John Fram pulled from his own experiences as an outsider in rural Texas and his obsession with crime novelists like Mary Higgins Clark to create The Bright Lands. The novel is one of the most original takes on modern noir I have ever read. Now living in New York, Fram has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times and The Atlantic. He recently had an opinion in the Times entitled “How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality.”Continue reading “John Fram’s The Bright Lands is the queer, supernatural thriller the world needs right now”
Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West is about the beauty, grit, and violence of Chicago. When the titular Ruby’s mother is killed in her home in Chicago’s South Side, she knows her father is at fault. Yet, she must still live with him as she mourns, grapples with his violence, and comes-of-age.Continue reading “A Life of Books with Catherine Adel West, author of Saving Ruby King”
Sanaë Lemoine has lived all over the globe. When she was creating The Margot Affair, a specific time and place kept calling to her. Thus, Margot was born as a seventeen year old living in Paris.
Margot is on the cusp of adulthood when she decides to change the course of her own life, and as a result changes the trajectory of all of her relatives’ lives. When she reveals she is the secret daughter of a politician and a famous actress, her secret world is unspooled and readers get to watch as the wall of lies built up around her comes tumbling down.Continue reading “Sanaë Lemoine on France, teenagers, and creating The Margot Affair”
To say Ashleigh Bryant Phillips is proud of being born and raised in Woodland, North Carolina is an understatement. Her social media is @woodlandraised and her debut story collection Sleepovers is largely inspired by her upbringing in the rural town tucked away in the northeast corner of the state.
That collection won her the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, which comes with a prize of $10,000 and publication from Hub City Press. Sleepovers features a wide variety of voices from people often forgot about society. If you ever get the chance to speak to Phillips, you realize her voice and point of view are just as distinct as the characters she writes.Continue reading “Ashleigh Bryant Phillips gives a voice to the forgotten in Sleepovers”
Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian-American whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Washington Post, and more of the most prestigious media outlets in America. She also holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Iowa where she also taught writing. Additionally, she has taught at The School of the New York Times, the International Writing Program and Sackett Street Writers, as well as abroad in Jordan, Egypt and Eritrea.Continue reading “Zaina Arafat subverts expectations in You Exist Too Much”
Jean Kyoung Frazier‘s book about a pregnant pizza delivery girl is hilarious. Even though Frazier never intended for Pizza Girl to have a wry sense of dark comedy sprinkled onto it, her natural funniness came through page after page. Don’t get me wrong: the novel is dark. It follows a delivery girl who becomes infatuated with a married client. The result is a perfectly balances insight into the young woman that Frazier says she couldn’t have written a year before she finally started and might not be able to write now.Continue reading “Jean Kyoung Frazier on why Pizza Girl was written at the perfect time in her life”
This interview was conducted in early 2017 at the Tucson Festival of Books with Ibram X. Kendi. The interview was meant to be published at a site I freelanced for, but due to changes in editors, it fell through the cracks and was never published. In light of recent events and the rise of racism in our country, I have decided to dig it out of old emails and share it with the world. I hope reading this offers some solace or help in some way.Continue reading “An unpublished 2017 interview with Ibram X. Kendi”
With so many author tours being canceled, Debutiful has invited any author who had events canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 to do a reading and a brief interview as part of the Digital Book Tour podcast series.Continue reading “Digital Book Tour – Carter Sickels, The Prettiest Star”
Ilana Masad is a fiction writer and book critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, The Paris Review, NPR, and more. She is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as the assistant nonfiction editor for Prairie Schooner. She is also the founder and host of the literary podcast The Other Stories.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 06: Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers”
Amy Jo Burns 2014 memoir, Cinderland, allowed the world into her childhood. She revealed how one lie could ruin everything. She won over readers with the raw honesty that oozed from her beautiful sentences. Now, in her debut novelShiner, she builds off her skilled writing and transports readers into a West Virginia town where a young girl must defy her father to survive.Continue reading “How Amy Jo Burns found herself again in her debut novel Shiner”