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IN THIS UPDATE: Myla Goldberg, Alissa Nutting, Joshua Glenn.

UPCOMING EVENT: On October 9th (from 6-7 p.m. at San Francisco’s Root Division, as part of Litquake’s Litcrawl), SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS will present its first live event: An Evening of Remarkable Stories about Unremarkable Things featuring Rob Baedeker, Chris Colin, Miranda Mellis, Beth Lisick, and Katie Wiliams. PLUS: the first-ever Object Slam. Map to Venue. Confirm your attendance on Facebook!


1) Myla Goldberg‘s new novel, The False Friend, is being released by Doubleday on October 5, and she’s doing a number of readings. More info at her website. For example:

October 4
She’ll be the guest on the Diane Rehm show on NPR, which streams live from 11am to noon (EST).

October 6 & 7
She’ll be reading in New York.

October 9 & 10
She’ll be reading at the Wordstock Festival in Portland, OR.

October 16
She’ll be reading at the Boston Book Festival.

October 28 & 29
She’ll be reading in San Francisco.


2) Alissa Nutting‘s book of short stories, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, comes out on October 1st.

Nutting’s short story “Dying Is All I Think About” is in the fall issue of BOMB magazine. Her review of Gary Lutz’s I Looked Alive (Black Square Books/Brooklyn Rail, 10/1/2010) will be published by Fanzine in the coming weeks. She will be reading in NY at The Center for Fiction, Thursday, October 14th at 7pm.


3) The blog Design Observer (with whom Significant Objects partnered for a week during SOv1) has published a slideshow spotlighting S.O. coeditor Joshua Glenn’s collection of Cold War-era “X” paperbacks. Excerpt from introduction:

I started collecting Cold War-era (i.e., from the end of WWII through détente) “X” paperbacks when I was 12 years old. From the pulp fiction pile in my grandfather’s summer house in Maine, I smuggled home a 1945 Pocket Book edition of Philip MacDonald’s Warrant for X. I didn’t want to read it; I was obsessed with the free-standing “X” on its cover: two swipes of red paint topped by two narrower swipes of white. Thus rendered, the letterform struck me — though not in these terms — as the quintessential signifier of all things mysterious and dangerous, forbidden and sexy.

View Glenn’s complete “X” collection, as well as a collector’s guide, at


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