McSweeneys, the literary magazine that usually pretends to be a book has just come out with issue 33. This time it’s playing the role of Sunday Edition of a newspaper. It comes complete with different sections, a pull-out glossy magazine, full color comics section (ranging in talents from Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library) to Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon)), and step by step instructions on how to be Death Cab for Cutie. It all comes in a sealed package, which makes you feel like you’re opening up astronaut food, or new checks. After much anticipation, the issue showed up this morning, cooing like a dove.
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Join us for an evening of readings featuring Matthew Vollmer, Kevin Moffett and Peter Orner, This will be a release event for Vollmer’s new collection, Future Missionaries of America (MacadamCage), and McSweeney’s Issue 30.
About the performers:
Kevin Moffett was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. His collection of stories, Permanent Visitors, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Tin House, A Public Space, Harvard Review, The Believer, The Chicago Tribune, and Best American Short Stories 2006. He has received the Nelson Algren Award in Short Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing.
Matthew Vollmer’s work has appeared in Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, Tin House, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, and New Letters. His first collection of stories, Future Missionaries of America, will be published in January by MacadamCage.
Peter Orner is the author of the novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and Winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, and the story collection, Esther Stories, Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award. He recently edited a collection of non-fiction, Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, published in 2008 by Voice of Witness/ McSweeney’s. Orner’s short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares and twice been a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. In 2006, Orner was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in Chicago, he currently lives in San Francisco.