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Let me admit it: I don’t understand most of what goes on in a poetry reading.- Jay Bates, editor of A River & Sound Review
The Review Review
Greetings lovely lit-lovers,

With so many book festivals on the horizon, we thought we'd offer you something different today. Below is
a round-up of all the amazing festivals coming up in the next few months. Many of these are free and in a city near you, so grab a pen and get ready to mark your calendars!

On the northeast: Berkshire WordFest (9/14-9/16), "a biennial celebration of words and ideas in one of the most beautiful settings in the Berkshires"; The Boston Book Festival (10/27), featuring Richard Ford as keynote speaker; The Brattleboro Literary Festival (10/12-10/14), "a three-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves"; The Brooklyn Book Festival (9/17-9/23), "the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors."; The Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ (10/11-10/14), "widely acknowledged as the largest poetry event in North America".

In the south: The Kentucky Book Fair (11/10), "Kentucky's premier literary event and one of the largest of its kind in the nation"; the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. (9/22-9/23), featuring "More than 100 authors, illustrators and poets"; The Louisiana Book Festival (10/27), a "national award winning event [offering] unique opportunities for booklovers of all ages to interact with exceptional writers"; The Miami Book Fair (11/16-18), an "eight-day book party [drawing] hundreds of thousands of book lovers to downtown Miami"; The Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN (10/12-14), "a free event that offers readers and writers an opportunity to interact"; The West Virginia Book Festival (10/13-14), "a two-day event that celebrates the Mountain State’s writers and brings authors from across the nation to Charleston"; The Crossroads Writers Conference & Festival in Macon, GA (10/5-10/7), "proud to bring hundreds of writers together", featuring talks, panels, readings, a book fair, and musical performances.

Midwest: The Chicago Humanities Festival (10/14, 21 & 11/1-11/11), a festival to honor writers in history, philosophy, literature, science & technology, and public affairs; Wisconsin Book Festival (11/7-11/11), "the state's largest literary festival, drawing thousands of attendees annually".

Northwest: Montana Festival of the Book (10/4-10/6), "one of the biggest cultural events in the Northwest"; Nature of Words Literary Festival in Bend, Oregon (11/7-11/11), "five days of readings, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and a gala author dinner"; Wordstock in Portland, Oregon (10/13-10/14), featuring "seven author stages; a book fair with over 125 exhibitors; a special children’s activity area and children’s literature stage; a series of workshops for emerging writers; over a week’s worth of special events".

Southwest: Vegas Valley Book Festival (11/1-11/3), "expected to draw over 10,000 people for an exciting mix of readings, panel discussions, workshops, book signings, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special events"; The Texas Book Festival (10/27-10/28), "one of the premier literary events in the country"; Utah Humanities Book Festival (10/20), sponsored by The Utah Humanities Council.

Canada: International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (10/18-10/28), "the world's best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, and public book signings".

Wowie zowie, that's a lot of book festivals!

Meanwhile, over at The Review Review, we've been reviewing lit mags like nobody's biznis! This week we take a look at four journals: the wonderfully eclectic Monkeybicycle, the joyfully gargantuan Paterson Literary Review, the emotionally wrenching Dogwood, and the narratively compelling Ledge. Our interview features the knuckleheaded wisecracks of Jay Bates (
that charming fella up there to your right), Michael Schmeltzer, and Meghan McCLure, the hilarious editors of A River & Sound Review . And our publishing tip is a round-up of writing centers by the extraordinary Justine Tal Goldberg: "Classrooms of Our Own: America's Best Writing Centers".

Plus we've got August classifieds up for one week longer. And only one week left to try your hand at Lit Mag Trivia and win a year's subscription to the marvelous Granta!

And that, you gorgeous bashful plot-builders and word-charmers, is the news in lit mags.

Have a most exquisite week filled with all the wonderings and inquiries that make you such critical thinkers, such subtle mappers of interior life. 

Fondly,
Becky

"Enough With the Effing Careerism"
Interview with Jay Bates & Michael Schmeltzer & Meghan McClure, Editor of A River & Sound Review

Serious literature, immature staff. A River & Sound Review is an online journal that features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and humor. With two issues a year, annual fiction and poetry contests which opened August 1st, plus live shows in the Pacific Northwest available to everyone via free podcast, A River & Sound Review raises the high bar on low brow.

Interview by J. Y. Hopkins

Literary Goodness Bursting From the Seams
Review of Monkeybicycle, Summer 2012 by Christopher McCormick
Conventional (i.e. not experimental), 
Quirky
Review of The Ledge, Summer 2012 by 
Sally Bunch
Conventional (i.e. not experimental),

By Justine Tal Goldberg

The concept of the writing center is not a new one. Dedicated spaces for writers to educate and collaborate were popping up around the turn of the 20th century and became widely accepted...
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