Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 28 - Bilingual Narratives, Diversity in Crime Fiction, and AWP (Guests: Gabino Iglesias & J. David Osborne)

Every episode, Unprintable will take an irreverent look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring the know-it-all geekery of LitReactor Review Editor Cath Murphy, Education Director Rob Hart, Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky, Class Facilitator Renee Asher Pickup, and Columnist Brandon Tietz.

Episode 28 - Bilingual Narratives, Diversity in Crime Fiction, and AWP (Guests: Gabino Iglesias & J. David Osborne)

This is a special edition of Unprintable, recorded in an empty hallway in the LA Convention Center! Forgive us if the sound quality isn't up to our usual mediocre standards. My phone did a pretty okay job, but hey, it's the content, not the quality.

And we've got some great content here. Renee and I are joined by Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints, a book enjoyed by a great many people.

Along with the book's publisher, J. David Osborne of Broken River Books, we talk about the bilingual narrative of Zero Saints, as well as diversity in fiction and our reception at AWP. Because for those of you who don't know, AWP can be a little... stuffy. It may not seem like a great venue for LitReactor or Broken River Books. But, as it turns out, it kinda is...

How? Listen to the podcast!

Any questions? Comments? Criticisms? Suggestions? Help us help you. Email them to podcast@litreactor.com.

Your Hosts This Episode:

Rob Hart is the class director for LitReactor. He's also the author of New Yorked, City of Rose, and the upcoming South Village. His short stories have appeared in publications like Thuglit, Needle, Joyland, and Helix Literary Magazine. Find more at www.robwhart.com

Renee Asher Pickup is a class facilitator at LitReactor, as well as a writer and editor at Dirge Magazine. Her fiction has been published in places like All Due Respect magazine, Out of the Gutter Online, Pantheon Magazine, and the Solarcidal Tendencies anthology. Renee credits Stephen King with making her want to write and From Dusk Til Dawn with making her want to do it for a living. More at www.reneeasherpickup.com.

Special thanks to Gordon Highland for the intro and musical cues. Visit him at gordonhighland.com.

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. May 27, 2016 - 11:44am

I have listened to this podcast twice. The first time was the day I found the LitReactor site, searching for some kickass  writer conversation.. Something to stoke and toke. A bit of a bonfire/binky for a lonely scribbler, who has no artistic home. (By the way. Surely it is not possible, no one has commented on this episode? I could find no comments. Where are they?)

Today, I listened again.  In the interim thirty days, I have done some peer review, gotten some peer review, taken a kickass class, (Thank you Richard Thomas) written a really crappy 4000 word short story  ( No fault of Richard Thomas, other than the freedom to fail audaciously) bought and read Zero Saints among a bunch of other books ordered and read, and had a hell of a good time. I found LitReactor in a frenzy of podcast shopping.

Bizarro did not exist for me a month ago, so the whole conversation about having six minutes at Bizarro con to do a reading and maybe get tazed at three minutes if you suck, kind of fit my mood.. It did in fact crack open my skull and insert polarity, and genius (yours) and fun. It still hurts.

Okay, bottom line time. I love this so much. More the second time when  I had heard things like Barrio Noir and transgressional and read a whole lot of new stuff, and listened to a bunch more  "Unprintables",  where writers talk about writing in a way that is way way way different from my view of what a writing community might look like, the leather elbow patch tweed jacket and jeans with maybe a nice pair of mororcycle boots, kind of voice, (which of course you may still wear, as they are very comfortable and it's a very good look))  LitReactor has its own kind of snobbery, but it is way fun and  compelling.  So I'm hooked, looking for lots lots more. When is the next podcast? I can't wait and you all are amazing.  I had to buy Gabino Iglesias' book after hearing him talk about it, not to mention as many others as I could order. Thank you all.

Post script: The remark about snobbery was not a slam, and listening to all of the voices on Unprintable   call each other on their own little niches of subtle snide was both funny and endearing and comforting.  We all have a place. The furniture in my head has been rearraranged. Thanks....need more, more...when is the next podcast?