Pictures of the Shark, by Thomas H. McNeely
A Good Girl, by Johnnie Bernhard
How We Came to Be, by Johnnie Bernhard
The Lord’s Acre, by David Armand, narrated by Frank Morris
An American Affair, by Mark Brazaitis
Judge Reveal: The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize
Judge Reveal: The George Garrett Fiction Prize
“Steinorth’s poetic techniques are empowered by correction fluid, embroidery, ball-point, brush wash, collage, Sharpie, and her own blood, making her engagement with Read’s Meaning truly visceral.”Joel Turnipseed, Rain Taxi
Pictures of the Shark, by Thomas H. McNeely went on a Lone Star Book Blog Tour. It was reviewed by Boys’ Mom Reads!, Bibliotica, Austin Liti Limits, Reading by Moonlight, Jennie Reads, and The Book’s Delight.
“Stories that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.”Boys’ Mom Reads!
“A masterpiece in gray tones and grim feelings.”Bibliotica
“McNeely is an astonishingly gifted writer.”Austin Liti Limits
“A complex glimpse into events and relationships that shape a person’s rocky transition into adulthood”Ruthie Jones, Reading by Moonlight
“That ‘wow’ moment, when you realize there is much more here than the first glance shows.”Jennie Reads
“[C]hallenging stories that will stick with you long after the last page is turned.”The Book’s Delight
“With its themes of connections between diverse characters in changing communities, the collection seems especially timely in these days of division in our country. Shank writes with affection and insight about neighborhoods and the people who live in them, and her words sometimes seem as much poetry as prose.”Judy Christie, Shreveport Times
Interviews and More
Kathleen Rooney, author of Where Are the Snows:
- Interviewed in Brevity, by Dinty W. Moore
- Interviewed on New Books in Literature, a channel on New Books Network, by Eric LeMay
- Wrote about the new NYRB edition of e.e. cumming’s The Enormous Room for The Times Literary Supplement
- Featured at Campaign for the American Reader and Writers Read
“With each piece in the book, I tried to have a given topic in mind – fruit, like you say, or cemeteries or birthdays or the priesthood or real estate – and then let myself free fall through my thoughts and emotions on that topic for as long as possible until I felt like the writing was done and I’d reached some new understanding of whatever I’d been looking at.”Kathleen Rooney, Brevity
“Allusive and associative, anti-capitalist, and unapologetically political, aligned somewhere between comedy and anger, this poetry juxtaposes the triumphs and tragedies (mostly tragedies) of our current age with those of history”Eric LeMay, New Books in Literature
Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, author of Her Read: A Graphic Poem, interviewed by Martha Stuitt for Pulp: Arts Around An Arbor
“The final image has never been seen before. Though you begin with a ready-made box of pieces, you’ve no idea what you’re making, so there is a marvelous sense of discovery.”Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Pulp
Just moments before, the air hummed with Baldwin’s words, as performance artist Gabrielle Civil had us recite favorite quotations simultaneously to demonstrate that “Baldwin was not a single story; there were many Baldwins.”Faith Adiele, Detour
Thomas H. McNeely, author of Pictures of the Shark, went on a Lone Star Book Blog Tour, had a Goodreads Giveaway, and went on a book release tour.
- Read an excerpt of Pictures of the Shark on Storeybook Reviews.
- See the spotlight of Pictures of the Shark on Hall Ways
- Read an excerpt of Pictures of the Shark on Shelf Life
- Read the author interview on Rox Burkey Blog
- Read the author’s guest post about his inspiration for Pictures of the Shark, on All the Ups and Downs.
- Check out the playlist for Pictures of the Shark on Forgotten Winds.
- Interviewed in The Houston Chronicle, by Chris Gray
- Interviewed in The Boston Globe, by Kate Tuttle
“Houston in the 1970s and ‘80s was an unwieldy prototype for the city that exists today: wilder and more provincial, dangerous.”Chris Gray, The Houston Chronicle
“Thomas H. McNeely’s largely autobiographical collection of stories explores the roles that parents and children play.”Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe
“I was never big on going to bars, not even as an undergraduate. I did go a few times in seminary as part of a class whose professor thought Barth and Bonhoeffer went down best with German beer…”Garret Keizer, The Baltimore Review