Crooked Letter Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed, but what a year! Take a look back at the authors Redd has interviewed who have lived in the Crooked Letter state. His year-in-review post recollects the conversations featured on the Prairie Schooner blog, but, of course, there are others: Michael Farris Smith in the New Orleans Review and Chris Offutt  in the Oxford American. Find out exciting about the next year in conversation, too.

Review of The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos

James Madison Redd reviews Crooked Letter author, Michael Kardos’s mystery/thriller/literary novel, The Three-Day Affair. The Southern Correspondent agrees with Publisher’s Weekly that this is a must read. He claims this novel’s three endings as a “trifecta.” Finally claiming, “Bet on this novel to win you over.” Check out the review on the Prairie Schooner Blog.

You can check out Redd’s interview earlier this month with Kardos too.

Poet Catherine Pierce to be Featured in Crooked Letter

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Poet Catherine Pierce has agreed to be the 3rd author featured in James Madison Redd’s Crooked Letter Interview Series, which will be posted on the Prairie Schooner Blog. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012) and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), and of a chapbook, Animals of Habit (Kent State 2004). You can check out some of her poetry at Blackbird.

You can view Redd’s previous interview in the series with novelist Michael Kardos also on the Prairie Schooner Blog. To find out more about the Crooked Letter Series, a semi-monthly series featuring interviews and reviews of contemporary Mississippi authors, click on the About link on the left-hand side of this webpage.

I Just Write What I Want to Read: Redd’s Interview with Kardos on Schooner Blog

Ever worried whether what you wrote was literary or genre? Novelist Michael Kardos discusses this issue in more detail with James Madison Redd. The excerpted interview titled “I Just Write What I Want to Read” currently appears on the Prairie Schooner’s Blog. Follow this link to reach the interview: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=blog/i-just-write-what-i-want-read

Michael Kardos, the critically-acclaimed author of the novel The Three-Day Affair and the award-winning story collection One Last Good Time, is the second author featured in the Crooked Letter Interview Series created by the Prairie Schooner‘s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.

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Mike Kardos to be Second Author Featured in Redd’s Crooked Letter Interview Series

In September 2012, Michael Kardos, the critically-acclaimed author of the novel The Three-Day Affair and the award-winning story collection One Last Good Time,  will be the second author featured in the Crooked Letter Interview Series created by the Prairie Schooner‘s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. The excerpted interview will appear in the Prairie Schooner’s Blog. See the first interview of the series with poet Derrick Harriell here.

Praise for Three-Day Affair:

“I dare you to pick up The Three-Day Affair and read a page or two and then put it down. It can’t be done. With a combination of dread and glee I tore through this book and was sorry when it was over.”
     –Tom Franklin, Edgar Award-winner and author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

LATEST NEWS:
Kirkus Reviews names The Three-Day Affair one of its Top 25 books of September.
Publishers Weekly names The Three-Day Affair one of the best books of the fall.
Kirkus Reviews gives The Three-Day Affair a Starred Review.

Kardos’s short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewCrazyhorsePrairie SchoonerBlackbirdPleiadesPRISM international, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were cited as notable stories in the 2009, 2010, and 2012 editions of Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an assistant professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Look for updates on Facebook and the Schooner Blog later this month. In the meantime, check out his new thriller, The Three-Day Affair and his website: http://michaelkardos.com