Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses how the political climate affected the writing of her latest novel, A Book of American Martyrs, how she uses Twitter, and why predictions are a waste of time. ...more
In the last moment, the bird swerved away to the right. It soared high, wheeled in a circle, and dove again. This time, it pulled itself directly upward. Gold plumes flashed as it rose, wings churning as it turned....more
I start talking late, making word-sounds with my throat long before I open my mouth. When my lips and tongue begin to unfreeze, the progression of brain cancer locks my grandfather’s jaw in place....more
Au Revoir Simone is one of David Lynch’s favorite bands, and the trio scored a couple of appearances on Twin Peaks: The Return despite not having released any new music since 2013. Now, Annie Hart, singer, keyboardist, and bassist for the New York outfit, is debuting a solo album, Impossible Accomplice, out via Uninhabitable Mansions.
“All songs written & recorded & performed by Annie Hart in her basement, except drums and bass for ‘Hard To Be Still’ recorded at Fred Armisen’s apartment,” assert the album’s credits, also revealing that Hart’s been “sneaking sessions in while her children were sleeping.” (more…)
Kamilah Aisha Moon takes the title for her most recent collection from Lucille Clifton’s poem “won’t you celebrate with me,” which includes the lines: “what did i see to be except myself? / i made it up / here on this bridge between / starshine and clay,” and Clifton’s influence on Moon’s work is evident throughout.
We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Lisa Yee! Lisa takes a break from writing about superheroes to tell you why she has the best job in the world—she even got to go to Japan and take ninja lessons for her job!
To make sure this letter reaches your favorite young reader, subscribe by September 29! For more information on Letters for Kids, click here. Letters for Kids is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so visit us there, too. And remember, Letters for Kids helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, your children can correspond with their favorite writers and you’ll support the website in one fell swoop. (more…)
It’s that time again! Last week, the National Book Awards released their longlist of 2017 honorees, which includes many amazing writers in all categories. Finalists will be announced on October 4 and the winners will be announced on November 14. Also stay tuned for Lifetime Achievement announcements later this week, on Wednesday for the Literarian award, and on Thursday for the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award. 5Under35 honorees will be announced on September 25.
While we are excited for all the honorees, we are especially pleased to have celebrated the work of many of these writers on our site. Below is a complete list of honorees who have appeared on The Rumpus with links to relevant interviews, reviews, writing, and excerpts of their work. (more…)
Monday 9/18: Jostein Gaarder will be discussing his new picture book Questions Asked, and he’ll be in conversation with curator and champion of children’s literature Lisa Von Drasek. Milkweed Books, 6:30 p.m., free.