Marci Vogel

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“I would read out loud and tried to check in my own breath, in my own body how the sentence was feeling and what kind of experience it was giving me as the first reader.” Marci Vogel reads from her books At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody (Howling Bird Press, 2015) and Death and Other Holidays (Melville House, 2018) and discusses her writing process both with poetry and prose in this Poetry.LA interview with Mariano Zaro.

Irvine Welsh

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“You’ve got to do two very contradictory things as a writer: you’ve got to enjoy spending a lot of time alone—and a lot of people don’t—and you’ve also got to go out and see about the world and immerse yourself in that world....” Irvine Welsh, whose latest novel, Dead Men’s Trousers, is forthcoming from Melville House in February, contemplates the words of wisdom and advice he would offer to young writers in this interview with Christian Lund for Louisiana Channel.

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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.

Rachel Cantor

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This trailer for Rachel Cantor's debut novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World, published in January by Melville House, features illustrations and animation by Claire Kelley and Paul Bommer and music by Jerome Kitke's Mad Coyote Madly Sings (Peer International Corp). Listen to an excerpt of the book, read by the author, on our Poets & Writers podcast.

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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive

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Published this month by Melville House, Christopher Boucher's novel, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, tells the story of a newspaper reporter living in western Massachusetts and trying to raise his son, a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. To promote the book, Boucher yesterday set off on a road trip from Los Angeles to Boston in a 1972 Beetle.

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