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The Classics of Story Structure…and the Ever-Popular B-Sides

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Tuesday, June 5, 2-4 p.m.

Finding the Authentic Detail

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Tuesday, June 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Writing the Internet: Blogs, Essays, and Tweets

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Wednesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m.

Fierce Remix: Writing the Multiple Timeline Book

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Wednesday, June 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

March-April 2018

January-Feb. 2018

  • I will be reading at the February 18 At the Inkwell event in Denver at BookBar (4280 Tennyson St.) with Mairead Case, Richard Froude, and Elwin Michael Cotman.
  • I will be moderating a discussion of creative nonfiction with the fabulous writers Kristen Iverson and Helen Thorpe at the Mile High MFA's winter residency, Sunday, January 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Regis University, Claver Hall, Mountain View Room).
  • I interviewed one of my favorite up-and-coming fiction writers, Kirstin Valdez Quade, for the January 22 "Women in the Church" edition of America Magazine.
  • For Dallas Morning News, I wrote about 5 Novels You Won't Want To Miss that were published in January and February, including books by Xhenet Aliu, Will Boast, Sam Graham-Felsen, Brandon Hobson, and Meghan Kenny.

July-August 2017

  • The dates for the Wheat Ridge Reads events for The Ringer have been set!

Wheat Ridge Public Library's Thursday Morning Book Club

Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St; Wheat Ridge, CO

Free & open to the public

Thursday, September 21, 9 a.m.

Wheat Ridge High School

Thursday, September 21, afternoon

Books & Brews

El Aguascalientes Mexican Restaurant

4105 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Free & open to the public

Saturday, September 23, 4 p.m.

May-June 2017

March-April 2017

January-Feb. 2017

Nov.-Dec. 2016

Sept.-Oct. 2016

July-August 2016

May-June 2016

March-April 2016

Jan.-Feb. 2016

Nov.-Dec. 2015

Sept.-Oct. 2015

July-Aug. 2015


May-June 2015

March-April 2015

Jan.-Feb. 2015

  • I'm happy to announce that I'm joining the faculty of Regis University's brand-new Mile High MFA in creative writing. It's a low-residency MFA, perfect for those with busy lives. They're accepting applications now!
  • I will be reading from a story at the first ever Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination conference at USC from February 19 through 21. Headliners include Julia Alvarez, Tobias Wolff and Alice McDermott.
  • The Ringer is one of 12 semi-finalists out of 576 entries for the first Book Pipeline contest, which sought books to connect with production companies for film or television adaptation.
  • My report on Mark Zuckerberg's new Facebook book club appeared in PBS MediaShift:"Reading with Zuck: Inside the Facebook Book Club."
  • My review of Edan Lepucki's California ran in High Country News, and my review of Priya Parmar's Vanessa and Her Sister ran in Dallas Morning News.
  • I'm teaching a class for the University of Denver in April, "Funny Words: Writing Humor Under the Influence of Mary Roach." It will be a two-session craft class, followed by a reading with Mary Roach, a part of Denver Post's Pen and Podium series.

Nov.-Dec. 2014

Sept.-Oct. 2014

  • To celebrate the World Series, I joined nine other authors of baseball-themed fiction and nonfiction books on TheBaseballReader.com. Our publishers are offering our ebooks for Kindle at a discount during the World Series. Download The Ringer for its lowest price ever, $1.99, and pick up the other books for 99 cents or $1.99 a piece.
  • My satire, "Brad's Post-Disaster Community Newsletter," appears on The Toast.
  • I talked to a bunch of fabulous librarians making waves for my PBS MediaShift piece "Bright Orange 'Book Bikes' Signify Changing Times for Libraries."
  • Have I mentioned that I like to read? Well, yes, it's true. I interviewed Malcolm Brooks about his novel Painted Horses and reviewed Emma Donghue's Frog Music and Rachel Weaver's Point of Direction for High Country News. I reviewed David Mitchell's Bone Clocks and Jane Smiley's Some Luck for the Dallas Morning News.


