Friday, July 31, 2009


The Japanese Crematorium and Norton's Creative Nonfiction Anthology

I mentioned late last year that my essay, Letter from a Japanese Crematorium, would be anthologized in volume 3 of "The Best Creative Nonfiction" published by Norton and edited by Lee Gutkind. The book is out now, and I'm waiting to get my hands on it to read the other pieces. The folks at Creative Nonfiction have also let me know that there has been some nice buzz, with a nod from the New Yorker blog. And the Creative Nonfiction web page reprints the nice review from Publisher's Weekly, which had the following nice things to say:

Among the standouts is five-time Pushcart winner Brenda Miller on a girl's changing relationship with her body as she grows into womanhood; Edwidge Danticat on an uncle's love of the ultimate expletive; an emotional “Letter from a Japanese Crematorium” by Marie Mutsuki Mockett; a family car deal gone awry by Margaret Conway; an exploration of the meaning of the mass murders at Virginia Tech through the sad eyes of gunman Seung-Hui Cho by Wesley Yang. The energetic Gutkind (Almost Human) edits his lean anthology with panache and gusto.

(Italics are mine). Thanks to all who made this happen! If you are interested, you can pre-order the book here. Enjoy.

waaaaaaaaaaaah!!! awesome!!!
Thanks, Moonie! It comes at a nice time. I needed a reminder that I am a write. ;-)
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