Falling in love with survivalism: an interview with Kashana Cauley

Kashana Cauley practiced law before cutting her teeth in the comedy world with The Today Show with Trevor Noah. She’s currently a writer for The Great North and has one of the funniest and most informative Twitter accounts in the game.

Her debut novel, The Survivalists, is a dark comedy about doomsday-preppers and falling in love. Debutiful asked Cauley a few questions via email so readers can get to know the hilarious writer and what her debut is all about.

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A Life of Books: Ramona Reeves – It Falls Gently All Around and Other Stories

A Life of Books: Ramona Reeves – It Falls Gently All Around and Other Stories

Ramona Reeves is the author of It Falls Gently All Around and Other Stories, a collection of linked stories that explores memorable characters in Mobile, Alabama.

Debutiful asked her to answer our recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.

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Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi and Other Revolutions

Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi and Other Revolutions

When you google Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi, you’ll discover a slew of results about a computer scientist and biomedical informatics researcher. Scroll a little bit and you’ll discover that Ogunyemi also wrote a stellar debut called Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions.

I wanted to get to know how Ogunyemi has mastered two wildly different fields and introduce her to readers. We corresponded via email and discussed her science background, life in Nigeria, and writing fiction.

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Meet 7 writers collected in the PEN America Best Debut Short Story Collection 2022 Anthology

Meet 7 writers collected in the PEN America Best Debut Short Story Collection 2022 Anthology

Every year, PEN America releases an anthology of the best short stories written by first time published writers. This year, a dozen writers were selected from a wide-ranging array of literary journals – both in print and online. They were judged and selected by Sabrina Orah Mark, Emily Nemens, and Deesha Philyaw.

You can read previous roundtables featuring writers from past collections here: 2021, 2020, and 2019.

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A Life of Books: Gabriel Patterson, author of Reminding Me of Mo

A Life of Books: Gabriel Patterson, author of Reminding Me of Mo

Gabriel Patterson is and musician and storyteller from Denver. His career has always been about representing his home city and the people he knows and loves. His debut memoir is no different. Reminding Me of Mo is an ode to his friend Geranimo Maestas, who was murdered for his Denver Broncos jacket in 1993.

Debutiful asked the author to answer our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know him better.

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A Life of Books: Anna Hogeland, author of The Long Answer

A Life of Books: Anna Hogeland, author of The Long Answer

Anna Hogeland may be the only literary fiction debut author of 2022 with an MSW and and MFA. She has a private practice as a psychotherapist in addition to writing The Long Answer. Her debut is a heartbreaking mediation on grief, friendship, and pregnancy with a nuanced understanding. She tackles heavy issues with careful thought and precision. It’s a memorable story that provides a voice to one often overlooked and misunderstood in media.

Debutiful asked Hogeland to answer our recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.

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