The Sault Star has posted an interview with Kayt Burgess in advance of tonight’s reading in Sault Ste Marie. Read the article to find out how Kayt approached the contest and to hear about the initial ideas that eventually became her winning novel, Heidegger Stairwell.
For more information on tonight’s reading at the Sault Ste Marie library, as well as other upcoming events in Elliot Lake, Burlington and Oakville, Ontario, click here.
A new Vancouver institution reviews an old one: the good people at Vancouver Is Awesome magazine have posted a history of the world’s most notorious literary marathon. Read it here – then register soon! The 35th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest takes place this weekend. Registration is open until Friday.
Terroryaki!, winner of the 33rd Annual 3DNC, has won the Bronze medal for the West/Pacific region in the 2012 International Publishers (IPPY) awards. Congratulations to Jennifer K. Chung, the talented author of this fabulous book! Grab your own copy here or ask for it at your favourite bookstore or library and find out why this creepy-sweet gem of novel is getting so much positive notice.
Here’s a sampling of some of the reviews of our latest published 3DN winner, Terroryaki! by Jennifer K. Chung. Find out more about the book here!
“Terroryaki! is a playfully appetizing first bite… The writing is gritty and fast paced, exactly what you’d expect from a novel crafted in 3 days, but it’s also quite accomplished… 100% worth a read.”—SoMisguided book blog
“Terroryaki! was the winner of the 33rd Annual contest and it’s quite easy to see why: the novel is very funny and I could see Chung writing comedies of all forms and genres. It’s also quite humbling to note that this piece was written in just three days… Chung reminds us how far we might be able to push ourselves creatively and professionally… The mysterious teriyaki truck is from whence the “terror” of the title comes from and you’ll have to read this funky 3 day novel to find out how Samantha’s wedding turns out, whether or not Patrick is eating too much teriyaki sauce, or if Daisy will manage to get a stable job.”—Asian American Lit Fans book blog
“…for a vegetarian, Chung’s description of teriyaki chicken is convincing and highly sensory. You’ll wish a mysterious teriyaki food truck circled your neighbourhood, too.”—Broken Pencil magazine
Remember! To our Boston-area 3-dayers: Jennifer K. Chung will be reading at the MIT Science Fiction Society this November 18. See our Events listings in our last newsletter, and stay tuned for more upcoming readings in Washington and Oregon.
The Seattle Weekly has given a nod to our upcoming latest release, Terroryaki! by Jennifer K. Chung. Reviewer Erika Hobart says the book is engaging, “as creepy as it is playful,” and “an easy read about family and food.” Read the whole review here… and if you’re in the Seattle area, make sure to come to our launch and 3DN Q&A event at the Elliott Bay Book Company this Sunday.
In the seven (!) years we’ve run the 3-Day Novel Contest (and over the many years we watched its magic before that) we’ve had the pleasure of seeing many take on the challenge in public: the two teams of 12 who undertook the contest along with regular challenges and general harassment for reality TV; a mother-daughter team who wrote in the lobby of their local arts centre; and, most recently, Don Britt, who is breaking out of the Labour Day tradition to write 24 complete 3-day novels in a single year—the last one at a Chapters in Edmonton. So it was interesting to read in the New York Times about Georges Simenon, a Parisian author who in 1927 said he would write a novel in 72 hours while suspended in a glass cage outside the Moulin Rouge. Says the Times:
“Members of the public would be invited to choose the novel’s characters, subject matter and title, while Simenon hammered out the pages on a typewriter. A newspaper advertisement promised the result would be ‘a record novel: record speed, record endurance and, dare we add, record talent!’ It was a marketing coup. As Pierre Assouline notes in Simenon: A Biography, journalists in Paris ‘talked of nothing else.’” [Full article]
Though Simenon was offered 100,000 francs for the event—and he pocketed 25,000 of that—he never went through with it. It was a publicity stunt, and since simply talking about it achieved the desired effect, he didn’t need to follow through. Too bad for him, we say… as anyone who has truly thrown themselves into the contest will attest, it is a remarkable creative experience, whether you do it in a glass box in Paris or alone your room.
So why will you take on the challenge? For the bragging rights? For the creative juice? Or just because it’s there? Whatever your motivation, we hope you’re ready for the next round. We’re madly working at launching this year’s marathon, which will take place September 3-5, 2011. Check back near the end of May for all the registration details!