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Lit News Roundup

Happy Friday! We’re gearing up for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference next week and looking forward to our Thursday evening mingle with Ecotone, the Common, Archipelago Books, New Directions, and the New York Review of Books. Please join us at Mackenzie’s Scotch Pub in Minneapolis.

If it’s your first conference, Bustle offers these tips for how to avoid literary burnout. Among them, locate your favorite lit mags and presses at the book fair in advance (we’ll be at tables 1018 & 1020 with the Ecotone crew) and keep an eye on Twitter for #AWP15 (and of course follow us: @lookoutbooks).

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Don’t miss the Lookout and Ecotone editorial team on the following panels:

Founding editor David Gessner
But Seriously . . . Is It Time for More Humor in Environmental Writing?
Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Publisher Emily Louise Smith
Image Is Everything: Literary Magazines on Design, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Literary Publishing in the 21st Century, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Editor Anna Lena Phillips
Ecotone
at Ten: A Reading and Conversation
Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Associate editor Beth Staples
Pinning Editors Down: Lit Mag Fiction Editors Define What Works
Friday, 9 a.m.

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What We’re Reading

Today we kick off a new category, in which we reveal the books on our nightstand. Each week we’ll tell you what a few of our staff members are reading, or we’ll offer a peek at the stacks of our authors and friends. We may have disparate tastes, but the one thing we all share is a love of books.

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Katie O’Reilly, Ecotone’s managing editor, is reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

This week I had the pleasure of starting Bad Feminist, Gay’s recently released essay collection. Beyond bearing my favorite nonfiction qualities (i.e. being wryly funny and painfully honest and entertaining), Gay’s subject matter speaks to pop culture sensibilities. She also explores society’s tenuous relationship with feminism, detailing how she is “a mess of contradictions,” how most of us are. Although she doesn’t wrap anything into a tidy conclusion—another quality I respect in an essayist—I feel better already about being a member of that “messy” camp of feminists, those of us who fall subject to hypocrisy, who can’t always keep the rules straight, but who understand the importance of engaging in the kinds of conversations that Gay presents.

—Katie

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