categories: Cocktail Hour
Here’s a chance to see great writers reading great work while celebrating the release of Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon
from Ecotone’s First Decade
Next week in Boston:
Ecotone magazine and its sister imprint, Lookout Books, celebrate the
publication of Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon
from Ecotone’s First Decade at Doyle’s Café in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday,
April 8 at 8 p.m. Featured storytellers include award-winning Boston
writer Steve Almond, as well as Bill Roorbach (no introductions, or links, neccesary), author of Life Among
Giants, and writing coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Matthew Neill Null.
The event, which is free, brings together some of the country’s most vibrant fiction writers with Ecotone editors and readers to listen, laugh, discuss, eat, drink, and trade tales that explore the anthology¹s themes of risk and abandon. Ask the best question, and win a free copy. A signing will follow.
3484 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain
Tuesday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Regularly recognized as Boston’s best bar and restaurant, Doyle’s offers a
mix of good food, good talk, and good people. It is located in the Jamaica
Plain neighborhood, accessible by the Orange line and close to the Sam
Adams Brewery. Nearest transit: Green Street (Orange Line)
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And in New York City next Monday:
Readings and a conversation with Ecotone contributors David Means, Maggie
Shipstead, and Douglas Watson
Ecotone magazine’s award-winning contributors David Means, Maggie Shipstead, and Douglas Watson will read from their stories in the recently published Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade (Lookout Books, 2014) and will join Ecotone editors in a conversation about writing and publishing in the digital age, based on Ben Fountain’s foreword to the collection. The event takes place Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7 p.m., at The Center for Fiction in New York.
The post-reading conversation will focus on how technology affects writing and literature‹and the short story in particular. How important is the
concept of place in an age when our physical location is largely irrelevant as long as we’re within cord’s length of a power source and
range of Wi-Fi? Are digital resources essential to conduct and organize research? How do Twitter and Facebook influence our thinking and
writing processes? Do they help us reach readers, or is social media a distraction? As Ben Fountain writes, “In the end we have to return to our
bodies, to the not-virtual and non-digital, to the funk, gunk, and friction of the natural world. More than ever, we need an understanding of
place, because we’re wandering so far.”
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