Late Night Library

Maria Mutch – Know the Night

Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller

This month we feature Maria Mutch’s debut memoir, Know the Night, from Simon & Schuster. “Maria Mutch has written an exquisite chronicle of the journey she has taken with her beloved son, Gabriel. Twining his mysterious world into Byrd’s voyage in Antarctica, Mutch creates a beautiful and haunting narrative about solitude, darkness and the coming of the light.” – Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta

Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers controversial and entertaining book stories in the news
Act 2: Co-host authors Sarah Gerkensmeyer and Claudia Zuluaga discuss Maria’s debut
Act 3: Amber talks with Maria about jazz, finding structure, Admiral Richard Byrd, rescue and being alone

“There’s this clumsy but spectacular rescue over the Antarctic ice toward Byrd—and I felt a little bit envious.”






Maria Mutch was born and raised in Canada, and has a degree in visual art. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Necessary Fiction, Fiction Writers Review, Bayou Magazine and Literary Mama. Her debut book, Know the Night, is published by Knopf Canada and Simon & Schuster. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons.


Gerkensmeyer_LDeemer_4018_web_BW-200x300Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O’Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Her stories and poetry have appeared in Guernica, The New Guard, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, B O D Y, and Hobart, among others.

Claudia Zuluaga thinner

Claudia Zuluaga’s fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Lost Magazine, JMWW, and Linnaean Street; was included in Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web series; and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories. Her novel, Fort Starlight, came out last September from Engine Books.


Posted on: March 26, 2014 · Homepage, Late Night Debut ·

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