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The story of David Harris, a struggling musician and songwriter in the middle of a devastating divorce. His break-up is complicated by the fact that David and his wife Laura are the parents of a young child, who they both desperately want to protect. To deal with the emotional blow, David joins a therapy group and is introduced to a variety of men - some of whom are in the middle of their own separations or custody battles, and some of whom have already gone through what David is now experiencing.

Verboten Announces June 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

Verboten swings into summer, heating up the dancefloor with a stellar June lineup that brings the likes of Nosaj Thing, Martyn, Worthy, Maya Jane Coles, and Paco Osuna, plus indie dance series Zeitgeist with Moon Boots, Bag Raiders, The Juan Maclean, and many more to Brooklyn's newest clubbing hotspot. Verboten also continues its successful Sunday DJ Brunch series, offering delicious brunch fare everySunday alongside track selections from Lee Curtiss, jozif, Yousef, Signal Flow, Fritz (from Azari & III) and more. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - JENNIFER LOPEZ Releases 'First Love' Music Video
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Jennifer Lopez has releaed the official music video for her new single 'First Love.' The artist will release her new album A.K.A. on June 17. Get a first look below! (more...)

Departing FOX Exec Kevin Reilly Cites Launching GLEE as Proudest Moment
by TV News Desk - May 30, 2014

The exec talks about his decision to leave the network and some of his proudest achievements during his tenure. (more...)

Diabetes Forecast Magazine Launches Summer Issue
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Relaxed dining outdoors makes conversations sparkle and cares DRIFT away. The June 2014 issue of Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, offers delightful recipes with fresh ingredients that taste even better in the open air. (more...)

MEMSIC Introduces World's Highest Performance Three-Axis Magnetic Sensor
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

ANDOVER, Mass., May 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) MEMSIC Inc., a leading sensing solution provider, announced today the availability of its MMC3524xPJ Three-Axis Magnetic Sensor. This fully integrated device achieves a dramatic increase in performance over competing devices, particularly in the areas of stability over temperature and time, and insensitivity to external magnetic disturbance. In particular, the offset DRIFT over temperature is <1.5mGauss, which is more than 100x better than the nearest competitor. Additionally, the device can withstand a magnetic disturbance of up to 100G without recalibration. This enhanced stability enables the elimination of the inconvenient and frequent 'figure-8' user calibration, delivering a whole new user experience in mobile phones, tablets and wearable devices. (more...)

TCG Releases Eric Bogosian's 100 (MONOLOGUES); Watch Them Now!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) just announced the publication of 100 (monologues) by Eric Bogosian. The book is a collection of Bogosian's acclaimed monologues, which were originally performed as part of his six Off-Broadway solo shows that premiered between 1980 and 2000. To check out videos of the monologues, a performed by Jessica Hecht, Sebastian Stan, Sam Rockwell, Michael Shannon and more, visit: http://100monologues.com/ (more...)

Highest Accuracy Isolated Sigma-Delta Modulator Increases Efficiency of Motor Drives and Power Inverters
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

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Nicki Minaj Announces New Single 'Pills N Potions' on Instagram
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Nicki Minaj turned to Instagram today to announce that her next single, to be titled 'Pills N Potions,' will be out this Wednesday, May 21st. (more...)

Avago Technologies Introduces New Family of Optocouplers in 14.2mm Wide Creepage and Clearance for High Voltage Applications
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SINGAPORE, May 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Avago Technologies (Nasdaq:AVGO), a leading supplier of analog interface components for wireless, wireline, and industrial applications, today announced a new family of 14.2mm optocoupler devices, the ACNT-Hxxx, designed for high voltage applications. The ACNT-Hxxx family consists of three major product series: the ACNT-H3xx, high efficiency gate drive optocouplers for driving IGBTs; the ACNT-H6xL, low power 10MBd digital optocouplers for system control and data communications; and the ACNT-H79x, high linearity isolation amplifiers for current and voltage sensing applications. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Standing Room Only Productions' FEELING ALRIGHT! Leaves Audiences Feeling Great
by David Clarke - May 17, 2014

Standing Room Only Productions is kicking off the summer with a revival of the fun musical revue FEELING ALRIGHT!. The show takes audiences back to 1975 to celebrate the 10 Year Reunion of Memorial High School's Class of 1965. As relationships change shape and truths are laid bare, the energetic cast rocks the audience with tuneful favorites that fit nicely into the light-hearted and romantic plot of the musical. (more...)

