Everyone Has A Story

Christmas Tree at Longfellow Books, Portland, Maine.

Happy December, Freerange readers! I can hardly believe how fast the weeks have gone by. New York is starting to take on the gilded, glittery look it wears so well this month, a Christmas tree is sitting next to me in my apartment as I write this, and a mug of mint hot chocolate is by my side. We’ve already had our first snowfall, and Brenda Lee is rocking the airwaves once again. There are Christmas specials to look forward to (I can probably recite the entirety of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation after watching it every year since I was eight), holiday parties and end-of-year book lists, reunions with family and friends (and hopefully a healthy dose of good cheer).
 
Speaking of reuniting with friends, this week’s interview is Freerange alum, New York Times bestselling author, and jack-of-all trades Baratunde Thurston, in conversation with Freerange’s Mira Ptacin. Baratunde’s nonfiction bestseller, How to Be Black, has just been released in paperback. Read the interview with the man President Barack Obama called “someone I need to know,” here.
 
We’d also like to announce a Call for Submissions to Freshly Hatched, Freerange’s weekly literary magazine; past contributors have included Jennifer Sky, Lidia Yuknavitch, Roxane Gay, Chloe Caldwell, and Michael Kimball. We’re currently seeking narrative nonfiction that’s under 3000 words, as well as brief vignettes on the nonfiction books that have shaped, moved, troubled, or inspired you. Submission details can be found here.
 
Finally, if you’re searching for that perfect gift for the writer in your life, Freerange now offers full editing services through Freerange FineTuning. Whether you’re looking for a thoughtful and thorough manuscript critique, a polished query letter, or a proofread business report, Freerange offers specialized services designed to meet the needs of writers, scholars, and storytellers. And for those looking for on-going support, we’ll work with you over time to help you fully develop as a writer. You can read more about Freerange FineTuning here.
 
Always,
 
Michelle K.
Managing Editor of Freerange Nonfiction