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Lucia Perillo Shortlisted for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

July 12, 2013

Lucia Perillo's Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, 2012) is on the shortlist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

This prize is awarded to " author whose debut work—a first novel or coll...ection of short stories published in 2012—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise."

Congratulations, Lucia!


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Lucia Perillo Awarded 2013 Shelley Memorial Award

April 17, 2013

The Poetry Society of America picked Lucia Perillo for their 2013 Shelley Memorial Award, which is "...presented annually to a living American poet selected with reference to his or her genius..." She shares the honor with Martin Espada.

A concise but excellent write-up of Lucia's artistic accomplishments is up on the Poetry Society's website, accessible here.

Congratulations, Lucia!

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"That Smell," an essay by Lucia Perillo

March 20, 2013

In celebration of Lucia Perillo's 2013 Pacific Northwest Book Award, NW Book Lovers shares her essay "That Smell."

 Here is a quick taste:


It’s unlikely that I ever visited a bookstore as a kid. My parents were too molded by that great trauma of their youths, the depression, to buy four children’s- worth of books. Especially not when we had a perfectly good public library.

Though I will get around to bookstores, I want to talk first about this library because of the sensual beauty of it. Set in an old building on top of the police station, you accessed it by climbing almost a full flight of stone steps, which there were wide stone banisters on both sides of, wide enough for a child to sit on, though the stone was not slippery. You had to use your feet to creep downhill.

All the details flood me now, with such clarity! More steps inside the building, turn right you could pay the bill for your garbage pick-up or your property tax, turn left and you stepped into the library with its creaky wooden floor.

The complete essay is available on the NW Book Lovers site.

Posted by waleslit on March 20, 2013  |  Permalink

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Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo: A PW Top 10 Pick

November 2, 2012

Lucia Perillo's story collection, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (W.W. Norton, 2012), won a Top Ten spot on Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2012.

Write-up and  starred, boxed review can be found here, and the list is here.

Congratulations Lucia!

Posted by waleslit on November 2, 2012  |  Permalink

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June 6, 2012

Oprah Magazine loves Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo. From the review:

“Don't tell me about bad boys,” writes Lucia Perillo. “I've seen my black clouds come and go.” What she's also seen are some pretty dark-minded women—from a solitary mother addicted to cough syrup to a mistreated housewife who dreams of armed robbery. In the hands of a less-talented writer, these characters would turn out hard-boiled and, worse, hard to love. Instead, Perillo infuses each one with joy and humor, celebrating the best intentions behind the worst choices... Relentlessly compassionate, this is a collection for the mistake makers and trying-as-hard-as-we-canners of the world—which probably means all of us.

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A PNBA Nomination!

April 25, 2012

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo (W.W. Norton, May 2012)was nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's Book Awards. The full list of 2013 nominees is here. Congratulations Lucia!

Posted by Waleslit on April 25, 2012  |  Permalink

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Stealing the Good Stuff

April 20, 2012

Q: What advice can you share for aspiring poets?
A: My advice to aspiring poets is to find a community of other poets who are willing to read one another’s work. And to read widely, in a variety of time periods and cultures, to identify which traits of poems are appealing and which aversive. And what can be stolen.

That's Lucia Perillo in an interview with Galleycat as part of their National Poetry Month series. Read the full interview here.

Posted by Waleslit on April 20, 2012  |  Permalink


Whaleboats under sail

March 28, 2012

"A true artist!"-- Two starred, boxed reviews for Lucia Perillo in the March 26 edition of Publishers Weekly for her first fiction collection, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, May 2012) and a new poetry collection.

MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-nominated [finalist] poet Perillo debuts a work of fiction in a lyrical short story collection that reveals a genius for plot and metaphor. The collection's 14 stories take place in the Pacific Northwest and chart a broad emotional arc... Perillo (Inseminating the Elephant) strikes a glorious balance between wryly intelligent prose and emotional force, recalling Alice Munro at her best. This volume's vibrant stories demonstrate the full potential of the short story form when put in the hands of a true artist.

You can read the full review for Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain here, and the review for On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths here.

Posted by Waleslit on March 28, 2012  |  Permalink

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