Expedia 2014 Road Rage Report: Americans Rank 'Texters' Ahead of 'Tailgaters' on List of Most Infuriating Driver Behaviors
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

BELLEVUE, Wash., May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Today, Expedia.com, the world's largest full service online travel site*, released the results of the 2014 Road Rage Report, conducted on Expedia's behalf by Northstar. Northstar surveyed 1,001 adult Americans to identify the behaviors that are likeliest to elicit road rage, from texting to swerving to speeding and beyond. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse to Present VENUS IN FUR, 4/19-5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

David Ives' seductive play of gender politics and power VENUS IN FUR brings Broadway's hottest date night to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Robert S. Marx Theatre April 19 through May 17. (more...)

CROOZ Introduces Real-time Online Multiplayer to iOS Motorsport Racer ACR DRIFT
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

TOKYO, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ACR DRIFT (TM), the action-packed free-to-play competitive racing game for iOS devices from CROOZ, Inc., unveiled on May 15 a major content update adding online multiplayer to the title for the first time. The new feature allows players in 135 countries around the world to connect to each other and compete in real-time for automotive supremacy. Furthermore, users can wager in-game credits and cars on the outcomes of races for a brand-new level of challenge, tension and excitement. CROOZ also plans to make special cars available to the winners of online multiplayer events in the future. (more...)

RELLECIGA's Hot Auto Models to Enthrall a European Audience
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ The 10 th Carat Tuning Auto Show, a grand event in the European vehicle world, will be held from 20June - 22 June, 2014 in Central Europe by Carat Tuning Agency. RELLECIGA will be the only bikini sponsor for the Miss Carat Tuning, which is the model selecting event. (more...)

VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Gives First Look at 'Pills and Potions' Music Video on GMA
by TV News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

Exclusive First Look at Nicki Minaj stopped by this morning's GOOD MORNING AMERICA to give an an exclusive first look at the video for 'Pills and Potions.' Check it out below! (more...)

Direct Energy Business Enters Into Exclusive Partnership with Panoramic Power for Wireless Energy Monitoring and Analytics Solution
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

PITTSBURGHand NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Direct Energy Business entered into an exclusive partnership with Panoramic Power to offer a quickly deployable and cost effective device-level energy monitoring and analytics solution to Direct Energy Business customers to improve operational efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and provide the necessary visibility into operations and energy consumption needed for demand response commitment. The self-powered, non-invasive miniature wireless current sensors monitor energy consumption at the individual circuit breaker level, and link energy data to the cloud in real-time. Cloud-based data analytics and storage provide real-time alerts via email or text message to highlight anomalies in energy consumption. Value reports are also periodically generated to provide actionable insights, benchmarking and ensure energy goals are met. (more...)

Optimum Energy and Orthec Consulting Group Announce Collaboration in Engineering Energy Optimization Solutions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

“We're excited to partner with Orthec Consulting Group to develop energy efficiency engineering and design solutions for customers in the Puerto Rican market,” says Matthew Frey, president and CEO of Optimum Energy, “Continued collaboration between our two companies can only mean increasing our engineering knowledge base and increasing the chances for successful implementation of energy efficiency optimization projects.” (more...)

