Dzanc Books/CNC DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal - June 30 - July 12, 2013
We're pleased to announce that Catriona Wright of Toronto, Ontario is the winner of the third annual Dzanc Books / Guernica International Literary Award for her short story “Veils”! It was a hard call this year, with even more entries than last year of an extremely high caliber.
In addition, four North American writers of Luso descent were awarded full scholarships to attend DISQUIET 2013 through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation, with partial scholarships awarded to finalists and semi-finalists. The 2013 scholarship winners are:
Chris Arnold (fiction)
One final reminder: If you'll be in Boston for AWP, please come out to alum and Luso-Am writer Brian Sousa's launch, hosted by DISQUIET and several other fine intl. literary orgs, for his novel Almost Gone. Reading followed by drinks and lots of people who love Lisbon (and St. Petersburg, Russia, and Vilnius, Lithuania by the way, among others). What more do you need? See here for details: http://www.facebook.com/events/286443804815746/
DISQUIET will host the AWP launch for Brian Sousa's Almost Gone in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Review, Tagus Press, and others. The event begins at 3 PM, Thursday, March 7 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. More details here. If you're in town for AWP or any other reason, I hope you'll join us!
We're happy to announce that Sam Lipsyte will be joining us as a guest writer in Lisbon for Disquiet 2013! Lipsyte is the author of the story collection Venus Drive and three novels: The Ask, a New York Times Notable book for 2010, The Subject Steve and Home Land, also a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the first annual Believer Book Award. His new collection of stories, The Fun Parts, will be published in March.
I think there’s something to that idea of taking someone out of the usual street-vernacular, putting them in a totally different environment that shakes them up. And I think that’s an essential element in learning to write. You need to be shaken up.
Disquiet 2012 alum Mikey Angelo Rumore interviews director Jeff Parker about Disquiet and the importance of being unsettled for Guernica, here.
Disquiet alum Julia Lichtblau's essay on the economic crisis in Portugal, "Uncommon Indicators" was published in The Common this summer. Congratulations, Julia! You can read it here.