NEWS

July 2, 2020

John talks about his strategies for "Writing a Pandemic Without Panic" at the Secluded virtual writing conference. Session to start at 9:00 AM, Central Time, USA. Registration for the conference is free!

July 2, 2020

John's reads from his forthcoming novel Nous Nous, for the very first time, at the Secluded virtual writing conference. Session to start at 12:30 PM, Central Time, USA.  Registration for the conference is free!

November 22, 2019

John's reads from his fiction at the Arkansas Philosophical Association's annual conference in Little Rock.

November 1, 2019

John's novel Nous Nous, a suspense story about religious intolerance, child abduction, and the catastrophic effect of trauma is under contract with Braddock Avenue Books. The book is forthcoming in Spring 2021.

October, 2019

John publishes the short story "Him and Me" in the literary journal r.k.v.r.y.

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RADIO APPEARANCE!!!

 

On Friday, March 9, 2018, John was the featured artist on KUAR-Little Rock radio's Arts and Letters program.  He talked about The Last Days of Oscar Wilde with host J. Bradley Minnick. 

RADIO APPEARANCE!!!

 

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, John appeared on KUAF-Fayetteville radio's Ozarks at Large program.  He spoke with host Antoinette Grajeda about his novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde and about Wilde's own turbulent life and times. 

March, 2019

John reads his new short story "Him and Me" at the Arkatext Writers Festival in Conway, Arkansas. 

March 2, 2018

What Is That Book About publishes a review of Last Days: "It was enlightening and heart breaking." 

RADIO APPEARANCE!

 

On Friday, March 17, 2017 John was the featured artist on KUAR-Little Rock radio's Arts and Letters program.  In the episode, he was interviewed by producer J. Bradley Minnick about his 2013 novel Days on Fire, a fictionalized account of the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh. 

February 26, 2018

Book blogger Alyssa Lynn Palmer publishes a review of Last Days: "Almost immediately, you’re drawn into Oscar Wilde’s life. It only takes a page or two, and his personality is so vivid that I began to feel as if I might know him." 

February 21, 2018

Just Reviews publishes an interview with John about Oscar Wilde and The Last Days.

RADIO APPEARANCE!

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 John was interviewed about Island Fog on WCAI radio, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He appeared on The Point program to talk shop with host Mindy Todd.  

February 13, 2018

 

John holds a Last Days celebration/kickoff at the one and only Oscar Wilde NYC restaurant in New York City.  

February 12, 2018

 

John appears on-stage, and reads from Last Days, as part of the February edition of Muldoon's Picnic at the Irish Arts Center in NYC.  The program includes Irish actress Lisa Dwan, Irish fiddler Nollaig Casey, the lyrical/poetical talents of Paul Muldoon--and hours of great music! 

February 1, 2018

 

Man of La Book reviews Last Days: "The depiction of the last days of the author . . .  is an experience. One could almost feel themselves in the same filth hotel room, watching Oscar Wilde’s life slip away without being able to help."

January 30, 2018

 

The book blog A Bookish Way of Life reviews Last Days: "This is a book that you will love and won't forget."

January 24, 2018

 

The book blog Dwell in Possibility praises The Last Days of Oscar Wilde: "[Vanderslice] skillfully keeps the focus on characterization, with each part of the story driving toward a better understanding of Oscar Wilde as a character and, ultimately, as a person. . . how wonderful to have one more chance to see him again, even in the sad moments, and to realize the very human capacity for hope even to the end."

January 21, 2018

 

In the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, reviewer Philip Martin praises The Last Days of Oscar Wilde as "tender and eloquent."  Martin writes, "This is a talky, thoughtful book . . . .its portrait of Wilde is not of a flamboyant creature given to aphoristic exclamations and barbed quips but of a sensitive and serious artist starving from a lack of meaningful human contact."

January 18, 2018

 

An excerpt from The Last Days of Oscar Wilde appears in Literary Hub!!!

January 16, 2018

 

Fiction Writers Review publishes an interview with John in which he discusses historical fiction and the writing of The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.  

January 15, 2018

 

Gabina 49 publishes a review of Last Days and gives it 5 stars!!  "Heartfelt, well researched, and definitely worth the read." 

January 15, 2018

 

The book blog  The Book Diva Reads publishes an excerpt from The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.  

January 15, 2018

 

The book blog  Dab of Darkness Book Reviews publishes an interview with John.  

January 15, 2018

 

The Last Days of Oscar Wilde published and available for purchase!

