Lisa Olstein talks to Elizabeth McCracken about taking a poet’s approach to research and the eclectic sources informing her brilliant lyric essay Pain Studies at The Rumpus.

Andrew Krivak’s novel The Bear is a LibraryReads Pick, Apple Books Best of the Month selection, and Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch selection. Discover the origins of this powerful story in Library Journal.

 

Jerome Charyn talks to the Literary Hub about the books that inspired his new novel Cesare and with Stay Thirsty Magazine about the way history shapes all his work.

Listen to Varley O’Connor share the fascinating historical true story behind her novel The Welsh Fasting Girl on Biblio Radio and read more from her interview at Heights Libraries.

View the Pain Studies-inspired comic collaboration between Lisa Olstein and artist Lauren Haldeman at Poetry Northwest.

Read excerpts from Pain Studies at Post45 and the Literary Hub.

Listen to Norman Lock read from and discuss Feast Day of the Cannibals, the sixth book of his American Novels series, on Jamming Their Transmission.

“Features one of the most memorable closets since C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Publishers Weekly interviews “Writer to Watch” Juan José Millás about his North American debut novel From the Shadows.

Designer Tree Abraham discusses the evolution of the From the Shadows cover art with Spine Magazine.

Read an excerpt from Feast Day of the Cannibals at Big Other.

Find out which questions drove Andrew Krivak to write The Bear at Powell’s Books and how his abiding love for literature and nature informs all of his work in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

Music to Read By: Andrew Krivak’s Playlist for The Bear

“Songs about the end of the world are either too gloomy, too playful, or too political, and The Bear is not any of these. Rather, what I’ve tried to do is present a range of new music I came across while I was writing The Bear, music that came to me in a kind of obliquity, which is to say, when I least expected it and really needed it.”

Read more about and listen to Andrew’s playlist for The Bear at Largehearted Boy—one of our favorite places on the Internet. It is, in the words of its curator David Gutowski, “a music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture.” In the “Book Notes” series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.


Read an excerpt from The Bear at the Literary Hub.

Before he wrote the novel Sergeant Salinger, Jerome Charyn attempted to discover the man behind the myth in a Forward magazine cover story, “J.D. Salinger: The Lost Bar Mitzvah Boy.”

Richard Wiley talks about Tacoma Stories and some of the city’s famous daughters (Rebecca Welles), infamous sons (Ted Bundy), and legendary watering holes with the Tacoma News TribuneStay Thirsty Magazine, and Desert Companion Magazine.

Read an excerpt from Tacoma Stories in Shelf Unbound magazine.

“Who Gets to Use Black English?” John McWhorter, author of Talking Back, Talking Black, writes about African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in the Atlantic and discusses his op-ed on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.

Paul Harding shares his reflections about Tinkers and its extraordinary backstory with New York magazine’s Vulture and at the Literary Hub, and discusses writing about God and faith on the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast.

Read an excerpt from Jerome Charyn’s In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song at the Literary Hub and find interviews with him about the collection in Publishers Weekly and Stay Thirsty Magazine.

 

Read an excerpt from Bessora and Barroux’s graphic novel Alpha in PEN America’s “Illustrated PEN” series and view a gallery of images in the Guardian.

The Pulitzer Prizes commemorates the tenth anniversary of Tinkers with author Paul Harding’s exclusive introduction to the opening pages of the novel.

Eduardo Halfon discusses Mourning with co-translators Lisa Dillman and Daniel Hahn, in a conversation moderated by Edward Lewis Wallant Award judge Avinoam Patt, in the Mass Review.

Norman Lock discusses The Wreckage of Eden with Publishers Weekly.

Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Eduardo Halfon shares family photographs and an annotated excerpt from Mourning in “A Yom Kippur Scene (With Footnotes)” on the Jewish Book Council’s “ProsenPeople” blog.

William E. Glassley talks about A Wilder Time on the Science Magazine podcast, with Stay Thirsty Magazine, and at Book Q&As.

“How a Letter from Einstein Saved a Scientist from Nazi Germany” Read an excerpt from Gerald Weissmann’s The Fevers of Reason: New and Selected Essays at the Literary Hub.

Watch Bessora discuss her graphic novel Alpha on the BBC’s Authors Live and find out more about the book’s origins in this interview with Bessora and translator Sarah Ardizzone.

