I have a new website, www.LynneBarrett.com and you can find lots of details about upcoming appearances there.
I'll be teaching at the FGCU Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Nov.
My new collection of short stories, Magpies, was published Sept. 2011 by Carnegie Mellon University Press, and has won the Gold Medal for General Fiction in the Florida Book Awards. For more info., please go to my new website:
Publishers Weekly review.
"Barrett portrays adult lives with minimal flourishes and a powerful command of setting. Florida is electric with the tension of "all that can happen"--hurricanes, sinkholes, and a boom-and-bust history. It becomes as eerie as it is richly imagined..."
My piece on The Story Prize blog.
"It is entirely impossible to predict what you’re going to get when you start a Lynne Barrett story: a taut tale of adultery and murder, a wry evocation of romance amid the dot.com bubble, a gossip columnist who spits toads. What you do know is that you’ll keep reading—for the vibrant prose, the keen insights, and the remarkable depth of feeling. Magpies is a stone cold triumph."
—Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life
"Lynne Barrett belongs in the top tier of short-story writers in America today. Her unforgettable characters, poker-face wit, and sly plots make for an intensely enjoyable experience. The title story should be snapped up by anthologies. Barrett’s male characters are every bit as believable as her female characters, and the breadth of detail is both natural and mind-expanding. You want to read her work: it’s hilarious-funny and sophisticated-funny and moving-funny, and withal shines a clarity that comes from the subtle beauty of her sentences."
—Kelly Cherry, author of The Woman Who
I guest-edited a volume of Tigertail, A South Florida Annual, which focuses on flash forms: prose poems, flash fiction and flash nonfiction. The collection came out in October. More on Tigertail: Florida Flash on the Tigertail website.
An e-book version of Delta Blues, with my story "Blues for Veneece," is now available.
The Review Review published my essay, "What Editors Want," and it "went viral." As editor Becky Tuch reported in their weekly newsletter: "Over at The Review Review, things have been more than a little insane. For one thing, Lynne Barrett's article ... "What Editors Want..." spread around the globe and back, earning us coverage in the L.A. Times and The New Yorker. Yeah, we were pretty excited."
"Black Velvet" is in the inaugural issue of The Written Wardrobe, which is housed within the Modcloth website. I got to attend the launch party at Chef Ike's Mambo Room, during the AWP in Washington, D.C.
"Alchemy," a short short from a series I'm working on, all set in the same slightly magical neighborhood, has been published in the online magazine Pig in a Poke.
My reading of "Macy is the Other Woman" is in the great audio literary magazine The Drum
Night Train Magazine.
Kristi Peterson Schoonover blogged about the story here. (Best to read the story first!)
"Blues for Veneece" is included in the Tyrus Books anthology Delta Blues, edited by Carolyn Haines, with an introduction by Morgan Freeman. A percentage of the receipts for this book go to assist the Rock River Foundation in its work for literacy in Mississippi.
The launch weekend included a reception hosted by the Delta Writers chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild, and an awards ceremony for a writing competition for high school students where the winners were thrilled not only with their awards but with the presence of Morgan Freeman.
I sang a couple of numbers with the authors' blues band, The Blues Muse, as well as being a Boomette backup singer at the launch for Delta Blues, March 27, 2010 at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. One number is now up on YouTube.
Billy Howell's interview with me about my Delta Blues story and the anthology, as well as coverage of the launch events, at the Clarksdale Press Register.
Emily Bingham of U. South Alabama interviewed me on writing and my story "Blues for Veneece." The interview is online.
Sun-Herald review of Delta Blues here.
My short story "When, He Wondered" appeared in March/April 2010 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.