Our second exclusive preview of John Freeman’s How to Read a Novelist is now up on Work in Progress, featuring a conversation with FSG’s Jonathan Franzen. Here they discuss love, sickness, lovesickness, and the pact that Franzen holds with his readers.
For the past fifteen years or so, whenever a novel has been published, John Freeman has been there to greet it.
Over the next two weeks, Work in Progress will publish an exclusive two-part preview of his book How to Read a Novelist, coming out this October. Up first: Freeman’s conversation with FSG’s very own Jeffrey Eugenides…
Noir Nation interviews “meteoric talent” Frank Bill and learns how Fight Club, The I-Ching, and Tae Kwon Do influenced Bill’s new novel Donnybrook.
Here’s Dennis Mahoney on his first novel, Fellow Mortals, and the “delusional optimism” that helps his protagonist—a mailman who accidentally sets a whole neighborhood aflame—try to make amends with his community. It’s the same spirit that inspired Mahoney to keep writing, against the odds—and we’re so glad that he did.
Talk of the Nation’s John Donvan talks to American Gypsy author Oksana Marafiota about her childhood traveling with her Roma family and their move to the U.S.
BOMB, a publication that is capitalized and violently titled, talks to author Amelia Gray about her book THREATS, which also happens to be capitalized and violently titled. Predictably, sparks fly.
It all starts so well:
My awe of Amelia Gray began last winter at a noisy bar in DC. Half-drunk and totally drunk book nerds were getting rowdy