Salvatore Pane

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The UIndy Publishing Internship Network (PLUS: A Call For More Presses/Journals)


I’m so excited to announce that the UIndy English department will be teaming up with a large group of presses and journals over the next few years to offer our students onsite and offsite internships with organizations based in Los Angeles and Manhattan and hopefully everywhere else in between. This builds heavily off the work of Prof. Kevin McKelvey, and over the upcoming summer and fall, we’re placing our students into internships with Boss Fight Books, Braddock Avenue Books, and a host of other magazines and presses we shouldn’t announce just quite yet. I’m hoping to extend and build connections with other presses and journals over the coming months, and if you’re interested in having either an onsite or offsite intern in the fall, spring, or summer, please do not hesitate to contact me at This is an amazing opportunity for our students to get hands on learning in the publishing industry, but it’s also a good chance for them to show exactly how much they can do for you.


Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Braddock Avenue Books with PANK

patrick-stewart-bday“We’re 1 year old (more or less). And what a year it’s been! Help us celebrate with cocktails and readings at the Wigle Whiskey Distillery. All BAB backlist titles will be available at a 50% discount and our forthcoming title, Flannery O’Connor Prize-winning author, Gary Fincke‘s first novel, HOW BLASPHEMY SOUNDS TO GOD, will be available for pre-order.

BAB authors Aubrey Hirsch (WHY WE NEVER TALK ABOUT SUGAR) and Mason Radkoff (THE HEART OF JUNE) will be on hand to read and sign books.

AND! we’re incredibly excited to be joined by a contigent of PANK magazine writers who will be joining us behind the microphone:

Erik Schuckers
Crystal Hoffman
Melissa Dias-Mandoly
Leslie Anne Mcilroy
Sheila Squillante
M Bartley Seigel

Come join us (and give us a swift kick into our second year in business)”

LOCATION AND DETAILS HERE! You should go. I wish I could go. Cool.

Play Nintendo With Me At AWP


GUYS! If you swing by the Braddock Avenue Books table (Y17), you can get a SIGNED copy of my novel and PLAY NINTENDO WITH ME. That’s right. We’re going to play NES.

I’ll be there 10:30 through noon on Thursday, and then a few other times throughout the conference. This is your opportunity to challenge the 1995 Video Game Championship II Scranton Branch Winner.




1) Check out this awesome interview I did with Teddy Wayne over at The Millions. His novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, just dropped and we discussed the function of pop culture in fiction.

2) New review of Last Call in the City of Bridges over at NUVO, the independent voice of Indianapolis.

3) New Review of Last Call in the City of Bridges over at Fiddleback.

4) I did a podcast with the excellent writers Jay Varner and Patrick Culliton on their site Talus, Or Scree. Subjects include retro video games, Kanye West, and why Kevin Garnett is the worst.

5) I starred in a promotional video for UIndy’s English Department which focuses on my novel AND my pedagogy!

6) Braddock Avenue Books released the cover for their second release, a short story collection from the immensely talented Aubrey Hirsch. See above. IT’S SO DOPE.


Edward James Olmos and the Next Big Thing


Cathy Day recently tagged me in The Next Big Thing, a series of blog entries where writers across the genres interview themselves and promote their books. Basically, I answered a bunch of e-mail chain questions. It’s come to this. Expect interviews from Tyler Gobble and Jay Varner next week.

What is the title of your novel?

Last Call in the City of Bridges.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

On one level, the book is about how modern twenty-somethings mediate loneliness by turning to virtual friends on Facebook and Twitter instead of seeking comfort from physical, flesh and blood people. I was living in Pittsburgh when I started writing the book—this was in the summer of 2009—and the majority of my friends suddenly and en masse moved away. We tried to keep in touch via Facebook, but I quickly found myself feeling more depressed as I “liked” their photos and made comments on their links. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling.

What genre does your book fall under?