January 11, 2018

 

John appears on KUAF radio's Ozarks at Large to discuss The Last Days of Oscar Wilde with host Antoinette Grajeda.

December 25, 2017

 

Kirkus Reviews posts a review of The Last Days of Oscar Wilde!

They call it "a tender portrait of a literary giant." 

December 17, 2017

 

Southern Maryland News Online rush an interview with John.  He talks about what made him into a writer, and why he keeps doing it.

October 28, 2017

 

The Last Days of Oscar Wilde becomes available for pre-order through Amazon.com, bn.com, and other online outlets.

October 27, 2017

 

John reads from his forthcoming novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde, at the 2017 meeting of the Arkansas Philological Association.  The meeting be held Oct. 27-28 at  the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, in downtown Little Rock.  John's session will run on Friday morning (Oct. 27) from 10:00-11:00 in room 124.  

October 11, 2017

For the first time since the announcement of its looming publication, John reads from his forthcoming novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde, at the annual Oxford American UCA Faculty Reading: 7:30 PM at the UCA Downtown building on Oak Street, in downtown Conway, Arkansas. 

September 10, 2017

Island Fog  garners a mention in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, specifically the "What We're Reading, and Why" article by Karen Martin.  

March 17, 2017

John's previous novel Days on Fire is the featured subject of the latest

Arts and Letters program on Little Rock's KUAR radio, 89.1 FM.  

December, 2016

John is invited to write a guest post for the Superstition Review

blog.  In the post he considers the role of the artist in an American society that will soon have one Donald J. Trump as its president.

November 30, 2016

Two of John's plays are performed during UCA's Festival of One Acts:

 

"Look Alike" and "Visa."

October 20, 2016

John reads his short story "Capuchin" in Torreyson Library on the UCA campus.  The reading is part of an effort to celebrate and promote the newly unveiled Readers' Map of Arkansas, which features John along with several other UCA-based writers. 

October 4, 2016

John gives a preview of his forthcoming historical novel The Last

Days of Oscar Wilde during an MFA faculty reading

at the Oxford American magazine's annex in downtown

Little Rock.

September, 2016

John's one-act play Look Alike selected by the UCA Theatre Department for inclusion in its end-of-the-semester Festival of One-Acts.

September 14, 2016

John gives a central Arkansas premier reading from his

forthcoming novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.  He reads

at Irby Hall on the campus of the University of Central

Arkansas, before an audience of graduate and undergraduate

students.

May, 2016

 

John signs a contract with the New Orleans based Burlesque Press.  They will publish his historical novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.  To be released late in 2017!

April, 2016

A new, updated version of the Reader's 

Map of Arkansas is unveiled in Little

Rock.  John and his Island Fog make the 

map!

Spring 2016

 

Two bizarre flash fictions by John are accepted for publication by national literary magazines: "Parrot" by MUSE (forthcoming) and "Nouvelle Cuisine" by Radvocate (also forthcoming).

October, 2015

 

Island Fog is named a finalist for the 2015 Housatonic Fiction Award! 

August, 2015

 

John visits Nantucket Island for the first time since the publication of Island Fog.  On Tuesday, August 11, he signs copies of the book at the historic Mitchell's Book Corner in downtown Nantucket.  

July 16, 2015

 

John writes a guest blog post for Superstition Review.  In it he examines various myths about teaching that seem to underlie the critically acclaimed movie Whiplash. 

July, 2015

 

John is profiled in the Artist Highlight of July's Women's Inc. magazine.  He answers questions about writing and about Island Fog for editor Jennie Strange. 

June, 2015

 

John's short story "Dear Aunt J" appears in the print journal Short Story (NS Volume 21, No. 2).  It's an imaginary letter from Chef Boyardee to Aunt Jemima!  For a copy, look in bookstores carrying literary journals or contact the Department of English at the University of Texas-Brownsville.

June, 2015

 

John's short story "Dear Aunt J" appears in the print journal Short Story (NS Volume 21, No. 2).  It's an imaginary letter from Chef Boyardee to Aunt Jemima!  For a copy, look in bookstores carrying literary journals or contact the Department of English at the University of Texas-Brownsville.

Spring, 2015

 

John publishes two short stories in renowned national literary magazines: "The Function of a Story" in Potomac Review (issue 56) and "Something for Dinner" in the inaugural issue of Cherry Tree!

January 21, 2015

 

The blog tour ends on a very high note! Book Geek blog says, "Island Fog is one of the best short story collections I have ever read!" 

