It’s been a while since we’ve posted our bloomers round-up, . . . [t]his month we want to . . . extend our heartfelt congratulations to those among our rolls here at Bloom who’ve been recognized and/or have recently bloomed in new and exciting ways.
by Juhi Singhal Karan
Five in Bloom is relaunching with five books that are coming out this spring!
by Vicraj Gill
Lee Monks of literary blog The Mookse and the Gripes describes Gardam as “a pretty much unanimously revered writer” that he “had yet to read a word of” before he picked up the recently released The Stories of Jane Gardam.
by Shawn Vestal
The gap between the story’s events and the telling — omissions, limitations, manipulations of time, voice, the metaphorical landscape — comes to feel, at least to me, . . . like the essence of what literature is.
In part 2 of this audio conversation, Shawn Vestal talks about cross-gender writing, becoming a father in relation to his writing life, and reads from the story “Gulls.”
In an audio conversation, Shawn Vestal talks about faith and and its dark side, family and late-life blooming; and he reads from the collection’s imaginative and poignant opening story.
by Melody Nixon
There is a discomfort in realizing books can still illuminate prejudices you didn’t know you had. Shawn Vestal‘s writing has made it into McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction and Tin House among others – all reliable qualifications – but in his energetic, highly imaginative fiction, Vestal draws heavily on his upbringing in the Mormon faith.