Posts Tagged: Maggie Shipstead

Notable Los Angeles: 7/10–7/16

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Monday 7/10: Write Club L.A. presents Chapter 65: The Kids Are Alright. Featuring readings by Sofia Carianna, Spencer Towne, Rebeka Barrera, Annette Barrera, Christian Perfas, and Jacorey Palmer. Hosted by Paula Killen and Justin Wellborn, with Jeff Dorchen. $10–$20/pay what you can.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #73: Maggie Shipstead

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I first met Maggie Shipstead in 2011 when she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She had not yet published her first novel, Seating Arrangements, which would later become a New York Times bestseller, but even then the magnitude of her ambition, shrewdness, and intellectual generosity was evident.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, a new Maggie Shipstead story at Virginia Quarterly Review explores love, infidelity, and the ways life can slip from under your feet like an avalanche. Bonus: there is also a literal avalanche. The story, “Backcountry,” follows a twenty-five-year-old ski instructor named Ingrid (#1 baby name for future ski instructors) who meets a fifty-plus-year-old married (he tells Ingrid he’s divorced) man with big dreams of building a ski resort on a nearby mountain.

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American Book Cover in Paris (and Lots of Other Foreign Places)

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SF Gate has a neato slideshow comparing American book covers to their foreign editions.

Sometimes they change barely at all (Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones), while sometimes they’re unrecognizable—Maggie Shipstead’s Seating Arrangements gets not only a visual redesign but a whole new title in tongue-twisting German compounds.

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