Commonwealth

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Ann Patchett speaks with her publisher Jonathan Burnham about the use of time as a theme in her new novel, Commonwealth (HarperCollins, 2016), which is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. Also in the issue, Patchett speaks about her bookstore Parnassus Books in "Best-Selling Booksellers" by Lynn Rosen.

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Leigh Stein

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Leigh Stein reads from her debut novel, The Fallback Plan (Melville House, 2012), and shares poems from her collection, Dispatch From the Future (Melville House, 2012), for an interview at the University of DuPage with Tom Fate. Stein's latest book, Land of Enchantment (Plume, 2016), is featured in “Nine More New Memoirs” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Monica Youn

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“When you have left me / the sky drains of color / like the skin / of a tightening fist.” At a Writers With Drinks event in 2011, Monica Youn reads the poem “Ignatz Oasis” and others from her collection Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010). Youn’s new collection, Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), which is longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award, is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Louise Erdrich

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“I love the physical book. I love the printed page.” Louise Erdrich, author of LaRose (Harper, 2016), talks about her love of books and her bookstore Birchbark Books & Native Arts located in Minneapolis. For more on Erdrich and her bookstore, read “Best-Selling Booksellers” by Lynn Rosen in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Golden Age

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Winner of the 2015 Kibble Literary Award and Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction, Joan London’s novel The Golden Age (Europa Editions, 2016) explores the epic story of a Hungarian Jewish family’s escape to Australia after World War II. While in the hospital for polio treatment, the young protagonist has a romantic relationship with a girl he meets there.

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Belle Boggs

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“When I would picture my life as a writer, I would picture myself sitting peacefully at a desk, with words and ideas and stories just drifting down into my brain.” For a performance with the Monti, Belle Boggs describes the transformation of her perspectives on writing, teaching, happiness, and California. Boggs’s debut memoir, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood (Graywolf Press, 2016), is featured in “Nine More New Memoirs” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Teju Cole

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“To be a stranger is to be looked at, but to be black is to be looked at especially.” Listen to writer, photographer, and art historian Teju Cole read “Black Body” from his new essay collection, Known and Strange Things (Random House, 2016). Cole is featured in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine in “Love and Witness” by Kevin Nance.

Marrow: A Love Story

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Elizabeth Lesser shares her hopes to inspire readers through her new memoir, Marrow: A Love Story (Harper Wave, 2016), “to bring life, and forgiveness, and joy” to our most important relationships. Marrow is featured in “Nine More New Memoirs” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Renee Gladman

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“The sentence was appealing, not only because it followed me from place to place, but also because it seemed to think about me. ‘How can I jog your memory?’ it seemed to ask.” In this video, Renee Gladman reads her work for the BathHouse Events Series at Eastern Michigan University's Creative Writing Program in 2008. Gladman’s new essay collection, Calamities (Wave Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

iO Tillett Wright

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“I never intended to be an activist, and it just kind of very naturally happened because I saw something that was wrong that I cared enough to do something about it.” In this video for School of Doodle, artist, writer, and activist iO Tillett Wright speaks about his project “Self Evident Truths.” Wright’s debut memoir, Darling Days (Ecco, 2016), is featured in “Nine More New Memoirs” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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