Welcome to Area X

This week, FSG Originals is proud to release its very first hardcover publication. Area X is a beefy (“I don’t think the brilliance of the Corral cover is as clear until you hold the hardcover in your hands,” Jeff says), three-in-one volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s beloved Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. It’s also an appropriate capstone to the adrenaline-fueled, “rapid fire” publication of the series: twelve months, three—well, four—books, and one very intrepid author.

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Posted 11/21/14 Posted November 21, 2014

Wave Motion: An Interview with Shelly Oria

The Isle of Youth author Laura van den Berg interviewed Shelly Oria—whose collection New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 just came out this week—for Fiction Writers Review. It was, among other things, Shelly’s first time using Gchat.

LvdB: [“My Wife in Converse”] is written in short, impressionistic sections that come together to form a devastating whole, and some of the other stories in the collection use a similar kind of fragmentation. Does that kind of style come naturally to you?

SO: Yes, it’s what comes most naturally. Because, as I said, I follow the voice; I usually have no idea where the fuck we’re going. I’m a hitchhiker and often the driver is kind of an asshole. Or not really an asshole, just very preoccupied with someone or something that isn’t me. So if I turned to him and said, “Excuse me, would you mind telling me where we’ll be at the end of this trip?” he would likely beat me up. But if I say, “Hey, what street is that? Looks cool” then he might play along. For me, process-wise, that’s how fragmentation happens, I think.

LvdB: “I’m a hitchhiker and often the driver is kind of an asshole” is my new favorite description of process!

Ours too! Read the whole thing here . . .

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Posted 11/07/14 Posted November 7, 2014

THE ORIGINALS SERIES: Shelly Oria + Slothrust

The Originals Series is back on Tuesday, 11/18, to celebrate Shelly Oria’s new book, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, with host David Rees and a musical performance by Slothrust.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 PM

Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place

Space is limited! You must RSVP to attend.

New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is on sale November 4th and has been variously described as “dazzling and daring” (Karen Russell), “acutely feelingful” (Gary Lutz) and “fresh as the brilliant shock of new paint” (Honor Moore).

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Posted 10/29/14 Posted October 29, 2014
Photos from the Originals Series: NOBODY IS EVER MISSING

Photos from the Originals Series: NOBODY IS EVER MISSING

If you missed last week’s Originals Series with Catherine Lacey, Sasha Frere-Jones, and Isaac Fitzgerald at Interstate, we have to say: you really biffed it.


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Posted 07/29/14 Posted July 29, 2014

THE ORIGINALS SERIES: Catherine Lacey + Sasha Frere-Jones

The Originals Series is back at Interstate on Thursday, 7/24, to celebrate Catherine Lacey’s debut novel Nobody Is Ever Missing with host Isaac Fitzgerald and a DJ set by Sasha Frere-Jones.

Will it sound something like this? Who can say! But what we do know is, it’s going to be a great time.

Space is limited; you must RSVP to attend.

66 Knickerbocker Ave
Thursday, July 24th, 7 pm

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Posted 07/14/14 Posted July 14, 2014
Posted 07/02/14 Posted July 2, 2014

Jeff VanderMeer and Karen Joy Fowler Agree: We’re actually living on an alien planet

NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog published a Q+A between Jeff VanderMeer and recent PEN/Faulkner award–winning author Karen Joy Fowler that started out as an innocent-enough conversation about animal consciousness, and evolved into a discussion of turkey-killing machines, domestic terrorism, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and other things that are “scary as shit.”

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Posted 06/18/14 Posted June 18, 2014

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