It’s our business to tell you lies, though not the malicious kind. The fiction within these pages is stitched together with some of the most inventive lies we’ve ever encounted. And this doesn’t mean that the stories border on absurd, with extraordinary creatures soaring through the air. These fabrications could easily pass for real life. Perhaps their proximity to the truth is part of the allure. Each story offers a new twist on a real-life situation, whether it’s grappling with faith, disappearing in foreign country, or meeting a stranger at a highway motel. In a series of interviews you’ll also discover how some of today’s most brilliant literary heroes forged careers out of lies and make-believe. Rather that pitting one author’s world of make-believe against another, we hope that this issue leads you to think about all of the possibilitie that exist on the written page.
In other news, we couldn’t resist mentioning a couple of our endeavors to move Slice‘s missions beyond the magazine and into our local community. Over the past year (2010), we’ve launched a series of writing workshops that bring publishing profesionnals into the classroom to work hand-in-hand with emerging authors. And in September 2011, we will be hosting our first annual writers’ conference to tie in to the Brooklyn Book Festival, bringing together more than three hundred emerging and established writers, agents, and editors.