A February Roundup (So You Don’t Have to Go Click-Click in All Sorts of Places)

Manuel Munoz, Portland, OR Oct 2011

Here’s a quick rundown of some interviews, articles, reviews, and other media for What You See in the Dark, all in a handy-dandy list:


An alumni profile in Harvard Magazine (for all the dirt on how Manuel came from dirt).

A radio interview with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW’s Bookworm (if you want to hear Manuel quiver in front of a genius).

A review by the film critic Charles Taylor at the IFC film blog (if you’d like a beautifully argued observation of the novel’s chief aims).

A review by the film critic Miguel Rodriguez at KPBS’s Cinema Junkie (if you’d like a consideration of why Psycho is used as the novel’s cultural touchstone).

An invited blog post at the Library of America (if you’d like to see the debt Manuel owes to the great mind of Gwendolyn Brooks).

Manuel’s Juror Favorite selection from the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (if you’d like proof that Manuel’s literary taste includes something other than his own, and also if you’d like to say you appreciated Matthew Neill Null before everyone else did).

Some pictures of Manuel’s work space (in case you’re curious like that).


An interview conducted by fellow writer Jenny Shank over at New West (if you want the scoop on why the hell Manuel did the second person thing).

An interview at TimeOut Chicago (if you want a precise rundown in a glossy, classy mag).

An interview with the lovely Creosote Journal (if you want some more about how Manuel ran across the Petula Clark/Harry Belafonte moment).

An interview with the very popular film blog, The Film Experience (if you want to hear Manuel go on about Robert Altman and the glory of Nashville again).

An interview with Houston’s OutSmart Magazine (if you’d like to get a read on Manuel’s sometimes testy relationship with queer literature).

A video interview with Park City TV in Utah (if you want to judge how jazz-handy Manuel is on camera, or to admire his scuffed boots).

An interview at La Bloga (if you’d like a take on small-town transgressors and a little cachetada at Obama’s tip-toeing).


They loved it at NPR.

They loved it at Publishers Weekly.

They loved it at O Magazine.

They loved it in Cleveland.

They loved it in Philly.

They loved it in Austin.

They loved it in Chattanooga and in Edmonton, Canada (no, really–there are just no links anymore!)


A playlist of film scores is posted over at Largehearted Boy.

A pairing with Chuck Palahniuk at Beverly in Movieland.

A review by Laura Marris at CultureMob.

A review by Lisa Peet over at Open Letters Monthly.

A review (for realzies!) from the very well-read Backlisted.

A review over at Three Guys, One Book.

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Fall 2011 Readings

Manuel Muñoz

Manuel Muñoz

Manuel goes back to teaching for Fall 2011 at the University of Arizona after a spring semester of book tours and lectures. But you can catch him:

Thursday, September 1st, 7:00 pm:
At the University of Arizona’s glorious Poetry Center, along with colleague Barbara Cully. (With thanks to the editors for linking to Manuel’s guest post on Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of America.)

Friday, September 23rd, 3:30 pm:
At the weeklong Fall for the Book Festival, sponsored by George Mason University and the city of Fairfax, VA

October 6-9, with details to come shortly:
At Portland’s fantastic Wordstock Festival

Friday, October 21st, 3:30 pm
At Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS (note who will be visiting in September…)

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The Spring Book Tour (as of 3/22/11)

A flurry of activity as the spring book tour gets underway, with many more dates still to be ironed out. Readings in greater Boston and Chicago, as well as Baltimore, have been added! Please visit the sponsor sites, should there be last-minute schedule changes. Confirmed as of 3/22/11:

March 12, 2011
Tucson Festival of Books: Unexpected Journeys, with Jess Walter, Todd Johnson, and (the very dashing) Jake Silverstein

March 31, 2011
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, with Lisa Alvarez
7:30 PM, Hall of Letters 100

April 6, 2011
Bakersfield College (day), presentation for students

Russo’s Bookstore, evening reading, Bakersfield, CA
6:00 PM, 9000 Ming Avenue, #I-4

