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.”
Good news from lists past and future: last week, Jeff VanderMeer’s Authority landed on EW’s Must List alongside the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (“the non-superheroes superhero series”) finale and Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and on Sunday the Southern Reach Trilogy will make its debut on the New York Times bestseller list.
“No one will pay you to write your first book,” Catherine Lacey’s professor told her in grad school; you have to find a way to pay yourself.
One way to do that, as Catherine writes in an article for the New York Times, is to form a worker co-op like 3B, the bed & breakfast she helped start in 2010. Together, she and six housemates purged rooms full of garbage, “uncovered dubious plumbing maneuvers and ludicrous electrical work,” and repainted walls from a “color I can describe only as ‘scab.’” It sounds pretty fun, to be honest.
Now, the “nascent fiction-thing [she] wasn’t yet calling a novel” when she started 3B is an honest-to-goodness book called Nobody Is Ever Missing, which we’re very proud to be publishing in July.
The only thing better than this animated cover of Acceptance was Jeff VanderMeer’s reaction to it when he visited our offices a couple weeks ago: pure, unadulterated, boyish delight.
(It really seemed to be that poor mouse that gave him the giggles.)
But as far as the internet is concerned, BuzzFeed had the exclusive first look, which they featured today along with Lincoln Michel’s interview with Jeff.
The Originals Series returns on Tuesday, 2/25, to celebrate Annihilation, the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, which we’ll be releasing over the course of 2014. We hope you’ll join us for a night of free drinks, conversation hosted by “This American Life” contributor Starlee Kine, and a musical performance by Future of What. Space is limited so YOU MUST RSVP!