Late Night Conversation is a podcast featuring unscripted talks with writers, editors, publishers, and other cultural innovators. Late Night Conversation is released on the 10th and the 20th of every month.
Late Night Debut is a podcast dedicated to promoting debut books. Each episode features a discussion about a notable debut title in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, including excerpts from the book, and news about the latest happenings in book culture. Late Night Debut is released on the last day of every month.
Bellevue Literary Press, April 2013 Reviewed by Courtney McDermott Ghost moths are pure-white, “the souls of the dead waiting to be caught,” explains Katherine to her daughter, Elsa. Katherine, the heroine of Michèle Forbes’ Ghost Moth, is a former stage actress and mother of four who is haunted by her memories. These ghosts are brought [...]
Aisha Sabatini Sloan wrote the book I wished I could have read back when I was an undergraduate film student at Rhode Island College, buried neck-high in a dense thicket of film theory. The essays in her debut, The Fluency of Light, reveal a series of confluences between the personal and the cultural, shifting between [...]
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week we feature Laurie Liss, Vice President and Partner at Sterling Lord Literistic. Paul and Laurie discuss the many hats she wears as a literary agent, her discovery of one of the best-selling novels of the twentieth century, Rachel Maddow’s work ethic, the importance of being good at your day [...]
Any poet would hope for the kind of praise that glows from the back cover of Zubair Ahmed’s debut poetry collection, City of Rivers. “Bracingly original…ushered into being by a prodigious new voice in America poetry.” Add to that the fact that Ahmed is only twenty-five, that his first book was published by McSweeney’s, and you [...]
Welcome to Late Night Debut. This month we feature poet Shara Lessley’s debut collection, Two-Headed Nightingale. Shara’s collection has been described as a confluence between the natural world and the world of female performers, filled with things deviant, anatomical, and dark. “It’s a vision of the natural world that fuses the sensibilities of Audubon and Ernst [...]
Put your indelible mark here Slip inside the deep— Pull out the girl Let the ocular light shine Take the ember Tell her to burn In five succinct lines, Ivy Page merely cracks open the visual and emotional vein to Any Other Branch. Intense, far from withdrawn, and fearless on the page, Ivy’s work [...]
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Paul talks to Lysley Tenorio, whose debut story collection, Monstress, was published by Ecco in 2012. Late Night Library featured Monstress on Late Night Debut last July, and Lysley read at our In and Out of Town Reading Series with Leni Zumas in October. Ecco describes Monstress as a luminous collection [...]
Soho Press, 2013 Reviewed by Courtney McDermott “That’s not a feeling,” is a common retort heard in Dan Josefson’s novel of the same name. Set in a therapeutic boarding school called Roaring Orchards in upstate New York, the troubled teen residents are constantly asked to define their feelings to a staff that is exhausted in [...]
After much deliberation, Late Night Library is proud to present the winning design for our Read Like You Mean It poster contest! We received several unique entires, narrowed them down to four, and finally landed on the one which we began to fondly refer to as “Book Head:” This awesome promo poster is the [...]
University of Iowa Press, April 2013 Reviewed by W.M. Lobko What is it about a bird of prey that communicates such grace and clarity of purpose? Stately, slow in the sky, in no particular rush, possibly hunting, independent of the earth and immune to danger, these birds seize through their silence the whole sum of [...]
Welcome to Late Night Debut! This month we feature T. Geronimo Johnson’s debut novel, Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, published in 2012 by Coffee House Press. Johnson’s narrative follows Achilles, a black Afghanistan veteran in search of his lost brother amid the chaos of Hurricane Katrina. ZYZZYVA Magazine called it an “odyssey through wartime America and an [...]
Months ago I was informed Late Night Library would be featuring T. Geronimo Johnson’s sprawling debut novel Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, and that this feature would be my first time interviewing an author. Thrilled by this news, I immediately entered into Johnson’s well-crafted world of Achilles Conroy. Achilles and his younger brother Troy return [...]