July-August 2014

May-June 2014

March-April 2014

March - April 2014

  • My essay, "No Longer A Cowtown," about dragging my French husband around my hometown in an effort to convince him of Denver's greatness, appears in the new issue 3 of Offline, a magazine you can download for iPad or iPhone for 99 cents. It includes 5 stories each issue on culture, comedy, and design, with actor-recorded audio of each story.
  • I'll be speaking at the Denver Post about one of my favorite subjects ever, research for fiction, along with Ray Rinaldi and Amy Zimmer on Wednesday, April 2. Free tickets are available here.
  • I wrote about the annual AWP Conference for PBS Media Shift, "After Publishing Dinosaurs Falter, Little Literary Creatures Thrive."


Jan. - Feb. 2014

Nov.-Dec. 2013


Sept.-Oct. 2013

July-August 2013

May-June 2013

March-April 2013

  • I'll be teaching two classes for Boulder Writing Studio this winter and spring. On March 16, I'll teach a workshop about building your web presence, and on April 9, Robert Gatewood and I will teach a class about writing query letters, finding an agent, and submitting your work. Check the Boulder Writing Studio website for details.
  • I wrote about the potential for Amazon to begin selling "used" e-books for PBS MediaShift, and I discussed the article on Los Angeles NPR affiliate KPCC.
  • I reviewed Kent Haruf's Benediction and Sam Lipsyte's The Fun Parts for Dallas Morning News.
  • I reviewed The Snow Child by Eowen Ivey for High Country News.
  • My writing buddies and I established the Denver Literary Kidnapping and Drinking Club last year. Join us on Facebook, and come to our kidnapping of Emily Rapp at the Tattered Cover on March 11. Stay tuned--we'll be kidnapping Benjamin Percy in May.
  • I reviewed new documentary Out of Print, about the rise of digital reading and the decline of printed books, for PBS MediaShift.

January-Feb. 2013

Nov.-Dec. 2012

Sept.-Oct. 2012

  • Yee-ha! The Ringer won the High Plains Book Award in Fiction! Read all about it in Westword.
  • I'm looking forward to reading at the High Plains BookFest in Billings, Montana on Saturday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Yellowstone Art Museum, along with Adele Dueck, author of Racing Home, and Robin Troy, author of Liberty Lanes.
  • The High Country News fall book issue is out now, and I happily contributed three pieces to it--an appreciation of Kent Haruf's Plainsong in "Best of the West: Our Favorite Books," a review of T.C. Boyle's San Miguel, and an interview of three terrific fiction writers whose debut books are set in Nevada: Tupelo Hassman, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Ben Rogers. You have to be a subscriber to read the interview, but you can find the outtakes on my blog.


July-August 2012

July 2012


May-June 2012

March-April 2012

January - Feb 2012

  • I'm starting to teach a new 8-week novel class for Boulder Writing Studio on Monday, January 23. There are a few spots left, so check it out!
  • My review of Mary Doria Russell's Doc ran this month in High Country News. It's a fascinating novel that gave me a new appreciation of Doc Holliday. I also reviewed Joe Henry's Lime Creek, a beautiful book about a Wyoming ranch family, for HCN. I reviewed Best of the West 2011, an anthology of Western short fiction edited by Seth Horton and West of 98, an anthology of essays about the West, edited by Russell Rowland and Lynn Stegner, for the Dallas Morning News.
  • My article "Print Books Still Rule the Holidays: The Trouble With Gifting an E-Book" ran on PBS MediaShift, and PBS posted it on its Facebook page.

December 2011

  • Poets & Writers Magazine published my literary guide to Denver as a part of their City Guide series. It's long--I wanted to include everybody who makes Denver a great, bookish place to be.
  • Algonquin Books asked its authors to write about their favorite books of 2011, and Jonathan Evison, author of the awesome West of Here, was kind enough to mention The Ringer! He writes, "As good as Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is (and I wrote a blurb for it which started with the word “spectacular”), The Ringer may be even better. Like Harbach’s Fielding, baseball serves only as a framing device for this promising debut about such durable American themes as race, class, and family." Evison mentioned The Ringer on Northwest Book Lovers and Three Guys One Book, too!
  • I did my annual reading tally: I read 48 books this year. That's down about seven from my high a few years ago. I blame it on the fact that my own book came out this year and I had a lot of gallivanting around to do.