CROOZ Releases Side-scrolling Action Game Balloon Kingdom for iOS Devices in 155 Countries, Including JAPAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

TOKYO, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ CROOZ, Inc. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Koji Obuchi) has released BALLOON KINGDOM for iOS devices in 155 countries worldwide, including Japan. CROOZ hopes this game will attract a wide variety of players from around the world. BALLOON KINGDOM will be a marketing tool, providing CROOZ with information about player trends and attitudes that will come into play in future releases and promotional strategies.BALLOON KINGDOM is a side-scrolling action game for iOS devices where balloon-shaped characters chase through rich unique worlds. By tapping with precise timing, players can change their character's position to avoid enemies, walls and other moving obstacles to clear each level. Its simple and intuitive gameplay allows players young and old from all over the world to have fun at any time. By linking the game with Facebook, players can also compete with friends to complete levels and collect items. For more information, http://youtu.be/woK5dDiJ5qkAbout CROOZCROOZ is an entertainment company. We deliver online content on a global scale, with a focus on social network games and online shopping.Our sales make us a leading domestic provider of social applications, and we are expanding across the globe, with offices in San Francisco, Singapore, South Korea, Berlin, London and Paris. Our offerings include our first worldwide mobile app, ACR DRIFT, which we released in 135 countries and regions, and social network games such as The Knights of Avalon, Ragnabreak and HUNTERxHUNTER Battle Collection - which always rank at the top of games on Mobage, a large Japanese social gaming platform. We also run an online shopping site, 'SHOPLIST.com by CROOZ,' where customers can buy fast fashion clothing - the latest catwalk trends at affordable prices - for women, men and children.Henceforth CROOZ will continue to focus on developing native app games tailored to release on the App Store and Google Play. CROOZ will also look to expand its share of the domestic browser game market. Furthermore, CROOZ will focus on developing new businesses, along with acquisitions and capital alliances, as it accelerates business development and secures new sources of revenue.Please watch this space for further developments from CROOZ.Contact:CROOZ, Inc. Hitoshi Morikawa, Rumi KondoTel: +81-3-5786-7080 Fax: +81-3-5786-7081 E-mail: pr_info@crooz.co.jpWebsite: http://crooz.co.jp/en/6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo, 106-6138 Japan (more...)

Movea Enables Intuitive Gesture-Based Technology in Samsung's Newest Smart TVs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Movea provides the industry's most accurate and responsive point-and-click technology, reducing DRIFT and latency while using as little of the central processing unit as possible. Movea's fully optimized system solution, notably its memory footprint for overall system performance, enables Samsung to offer natural and efficient SmartTV user interactions with rich user interfaces. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Rioult Dance NYC Captivates at the Joyce
by Lauren Wingenroth - Jun 26, 2014

Bold storytelling marked New York-based contemporary company Rioult Dance's run at the Joyce this past week. French choreographer Pascal Rioult's small, charismatic company delivered works old and new, capturing the explicit thematic content of each piece with theatricality and emotion. (more...)

IR Introduces D Series of Low Power High Reliability Two Output DC-DC Converters for Satellite Power Systems
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The new D28xxD and D50xxxxP D Series of DC-DC converters offer extremely low output noise, guaranteed End-of-Life (EOL) output voltage DRIFT with excellent output cross regulation. Each converter output is independently regulated with 5W maximum rated output power or 10W total output power. (more...)

Snake Robot Market
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

LONDON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: (more...)

Subsea Innovation Helps Companies Save Money
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The Subsea Company has been busy innovating tomorrow's standards with a recent launch of 16 standard DRIFTs, designed in accordance with API 16A, Third Edition. Many companies are using these DRIFTs to satisfy API 53 requirements as a worst-case safe guard in order to meet compliance and improve overall performance. The Subsea Company, a leading manufacturer of subsea equipment solutions, engineered the new BOP DRIFT configurations to allow for quick and safe DRIFTing of BOPs. Designed, tested and certified to withstand years of service in an offshore environment, these innovative configurations improve the overall safety for DRIFTing Blow Out Preventers. (more...)

FBC Transfers Hemp Interest Between Divisions, From Agriculture to Interactive, to Leverage Health & Wellness Sales Success
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - FBC Holding, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FBCD) ('FBC' or the 'Company') an international product development Company primarily focused on license/creation management and product sales/distribution through DRTV, announced that the Company will transfer its interest in the hemp and cannabis space, from its Agriculture division to its successful Interactive division focusing mainly on developing additional products for the Heath & Wellness segment; with an emphasis on pain management products.  (more...)