April 7, 2011
Fresno City College
Presentation for students

April 8, 2011
Introduction and screening of Psycho, with book signing at Fresno’s historic Tower Theatre
5:30 PM, 815 E. Olive Avenue

April 9, 2001
M Is for Mystery Bookstore, San Mateo, CA
2:00 PM, 86 East 3rd Street

April 12, 2001
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
6:00 PM, 208B San Franciso Street

April 13-16, 2011
Latino Literary Imagination Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Please consult site, as Manuel will participate in several panels

April 18, 2011
Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
In conversation with Bryan Konefsky, director of Experiments in Cinema, moderated by Gene Grant, host of NM in Focus.
7:00 PM, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd., NW

April 19, 2011
Rainy Day Books, Kansas City
This event is at the Kansas City Library, but you must RSVP via Rainy Day
6:30 PM, Plaza Branch, 4081 Main Street

April 20, 2011
“Writing While Arizonan”: Lecture at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
3:30 PM, Hall Center for Humanities, 900 Sunnyside Avenue

April 21, 2011
Columbia College, Columbia, MO
6:00 PM, Dorsey Gym

April 25, 2011
Bentley College, Waltham, MA
Presentation for students

April 26, 2001
Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA
7:00 PM, 296 Walnut Street
With author Steve Himmer, and an introduction by Julia Glass

May 5, 2011
The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
7:00 PM, 1511 South 1500 East

May 7, 2011
Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
7:00 PM, 6428 S. McClintock Drive

May 9, 2011
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court partners with the Wilmette Theatre for a joint event. Screening of Psycho and author presentation.
7:00 PM, Wilmette Theatre
1122 Central Avenue, Winnetka, IL

May 10, 2011
Arts Club of Chicago Lunchtime Lecture Series, Chicago, IL
11:30 AM, 201 E. Ontario Street

May 10, 2011
Depaul University: “Things We Know: A Conversation Between Dorothy Allison and Manuel Muñoz
6:00-8:00 PM, John T. Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont Street

May 11, 2011
Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
7:30 PM, 2526 E. Colfax Avenue

May 19, 2011
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
6:30 PM, 400 Cathedral Street
With fellow Algonquin author Jon Michaud

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Selected Previous Events

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, December 1, 2010

University of California at Santa Cruz, November 5-6, 2010

Willamette University, Salem, OR, September 30-October 1, 2010

Gala benefit reading for PEN/Faulker’s Writers in Schools, Folger Library, Washington, DC, September 19-21, 2010

Carleton College, Northfield, MN, April 22-23, 2010

Associated Writing Programs (AWP), Denver, CO, April 7-12, 2010

Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, March 25-27, 2010

West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, WV, March 18, 2010

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ, March 12, 2010

Cornell University’s Centennial Plus Five Reading Series: Epoch Celebrates the Publication and Its People, Ithaca, NY, October 15, 2009

Indiana Writers’ Conference, Bloomington, IN, June 14-19, 2009

“Geography in Latino Literature,” with Mayra Montero and Loida Maritza Pérez, moderated by CNN correspondent María Hinojosa, The Americas Society, New York, NY, April 16, 2009

Arizona State University, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Tempe, AZ, March 3, 2009

Associated Writing Programs conference, “Latinos in Lotusland,” with Daniel Olivas, Kathleen Alcalá, Michael Jaime-Becerra, and Estella González, Chicago, IL, February 14, 2009

Poetry Center, with Tenney Nathanson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November 13, 2008

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, October 26-28, 2008

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, October 8-9, 2008

The 10th International Conference on the Short Story in English, “The Lonely Voice,” Cork, Ireland, June 19-22, 2008

DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA, June 5, 2008

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Helena María Viramontes, April 24-25, 2008

Key West Literary Seminar, “New Voices,” Key West, FL, January 17-20, 2008

Chicano & Latino Writers Festival/Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, St. Paul, MN, November 7, 2007