November 2011

  • Happy news: my "Recycle, Compost, or Trash: A Guide" that originally appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency will be included in a forthcoming anthology, The McSweeney's Book of Political Discourse, Scandals and Musicals, to be published by Vintage this summer. And my short story "Casa del Rey" will be in the spring issue of Santa Monica Review.
  • Thanks to Sally Evans, who interviewed me about The Ringer for her website Embracing Creativity.
  • Recent book reviewery: Here's my take on Naomi Benaron's Running the Rift and Dan Chaon's Stay Awake for the Dallas Morning News, and Anna Soloman's The Little Bride and Bonnie Nazdam's Lamb for High Country News.
  • Thanks to Amy Steele for including The Ringer on her best books of 2011 list on Entertainment Realm!

October 2011

September 2011

  • I'm looking forward to heading to the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula on October 6-8. On October 7, I'll will be on a panel with Craig Lancaster, Keir Graff, and David Abrams about online book reviewing, and I'll be doing a reading from The Ringer. On October 8, I will be on a panel about themes of novels set in the West with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jonathan Evison, and Joe Henry.
  • Recent book reviewery: I reviewed Robert Olen Butler's A Small Hotel and Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers for the Dallas Morning News, and I interviewed Shann Ray for the High Country News.
  • As you may have noticed, New West, where I was the Books Editor for four years, has gone dark. I have started my own blog, Mixed Company, which I hope to add more to in the future.

August 2011

August 2011

  • Ryan Warner interviewed me about The Ringer for a Colorado Matters show that will air on August 17 on Colorado Public Radio. You can also stream it online from cpr.org.
  • Tickets are available now for my September 8 talk at the Chautauqua Community House in Boulder.
  • I'm teaching an eight-week novel writing workshop through the Boulder Writers Workshop at the Boulder Book Store. It'll meet on Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m., starting on September 12. Sign up here. (You have to join the Boulder Writers Workshop Meetup to register, but don't worry, it isn't hard!)
  • I recently interviewed Manuel Muñoz about his wonderful new novel What You See in the Dark for New West.

July 2011

  • The Denver Diatribe hosted me for a discussion of the little league baseball and literary scenes in Denver. You can listen to the podcast here.
  • The Ft. Collins Coloradoan ran a great review of The Ringer in Nancy Hansford's local authors column.
  • I'll be teaching a class about novel writing for the Boulder Writers Workshop on July 16 at the Paradise Bakery in Boulder at 9:30 a.m. You can sign up here.
  • I'm looking forward to my reading at the Englewood Public Library on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. It's free to attend, and all are welcome.
  • Cathy Langer, head buyer for Denver's Tattered Cover, recommended The Ringer in this Summer Book Preview on Colorado Matters, a Colorado Public Radio show, and chose The Ringer for the Tattered Cover's Summer Reading 2011 list.
  • Steven Wingate interviewed me for Fiction Writers Review about being a book critic and a novelist.


June 2011

  • I just heard that The Ringer is one of five finalists for the Reading the West Book Awards sponsored by the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association! I'd do a backflip if only I were able!
  • Thanks to everyone who turned out for my Boulder Book Store reading, The Ringer is #1 on the Boulder Daily Camera Best Seller List and #10 on the Denver Post Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List!
  • A kind bookseller nominated The Ringer for the Reading the West Award, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association.
  • Paris-based novelist Janet Skeslien Charles was kind enough to interview me on her blog.
  • New Pages reviewed The Ringer: "Shank’s novel is a solid, well written, and enjoyable summer read, especially for fans of baseball…and homesick Denverites."


