This morning I appeared on our WEHT's "Local Lifestyle" program to promote The Spoils and my upcoming reading at the 2018 Arts in Harmony Festival (June 2-3, New Harmony, Indiana). I'd never done anything on TV before, so it was a cool experience. The link to the video is here.
Michele Hoover wrote a really thoughtful review of The Spoils in Necessary Fiction.
I did a short interview for USI's "On the Bookshelf."
The Spoils was a finalist for the Midwest Independent Publishing Association's 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards - Fiction/Short Story Category. Though it didn't win, it was honor to be among such great writers.
The Lincoln Journal Star published a great review of The Spoils this past Sunday (May 7th).
A couple excerpts:
"The stories in "The Spoils" primarily concern Midwestern men, navigating imperfect relationships as husbands or fathers, searching for self-worth in their various careers, and struggling with grief, loneliness and masculinity....We glimpse these characters making decisions — both good and bad — and dealing with the consequences — mostly bad. Pycior reminds us with insight and empathy that while we are all broken in different ways, we are all broken."
"The characters in one story question the value of communal mourning, while the men in other stories struggle with the weight of loneliness and isolated grief. Different fathers deal with different failures, but the spoils are the same in all their wars."
"The stories contain passing references to both the Drive-By Truckers and Tom Waits, which is certainly fitting for Pycior’s tone and gritty lyricism. With the right melody and catchy guitar riff, The Spoils could easily work as an excellent album by either artist."
The full review is here.
I want to thank Kate Rattenborg and Kate Scott at Dragonfly Books in Decorah, Iowa, for hosting my reading last week. It was a lot of fun, and I met some very nice people. Dragonfly Books is a great store, so if you are ever in Northeastern Iowa, do yourself a favor and stop in.
Here a couple pictures from the reading (thanks to Kate Scott for sharing):
I had a great time reading at the University of Dubuque's Lit Live! event last night. A big thanks goes to Matt Muilenburg for inviting me and setting everything up, and it was great fun talking with the wonderful students in his Fiction Writing class. Here are a few pics from the event:
Keith Lesmeister recently interviewed me for his blog, Life as a Shorty. He asked some great questions about my writing process and about how fatherhood, sports, and living in the Midwest has influenced my writing. Check it out!
The Spoils has officially been released into the wild...
Thanks to everyone at Switchgrass Books for all their hard work and dedication. Thanks, too, to everyone who has already bought copies of my book. I hope you enjoy it!
I've got several readings in the next few weeks--check my Events page for specifics--and along the way I'll provide updates.
The cover art of my debut collection, The Spoils, is finished and it looks amazing. A big thank you to Yuni Dorr and the rest of the folks at Switchgrass for designing such an great cover.
The release date for the book has also been set: March 15, 2017. I'll post more information as the date gets closer. Stay tuned...