How do we record traumatic events when our survival often depends on us not thinking at all? Fiction writer and essayist J. T. Bushnell explores this question through the lens of a house fire, combining ideas of memory, storytelling, and neuroscience to investigate the intersections of truth, trauma, and narrative.
VIDA staff shares the books that changed their lives; Amazon plans to open San Diego bookstore; Morgan Jerkins on black women writers’ diaries; and other news.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri talks with translator Ann Goldstein about her decision to write her new book, In Other Words, in Italian; the search for freedom and happiness; and the mysteries of creativity, art, and life.
Three Amazon series based on books; new Jonathan Safran Foer coming next fall; PANK editors bid farewell; and other news.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Sunil Yapa’s debut novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist and Mira Ptacin’s debut memoir, Poor Your Soul, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
An accomplished novelist and memoirist offers advice on how to write creative nonfiction with empathy and respect.
An American writer and editor details the importance and emotional necessity of taking risks in the essay by way of an adventure to Greece to find Plutarch’s writing chair.
An author and Guggenheim fellow details her journey in writing a biography of radical poet Lola Ridge.
How books shaped Christmas; Alexievich delivers Nobel lecture; all-curated bookstore opens in New York; and other news.