May 2011

April 2011

  • There was a great review in the Boulder Daily Camera in advance of my reading at the Boulder Book Store on April 27: The Ringer is "a compelling story that explores cultural and economic divisions, even as it makes clear they can be bridged through the most unexpected of circumstances."
  • Thanks to all you lovely people who came to my book launch at the Tattered Cover, The Ringer is #2 on the Denver Post Denver Best Seller List and #1 on the Tattered Cover best seller list for hardcover fiction.
  • New reviews of The Ringer are in High Country News, Stymie Magazine's baseball issue, and Spitball Magazine.
  • I'm gearing up for the big book launch of The Ringer at the Tattered Cover (LoDo) on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Come for the reading, and join me afterward for a drink at the Wynkoop Brewery!
  • Westword interviewed me about my Denver novel crusade and was kind enough to invite everybody to my Tattered Cover book launch. And my former employer, The Onion A.V. Club, gave a nice shout-out to my book: "In The Ringer, first-time novelist Jenny Shank displays an unerring sense of direction while steering her book through rugged emotional terrain with a deft touch and obvious skill."
  • Three Guys One Book features my essay about my childhood literary influences for their series When We Fell In Love: a shout out to Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, and Zora Neale Hurston.

March 2011

  • The Ringer is available in stores now! Ask for it at the Tattered Cover, Boulder Book Store, or your favorite bookseller, or find it online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Borders.
  • Listen to The Write Question on Montana Public Radio on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. or check it out online to hear my discussion with Chérie Newman about The Ringer.
  • My essay "Writing The Decent Denver Novel" appears on the Huffington Post Denver.
  • I will be speaking and reading from The Ringer the Denver Woman's Press Club meeting on March 21.
  • Image Journal gave The Ringer a great review: "The Ringer is a quintessential American story that deftly and compassionately examines the nuances of race, culture, and religion in contemporary society—and it does so with heart, wit, and playfulness."
  • I'm excited to report that I will be on Denver's KUVO during the R&B Jukebox on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. for an interview with Easy Bill, who will spin a Ringer-themed setlist. Tune in to 89.3 if you're in Denver, or stream it from KUVO.org from anywhere.
  • This month, I'm on a blog tour, writing guest posts and doing interviews with websites including The Huffington Post, Largehearted Boy, New West, Craig Lancaster's A Mind Adrift in the West, Montana Public Radio's The Write Question, Fiction Writers Review, The Entertainment Realm, and more. I'll post the links on the Events page as they appear.

February 2011

  • Library Journal gave The Ringer a fantastic review in their Spring Baseball Book Roundup: "Every first novel has the potential to seize the interest of a wide readership when it combines these elements: a young baseball player seeking solace on the field for the loss of a father killed by police in a botched drug raid; a veteran Denver police officer (and baseball coach) scarred by a life-ending and life-changing split-second decision; and the women-mother/widow and the wife-who seek to move forward with their lives. Add to the mix a fragile history of urban ethnic discord, rivalry and then unity in a common pursuit, and the fact that no truth ever remains hidden. The result is an entertaining and suspenseful tale with a compelling climax. For diamond fans and those who enjoy a well-written contemporary novel.—G.R."
  • Small Press Reviews loved The Ringer: "An astounding debut."
  • Operation El Johnway is on! Now to distribute his postcards around Denver…
  • The book launch for THE RINGER is set for April 8 at the LoDo Tattered Cover. I'll do a baseball-themed reading in honor of the Rockies' opening week.
  • Recent book reviewery: I wrote about Annie Proulx's new memoir Bird Cloud for the Dallas Morning News and I interviewed Eleanor Brown, Cortright McMeel and David E. Hilton about their new novels for New West.
  • Check out the great review of The Ringer in the April 2011 issue of 5280 Magazine: "Newbie novelist Jenny Shank knocks it out of the park (pun intended) with her first book, The Ringer. The dramatic story, set against the backdrop of a Little League championship, follows two Denver families from different cultures--opposing teams off the field, but teammates during the game--who are forced to deal with the tragic repercussions of a deadly mistake. Shank has a knack for writing prose that's both artful and detailed, and is bound to have a rewarding career as a novelist: This book was a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award." - Anna Bergquist.