Music Hall Historic Theater Announces July Screenings
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

There's no better way to beat the heat of summer than by viewing a great film in the cool comfort of the Music Hall Historic Theater on Chestnut Street, or in the Loft on Congress Street. Continuing the Music Hall tradition of singular cinema, July screenings span a wide range, including indies, international films, and documentaries exclusive to the Seacoast. (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Summer Late-Night Film Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

he Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the continuation of a summer tradition of showcasing great genre classics to beat the heat. Following the tradition of last summer's popular "Midnight Movies" series, each film in the new "Freaky Friday" series will kick off the weekend at 11pm and have the same weekly blend of mind-melting, gross-out horror as well as some rarely screened classic cult favorites in glorious 35mm, curated by Film Society programmer and Film Comment Editor Gavin Smith. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A MAN CALLED DESTRUCTION Covers the Bases
by John Walker Ross - Jun 18, 2014

Holly George-Warren's A Man Called Destruction is the first full-length biography of Alex Chilton... (more...)

New Audio Device Introduced at Infocomm Lets Users Schedule Auto-Playback a Year in Advance - Without a Computer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

BOSTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Combining the convenience of personal music players like the iPod and the power of computer-based audio scheduling systems, Technomad LLC introduces the Schedulon 4 a powerful but simple-to-use device that gives users instant access to needed sounds, and the ability to schedule audio playback as far as a year in the future. The device debuts at the Infocomm trade show this week in Las Vegas (June 18-20, booth C11213). (more...)

Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker Headline Under the Sun Tour at Aurora's Riveredge Park, 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

On Sunday evening, July 6, consider downtown Aurora's RiverEdge Park your own private backyard party. (more...)

Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker Headline Under the Sun Tour at Aurora's RiverEdge Park, 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014

On Sunday evening, July 6, consider downtown Aurora's RiverEdge Park your own private backyard party. (more...)

MTV to Premiere JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA .5, 6/15
by TV News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

MTV is celebrating Father's Day the only way it knows how – with “Mancation Sunday,” highlighted by the worldwide television premiere of “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5” at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, following a marathon of the network's male-centric programming. Beginning Sunday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT, guys can kick back on their leather recliners and enjoy a day of outrageous pranks and manly endeavors with marathons of “Ridiculousness” and “Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory,” and airings of the hit movies “Jackass 2.5,” “Fast and The Furious: Tokyo DRIFT” and “White Chicks.” (more...)

GLEE's Harry Shum Jr. Among Judges on truTV's New Competition Series FAKE OFF
by TV News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210) will host truTV's new series Fake Off. (more...)

Bretford Makes Space-Saving MobilePro Wall Mount Available for Apple Displays
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Designed to help reclaim personal space, the MobilePro Wall Mount is the perfect solution for education labs and offices; retail, hospitality and reception areas; healthcare workstations or as part of a personal workspace. The mount provides solid support for an iMac or Apple display while allowing users to position the monitor exactly as needed. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive - Broadway Fashion Report: Tony Awards Special
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 10, 2014

The Broadway Fashion Report debuts its 2014 Tony Awards Special, hosted by Tony Award-nominee Antonio R. Marion (Big Fish, Evita, Ghost), with Hollywood style expert Erin McSherry (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 50 Cent, Sofia Vergara), Tony Award-winning theater veteran Nick Demos (Memphis), and special guest Gregory Haney (Bring It On, Memphis, Wicked). This episode of the Broadway Fashion Report covers the red carpet looks of the 2014 Tony Awards held on Sunday, June 9th. (more...)

Michael O'Keefe & More Set to Guest Star on New Season of ROYAL PAINS Premiering Today
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Michael O'Keefe ('Michael Clayton'), and actors Nick Gehlfuss ('Shameless'), Spencer Grammar ('Ironside'), Tyler Labine ('Rise of the Planet of the Apes'), Leonardo Nam ('Betas') and Brandon Quinn ('Army Wives'), will guest star in the sixth season of ROYAL PAINS (more...)

