Hashtag: Awesome Things Happening to Awesome Books

It’s been an amazing week for some Joyland contributors. We’d like to congratulate Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, and Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, on being longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction. We’d also like to congratulate Arjun Basu, author of Waiting for the Man, for his inclusion on the longlist for the $100,000 Giller Prize for Fiction. 

From Joyland Toronto, “Neutral Buoyancy” by J.R. McConvey “They always make it harder to achieve results. Kielbasa Joe paddles his noodle up the fourth lane in a painfully slow crawl, the fluorescent pool lights making his flesh look blanched and sausage-like. There’s no sense waiting for him; he’ll hog the lane for a full hour, noodling back and forth without a twinge of shame. Likewise, Doctor O.C.D. Grumblestein is busy evenly spacing the lane markers along the rope of lane five, just like he always does, muttering the whole time, as though that qualifies as exercise; that’s probably a twenty-minute wait. Which leaves Chatty Boners chatting up one of his AquaTramps in lanes two and three, and Wady Mary, doing her wady dance in the shallow end of lane one, the flotation belt cinched around her squishy belly propping up her sagging tits like beached jellyfish.” Read more:http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/neutral_buoyancy

From Joyland Toronto, “Neutral Buoyancy” by J.R. McConvey

“They always make it harder to achieve results.

Kielbasa Joe paddles his noodle up the fourth lane in a painfully slow crawl, the fluorescent pool lights making his flesh look blanched and sausage-like. There’s no sense waiting for him; he’ll hog the lane for a full hour, noodling back and forth without a twinge of shame. Likewise, Doctor O.C.D. Grumblestein is busy evenly spacing the lane markers along the rope of lane five, just like he always does, muttering the whole time, as though that qualifies as exercise; that’s probably a twenty-minute wait. Which leaves Chatty Boners chatting up one of his AquaTramps in lanes two and three, and Wady Mary, doing her wady dance in the shallow end of lane one, the flotation belt cinched around her squishy belly propping up her sagging tits like beached jellyfish.”

Read more:

http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/neutral_buoyancy

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On Joyland Toronto: “If Life Gave Me Lemons” a bittersweet story by Kerry Clare “Yumi’s pregnant,” he said, and his expression went slack. “And it’s mine. Apparently.” Read More: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/if_life_gave_me_lemons

On Joyland Toronto: “If Life Gave Me Lemons” a bittersweet story by Kerry Clare

“Yumi’s pregnant,” he said, and his expression went slack. “And it’s mine. Apparently.”

Read More: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/if_life_gave_me_lemons

Interesting talk includes insight from three past Joyland contributors. 

It’s crazy to think back on the life cycle of this story. The summer of 2009…that means it took five years for me to get from the nugget of an idea about a guy and the weather to this piece that now lives on the Joyland Magazine website.

I wanted to document this as a reminder to my future…

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I have been living in the library for nearly thirty years. 

On Joyland New York, a story by Wah-Ming Chang.

I have been living in the library for nearly thirty years.

On Joyland New York, a story by Wah-Ming Chang.


Vashti read the bear policy posted at the start of the trail twice before she decided to walk with us.  She made one command. “If we gone do this shit, y’all can’t pull out no snacks, no water, no nothing. Ain’t no bear bout to fuck with me. Y’all asses gone follow these policies.”

A perfectly observed and startling story about masculinity (and bears) from LaToya Watkins on Joyland South. 

Vashti read the bear policy posted at the start of the trail twice before she decided to walk with us.  She made one command. “If we gone do this shit, y’all can’t pull out no snacks, no water, no nothing. Ain’t no bear bout to fuck with me. Y’all asses gone follow these policies.”

A perfectly observed and startling story about masculinity (and bears) from LaToya Watkins on Joyland South. 

From Joyland Toronto, “Difficult People” by Catriona Wright  These talks are mandatory, aimed at increasing our productivity. The week prior I’d received an email from the organizer, Owen Peck. He promised “tactics to deal with Downers, Moochers, Whiners, Passive Aggressives and all other Energy Vampires in your lives!!” Sounds like Devon, I thought. Read More: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/difficult_people

From Joyland Toronto, “Difficult People” by Catriona Wright

These talks are mandatory, aimed at increasing our productivity. The week prior I’d received an email from the organizer, Owen Peck. He promised “tactics to deal with Downers, Moochers, Whiners, Passive Aggressives and all other Energy Vampires in your lives!!” Sounds like Devon, I thought.

Read More:
http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/difficult_people


Pick a weather, Eugene said.
I crossed my arms. Snow. Bet you can’t do snow.
Snow? Well … might be complicated.


A fantastic story by Emily X.R. Pan. They both have their tricks: he can change the weather; she won’t say what she can do.

Pick a weather, Eugene said.

I crossed my arms. Snow. Bet you can’t do snow.

Snow? Well … might be complicated.

A fantastic story by Emily X.R. Pan. They both have their tricks: he can change the weather; she won’t say what she can do.



NEW TRUTH & FICTION PODCAST: ANDREW LEWIS CONN
Emily talks with Andrew Lewis Conn about his new novel, O Africa! Set in 1928, the novel follows twin brothers from Coney Island as they embark on their latest film project. They talk about writing historical fiction, avoiding too much research and what it was like to grow up in Brooklyn and attend the same high school the Beastie Boys did.  Download for free at iTunes.


Comeback Monday, when we host an exclusive excerpt from O’ Africa!

NEW TRUTH & FICTION PODCAST: ANDREW LEWIS CONN

Emily talks with Andrew Lewis Conn about his new novel, O Africa! Set in 1928, the novel follows twin brothers from Coney Island as they embark on their latest film project. They talk about writing historical fiction, avoiding too much research and what it was like to grow up in Brooklyn and attend the same high school the Beastie Boys did.  Download for free at iTunes.

Truth & Fiction

Comeback Monday, when we host an exclusive excerpt from O’ Africa!