expanded to become a multigenerational German and American story following two sisters and other characters in the war years and beyond, in both Germany and the States.
What genre does your book fall under? It's a novel; literary fiction.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? You'd think I would have strong ideas about this given that some of my characters work in the film industry, but I don't—actually the last thing I want is to have any living person's face in mind as I write. There's a good supporting role for someone wanting to play Joseph Goebbels, though.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? Two sisters torn apart by war and ideology.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? Still working on it—I'm not a clean "first" draft writer in that I don't finish an entire piece before revising. Once I get a draft out that I feel has a complete story arc it doesn't usually need much more work, but that's because I've been writing and revising and experimenting and discarding and stalling and starting up again along the way. I wish I was a clean first-draft writer! I'm always envious of writers who seem to be able to proceed in a more or less linear fashion. Mine is the up-from-under approach, like geysers or pools, meaning that it takes me a long time to figure out what the plot is.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? I was inspired by the initial impulses I mentioned above, and also by some of the stories told (and more importantly not told) by my parents and my Berlin relatives.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? Love! War! Secrets! Nazis! Carrier pigeons! That last is an indicator of me as a kitchen-sink writer: a lot of what The Dailies depicts is the work people do, so I'm getting to explore all kinds of random interests and tidbits I've picked up here and there, and attaching them to my characters.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I'll be looking for an agency, since I didn't work with one for my story collection.
My tagged writer for next week is: Taylor Polites
Read an interview with David Schuman on the Writeliving blog, where Anne is a "misplaced person."
Fall 2012: Anne will be a visiting professor of creative writing at Texas Tech University for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.
Anne will be teaching at 24PearlStreet.org this fall—it's the new online writing program of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Click here for more information on Anne's 4-week fiction course, "Taking Charge: The World of Your Story" (Nov. 7 - Dec. 2, 2011).
February 2010: Triple Time has been released as a Kindle edition!
Read the Huffington Post short story symposium with Anne and writers Belle Boggs, Lori Ostlund, Marisa Silver, and Gina Ochsner. (And here's part one, featuring Don Lee, Richard Burgin, and Dawn Raffel.)
New work by Anne is featured in the just-launched Prime Number Magazine.
Anne discusses the writing process and Triple Time in an interview with the talented editors of Three Rivers Review.
Dossier Journal features Anne's story "Slow Stately Dance in Triple Time"—read it free here! And have a look at the other great lit, art, fashion, and culture they have on offer.
Triple Time makes the longlist for the international Frank O'Connor Short Story Award.
Triple Time is shortlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award in fiction and chosen as a "Must Read" book for 2010 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
Triple Time is the winner of the 2010 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for fiction.
Anne is awarded a 2010 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sue Harrison of the Provincetown Banner features Anne in the Arts & Entertainment section.
Read a brief, fun Q&A with Anne on the Massachusetts Cultural Council's ArtSake blog.
"The Grand Tour" from Triple Time is the winner of the Chicago Tribune's 2009 Nelson Algren Award.
"Pioneer" from Triple Time is featured in ForeWord Magazine's Book Club.
Read an article about Anne by Melanie Lauwers in the Cape Cod Times.
Jordan Streussnig interviews Anne for the Pitt News.
Triple Time wins the 2009 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Here is an electronic press kit and a single-page press release. For more information about Anne and book and Triple Time please visit the University of Pittsburgh Press.