We’re happy to announce that Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, the debut collection by DISQUIET Prize (and O. Henry Award) winner Sindya Bhanoo is available now in the US! You can buy it through Penguin Random House or at your local bookstore.
The staff of Dzanc Books and Disquiet have been watching the Russian invasion of Ukraine with horror. Like many, we’re trying to find small ways to help. We’ve secured a donation of $50,000 USD that we’ll be directing to individual Ukrainian writers and their families to help them get to safety. We can also provide support in relocating to the US or Portugal for writers and their families who wish to explore those options. Ukrainian writers and their families wishing to access these funds may contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Donors wishing to further support these initiatives may make contributions at this link.) Additionally, all proceeds from sales of Dzanc books for the month of March will be donated 100% to Ukraine humanitarian efforts.
Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities in the US and around the world.
An article adapted from DISQUIET alum Shelley Puhak’s forthcoming book, The Dark Queens, examines “two lesser-known but long-reigning and influential Frankish queens” ofthe early Middle Ages, Brunhild and Fredegund. Read it in Smithsonian Magazine!
Congratulations to Disquiet alum Stacy D. Flood, whose novella The Salt Fields is available now from Lanternfish Press! Aimee Bender called it “beautifully written and memorable.” Maybe you should read it, too!
Here’s a fascinating piece in Smithsonian Magazine about a Portuguese counsul general who defied Salazar’s orders to write visas for thousands of refugees during World War II, by DISQUIET faculty writer Chanan Tigay.
Anything a writer says about their work is outside the work, a stranger to it. It’s a different language. It’s almost the enemy of the work. Whatever transformational transmission of weird beauty and consolation the work might possess can be utterly destroyed by the writer talking about it on the side.