Literary fiction? Humor? Coming of age? Pop culture? Maybe wacky literary pop culture infused coming of age fiction?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

You know Edward James Olmos? The dude who played Admiral Adama in Battlestar Galactica? The sixty-five year old actor made famous in Stand and Deliver and Selena? I have this weird fantasy for a film version of Last Call where Olmos plays every character kind of like the barbershop scene in Coming to America, or more accurately, Eddie Murphy’s less successful venture, The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. Olmos plays nerdy twenty-something protagonist Michael Bishop. Olmos in drag plays love interest/pastor’s daughter Ivy Chase. Olmos plays Michael’s dead best friend from high school. Olmos plays everybody. The soundtrack is completely culled from Busta Rhymes’ 1999 sci-fi epic Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front. I would definitely watch that if somebody made it.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The novel was published by Braddock Avenue Books, a fantastic independent press based out of Pittsburgh. It’s headed up by Jeff Condran and Robert Peluso, both amazing writers in their own right. My work is represented by Jenni Ferrari-Adler of the Union Literary Agency. She’s a great editor, and she’s been an absolute pleasure to work with.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I completed a “draft” of Last Call in about four months, but it was missing major characters and what eventually became the ending. It couldn’t be more different, and it took me about three years of editing for the book to become what it is now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Man, this is ridiculous. Because if I say, “this book is a lot like The Great Gatsby,” I come off as a total douchebag. Instead, I think I’ll list some books that inspired Last Call: Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth, The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon, and anything and everything Lorrie Moore has ever done.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Kanye West. A$AP Rocky. Patrick Ewing. Spider-Man. Spider-Ham. Spider-Man 2099. Spider-Ham 2099. The world in Super Mario Bros. 3 where everything is really big. All the levels in Super Mario Bros. 3 where Mario gets to ride around in a giant green boot.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Look. I’m the worst at trying to convince people to read my stuff. For a brief, terrifying couple of days I thought You Better Fucking Read This: A Novel was a good title for the book. So I don’t know. If you want to read a book about the internet, sex, booze, classic Nintendo games, relationships, Obama, Pittsburgh, Kanye West, religion, death, and finding your way in the world, this might be a book you enjoy.

Jeffrey Condran on The Next Big Thing

In September of 2001, I was teaching at La Roche College. They sponsored a scholarship program called Pacem in Terris that brought students from ‘conflict and post-conflict nations’ to study in the United States. The very first course I taught there had roughly 20 students. Only one was American. The rest of the class came from Rwanda or Kosovo or from nations all over the Middle East. Going into the classroom to teach on September 12th and in the days and months that followed –years, really – was a life changing experience. My students’ shock and fear, the way they suddenly had to reassess their feelings about America and Americans, and they way their lives and characters would be tested during the rest of their time here – to suddenly be thought of as the enemy in a country for which most had developed true affection – were experiences about which I felt compelled to write.

–Jeffrey Condran on The Next Big Thing

My Pal Robert Peluso KILLS IT

It is unnerving, in this context, not only that Halloween was postponed with little more reason than because it could be but also that a number of major retailers moved Black Friday to the Thursday reserved for Thanksgiving, as if these days were nothing more than manipulable layers of a graphic designer’s Photoshop file to be cut and pasted wherever we choose on the calendar.  This kind of action, and our willingness to acquiesce to it, raises the stakes considerably.  It is not the same as, say, the Puritans putting the story of New England at the end of a biblical world history.  Now, we are tinkering with the very construction of the construct.  The idea of coherent narrative vanishes, leaving only manipulation in its place.

–Robert Peluso on Braddock Avenue Books

Jennifer E. Smith on International MFA Programs

It had quite a bit of influence; I don’t know if I would have ever written this book if it hadn’t been for my time over there.  I had a couple of friends studying in London at the same time, and I visited them often, just wandering around the city, which became a huge inspiration for the later parts of Statistical Probability.  Over the past few months, I’ve had a lot of readers email to ask whether I’m from the US or the UK, because they genuinely couldn’t tell while reading, and that’s a huge compliment.  With the dialogue, in particular, you want it to feel authentic, so I was especially conscious of this with Oliver.  I did have a Scottish friend read an early draft, and she caught me out on a few things (saying “yard” instead of “garden” and “store” instead of “shop”), but my time over there definitely helped with that and everything else.

–Jennifer E. Smith in Braddock Avenue Books

The Prologue of Last Call in the City of Bridges is Online at The Collagist

Check it out. Maybe buy the book? Cool?


Tonight, I’ll be reading the prologue from my novel, Last Call in the City of Bridges, live at 7pm est on UStream. At the end, I’m going to give out a promo code you can use on Braddock Avenue Books to get four dollars off the cover price. COME HANG OUT AND BE COOL! Best case scenario is you like the prologue and use the code to get a discounted book. Worst case scenario is you listen to the prologue for free and throw tomatoes at your computer screen.