THE NEXT BIG THING: Madeline McDonnell

R+P is happy to host Madeline McDonnell's NBT interview in which she discusses her new novella/lexicographic experiment, Penny, n., to be released by Rescue later this spring. Stop by Rescue's table at AWP to pick up an early copy and then join us Thursday night at The Harvard Advocate's Sanctum to see Madeline read as part of this amazing line-up. Penny.Cover

What is the working title of the book?

Penny, n.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I don't know!? I wrote the first draft so long ago (my fertility had not even begun to wane!)—where did I get any of my ideas back in those hopeful, hopeless days? Where did I get the idea, for example, that I'd teach my cheap boyfriend not to be so cheap by buying us a miniscule $30 bed with a broken spring—a miniscule $30 bed with a broken spring that I, too, would have to sleep on for the next five years? Where did I get the idea that gummy bears and Chablis make a “nice pairing”? (Obviously, gummy worms would have more effectively brought out the flinty notes!)

What genre does your book fall under?

Fiction. Lexicography. Suicide Note. (Just kidding, Mom!)

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Obviously, Katie Holmes would play Penny, and Tom Cruise would play her depressive and manic lexicographer*-lover, Guy. Suri Cruise would—duh!—play Penny's hallucinatory child**. In the final section, which takes place at the wedding of Penny's childhood friend, Bridey, several other stars would make brief but crucial appearances: Nicole Kidman as Bridey; Keith Urban as Brent, the software engineer Bridey marries; and Mimi Rogers as Moira, a bridesmaid. Meanwhile, the casts of Dawson's Creek and Top Gun would feature in the background as extras/wedding guests. (Thus, a new strain of tragedy would play through the final scenes each time Penny and Pacey shared the frame without acknowledging each other or their fated love.)

*Don't worry. He would wear glasses. **Her fertility is waning. She fantasizes.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

People should not talk to each other.

How long did it take to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Four to six months?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

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What else about your book might peak the reader's interest?

It has wild, beautiful, and hilarious illustrations by Benjamin Mackey, not to mention the most elegant design in the history of man- and designkind, conceived by the most elegant young man in the history of youngmankind, Sevy Perez.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be rescued by Rescue Press!

2012 Black Box Poetry Prize Results:

Rescue Press is excited to announce Todd Melicker as the winner of this year's Black Box Poetry Prize. Todd's manuscript, rendezvous, was chosen by our judge, Zach Savich, and will be published in Fall 2013. Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, CA, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks day collects (Woodland Editions), the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press), and king & queen (LRL Textile Editions). Recently, he was managing editor of VOLT and his work has appeared in Ambush Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and New American Writing.

Rescue Press has also selected Hannah Brooks-Motl's The New Years for publication in Spring 2014 as our Editor's Choice.

Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in western Massachusetts. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming from places such as Everyday Genius, FENCE, Sixth Finch, the Song Cave, Typo, the Kenyon Review Online, and the New Republic, among others.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who entered. We would also like to remind you that last year's Black Box books--Blueberry Morningsnow's Whale in the Woods and Philip Sorenson's Of Embodies--are available for purchase on our website or at SPD.

Also, we're excited for our two Spring publications: Madeline McDonnell's novella, Penny, n., and an anthology of contemporary poetry, The New Census. Check back in for more details about these books, author readings, and our AWP events, as well as an open reading period for prose in the winter of 2013.

Love, Rescue Press

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