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Kia Corthron on the Short List for 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize!

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And then there were seven. The Center for Fiction has whittled down its list of nominees for its $10,000 First Novel Prize. The Short List of authors includes: Emma Cline, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Garth Greenwell, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Krys Lee, Yaa Gyasi, and Kia Corthron, who published her monumental novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter with Seven Stories back in January. We couldn’t be happier!

Check out the full list here.

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The Latest Republican Effort to Keep People of Color Out of the Polls

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Greg Palast spent six months investigating Crosscheck

Twenty-eight states are participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program this election season, a program supposedly designed to comb through voter lists and prevent fraud. Seems pretty benign, right? There’s no way Crosscheck, launched by Kansas Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, could be insidious and racist, is there?

Voters’ rights gumshoe Greg Palast investigates in Rolling Stone. His findings? It looks like Jim Crow all over again.

You can also watch an interview with Greg on Democracy Now! here.

And check out Greg’s new book, available in October 4, 2016, here.

Still not satisfied? Greg’s film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, is now screening in select theaters. Check out the schedule here.

 

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Remembrance of James A. Mitchell

Jim Mitchell, who died last Saturday of an apparent heart attack, really connected with people, and as his publisher and friend I was graced by his great ability to express goodwill through friendship on many occasions, and in many different ways. The proposal for the book he wrote for Seven Stories, The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, arrived in the mail unagented and was read by an intern who became so enamored of the project and of Jim’s writing that she fought hard for it and won over the entire editorial department at Seven Stories. We were all kind of taken aback at first that an unsolicited proposal had been acquired, except for Jim himself, who wasn’t surprised at all.

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As Jim’s editor, I asked a lot of him and the finished manuscript when it came in then went through four or five substantial re-writes.

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