Matthew Wimberley - Snake Mountain Almanac

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Matt Wimberley and I met in the MFA at NYU, where our shared love of modern American folk music made grounds for a poet friendship I value highly – he could often be found in the sitting room of the writer’s house listening to the kinds of bands that sing about landscapes and people across … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: July 26, 2015

Ebooks becoming radio plays finds modest financing success, while audiobook sales experienced a 13.5 percent uptick in 2014 over 2013. HarperCollins has created an Agent Portal for agents linked to their authors, allowing the unprecedented sharing of HarperCollins’ U.S. sales data—for agents only, of course. Rounding out the week, a bookstore-hostel opens soon in Tokyo, … continue reading »

Kamel Daoud – The Meursault Investigation

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Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller This week we feature Kamel Daoud’s debut novel, The Meursault Investigation, published by Other Press. Michiko Kakutani calls it, “[A]n intricately layered tale that not only makes us reassess Camus’s novel but also nudges us into a contemplation of Algeria’s history and current religious politics; colonialism and postcolonialism; and the ways … continue reading »

Kay Wills Wyma – I’m Happy for You (Sort Of…Not Really)

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Late Night Conversation, hosted by Kristin Maffei Featured guest: Kay Wills Wyma Listen to the episode here: In this episode, Kay and Kristin talk about the origin of Kay’s newest book, her meandering career experience (from banker to author!??), and her inspiration as a writer in a largely online writing community.  GIVEAWAY: You can win a copy of Kay’s book I’m Happy … continue reading »

Maggie Mitchell: Pretty Is

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They were glad to have us back, of course. But nothing was the same. It was as if we had returned from the dead, as if we were tainted somehow. Our unlikely survival made us guilty. We must have sold our souls, I could see them thinking—or worse. Undoubtedly, it had not been our fault … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: July 19, 2015

With the hubbub about Go Set a Watchman reaching a crescendo this week, important events like the sale of Books-A-Million and the unanimous callout of Amazon were almost drowned out. We also have footnotes for the women you most want to get lunch with: Cheryl Strayed, Lena Dunham, Ida B. Wells. Ready? Set? Read! Illustration … continue reading »