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Victoria Redel Winner of the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Prose for "Make Me Do Things"

Congratulations to Victoria Redel on being the winner of the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose for her collection of stories Make Me Do Things! Click here to learn more about the winners. 

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

Boning up on Victoria Redel at the Info Desk (come by and say hi!) at #slcpofest. First page of her short story collection Make Me Do Things #victoriaredel (at Sarah Lawrence College)

Victoria Redel at The Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival

Victoria Redel (Make Me Do Things, winner of the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose) will be on a Fiction Panel on Thursday, October 23, at 11 am, for The Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival. She will give a reading at the festival as well, on Thursday, October 23, at 4:30 pm. The festival will be held in the SIUC’s Morris Library on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus from Wednesday, October 22 through Friday, October 24. 

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

This Wednesday 11/19 Hear Victoria Redel and Eboni Hogan Read for Page Meets Stage

This Wednesday, November 19, at 7:30 pm, Victoria Redel (Woman Without Umbrella) will read with Eboni Hogan for Page Meets Stage at The DL (95 Delancey Street (corner of Ludlow and Delancey)) in NYC.

Woman Without Umbrella is available from Four Way Books

Victoria Redel at The Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival This Week

Victoria Redel (Make Me Do Things, winner of the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose) will read at The Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival, which will take place October 22-24 at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus in the SIUC’s Morris Library. 

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

TONIGHT Thursday May 29 Victoria Redel Reading in Newton, MA

Tonight, Thursday, May 29, at 7 pm, Four Way Books author and 2014 Guggenheim Fiction Fellow Victoria Redel (Make Me Do Things) will read with Daphne Kalotay at Newtonville Books (10 Langley Road) in Newton Centre, Newton, MA.

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

Four Way Books Author and 2014 Guggenheim Fiction Fellow Victoria Redel one of "23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now" According to Reader's Digest

“One could say that Redel alternates between prose (four books, most recently Make Me Do Things from Four Way Books) and poetry (three, including Woman Without Umbrella from Four Way Books), but that’s not quite it, since her fiction is suffused with one gorgeously poetic line after another. She’s a great storyteller—her novel Loverboy was made into a movie starring Kyra Sedgwick—and has the ability to make every sentence shimmer.” Read the full list of “23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now” in Reader’s Digest

Make Me Do Things and Woman Without Umbrella are both available from Four Way Books

Read Collective Interview of Four Way Books Authors in "Prick of the Spindle"

Read a collective interview of Kevin Prufer, Victoria Redel, Kamilah Aisha Moon and C. Dale Young in “Prick of the Spindle”.

You can purchase Kevin Prufer’s In A Beautiful Country, Victoria Redel’s Make Me Do Things, Kamilah’s Aisha Moon’s She Has A Name and C. Dale Young’s Torn on the Four Way Books website.

Review of "Make Me Do Things" in "Numero Cinq"

“It’s impossible to nail down Redel’s style. Each of these eleven stories is uniquely crafted, perhaps because she approaches them with a protean lens, focusing attention down on the particular details of narrative and syntax, so that the result is clarity of intention and meaning. As a writer, she is willing to let her images guide her, willing to follow her sentences and characters into whatever strange and twisted paths they seem destined to trod.” Read the full review of Victoria Redel’s Make Me Do Things on Numbero Cinq’s website

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

What's Happening Next Week?

This Tuesday, November 18, at 5:30 pm, Rigoberto Gonzalez (Unpeopled Eden, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry) will give a seminar with Natalie Diaz at Georgetown University in the Lannan Center (New North 408) in Washington, DC. There will also be a reading at 8 pm in the Copley Formal Lounge. Apologies for the confusion previously about this reading being on November 11. 

Unpeopled Eden is available from Four Way Books

Also this Tuesday, November 18, at 6 pm, David J. Daniels (Clean, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry) will read for the Pacific Review CSU San Bernardino in the Pfua Library at CSUSB, Room 4005, (5500 University Pkwy) in San Bernardino, CA. 

 Clean is available from Four Way Books

On Wednesday, November 19, at 7:30 pm, Victoria Redel (Woman Without Umbrella) will read with Eboni Hogan for Page Meets Stage at The DL, 95 Delancey Street (corner of Ludlow and Delancey), in NYC. 

Woman Without Umbrella is available from Four Way Books

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Hear Victoria Redel Tomorrow October 23 at The Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, Victoria Redel (Make Me Do Things, winner of the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose) will be on a fiction panel at 11 am with Janet Burroway, Kathleen Hale, and Justin Herrmann for The Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Campus in SIUC’s Morris Library. At 4:30 pm, she will read with Steven D. Schroeder. 

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

Review of "Make Me Do Things" by Victoria Redel in the "Kenyon Review"

“The eleven stories in Make Me Do Things (winner of the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose) all embody Redel’s ‘singular kind of voice,’ one I’d call fearless, sometimes brash, but compassionate, too. Like two other contemporary masters of the short story, Antonya Nelson and Amy Bloom, Redel has a gift for dialogue and for recreating the distinct rhythms of individual lives.” Read more of the review by Jacqueline Kolosov of Make Me Do Things by Victoria Redel in the Kenyon Review here. Victoria Redel has been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction.

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books.

Victoria Redel Talks Fearlessness in Elizabeth Floyd Mair's Article "Peeling back life's layers" in the "Times Union"

“There’s so much that rumbles around in our minds and hearts that is at cross-purposes to the ways we want to see ourselves or have others see us. I think that tension is at the heart of narrative fiction. ‘Fearless’ makes it sound like my characters are bungee-jumping off high ledges. I think it’s more interesting, more challenging to write into the ways people recklessly or bravely bungee-jump inside their regular everyday existences. Fearlessness is trying to live inside all of the contradictions of the everyday.” Read more of what Four Way Books author and 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose winner Victoria Redel (Make Me Do Things) has to say in Elizabeth Floyd Mair’s article “Peeling back life’s layers” in the Times Union. 

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books

In Case You Missed It: Four Way Books Authors Tina Chang (Brooklyn Poet Laureate) and Victoria Redel (2014 Guggenheim Fiction Fellow) at Springfest Celebration of Poetry in Motion at Grand Central

Victoria Redel (Woman Without Umbrella) had just left her post at The Poet is In booth (an inspired take on Lucy Van Pelt’s The Doctor is In) and Tina Chang (Of Gods & Strangers) was taking her place behind a desk in front of a typewriter facing a line of people, which grew in her hour-long stint to more than thirty at times, each of whom had three minutes of conversation with the poet before receiving a poem written on the spot especially for them. When her hour was up Tina Chang spoke to me about her experience of the strong connections between herself and several in the line, the initial anxieties, the subsequent intimacy, openness, release, and a word she used more than once – forgiveness. It was a full, vital energetic connection, she said, adding, ‘I have the sense more will come of this.’” Read more about the Springfest celebration of Poetry in Motion that was held in Grand Central the last weekend of April on The Best American Poetry blog

Woman Without Umbrella and Of Gods & Strangers are both available from Four Way Books

Victoria Redel Reading TOMORROW for Hunter College Fall 2013 Distinguished Writers Series

Tomorrow, December 3, at 7:30 pm, Victoria Redel (Make Me Do Things) will read for the Hunter College Fall 2013 Distinguished Writers Series in the Faculty Dining Room at Hunter College (southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street) in NYC. The Faculty Dining Room is in the West Building on the 8th floor.

Make Me Do Things is available from Four Way Books.