Jim Hanas's Blog, page 37

April 22, 2011

"Two years ago today our relationship was reborn, which is why we call it Easter. Or that's why Karen calls it Easter. I call it Easter because Karen does. It's not really Easter, of course. It's the Fourth of July. It's Easter for me and Karen only."

- The beginning of my story, "July 4: Easter." Since I have an Easter story, I can never resist sharing it on or near Easter, in the hopes that it will become like A Christmas Carol, only for Easter. Read the rest of it and you will see that it almost certainly will not. Happy Easter!
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Published on April 22, 2011 07:30 • 6 views

April 21, 2011



Adult Education presents: "Social Anxiety" on May 3. Details here.


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Published on April 21, 2011 14:39 • 8 views

April 19, 2011

Next Friday, I'll be celebrating the release of my first book at One Story's Second Annual Literary Debutante Ball. To mark the occasion, I'm giving away five signed copies of my issue of One Story—#8, "The Cryerer," from 2002—and five one-year subscriptions to the magazine. Here's how it works:


Join my mailing list between now and midnight on Wednesday, April 27. (I average an announcement a month about new projects, reviews and interviews, events, etc.)
I'll choose five winners at random from the eligible entries. (You have to be in the U.S. or Canada to win. I can't afford to ship any further.)
I'll announce the five winners right here, the morning of the Literary Debutante Ball. Shortly thereafter, I'll mail the winners their signed copies of "The Cryerer" and sign them up for One Story gift subscriptions.

Everybody wins! (Or, specifically, a subset of everybody consisting of five people wins—but you get the idea.)


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Published on April 19, 2011 07:00 • 14 views

April 6, 2011



A giant version of my book cover, for the upcoming One Story Literary Debutante Ball.


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Published on April 06, 2011 07:00 • 17 views

March 30, 2011


My February reading at the InDigest reading series is now available as a podcast. Herein I read from my story "People Unlike Airplanes," bookended by selections from the writing of legendary 1920s advertising copywriter Ned Jordan.


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Published on March 30, 2011 07:00 • 23 views

March 28, 2011

"Each time I stop to collect a 'Where Were You?' batch, something in the reflections makes me recognize how the way I live and think has changed over time, but I hope it also quietly influences the way I will live and think from now on. This year's entries, I believe, include traces of a record of how a society remembers, mis-remembers, and forgets."

- Rob Walker's Where Were You? (2010) is out and available for free download. I'm a fan, as I've noted before.
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Published on March 28, 2011 11:00 • 17 views

March 23, 2011


Wow. It seems like just, well, five long, desperate years ago that I was introduced as an "emerging writer" at the New York Public Library as part of the CLMP's "Periodically Speaking" reading series. And now, finally, I'm coming out as a One Story literary debutante, along with Robin Black (If I Loved You I Would Tell You This), Susanna Daniel (Stiltsville), Seth Fried (The Great Frustration), and Jerry Gabriel (Drowned Boy), all One Story contributors, who—like me—released first books this year. Writing takes a long time is what I think I'm trying to say—especially the way I do it. 


One Story has been great to me over the years—I contributed in 2002!—and I'm thankful for the support they're giving me and my co-debutantes. All this will come to fruition on April 29, at a benefit event for which tickets are still available. Leading up the event, OS will run interviews with all of us about what it was like to get our first books out there. My interview is here.


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Published on March 23, 2011 09:39 • 20 views

March 18, 2011



Just saw Illustrator, animator, and Adult Ed alum Laurie Rosenwald. Her stuff is great. See for yourself.


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Published on March 18, 2011 12:20 • 10 views


Brian at Joyland created these great CD sleeves for Monday's event at The Bell House (and beyond). The Why They Cried CDs, which will be on sale, contain both ePub and PDF versions of the book. And of course I'll be on hand to sign them.


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Published on March 18, 2011 07:00 • 16 views

March 17, 2011

Yesterday, I sent out a brief e-mail newsletter about next week's event at The Bell House and about the upcoming One Story Literary Debutante Ball. Didn't get it? Then you are not on my list. You can fix that by joining my list here.


I send something out once a month, tops, and I'll never share your e-mail with anyone. In fact, I am so neurotically scrupulous that if you're thinking, "Jim and I are tight. I'm sure he put me on this list of his," you are almost certainly wrong. I don't put anyone on the list without explicit permission. So please take a second and sign-up.


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Published on March 17, 2011 07:03 • 13 views