Thoughts on awards

In the publishing world the turn of every new year raises discussion of marketing strategies for possible literary awards. Marketing strategies for awards, you ask? Indeed yes. Let it not be thought that even in a juried award that some tacit form of opinion lobbying doesn’t take place. And if the award is a people’s choice, well, let loose the mavens of marketing. It doesn’t seem to matter if the literary award is the Giller…

Derryl Murphy to release second edition with Five Rivers

It’s astonishing sometimes what happens at conferences and conventions. Last year at When Words Collide, Derryl Murphy and Five Rivers’ Editor-in-Chief, Robert Runte, sat down over beverages and convivial company. The result of that meeting is a rebirth for Derryl Murphy’s first collection of short stories, Wasps at the Speed of Sound. There are eleven stories in this collection, ten of them gathered together for the first time and one making its d├ębut  All of them…