posted by Caroline Picard

What great news, I can’t hardly believe it. Two Green Lantern books were shortlisted in the IPPY Book Awards. Terri Griffith’s So Much Better is a finalist in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category and Ashley Donielle Murray’s Fascia is a finalist for the Short Story Fiction category.

huzza!

You can see the complete list of titles/categories by going here.

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posted by Caroline Picard

Another great review!go to this site to read the whole thing…I’ve just included an excerpt.

tawny grammer says,

So Much Better is a really impressive example of a novel that allows small things to take on big significance, and of a character study that makes a not always admirable protagonist both deeply sympathetic and deeply believable — Liz’ decisions and actions, even the most regrettable ones, arise organically and convincingly from who she is, and from how expertly Griffith has crafted the character and her world.

* Also, with so many recent articles and columns listing or asking for novels about work, So Much Better very much deserves to be part of that conversation.

posted by caroline picard

What a crazy awesome week! Terri Griffith’s So Much Better just got written up in Bookslut. And again, in such good company.

Three Novellas: So Much Better by Terri Griffith, A Happy Man by Hansjörg Schertenleib, Sandokan by Nanni Balestrini

Here are three novellas, like dark little pills, for the girl on the go. Terri Griffith’s So Much Better starts out remote, perfunctory, and inert. I wanted to throw it boring and colorless against the wall, smoosh it like a bug. The human element can seem lost at first. It seems like a story not about Liz and Jenny, but Table and Chair. But don’t give up. The dramatic moments are indifferent to themselves; there are no histrionics here. Terri Griffith’s writing recalls mumblecore. Dialogue and description don’t figure much in this story, more ideological than character driven. This all becomes haunting and real and as always, dystopian. So Much Better is a performance of real life, the kind you might want to shake, say “Yes! That’s It!” but sadly. There are details that Griffith gets astonishingly right, especially vis-à-vis the workplace. We need more literature about work, where most people spend their time.

you can read the rest of the article (including the info on these other books,) by going here.

posted by Caroline Picard

Terri Griffith’s book, So Much Better, was called out as one of the five books to read now. The article begins, “In a time when Sarah Palin’s memoir is a best seller, it can be hard to locate books by out women at major bookstores. But even if you have to use the internet or (even better) support your local feminist/queer shop, there are quality books being published that are way more worth your time.” And So Much Better is one of them! You can read the whole piece by going here; Terri keeps great company with Terry Castle, Barbara Hammer, Joan Schenkar, and Michell Cliff. About So Much Better, they say, “It’s refreshing to read a story about a lesbian whose sexuality is the least of her problems.” Which is one of the many  reasons that I love Terri’s book so much.

posted by caroline picard

I wanted to send you all a shout out, since we’re very happy and fortunate and psyched to say that the catalogue has been updated! That means that you can buy our books on line, via the green lantern press website. Which is supersweet, right?

Go here to check it out. All you need is a paypal account-

Some of our latest titles include:

A SEASON IN HELL

by Arthur Rimbaud
translated by Nick Sarno

A new translation of the groundbreaking work of French Symbolism. Featuring color plates by artist Gerald Bacasa. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer.

**

LOVE IS A CERTAIN KIND OF FLOWER

by Stephanie Brooks

Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower is an extensive index of love metaphors culled from poems ranging from the classics to sentimental greeting card verse. Continuing in Brooks’ deconstruction of Romance, Love Is… provides an amusing and sometimes poignant reference for emotive description.

Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower is number two in the Pocket Lantern Series.
Printed in an edition of 250.

**

SO MUCH BETTER

nominated for the 2009 Lambda Literary Prize

by Terri Griffith

Liz is an employee at The Unified Telecommunications Credit Union, a job she has not missed a day of for three years. In between her daydreams of moving someplace warm, she peers at the bank account of her former lover, runs background checks on herself, attempts to dodge the young girl she has started an affair with, and hopes to reconnect with her missing sister. At first glance, it may seem as though very little happens over the course of the novel, but before long the minor events which seem so unimportant build upon one another until they collapse completely, as Liz forces herself to explore the depths a person will go to be alone.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer. Featuring a color plate by LA artist Zoe Crosher. 2009

**

FASCIA

by Ashley Donielle Murray

n. pl. fas·ci·ae 1. Anatomy A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body. 2. The debut collection of short fiction by Ashley Donielle Murray.

Like the tissues binding the heart to its arteries, the stories in Murray’s collection describe the threads, sometimes thin, sometimes strong, that connect daughter to father, husband to wife, and ourselves to our own histories. Each story is its own quiet revelation and has the ability to bind the reader to the book long after the covers have been closed.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer. 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

You can hear an excerpt from Terri’s book, “So Much Better,” what was read at Women & Children First!

posted by Caroline Picard

Jonathan Messinger wrote an awesome piece about Terri and her new book. I thought I’d post an excerpt here. And then of course, you can go here to read the entire thing!

Nothing feels good

A debut novel builds drama from doldrums.

By Jonathan Messinger

BETTER LIVING Griffith is all smiles after the release of her debut novel.

Someone forgot to tell Terri Griffith that all first novels are supposed to be autobiographical.

Liz, the protagonist of Griffith’s So Much Better (Green Lantern, $20), is defined by her detachment. She works at a credit union during the day and lives with her girlfriend whom she rarely sees at night, and as the book moves along, it’s clear she’s a loner. She wears her detachment as a badge to ward off potential friends.

But when we meet up with Griffith at a South Loop coffee shop to discuss the book, she’s anything but detached. In fact, she’s all smiles about the fact that her book is out in the world after nearly a decade of trying to place it. And she has the good grace to acknowledge the tiny victories that mark a new literary career.

“I sent it out, with I think tremendous success,” she says. “I probably sent 50 queries and got the book read 40 times. I’ve had agents read the book and call me, and I’ve had lovely letters from editors. It’s sad that I have to judge everything by the kindness of the rejection.”

Read more: http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/books/81009/terri-griffith-discusses-so-much-better#ixzz0Z7wrDZK3