Optimum Energy Debuts Predictive Free Cooling
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

“Predictive Free Cooling is a feature that delivers data-driven insight into the availability of free cooling windows, using accurate weather forecasting and real-time information from the chiller system” said Ian Dempster, Senior Director of Product Innovation of Optimum Energy, speaking at the IDEA District Energy Conference in Seattle, Washington. “This new feature can be automated and is configurable to your building systems' unique needs, so that building operators can reduce their energy use by using free cooling windows with confidence.” (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Music Video for NICKI MINAJ's 'Pills N Potions' Has Arrived!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Nicki Minaj has released the music video for her new single, 'Pills N Potions,' the first track lifted from her upcoming studio album "The Pink Print." (more...)

Pershing Announces the Next Generation of its Block Trading and Rebalancing Tool for Advisor-Directed Programs
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, today announced the next generation of its block trading and rebalancing tooldelivered through its technology platform NetX360 which offers a series of new capabilities for advisors. The improvements will enable advisors to run DRIFT reports at the household level, create models of models and utilize a new cash rebalancing feature. It will also allow advisors to take advantage of an improved restriction management module that provides a holistic review of all restrictions for an advisor's business. With these improved features, the tool continues to deliver a full array of functionality to help improve transparency, minimize errors and improve advisor efficiency. (more...)

Fountain Theatre Extends THE BROTHERS SIZE Through 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Fountain Theatre has been granted the rights to extend its Los Angeles premiere production of The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, initially announced as a limited engagement, through Sept. 14. (more...)

New 'Onramp' Events Explore the Future of the Driving Experience
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

MENLO PARK, CA - As the connected car and other car technologies continue to intersect with the car driving experience, Onramp (www.onramp2014.com) today announced two new events to explore how Silicon Valley and car manufacturers can collaborate to collectively express the brilliance, creativity and passion offered by those in the tech and car communities. The first Onramp event, sponsored by Toyota Motor Corporation, was held Monday, July 28 at the Laguna Seca raceway, bringing together a wide range of individuals interested in being part of the car/technology community, and setting the stage for a weekend-long codefest scheduled for late September. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Announces November 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Carnegie Hall just announced their November 2014 listings. Scroll down for the list of events and click here for more details. (more...)

First Look - Nicki Minaj Shares Artwork for New Single 'Anaconda'!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter today to share the artwork for her upcoming single, 'Anaconda.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cuteness Abounds in Conejo Players Theatre's THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
by Jeffrey Scott - Jul 23, 2014

The concept: A high school prom in the first act filled with songs from the 1950's. A 10-year reunion in the 2nd act filled with songs from the 1960's. One set. Four girls. Sounds pretty simple, yes. NOT! As the choreographer for the original production of WONDERETTES, Janet Miller, told me this is a simple concept but '...it is a deceptively difficult show'. (more...)

BIG BANG STARS Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar to Make Wizard World Debuts at Chicago Comic Con
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, two of the stars of the long-running hit Emmy nominated TV series 'The Big Bang Theory,' will make their respective first Wizard World appearances at Chicago Comic Con (more...)

STMicroelectronics Reports 2014 Second Quarter and First Half Financial Results
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

GENEVA, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 28, 2014. (more...)

XebiaLabs Releases Updates to XL Deploy, XL Release, to Continuously Deliver Value to Software Releases
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

BOSTON, MA - To provide better insight into the Continuous Delivery process for DevOps managers and end users, XebiaLabs today announced new features and enhancements to its XL Deploy and XL Release products. Included are updates to its dashboards and reporting functions designed to improve feedback on the entire software build and release process. XebiaLabs provides software delivery automation solutions to agile teams looking to speed time-to-market with their software production cycles. (more...)

Tripwire Announces Comprehensive Support for PCI DSS 3.0 in Tripwire Enterprise
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Tripwire, Inc., a leading provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, today announced comprehensive platform and policy support for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 3.0 (PCI DSS 3.0) requirements in Tripwire® Enterprise. Tripwire is a certified PCI-Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). (more...)