Listen to Will Eaves discuss Murmur and tune in to actor Blake Ritson’s dramatic reading from the novel at the BBC.

Read an interview with Will Eaves about Murmur.

Diane DeSanders discusses the inspirations for her debut novel, Hap and Hazard and the End of the World, with Powell’s BooksVol. 1 Brooklyn, and Lone Star Literary Life, and on KMSU’s Weekly Reader Radio Show.

Congratulations to Wolf Season, a Firecracker Award Finalist and National Reading Group Month “Great Group Read” selected by the Women’s National Book Association. Find additional resources for the novel—including an interview, excerpt, reviews, discussion questions, and more—at BookBrowse.

Watch Helen Benedict talk about Wolf Season on the WGBH News segment “Bringing War’s Reality Home: Talking Fiction With Writer Helen Benedict.”

Read Jeffrey J. Kripal’s Chronicle of Higher Education feature, “Visions of the Impossible,” which is the basis for The Flip.

Rose-Lynn Fisher shares the story behind (and images from) The Topography of Tears with NPRSouthwest: The Magazine, LA Weekly, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, and Angelus magazine. Enjoy more from the book at Brain Pickings and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Watch Jeffrey J. Kripal’s TEDx Talk on science, religion, and paradoxical ways of thinking.

John McWhorter talks about Talking Back, Talking Black in the Talks at Google series and on C-SPAN’s Book TV, WNYC’s All Things ConsideredTablet magazine’s Unorthodox podcast, Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast, and the Mixed Experience podcast. He also discusses the book in the Heleo Conversations series and with Columbia Magazine, Columbia College Today, and Literary Ashland.

Read an interview with Nicholas Fox Weber about Freud’s Trip to Orvieto and his own adventures in psychoanalysis in the Vienna Psychoanalyst.

Read an excerpt from Norman Lock’s novel A Fugitive in Walden Woods in Levure littéraire.

Read more from Mourning in an excerpt introduced by director Jonas Mekas at Electric Literature, in a deleted scene at Stay Thirty Magazine, where Eduardo Halfon also participates in the One Hundred Words project, and in BOMB magazine.

Discover the remarkable story behind geologist William E. Glassley’s A Wilder Time in Pasatiempo and watch the author discuss his sojourns in Greenland in “Wilderness and the Geography of Hope.”

Read an excerpt from William E. Glassley’s A Wilder Time at Longreads.

Norman Lock shares the story behind A Fugitive in Walden Woods with Snowflakes in a Blizzard.

Enjoy a long-form review of Jerzy: A Novel in the New Yorker, then read an excerpt from it and interviews with author Jerome Charyn in Stay Thirsty Magazine and Comics Grinder.

Peter LaSalle discusses the influence of Jorge Luis Borges’ Ficciones on Sleeping Mask: Fictions at Beatrice and makes the case for the short story as “tour de force,” gifting readers “the feeling of having been transported somewhere new and important via the whirlwind of the words” at TSP: The official blog of The Story Prize.

 

Richard Wiley discusses writing and his novel Bob Stevenson with the Tacoma Weekly.

Helen Benedict discusses her novel Wolf Season and the challenges of writing about women and war on KPFA’s Bookwaves on Cover to Cover, KMSU’s Weekly Reader Radio Show, and Woodstock Booktalk Radio, and with Publishers Weekly, The CommonStay Thirsty MagazineNeworld ReviewMichigan DailyWest Side SpiritHuffPost, Read Her Like an Open BookSnowflakes in a Blizzard, authors Caroline Leavitt and Katey SchultzPowell’s Books, and the Columbia Journalism School.

The Kansas City Public Library and Kansas City Star have selected Helen Benedict’s novel Wolf Season for the “FYI Book Club.” Join the discussion, read an excerpt from the novel, and find an interview with the author in the Kansas City Star.

Wrath-Bearing Tree, an online magazine established and maintained by combat veterans, has selected Wolf Season for their “Monthly Fiction” feature. Read an excerpt from the novel and an interview with author Helen Benedict.

Helen Benedict talks about war literature with authors David Abrams, Cara Hoffman, Matt Gallagher, and Dalia Sofer in the “Life During Wartime” panel at the Center for Fiction, and with authors Seth Brady Tucker, Jesse Goolsby, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, and Samuel Snoek-Brown in the “Duty and Dilemma: 100 Years of Writing About War” AWP Roundtable.