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Piper Celebrates Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence Xu Xi’s New Novel, “That Man in Our Lives”

UnknownWe had a wonderful time celebrating Piper Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence Xu Xi’s release of her new novel, That Man in Our Lives. The festivities were held on April 20 at the University Club on ASU’s campus. It was a congratulatory end to her residency here at the Piper House this semester. During her time here, she taught a global literature class for the ASU MFA Southeast Asia and Singapore Fellows, as well as a few undergraduate students in the Barrett Honors College. They will be connecting with her again during their stay in Hong Kong this summer. Xu Xi was also an important part of our Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference this past February.

XU XI is authUnknown-1or of ten books, most recently the novels That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press, May, 2016) and Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books, 2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize; the story collection Access Thirteen Tales (Signal 8 Press, 2011).  Forthcoming books include Interruptions (Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery/Univ. of Hawaii Press, September, 2016), a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection in conversation with photography by David Clarke; a memoir Elegy for HK (Penguin China/Australia, 2017) and Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, 2018).  She has also edited four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  From January to May, 2016, she is Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center of Creative Writing.  She is also co-founder, with author Robin Hemley, of Authors At Large, www.aalauthors.com, offering international writing retreats and workshops.  A Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong and US citizen, she currently lives between New York and Hong Kong.

YNY News – Michael Ewing Wins 2014 Emerging Writers Gateway Contest

Please join the Piper center in celebrating Michael Ewing’s first novel, Satan’s Gold, which has won first prize in the 2014 Emerging Writers Gateway Contest for best crime fiction!

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“An Audio Interview with Michael A. Stackpole” at SF Signal

  • “An Audio Interview with Michael A. Stackpole” at SF Signal

    Michael Stackpole recently sat with Timothy C. Ward at SF Signal to record a podcast interview. They discuss the recent Canvas course Michael conducted, but discuss many more topics, as the introduction explains:

    Michael and Tim also discuss how one learns to outline, examining studies in neuroplasticity and how outlines come from a strong understanding of characters. Michael discusses higher education options for aspiring authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

    The audio podcast is available to stream and to download on the SF Signal website.

Bill Konigsberg’s “Openly Straight” finalist for 2014 Walden Award

The Piper Center is proud to announce that our own YOUR NOVEL YEAR coordinator & instructor, Bill Konigsberg, has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award! The book earning the honor is Bill’s 2013 effort, Openly Straight.

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Diane Setterfield Talks Writing, Etcetera…

On November 14th, 2013, Diane Setterfield visited The Poisoned Pen Bookstore to talk about her work! Check out the video of the event…

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“Review of the Day: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson” – School Library Journal

Guest of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference, novelist Varian Johnson,  receives high praise for The Great Greene Heist.

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Bill Konigsberg’s Openly Straight Wins Sid Fleischman Humor Award

Many congratulations to our friend Bill Konigsberg, whose young adult novel, Openly Straight, has won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award!

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“An Audio Interview with Michael A. Stackpole” at SF Signal

Michael Stackpole recently sat with Timothy C. Ward at SF Signal to record a podcast interview.

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Bill Konigsberg Hosts a YA Workshop at Changing Hands!

Your Novel Year Faculty Member Konigsberg hosts “Finding Your Teen Voice, and What to Do When It Stops Speaking to You” Workshop!

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