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Story 366 reviews “Scavengers”

May 15: “Scavengers” by Becky Hagenston

Fiction Spotlight on Memorious Blog

Fiction Spotlight: Becky Hagenston

Review of Scavengers in The Clarion-Ledger

Permafrost 2015 Book Prize in Fiction

Scavengers has been chosen by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the Permafrost Book Prize and will be published by the University of Alaska Press in 2016. Permafrost 2015 Book Prize in Fiction

Contributor Interview with Mid-American Review

MAR Asks, Becky Hagenston Answers | Mid-American Review Blog

"The Upside-Down World" will appear in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015.

"The Upside-Down World," which originally appeared in Subtropics, has been chosen for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015.

Crooked Letter Interview

James Madison Redd interviews Becky Hagenston on the Prairie Schooner blog for his Crooked Letter Interview Series: What Do we Need to Believe to Make Sense of the World? An Interview with Becky Hagenston by James Madison Redd

"Midnight, Licorice, Shadow" at Stories on Stage

Actress Victoria Goldblatt read "Midnight, Licorice, Shadow" at Stories on Stage, Sacramento Poetry Center. Check out the video of the performance.

Becky Interviewed by Author Katrina Denza

Author Katrina Denza asks Becky questions about her story collections, the writing process, and what she is up to next in her blog titled Katrina Denza: Illuminate; Ruminate; Create.

Strange Weather named Indie Pick by Andrew's Book Club

Andrew's Book Club is maintained by Andrew Scott, the author of Modern Love, a story chapbook. His stories and interviews with fiction writers appear in Esquire, Glimmer Train Stories, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. He teaches at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and lives in Indianapolis with his wife, the writer Victoria Barrett, where they co-edit Freight Stories, an online fiction quarterly.

Strange Weather available for pre-order from Press 53

Strange Weather, stories by Becky Hagenston

Ends Monday, March 22
Books ship Early April
Visit to order your copy now, signed by the author!

Advance Praise for Strange Weather

“With extraordinary wit and understanding and stunning emotional accuracy, not to mention an uncanny ability to track which way the wind blows, Becky Hagenston trains a weather eye on those most unstable of fronts—human beings in their dealings with each other. Smart work from a smart writer.”

—Janet Peery
author of What the Thunder Said

“The sensibility overseeing these fine stories is curious, clever, quick, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The world contained between the covers of Strange Weather is both realistic and magical, silly and sublime, 'romance and raunch. Just like real life.' When a character working a desk job in a toxic chemical plant announces wistfully that 'nothing's blown up,' the reader completely understands her itch for disaster, for the explosion that threatens. Hagenston truly relishes the human urge for trouble that resides just next to the equally human instinct for comfort. Her liars are among the most truthful characters I've encountered in a long while.”

—Antonya Nelson
author of Some Fun and Female Trouble

Strange Weather is just the right title for Becky Hagenston's terrific new story collection. The characters and stories herein are changeable, unpredictable in the extreme: tender as brand new love in one moment, mean as life the next; realistic in one story, fantastical in another. Just when you think you've got these characters and their messed up lives pegged, they do something wonderful, or awful, or both, to utterly surprise you, and often themselves. A wonderful book.”

—Brock Clarke
author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England