LEAH IN VEGAS Set for FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

DRIFT In, Act Out will present the world premiere of Leah in Vegas, a new play by Kara Ayn Napolitano, with direction by Kristin Skye Hoffman (WINNER: Outstanding Direction FringeNYC 2012) as part of the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. (more...)

Oceanview Publishing Releases ELECTIVE PROCEDURES by Merry Jones
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

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Ben Schwartz Debuts with THE DRIFT OF THINGS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H., July 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) In 2008 Ben Schwartz-a young New Hampshire English and special education teacher-decided it was time to get that first novel written. He entered Southern New Hampshire University's low-residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program, and wrote that novel-'The DRIFT of Things'-as his thesis. Last month 'The DRIFT of Things' was named the Silver Medal Winner in the Piscataqua Press's 2014 Novel Contest, one of three manuscripts plucked from some 120 submissions. And as quickly as that-in a world that now includes print-on-demand publishing-Schwartz's novel is available from Piscataqua. 'We're all very happy for Ben,' said novelist/essayist Benjamin Nugent, the director of Southern New Hampshire's MFA program. 'And we're looking forward to books by other alumni coming out soon from presses like Viking and Da Capo.' While at Southern New Hampshire, Schwartz worked primarily with novelists Katherine Towler ('Snow Island') and Merle Drown ('The Suburbs of Heaven') in crafting his story of a middle-aged man who has blamed himself for the drowning death of his best friend in high school, and who then returns for his mother's funeral to the town from which he has exiled himself. 'Funny, smart, unpredictable, and true, 'The DRIFT of Things' is that rare book in contemporary fiction, one with both heart and intelligence,' wrote Katherine Towler in her response to the finished work. 'Ben Schwartz has delivered a cast of characters so real you expect to find them watching TV in the living room. In a beautifully-crafted story about what remains broken and yet healed in all of us, Schwartz has established himself as a writer to watch.' Schwartz's story marks the latest publishing success for an MFA program that was founded in 2006 by historical novelist Robert Begiebing and that has only recently reached its full complement of 65 students and 15 faculty members. Begiebing's vision involved a two-year program-with 'Go Write Your Book' as its motto-in which students would immediately apply themselves to the completion of a publishable, professional-level manuscript, as Schwartz did. Though the program's alumni community remains small, there were some immediate post-graduate successes: 'If I Told You So' by Timothy Woodward '08, a novel that came out from Kensington in 2012; and 'Lost and Found Hanoi,' a work of photojournalism co-authored by Elizabeth Rush '11, which came out from the Things Asian Press earlier this year. But now the floodgates are open, as a number of new alumni have recently turned their theses into book contracts, some with large commercial houses. Pratima Cranse '12 has a so-far-untitled novel in the works from Viking. 'The Trees Beneath Us,' a novel by Darren R. Leo '13, will initiate a new literary line of fiction from the Stark House Press. And Charlie Stella '13 is co-authoring a biography, 'Dogfella,' due out from Da Capo. Other Southern New Hampshire alumni have novels on the production line at several small presses like Piscataqua. 'The Holy Fool' by Ken Butler '12 is forthcoming from the Touchstone Press; 'They Call Me Crazy' by Kelly Stone Gamble '12 from Red Adept Publishing; 'Fallen' by Mike Hancock '08 and 'The Keepers of Mercia' by James Marino '09, both from Black Rose Writing. 'This is a hard thing to do, taking your very first attempt at long-form fiction or nonfiction and getting it published,' said Nugent. 'But we're proving now that we can make Bob's go-write-your book model work. At the very least, our students are leaving the program with stories that have a fighting chance in the marketplace, and the skills to write more.' Nonetheless, Nugent said, he and his faculty are moving to diversify the program by also offering a curriculum track for those who want their MFA work to simply prepare them to write that first novel or nonfiction narrative-rather than to require writing it immediately. 'We think some students would benefit more from being able to experiment,' Nugent said. 'This would involve, for example, trying out lots of short stories or essays and throwing them out, or trying out a few novel or memoir ideas, and finally settling on one and getting it started. Students will still complete a thesis, but the parameters will be more flexible.' (more...)

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