January 2011

December - November 2010

  • Please check out my fourth annual Best Books of the West picks for New West. I break down my top 25 state by state in Part 1 and Part 2, and narrow it down to my top 6 Western books of the year here.
  • It's official! I'll be reading from THE RINGER at the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, Colo. on Wednesday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.).
  • I reviewed Brian Leung's Take Me Home for the Dallas Morning News.

October 2010

  • I am happy to report that my essay about writing, "Ham-and-Egger," will appear in the January/February 2011 issue of Poets & Writers.
  • I reviewed Benjamin Percy's taut, accomplished first novel, The Wilding, for the Dallas Morning News.
  • I reviewed Danielle Evans' moving and funny story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self for the Dallas Morning News.
  • The Ringer's very first review in Publishers Weekly: "Shank debuts promisingly with the dramatic story of two families upended by an accidental police shooting. Denver police officer Ed O'Fallon is wracked with guilt after he guns down a man during a drug raid; Patricia Maestas, meanwhile, is instantly made a widow and single mother. Their narratives are equally engaging: as Ed's marriage buckles under the weight of his feelings of guilt, Patricia struggles to keep her 12-year-old son, Ray, out of trouble. What keeps Ray off the streets is baseball--the same sport Ed's sons are devoted to. When an investigation reveals the warrant for the fateful raid had the wrong address, Patricia and her family become a symbol of the wrongs suffered by the Latino community. The novel comes to a full boil after Patricia and Ed discover one another's identities through their sons' baseball teams…The narrative…barrels toward a well-handled climax."

September 2010

  • My story "Moonlight, Starlight, Boogie Won't Be Out Tonight," is in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.
  • I interviewed Benjamin Percy about his new novel The Wilding for NewWest: Part 1 & Part 2.

August 2010

  • Check out this cool new Google Map of Book Festivals of the West we put together for New West. (And let me know if I forgot any festivals, conferences, or workshops.)
  • My review of Ivan Doig's Work Song appeared in the Dallas Morning News.
  • My review of Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story appeared in the Dallas Morning News.
  • I interviewed Colorado writer and musician Daniel Grandbois for New West.

June-July 2010

  • My review of Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector appeared in the Dallas Morning News.
  • I wrote for the Dallas Morning News that Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad "expertly captures the spirit of our times."

May 2010

  • "How to Go Along to Get Along" appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
  • My review of Brady Udall's awesome novel, The Lonely Polygamist, appeared in the Dallas Morning News. I also interviewed him for New West, here and here.
  • My review of Pam Grier's memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, ran in the Boulder Daily Camera. I, like Pam Grier, grew up in Denver and graduated from a Denver Public high school. Then, our paths diverged: she became the glamorous star of blaxploitation films and Quentin Tarantino's unforgettable Jackie Brown and the world's first female action hero, while I became a simple book reviewer. Also, guess which one of us Snoop Dogg visits when he passes through Colorado?

April 2010

  • My review of the new English translation of Adriana Lisboa's 2003 novel "Symphony in White" appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera.
  • New West April Fools' piece "Dr. Seuss Explains the Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic" was reprinted in the Forest Health Task Force newsletter, the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association newsletter, Sharon O'Toole's Western Folklife blog, Sun Valley Online, the Montana Wood Products Association, the Helena National Forest Newsletter, and the Minnesota Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter. According to one ranger, the piece has "circulated like wildfire around the Forest Service." This caused me to wonder how often forest rangers use the phrase "like wildfire" to describe non-fire phenomenon.

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

  • Review of The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism, edited by Alex Hunt, appears in the Winter 2010 issue of Western American Literature.

December 2009

  • Story, "Lightest Lights Against Darkest Darks" appears in the Winter 2009 issue of Prairie Schooner.
  • Check out my picks on New West for the best books in the West for 2009 (Part 1 and Part 2), as well as my top five books in the West.