Jenny Shank

Jenny Shank is the author of the novel "The Ringer" (The Permanent Press, 2011), a finalist for the "Reading the West Book Awards":http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Reading-the-West-Book-Awards-2011---Shortlist-Announcement.html?soid=1101210809075&aid=gLv8ZZmxmsI. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Poets & Writers Magazine, Bust, Dallas Morning News, High Country News and The Onion.

by Jenny Shank

The annual conference of AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, is a fun and grueling schedule of events — as novelist Jess Walter noted in his introduction to a reading by Gish Jen and Tobias Wolff, “What begins as a giant party ends as a kind of hostage situation.” This year, the 13,000 [...] more »

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This summer The Onion ran a satirical piece purporting to be an op-ed by CNN’s managing editor, Meredith Artley, titled, “Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning.” Her explanation for why CNN filled the top news slot with the story “Miley Cyrus Did What???” (this was the actual [...] more »

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Did you hear the one about the 7-year-old boy who opened a Wii on Christmas morning and when his parents finally checked on him, he’d played for 18 hours? Or the one about the 13-year-old girl who accidentally “butt-dialed” an old acquaintance whose number now belonged to a transsexual prostitute, who then launched a vendetta [...] more »

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Craig Lancaster is an award-winning Montana-based fiction writer comfortable with the anything-goes approach of publishing today. In 2009 he self-published his first novel “600 Hours of Edward,” which the small press Riverbend later reissued, and then the book was reissued again by AmazonEncore, who also published Lancaster’s 2011 novel “The Summer Son.” Lancaster published his [...] more »

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People have used books as a reliable tool to transmit and preserve information, ideas, and stories for hundreds of years. E-books have enjoyed wide use for only about six years — counting from when Amazon introduced its Kindle in 2007. Yet e-books have rapidly upended so many facets of the traditional book world that the [...] more »

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On January 29, Amazon Technologies Inc. received a patent pertaining to the “secondary market for digital objects.” According to the patent abstract, the technology will enable Amazon customers to transfer — and presumably sell — e-books, MP3s, and other digital files to other customers. And, Apple too has filed for patents on the transfer of [...] more »

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If you thought e-books, e-readers and tablets dominated the last holiday season, you haven’t seen anything yet. For one, this year it’s easier than ever to give e-books as gifts, and, thanks to a recent partnership with Kobo, it’s now even possible to support your local independent bookseller while giving them. And, according to the [...] more »

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When I saw Jason Ashlock take part in a panel on the future of book publishing at the Aspen Summer Words conference a few months ago, I immediately noticed something different about him: He lacked that black cloud of doom floating over his head that many people involved in the book industry tend to cower [...] more »

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Olympic fever hit me young. One of my earliest memories is of a coloring book featuring the raccoon mascot from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics that my mom gave me when I was three. I colored in the pictures of the raccoons skating and bobsledding while I watched the Olympics on our old boxy television. [...] more »

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A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Libraries, Patrons, and E-books, offers a glimpse at the current state of American libraries and finds them eager to lend e-books but struggling to do so, primarily because of budget limits and restrictions publishers place on e-book lending. Of America’s 9,000 public library systems, [...] more »