Mary South recommends her favorite stories, collections, and journals

Mary South recommends her favorite stories, collections, and journals

Mary South’s debut story collection, You Will Never Be Forgotten, explores what she calls “late-capitalism dystopias.” The collection is filled with memorable stories from a FAQs section gone wrong (““Frequently Asked Questions About Your Craniotomy”) to a woman who stalks her rapist online and then in real life (the title story “You Will Never Be Forgotten”).

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Dennis E. Staples explores everything from love to murder in ‘This Town Sleeps’

Dennis E. Staples explores everything from love to murder in ‘This Town Sleeps’

Dennis E. Staples is an Ojibwe writer from northern Minnesota whose debut book is about two Ojibwe men from northern Minnesota. Don’t let that simple fact let you think this is some sort of vieled biography of his life.

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Hilary Leichter on ‘Temporary’ jobs and literary friendships

Hilary Leichter on ‘Temporary’ jobs and literary friendships

Hilary Leichter has worked a lot of odd jobs, but those jobs aren’t what her debut novel Temporary is about. The book, recently reviewed in The New York Times, is more about the feelings of that lifestyle and how we are shaped by our jobs.

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Designing Debuts: How Matthew Revert created Greg Mania’s book cover

Designing Debuts: How Matthew Revert created Greg Mania’s book cover

Greg Mania‘s debut memoir Born to Be Public won’t be released until later this summer. Earlier this winter his publisher CLASH Books revealed the punk-rock cover that fits the writer’s big personality.

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Lee Matalone on making ‘Home Making’ by happenstance

Lee Matalone on making ‘Home Making’ by happenstance

In Home Making, Lee Matalone explores how people face anxieties as they attempt to put together their lives and figure out their places in the world. The debut novel is filled with multiple generations of women who are finding their footing at different stages of life.

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Podcast Episode 02: Brandon Taylor, author of ‘Real Life’

Podcast Episode 02: Brandon Taylor, author of ‘Real Life’

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Brandon Taylor is the Senior Editor of Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading and is a staff writer at Lit Hub. His debut novel, Real Life, is about a grad student’s weekend of self-realization after a science experience fails. From a romance to feeling out of place, nothing seems to be going right for main character Wallace.

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Jenn Shapland recommends the books that lift her up, tear her down, and everything in between

Jenn Shapland recommends the books that lift her up, tear her down, and everything in between

Jenn Shapland was working in the archives at the Harry Ransom Center when she came across letters from author Carson McCullers and a mysterious woman named Annemarie. That discovery led the writer on a journey to uncover and reexamine McCullers’s life while also taking a closer look at her own.

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