Peter Kispert is a beloved editor who has worked with some of best writers publishing today. He is also is an accomplished writer himself, with work appearing or forthcoming in OUT, GQ, and Eqsuire. His writing, both fiction and non-fiction, explores identity, queerness, and culture.Continue reading “Peter Kispert knows what makes a good story”
Deepa Anappara spent over a decade as a journalist in India where she reported on poverty, religion, and education. Her work resulted in multiple awards and recognitions. Her novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, builds on those themes she wrote about.Continue reading “Deepa Anappara examines the dangers of childhood in ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line’”
The official first episode (after the supersized ‘pilot’ that featured four authors) features Emma Copley Eisenberg. Her debut book is called The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 01: Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of ‘The Third Rainbow Girl’”
Luke Geddes is funny. Full stop. He’s funny on Twitter, when corresponding via email, and knows how to be funny on the page. Writing funny is hard, and he pulls it off with ease.Continue reading “Luke Geddes has a ‘Heart of Junk’”
Time, family, and memory. Those were what was on Meng Jin’s mind as she began writing her debut novel, Little Gods. These questions drove her to write a layered novel about a mother from Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests and her daughter, living in America, decades later.Continue reading “Meng Jin explores personal and global histories in her debut ‘Little Gods’”
Adam Popescu has spent years writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines. His acclaimed stories range from covering Arctic tsunamis to droughts in East Africa and Indonesia.Continue reading “How Adam Popescu’s journalism career prepared him to write his debut novel ‘Nima’”
Emma Sloley‘s short fiction has been published in various journals like Catapult and collected in an anthology edited by Rebecca Makkai. She also is a seasoned travel writer where she has traveled the world writing essays for outlets like Coastal Living and Travel + Leisure.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Emma Sloley, author of ‘Disaster’s Children’”
National Book Award finalist Julia Phillips spent nearly three years writing her debut Disappearing Earth and even lived in the remote Russian village where the book is set. The debut was an instant hit when it was published in May and continued to gain momentum all the way into award season.
She is now a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Additionally. she is on the longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction. The finalists will be announced early in November.
I wanted to catch up with Phillips about everything that has unfolded since her debut was published and what’s next.Continue reading “‘Disappearing Earth’ author Julia Phillips reflects on her debut year, award shortlists, and what’s next”
Stories about the American West in the 1950s are often told through the eyes of straight, white men. While On Swift Horses is set during that time period, Shannon Pufahl chose to explore identity in that time period through a group of unique characters.Continue reading “Shannon Pufahl’s ‘On Swift Horses’ explores identity in the 1950s American West”
Everything about Mathea Morais‘s debut is pitch perfect. The vibe. The honesty. The romance. The nostalgia. Everything.Continue reading “‘There You Are’ by Mathea Morais is a musical trip down memory lane”