This is what you've been waiting for...Black Lawrence Press is pleased to announce the establishment of The St. Lawrence Book Award, to be awarded to one outstanding first collection of poems or short stories each year. Prize includes book publication, a $1,000 cash award, book contract with Black Lawrence Press, ten author copies of the book, and an interview of the winner in The Adirondack Review. Entrants must not have had a full-length book published before and must come from the United States or Canada. Chapbooks do not count as full-length books, so writers who have published or will have published chapbooks of poems or short stories are not disqualified. For more details, see guidelines.
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TAR is Looking for a Few Good Interns. The Adirondack Reviewis currently accepting applications forinternships. Applicants with an ideal background will be well acquainted with modern and contemporary poetry and fiction, show an eagerness to work independently for a literary publication, and have exceptional research and communication skills. Knowledge of French or German is not required, but is helpful. All students in the liberal arts and sciences are eligible to apply; however, students majoring in English, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Art, French, or German will likely be given preference. Reading knowledge of foreign language(s) is a plus. We may also consider a student majoring in arts administration or non-profit management who could contribute to the Review. A written essay and two letters of reference are required in order to be considered. Apply on-line.
TAR congratulates contributor Allan Peterson for just having won the 2005 JuniperPrize at The University of Massachusetts Press. Peterson's manuscript, All the Lavish in Common, was selected from the more than 300 submitted manuscripts by poets with at least one published volume of poetry. Peterson's second book will be published later in 2006. Read TAR's feature on Allan Peterson, which includes an interview and poetry.
TAR CONGRATULATES FORMER ADIRONDACK REVIEW French Editor D.Y. Béchard on the release of his first novel published by Doubleday Canada
D.Y. BÉCHARD was The Adirondack Review's French editor from 2002-2004. He was born in the mountains of British Columbia to French-Canadian and American parents, and has since lived throughout Canada and the United States. Vandal Love is his first novel. He currently resides in Montréal. Interview by Colleen Marie Ryor
ABOUT THE BOOK
An astonishing novel, Vandal Love follows generations of a unique French-Canadian family across North America, and through the twentieth century, as they struggle to find their place in the world.
A family curse – a genetic trick resulting from centuries of hardship – causes the Hervé children to be born either giants or runts. Book I of Vandal Love follows the giants’ line, exploring Jude Hervé’s career as a boxer in Georgia and Louisiana in the 1960s, his escape from that brutal life alone with his baby daughter Isa, and her eventual decision to enter into a strange, chaste marriage with a much older man.
Book II traces a different kind of life entirely, as the runts of the family discover that their power lies in a kind of unifying love. François searches for years for his missing father; his own son, Harvey, flees from modern society into spiritual quests. But none of the Hervés can abandon their longing for a place where they might find others like themselves.
In assured and almost mystically powerful prose, D.Y. Béchard tells a wide-ranging, spellbinding story of a family trying to create an identity in an unwelcoming North America. Political, poetic, and philosophically searching, and imbued throughout with a deep sensitivity to the physical world, Vandal Love is a breathtaking literary debut about the power of love to create and destroy – in our lives, and in our history.