JUDGE, 25TH ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

JUDGE, 25TH ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

King’s award winning novel, Letters To Alice, receives a wonderful review from its judge for yet another literary contest sponsored by Writer’s Digest! Check out the review:

In LETTERS TO ALICE, King Grossman gives us a profoundly interesting character in Frazier Pickett III, who calls himself “the slumbering man.” He’s a writer who can’t write anymore, and in some ways he reminds me of Leonard Schiller, the blocked novelist protagonist of Brian Morton’s wonderful novel STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING. But LETTERS TO ALICE is also the story of the woman who inspired Boris Pasternak to get his manuscript for DOCTOR ZHIVAGO out of Russia, and it’s one of the most impressive things about Grossman’s book that he manages to spin these two storylines side by side as adroitly and adeptly as he does. The book is a long and delicious binge, and the writing is very solid and engaging throughout. The characters live and breathe, and the dialogue is rich and believable. The book’s cover design is striking and apt; the interior design is also quite good, though perhaps the font is a bit small for these old eyes. But that’s a very minor complaint about a book which otherwise impresses me greatly. The seamlessness of the narrative is what’s most remarkable—this must’ve involved a lot of research, and the seams absolutely do not show. The book’s effortlessness is kind of miraculous, actually.

Three of King’s Poems to be Published by The Paragon Journal

These poems “FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL WITHOUT MAPS”, “SO GINGERLY WE TAKE THE STATUES DOWN”, and “AMID TALK OF PLACING SOLAR PANELS ON THE U.S.’ VERY OWN BERLIN WALL”, represent a mix of lyrical meditations and a fist raised against political corruption and societal injustice, beauty placed alongside resistance, in my experience, a necessary combination. Thanks so… Continue Reading

King’s Short Story Pearls In The Mist to be Published in Patricia Hamilton’s Book Life In Pacific Grove California

As part of Patricia Hamilton’s Stories of America series, King is pleased to offer for her book, Life In Pacific Grove California, his short story to a collection of stories about the community in which he lives. King’s piece, Pearls In The Mist, is a fantastical ode to a place close to his heart, and to his feet,… Continue Reading

King as Host of Artivism on Your Town TV Focuses on the Ongoing Movement of Standing With Standing Rock

In this airing of Artivism King is so pleased to have interviewed Standing Rock allies, Chuck Banner, Television Producer/Director/Documentarian; Lauren Banner, Documentarian/Artist/Activist; and, Kelsey Hill, Social Media Director for the Romero Institute. From their experiences at Standing Rock in North Dakota each of King’s guests offer unique and perceptive viewpoints on the movement for restorative social… Continue Reading

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