January 20, 2015

 

The book blog Bibliotica raves about Island Fog : "From the opening chapters to the last words of the last story, I was hooked on John Vanderslice’s writing voice."

January 16, 2015

 

The book blog Peeking Between the Pages reviews Island Fog : "John Vanderslice definitely has an exquisite way with words, thoughts, and feelings."

January 13, 2015

 

The No More Grumpy Bookseller blog reviews Island Fog : "A thought-provoking read . . .Vanderslice proves he is a strong writer with a talent for connecting his readers to his characters."

January 12, 2015

 

The Discerning Reader blog reviews Island Fog : "A well crafted collection filled with plenty of history, mystique and intrigue . . . Highly recommend."

January 9, 2015

 

The book blog The Book Binder's Daughter publishes a review of Island Fog: "a clever, well-written and entertaining collection of short stories.  It makes me eager to read longer works by the author."

January 8, 2015

 

Fiction Writers' Review publishes an interview with John about writing and Island Fog!

January 8, 2015

 

Island Fog is reviewed on the book blog Savvy Verse & Wit: "The collection would generate lively discussions in a book club."

January 7, 2015

 

Island Fog is reviewed on the book blog Books on the Table: "It's so compelling that I read it in just two sittings."

January 7, 2015

 

Island Fog is reviewed on the book blog Svetlana's Reads and Views: "a very powerful collection of short stories."

January 5, 2015

 

Eleven day blog tour starts!  Island Fog is reviewed on the book blog The Year in Books: "It's a book that still haunts me  after having finished it."

December 4, 2014

 

John's new short story "Capuchin" is published in  Superstition Review.

November 5th, 2014

 

The book blog Readsalot gives Island Fog 41/2 stars, saying "the prose is beautiful."

October 31, 2014

 

Island Fog is named one of the Top 15 Indie Fiction titles of 2014 by the Library Journal!

October 31st, 2014

 

John appears on KABF radio, Little Rock, Arkansas to talk about Island Fog with host Jason Weist on his Big Gay  Radio Show.  (Sorry, no podcast available.)

October 31st, 2014

 

John is interviewed about Island Fog in The Practicing Writer newsletter, edited by internet whiz kid  and "resource maven" Erika Dreifus!

October 23rd, 2014

 

John is the day's spotlighted author on the book blog Reading is Better Than Life.  The spotlight contains a substantial interview iwth the author!

October 22nd, 2014

 

John appears on The Edge of Sanity show on KUCA radio in Conway, Arkansas to talk about Island Fog with hosts Mark Lager and John Mitchel.  

October 19th, 2014

 

The Australian book blog The Bookshelf Gargoyle includes Island Fog  in its Indie Fiction Roundup: "Each of the stories in this collection feels like a novel."

October 19th, 2014

 

The book blog Books Are Love raves about Island Fog, declaring "this book is amazing!"

October 7th, 2014

 

John's novel-in-progress The Escapists was named a finalist in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-in-Progress competition, administered by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society of New Orelans.

October 7th, 2014

 

John's short story "Escape to Ash," published in the anthology Appalachian Voice, nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

October 6th, 2014

 

John appears on the interview show Ozarks at Large on KUAF radio, Fayetteville, Arkansas and talks about how he came to write Island Fog.  

October 4th, 2014

 

The book blog Deal Sharing Aunt gives Island Fog a "5 out of 5" and declares "It was hard for me to put this book down!"

October 3rd, 2014

 

John is the subject of an Author Highlight on the book blog Mrs. Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews.

October 2nd, 2014

 

Island Fog e-book version available for Kindle.

October 2nd, 2014

 

Excerpt from Island Fog is published on the WeWantedToBeWriters website.

October 2nd, 2014

 

Island Fog released on BN.com and Amazon.co.uk.

October 1st, 2014

 

Island Fog officially released on Amazon.com.

 

September 28th, 2014

Sunday's Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Phillip Martin, publishes a review of John Vanderslice's book comparing his Nantucket to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg and Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha.

September 26th, 2014

Southern Maryland newspaper interviews John about his writing life!

September 25th, 2014

UK's Beck Valley Books reviews Island Fog!

September 18th, 2014

Kirkus reviews Island Fog and calls it "a spellbinding collection!"

September 15th, 2014

Oh my bookness, via the General Book Reviews blog, posts a review of Island Fog just two weeks before the release date!

August 19th, 2014

The book blog, Just Reviews, posts a substantial descriptive review of Island Fog a month before publication.

June 14th, 2014

David Abram's popular book blog The Quivering Pen mentions Island Fog.

 a copy of The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.