Front Porch interview

I talked with the lovely folks at Front Porch about Japan as a narrative locus, Austin’s literary scene, and my novel. Thanks, FP!


Anthology Madness

I've got work coming out in some exciting anthologies in 2015.

First is Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest, edited by Bryan Hurt (O/R Books). Stories by Etgar Keret, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Alissa Nutting, David Abrahms and a bunch more writers worth monitoring.

Publisher's Weekly calls it "a boldly imaginative, diverse collection of 32 surveillance-themed stories from an international coterie of writers." My contribution, "Dinosaurs Went Extinct Around the Time of the First Flower," is about a dungeon sex room, an old Polaroid, and the relationship between an opera-loving john and his favorite escort.

A story from Hana Sasaki, "Rooey," will be included in Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, a feminist anthology of dark fiction from Upper Rubber Boot out March 31.
"Rooey" will also be included in Black Lawrence Press's The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, edited by Richard Thomas with an introduction from Cheryl Strayed.
Aaaaand!"In the Theater of the Collective Unconscious," about a mind-melding movie theater, will appear in a rad sci-fi flash fiction (!) anthology called Gigantic Worlds, from Gigantic Books.


Review Review Interview

I talked to the The Review Review about putting on my editor's hat for Bat City Review. We discuss what BCR's looking for, and enneagrams, and representing the underrepresented.


Ideal Head of a Woman

A new story, "Ideal Head of a Woman," is up in issue 5 of Midnight Breakfast, accompanied by original art from Lanny Markansky. It starts like this:

The spring of her disappearance was the spring of the great wind. Not a gusty wind but a constant rush, as if all this time the world had been on a train and someone finally opened the windows. The trees filled with kites, like so many girls with gum in their hair. Clouds zoomed across the sky as if late for something.

“Where are the clouds going?” Celia asked.

“To the next part of the sky.”

“Don’t they get bored? What happens when they get to the end?”

“When they get bored, they become rain and come down to visit the dirt and the fish.”

Read the rest here.


Writers' League of Texas

Hana Sasaki has been named a fiction finalist for the Writers' League of Texas Book Awards!
The Writers' League supports Texas writers, organizes free classes and panels, and runs other cool programs like Project WISE – a program that brings writers into AISD public schools - and Texas Writes, a program that sends writers to rural libraries across the state for half day workshops. I'm thrilled to be recognized by such a fantastic organization.


Illumine Honors

I'm excited to announce that I'll be the Emerging Author honoree at the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation 2014 Illumine gala on November 7. Big congratulations to honorees Jim Magnuson (Fiction), Larry Wright (Non-Fiction), Brad and Michele Moore (Literary Patrons), and the no-doubt awesome Badgerdog young writers.


O, the Oprah Magazine + Murakami

A fairy godmother bonked me on the head with her wand, and I got to review the new Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, for O magazine. I even got to discuss my cowboy boot collection and love of popcorn on the contributor's page! Happy happy day. (Also: don't miss Patti Smith's review of Tsukuru in the NYT, featuring art by Yuko Shimizu--who created the cover art for Hana Sasaki.)