Gone to the Forest

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“The idea was to use a kind of fragmented approach to talking about colonialism...because I think that’s increasingly the way we think about and access historical narratives.” In this video, Katie Kitamura talks about the structural choices behind her second novel, Gone to the Forest (Free Press, 2012). Kitamura’s most recent novel, A Separation (Riverhead Books, 2017), tells the story of the end of a marriage and a husband gone missing in Greece.

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Pam Houston on Dialogue

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“Nothing makes me want to hurl a book across the room harder and faster than when the writer gives me a quick little emotional recap to make sure I’m keeping up.” For the Word Works series at Hugo House, Pam Houston, the author most recently of Contents May Have Shifted (Norton, 2012), delivers a lecture on crafting dialogue.

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How to Sacrifice Your Brother, Even When He Is an Aztec

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“Understand we have never seen an apple, so we are completely free from apples.” In this 2014 video of the first PEN DIY series event, Natalie Diaz breaks down five personal steps to writing about family, and discusses her poetry with Mike Albo.

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Nicola Barker

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"I'm an acquired taste, I think," says the author of nine novels, including The Yips (Open Road, 2012). Barker has been compared to a maggot working into the corpse of fiction, a description that doesn't seem to bother her: "When something irritates you, often it's the most powerful thing," she says.

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Legs Get Led Astray

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“Never in my mind did I think I was writing about love. Now I look at it and there’s no question, it’s all about the intimacies of love...” Chloe Caldwell reads from and talks about her first collection of essays, Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2012). Caldwell’s second essay collection, I’ll Tell You in Person (Emily Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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