Reedley College, Reedley, CA, October 11, 2007

Santa Fe Short Story Festival, Santa Fe, NM, October 4-6, 2007

Finalist reading, Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, Munster Centre, Cork, Ireland, September 20, 2007

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Houston, TX, June 27, 2007

Houston Community College, Houston, TX, June 27, 2007

National Arts Club, New York, NY, with Helena María Viramontes and Min Jin Lee, New York, NY, June 14, 2007

Los Angeles Public Library/ALOUD Reading Series, “Telling Stories That Matter,” Los Angeles, CA, with Helena María Viramontes, Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2007

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, with Helena María Viramontes, May 15, 2007

Stanford University, with Helena María Viramontes, Palo Alto, CA, May 14, 2007

College of the Sequoias, “Testimony, Declaration, and Witness,” with Helena María Viramontes, Visalia, CA, May 11, 2007

Quetzal Quill at Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY, with poets Ada Limón and Cynthia Cruz, New York, NY, May 7, 2007

Arkansas Literary Festival, with Richard Blanco, H.G. Carrillo, Rene Saldaña, Jr., Willie Perdomo, and Liliana Valenzuela, Little Rock, AR, April 22, 2006

Associated Writing Programs Conference, “Maestros y Protegidos: A Reading by Latino Mentors and Their Proteges,” with Helena María Viramontes, Judith

Ortíz Cofer, Lorraine López, and Rich Yañez, Austin, TX, March 11, 2006

Saltonstall Literary Salon, with Helena María Viramontes and H.G. Carrillo, Ithaca, NY, February 12, 2006

Chicago Humanities Festival, “The Mexican-American Identity,” Chicago, IL, November 12, 2005, with Luis Alberto Urrea, Rubén Martínez, and Brenda Cárdenas

Florida Center for the Literary Arts/Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL, November 9, 2005

MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), San Jose, CA, October 21, 2005

California State University at Fresno, Fresno, CA, October 20, 2005

Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY, October 6, 2005

Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe/New York University Latino Studies, “Language Manufraktured Here,” New York, NY, September 27, 2005

The Cutting Room/Swink magazine, New York, NY, June 20, 2005

WordTheatre/Swink magazine, Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2005, “The Comeuppance of Lupe Rivera,” read by Wilson Cruz

The Bookery, Ithaca, NY, May 1, 2005

Cornell University Alumni Association, “The Cornell Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity, Advancing Inclusion,” Ithaca, NY, April 30, 2005, with Victor D. LaValle and Fiona Cheong

Cambridge Public Schools/SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), Cambridge, MA, April 14, 2005

Arkansas Center for the Book, Fayetteville Public Library, and the Arts Center of the Ozarks, “La Voz Latina! A Celebration of Latino Authors” Springdale, AR, March 18-19, 2005

National Public Radio, author interview and broadcast of “Skyshot,” Selected Shorts, fall/winter 2004-5 season (broadcast October 2004)

California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, October 26, 2004

California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA, October 25, 2004

Brooklyn Public Library, Latino Author Series, Brooklyn, NY, October 14, 2004

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles, CA, September 10, 2004, “By the Time You Get There, by the Time You Get Back,” “Not Nevada,” and “Museo de Bellas Artes” read by Efrain Figueroa, David St. James, and Sally Shore

“Selected Shorts on Tour” for National Public Radio, J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, May 23, 2004, “Skyshot” read by Hector Elizondo

LGBT Center, New York, NY, April 22, 2004, with Aaron Hamburger and Rob Williams

Monkey Temple, Red Room Reading Series, New York, NY, April 13, 2004, with David Ebershoff

Associated Writing Programs Conference, “Latino Voices,” Chicago, IL, March 24, 2004, with Rigoberto González, Sergio Troncoso, and Rich Yañez

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY, February 29, 2004, with Rigoberto Gonzalez

Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, November 16, 2003

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