Saturday, July 15, 2017

My Review of Spent Saints by Brian Jabas Smith

It is my pleasure to bring you my review of the debut short story collection Spent Saints by Beat Angels lead singer Brian Jabas Smith. 

You can pick up your copy of Spent Saints at Indie Bound.

Yours in laying down the law,


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Art Edwards Summer '17 Hello

I haven't touched base in a while, so I thought I'd let you know what's going on in my neck o' the woods.

I'm just about finished with Badge's sequel, which is called Nineteen Ways to Destroy Your Rock Band. This one currently clocks in at 101,000 words, about 25% longer than Badge. These things just keep getting longer. I hope to put the finishing touches on it by the end of the year, or early 2018. Don't expect it anytime soon, but know that I'm working on it and it's coming.

Also, I still have about 40 copies of Badge that were bought with the funds from its Kickstarter campaign. I'm currently selling these for the low, low price of $5.00 apiece at my website. That's the best price you'll find anywhere.

Finally, I've had a couple of nonfiction pieces appear in the last year or so that may interest you. The first is about the effects of a certain Georgia band on my fragile 18-year-old psyche. Read “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan” at Bull.

Also, you can read about the process that took my story “Waiting for the Question” past the one and only Alex Trebek before it was published in Forest Avenue Press's City of Weird anthology last year. Read my essay “Waiting for the Answer” here, published by Necessary Fiction.

I think that's it. Please feel free to reach out to me if the mood strikes. I'm always around.

Have a good summer.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Short Story "Nello's Liner Notes" Published by The Wax Paper!!!

I got to meet Hans and co., the fellas who put together the broadsheet lit mag called The Wax Paper, at AWP last February. This mag had accepted my short story "Nello's Liner Notes" for publication a week before, so it was great to get the chance to thank them in person and to get to know them a bit.

When I heard one of them was from Chicago, I of course had to ask, "Cubs or Sox?"

One said, "Sox."

The other, "Indians."

So, we didn't talk much about baseball after that.

These two have put together a fantastically cool lit mag, and if you subscribe, you'll get to read the lost liner notes of one Nello Van Hansen, the finest budding songwriter in southwest North Dakota, whose magnum opus Havi-g Said That never quite made it to press. Where's the "n," you ask? You have to subscribe and read the story to find out!

Yours in laying down the law,


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

I Will Read from City of Weird Saturday, 3/11, at Another Read Through!!!

I was going to tell you all about this great event coming up next Saturday, 3/11, at Another Read Through in Portland, where I will get to read with a fabulous collection of other authors from Forest Avenue Press's City of Weird anthology. Then Gigi Little comes along and, as ever, does all the heavy lifting.

Take it away, Gigi, and I hope to see you all at Another Read Through next Saturday.

Yours in laying down the law,


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

AWPers: Come See Our Panel "Beyond Free Books: the Surprising Perks of Book Reviewing" On Saturday!!!

I'm thrilled to share the stage with some serious publishing hotshots next Saturday 2/11 at 4:30 PM at AWP in Washington, D.C. 

The panel is called "Beyond Free Books: the Surprising Perks of Book Reviewing," and we will be discussing all things good about the book review writing and publishing process, from participating in the writing community to beefing up your pub credits to helping to shape the public discussion of books to getting paid. Sharing the stage with me will be Steph Cha, Louis Bayard, David Gutowski, and Ben Tanzer, each offering their own take on the advantages of book reviewing and answering your questions. It's going be a fun, informative, beneficial way to close out your AWP experience, and I hope we get to see you there.

Shoot me an email if you have questions (, or just show up!


AWP Conference
Feb. 8-11, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Washington Convention Center

Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Review of Mo Daviau's Every Anxious Wave up at Barrelhouse!!!

It is my pleasure to be the first to tell you--or the latest to remind you--of the new rock novel by Portlander Mo Daviau, Every Anxious Wave, which I reviewed for Barrelhouse this week!

Yours in laying down the law,


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Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Undisputed Top 20 Rock Novels of All Time - 2016

It is my pleasure once again to bring you the top 20 rock novels of all time, 2016 style!

Our esteemed panel of judges found it fit to add one title to the illustrious Top 20 this year, Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing, which clocks in at Number 10. Read my review of Vexation Lullaby here.

For his efforts, Justin will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden, where he will take Bob Dylan's place in the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10th. He will also get Bob Dylan's check from the Nobel Academy, and half Dylan's song publishing royalties in perpetuity. It's the least we can do.

Check it!

20 The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge

19 The Last Rock Star Book, Or: Liz Phair, a Rant by Camden Joy

18 Big in Japan by M. Thomas Gammarino 

17 You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem

16 A and R by Bill Flanagan

15 Saguaro: The Life and Adventures of Bobby Allen Bird by Carson Mell

14 Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

13 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

12 Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo 

11 Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo

10 Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing

How the Mistakes Were Made by Tyler McMahon

8 Losing in Gainesville by Brian Costello 

The Blue Bourbon Orchestra by Carson Mell

The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta

5 Never Mind the Pollacks by Neal Pollack

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle

Banned for Life by D. R. Haney

Yours in laying down the law,


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