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Help 15 Authors Finish a Short Story on Goodreads

Ever wish you could help your favorite novelist finish writing a story?

Over at Goodreads, a team of authors played a game of exquisite corpse and wrote part of a short story together. Participating authors included Charles Yu, Robin Sloan, Anne Lamott and Ally Condie. Now you can help them finish the story:

What’s the best way to celebrate May’s National Short Story Month? With a brand-new short story, of course! We’ve enlisted 15 brave and brilliant authors, starting with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, for a bout of Exquisite Corpse—the classic parlor game popularized by the Surrealists, wherein each participant continues a story based only on the previous person’s lines. All of the writers are seeing the full story for the first time with this post, but our Internet experiment isn’t over. Last up was the legendary Margaret Atwood, and now it’s your turn. Keep the game going in the comments section!

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Writing Advice from Anne Lamott

Author Anne Lamott and her son Sam Lamott kicked off the book tour for Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son at Barnes & Noble Union Square this week.

The mother and son co-wrote the memoir, chronicling Sam’s first year as a father. It is a sequel to Anne’s 1993 memoir, Operating Instructions: A Journal Of My Son’s First Year. The mother-son duo performed a “duet”–Anne read two sections she wrote and Sam did the same.

During the event, Anne confessed that she does not always enjoy the writing process. Regardless of her feelings, she maintains a steady work schedule of writing five days a week. When Q&A time came, she shared the following tips:

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Last Sunday I test drove Mother’s Day. I had to. I live in a fraternity as the lone female in a house with two teen-aged boys and a husband. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I thought it best to provide a subtle hint for a gift I would really like this year. They can skip the electronics and hold the Jean Nate drugstore cologne. I want a book. I went to the local bookstore and kindly made this list for them.

When I picture my men folk in a book shop, stumped by all that bound paper, I know they will need my help in the same way only I can home in on lost iPods and cell phones. I have real fear about what they could bring home. On the Mother’s Day display table I saw this tome, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother. Guys, if that comes into the house, you three are toast. And, a special shout out to the sixteen-year-old: No, I will not enjoy the complete transcripts of South Park, even if it exists. (Hedging my bet here…)

I know my guys will select a book for me based on its cover and a peak at the back ad or flaps. So, like a fluke entranced by a lure, I swam the main aisles and combed the endcaps to create this list of what caught my eye and why. Dudes: it doesn’t get any easier than this to make The Mother (or T’Mo, on text messaging) happy on Sunday.

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Lamott Disinvited, then Invited to Speak in Omaha

Anne Lamott has been speaking around the country to packed houses for years, and so it wasn’t a surprise that Creighton University in Omaha would invite her to speak at the Joslyn Art Museum on September 19. But last Friday, the Omaha World Herald reports, the University decided to disinvite her after learning of an essay in which she helped a cancer-ridden friend die. University officials decided that Lamott’s views were inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, university spokeswoman Kathryn Clark said. “We have decided that the key points she makes are in opposition to Catholic teaching,” Clark said. “That makes her an inappropriate choice.”

But considering the essay was written ten years ago, and Lamott had no plans to talk of assisted suicide or abortion (another subject deemed too hot) then what was the problem? The disconnect helped spark outrage in Omaha among booksellers and university attendees, but it also spurred the Holland Performing Arts Center to step in. So yes, Lamott will be speaking in Omaha on September 19 after all. The kicker? The Holland Center holds 2,000 people, which will allow more people to hear Lamott. Seating at Joslyn would have allowed about 1,200 to attend. “Anne Lamott’s writing has just meant a great deal to me,” said the Rev. Nancy Brink of North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who stepped in upon hearing of the cancellation. “I think she really connects with average people who struggle with meaning and real life.”

Anne Lamott’s Unlikely Faith

Novelist Anne Lamott chats with the Boston Herald’s Lauren Beckham Falcone on the occasion of her new book, GRACE (EVENTUALLY): THOUGHTS ON FAITH. She’d been feeling tense of late about touring prospects for the book but the recent midterm elections brightened her mood, as does the possibility of reaching readers with her ruminations on a faith-based life she struggled hard to reach. “I think a lot of the stuff I write is recognizable to people,” she said to Falcone. “I write about the stuff I am really struggling with, the stuff I believe is universal. I think people feel so alone and so stuck and uniquely worried and neurotic. We’re all in the same soup.”

Lamott describes herself as an “unlikely Christian” who writes “lousy first drafts” and freely admits to having a mix of confidence and neurosis. “What can you say when someone calls you with a scary or heartbreaking prognosis? You say that we don’t have to live along with our worries and losses; that all the people in their tide pool will be there for them. You say that it totally sucks, and that grace abounds. You can’t say things will be fine down the road, because that holds the spiritual authority of someone chirping ‘No worries!’ at Starbucks; or my favorite, ‘It’s all good!’ at the market. It’s SO not all good. And I’m worried sick.” But that honesty bodes well not just in life, but in publishing, too…