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Christopher Shade teaching Fall 2017 at The Writers Studio in NYC

TWS-Logo_darkChristopher is teaching writing (for writers of both fiction and poetry) again this fall at The Writers Studio in the West Village, NYC. Register to join before the first class night, Wednesday Oct 4! The link to learn more and register is https://www.writerstudio.com/course/nyc-level-1-shade-fall-2017/

Christopher’s class is the Level 1 introduction to the Writers Studio method. From the website: “All students new to The Writers Studio NYC start with Level I. Since we approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I. Our short weekly exercises are designed to stimulate students’ imaginations while also teaching a lot of nuts-and-bolts narrative strategies. Students learn that a narrative voice is born out of conscious creation and is not merely the voice we use when speaking or keeping a journal. We encourage students to turn autobiographical fragments into publishable work by using different narrative personas to tell their story in fiction and poetry.”

 

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Essays & Criticism

Interview: Sameer Pandya for Epiphany

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Christopher as an editor at Epiphany conducted an interview with Sameer Pandya to feature and spotlight Pandya’s story “M-O-T-H-E-R” from the Epiphany archives. That early story was included in Pandya’s book, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, the cover of which is the accompanying image here. Read the interview, and visit Sameer Pandya’s website to learn more about his work.

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Story Collection receives Honorable Mention at Leapfrog Press

Christopher’s story collection, What We Leave Behind Follows, receives an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

The manuscript collected 17 stories — many of the published and award-winning stories that have been announced on this site as well as a few new stories.

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Fiction

“Astronauts” in The Writers Studio at 30

WS+Anthology+CoverChristopher’s story “Astronauts” appears in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30, which is available to order online. This anthology celebrates 30 years of The Writers Studio, featuring fiction and poetry by current and former students and teachers, as well as works by the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. The 500-page anthology includes work from nearly 100 authors.

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Fiction

“The Appointment” in Timber Journal

Christopher’s story “The Appointment” appears in Timber Journal’s issue Volume 7.1 on the theme of Ruination. The issue in its entirety is available online as a PDF, or look for Volume 7.1 on the Issues page of the Timber Journal website.

In Denver, CO, there was a reading and celebration on Saturday, April 29th 2017 at BookBar. At the event, Christopher’s story was read by the wonderful and lovely Manda Manning, co-creator of the travel journal Sisters That Stray.

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Essays & Criticism

Book Review: Fariba Hachtroudi’s THE MAN WHO SNAPPED HIS FINGERS

cover_9781609453060_657_600Christopher’s book review of THE MAN WHO SNAPPED HIS FINGERS, from author Fariba Hachtroudi, appears in Prairie Schooner Volume 90 Number 4.

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Essays & Criticism

Book Review: Amy Dupcak’s DUST

51n-kphn0dlChristopher’s book review of DUST, a debut collection of short stories from author Amy Dupcak, appears in Issue Eighty-Eight (December 2016) of The Collagist.

The opening of this review of Amy Dupcak’s DUST:

James Hurst’s 1960 short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” is commonly required reading for high school kids (and was adapted into an opera last year in New York City). It’s a remarkable story that opens with a garden…

From Lucid River Press: “A daring debut collection, Dust dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections via sex, art, drugs, apple seeds, a cardboard dreamachine, and an aloe vera plant.”

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Fiction

“Giraffes, Queens” in Newtown Literary Journal

Christopher’s story “Giraffes, Queens” appears in Newtown Literary‘s Issue #9. The story is not available online at this time. The issue may be purchased at the Astoria Bookshop or from the journal’s website.

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Essays & Criticism

Interview: Peter Ho Davies for The Brooklyn Rail

books_davies_02_web-ex_photoChristopher conducted an interview with Peter Ho Davies about his new multigenerational novel, THE FORTUNES, and the Chinese-American experience, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American film star Anna May Wong and her trip to China in protest of role casting discrimination, the injustice of the 1980s Vincent Chin case in Detroit, writing, research, travel to China, amalgams of fact and fiction, and many other fascinating topics.

Peter Ho Davies is the author of two novels, The Fortunes and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and Equal Love (A New York Times Notable Book).

Praise for THE FORTUNES:

“Panoramic in scope yet intimate in detail, The Fortunes might be the most honest, unflinching, cathartically biting novel I’ve read about the Chinese American experience. It asks the big questions about identity and history that every American needs to ask in the 21st century.”
—Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

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Books Fiction News & Appearances

Forthcoming

Christopher’s stories and book reviews appear frequently. A short story named “Marseille Hunger” is to appear in Portland Review.

Pushcart award update: His stories were nominated for this year’s Pushcart award.

Christopher’s latest novel, set in Marseille, France, is in agent circulation. Along with a previous novel set in Europe, and a short story collection.

As stories are published, and any other updates about Christopher’s writing become available, they’ll be announced here.