No schism occurs without a few pangs and regrets, of course. The animals had heretical ideas, but sometimes they seemed herer than we were. Maybe it was because bits and bytes flew over their heads. Maybe the animals were only ever going to listen to someone who spoke in moons and stars. Of course we never would have stooped to that, pandering to wallabies and penguins, handing out stars like handing out candy. If only there had been some river that could have washed all that magic off, all that moonshine, without washing them away as well.
A Lucky Man | APS No. 22
Jamel Brinkley's debut collection A Lucky Man, from Graywolf + A Public Space, is a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Jamel debuted in the pages of A Public Space, and to celebrate the National Book Awards ceremony tonight, we're revisiting his book's title story from APS No. 22.
December 6 at the Montauk Club
We are pleased to announce the Deborah Pease Prize. Named in honor of A Public Space’s founding benefactor, the prize honors a figure who has advanced the art of literature. In recognition of his thirtieth anniversary as the host and guiding spirit of the radio program Bookworm—where he has reinvented the art of literary conversation—the inaugural prize will be awarded to Michael Silverblatt on December 6. Join us.
New work by our new class of Fellows
Discover the work of the 2018 Fellows in APS No. 27: Deborah Taffa's memoir of growing up amid the "toughness rooted in pain" on the Yuma Reservation; LaToya Watkins's story about a mother and daughter in the same room only because of a death, and who share "hell and hardness;" and Bruna Dantas Lobato's novel excerpt about a college student who moves from northeast Brazil to Boston, a place of "snow, storms, and sparse clouds."