John Carr Walker – Repairable Men
Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller
This week we feature John Carr Walker’s debut short story collection, Repairable Men, published by Sunnyoutside. “One of the shrewdest and darkest story collections I’ve read in years …” writes John Vanderslice in Heavy Feather Review. “Not a word is wasted, and it’s safe to say that as much happens in the spaces between sentences as in the sentences themselves. And yet, even so, the sentences themselves are delicious, often evocative, and sometimes provocative.”
Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers entertaining book news and cool new debuts
Act 2: Co-host authors Samuel Snoek-Brown and Margaret Malone discuss John Carr Walker’s debut
Act 3: Samuel Snoek-Brown speaks with John Carr Walker about his process, characters, settings, and other aspects of writing about the American west
As the son of a raisin grower, or as a high school teacher for seven years, I taught a lot of kids of raisin growers, and I interacted with them in that way … I don’t claim to understand anything about them, there’s no way I could put them in a pigeon hole, but that’s often a good thing for fiction because it forces you to have to think very specifically about the person you’re writing about.”
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ABOUT OUR ACT 2 CO-HOST AUTHORS:
Samuel Snoek-Brown is the author of the flash fiction chapbook Box Cutters, and of the novel Hagridden, for which he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of journals. He lives in Portland, OR.
Margaret Malone’s debut story collection, People Like You, is forthcoming from Atelier26. Her writing has appeared in The Missouri Review, Oregon Humanities, Coal City Review, Swink, and elsewhere. She is a co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE.