In her fifth novel, The Last of Her Kind, Sigrid Nunez continues her exploration of how we forge our identities in the tense space between what we reveal and what we withhold.
A Truthful Space: A Profile of Ali Smith
Ali Smith takes on politics and language in her new book The Accidental.
Whether it’s a thousand-page novel, a single-paragraph story, or a footnoted essay, the elusive author always offers a complicated—and sometimes maddening—reading experience. But is there more to David Foster Wallace than words on a page?
A writer who stayed in the French Quarter during and after Katrina measures the spirit of America’s oldest Bohemia before its reincarnation.
One writer's monthlong journey with her family from her home on the Gulf Coast to three different cities as she searches for a respite from the storm, meeting others along the way whose loss puts hers in perspective.
A writer grapples with his decision to abandon writing, flee New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and become a passive witness to a narrative spun by nature.
In five books written within the past eleven years, incuding The Last of Her Kind, Sigrid Nunez has obscured and sometimes just ignored traditional distinctions of genre by blending elements of fiction and autobiography.
Reflections on Writing Post-Katrina
New Orleans writers try to return to writing after Hurricane Katrina.
Finding the Right Words
A New Orleans writer faces the impossibility of writing while facing Hurricane Katrina.
Believe It or Not
A writer who stayed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina reflects on what was lost.
News and Trends
For those who don’t mind Hollywood versions of great literature, a new series of novels packaged with the DVD recordings of the films they inspired allows for a side-by-side comparison.
Joining the ranks of literary contests that have failed to yield a winner, Winnow Press is the latest sponsor to announce that the manuscripts received for their First Book Award were not up to par; they are, however, offering something of a consolation prize.
The University of Georgia Press recently revoked the 2004 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction given to Brad Vice of Starkville, Mississippi, for his short story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, which was published in September 2005, after learning that one of the stories contained uncredited material from Carl Carmer’s Stars Fell on Alabama, a book of nonfiction published by Farrar & Rinehart in 1934 and later reprinted by the University of Alabama Press.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features the Paris Review, A Public Space, lyric, Saranac Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Red River Review, the Canary, and River Styx.
In the second half of the twentieth century, a number of poets’ theater programs, including the Poets’ Theatre, which was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1950, and staged plays by John Ashbery, James Merrill, Frank O’Hara, and Richard Wilbur, provided venues for work written by poets for the stage. Now, a new generation of poets’ theater programs are raising their curtains for plays by poets.
Can political fiction matter? Stephen Elliott, the editor of Politically Inspired, an anthology published by MacAdam/Cage in 2003, and its follow-up, Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction, published by MacAdam/Cage this month, casts his vote in the “definitely yes” column.
Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Action Books, Fence Books, Verse Press, Wave Books, Tin House Books, Bloomsbury USA, Twisted Spoon Press, and White Pine Press.
At the end of his fourth week on the job as the book editor of the Los Angeles Times, Ulin spoke about his intentions for the Book Review and his responsibilities as its new editor.
This installment of Page One features excerpts from Parallel Play by Stephen Burt and The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis.
The Practical Writer
Inside Publishing: How Editors Acquire Books
The book-acquisition process is examined in the first in a three-part series on publishing.
The Literary Life
Imperative: Finding Community Outside of Academia
Frustrated writers seek writing communities outside academia.
A Novel Lesson: The Value of the Modernist Gambit
The evolution of the novel from Don Quixote to Ulysses and The Sound and the Fury.