John Else (True South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the Prize,” the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement) in conversation with Spencer Nakasako and Orlando Bagwell....more
Posts Tagged: Zyzzyva
Saturday 1/7: Greenlight Bookstore celebrates the grand opening of the store’s second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. 632 Flatbush Avenue, 7:30 p.m., free.
Sunday 1/8: Nancy Hightower, Sarah Perry, Jeremy Freedman, and Linda Harris Dolan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading series....more
In a Q & A with debut novelist Yaa Gyasi on the ZYZZYVA blog, Ismail Muhammad asks Gyasi to expound on narrative structure and the far-reaching effects of the international slave trade:
I realized that I was interested in tracking how slavery, colonialism, and institutionalized racism work over a very long period of time—not just the beginning and end, but the movement from the beginning to the end.
Over at ZYZZYVA, Sam Shuler reviews Robert Roper’s new work, Nabokov in America. Roper focuses on Nabokov’s experiences in America, and claims that Nabokov was able to write his best work in America because he was so affected by the country:
Roper’s reflections on Nabokov are carried out with a clarity and a directness often missing from the academicians’ spiraling and excessively involuted forays.
At ZYZZYVA, Christian Kiefer talks with novelist Scott Hutchins and playwright Octavio Solis about learning and developing as writers, the difference between writing plays and writing novels, and writing as a craft:
It’s an art. There’s alchemy in the process by which we go from a blank page to something that has its own reality.
Fittingly ending the memoir with a scene at the La Brea Tar Pits, which trapped and fossilized the unfortunate prehistoric creatures who wandered into them, Ortiz speaks of her personal excavation as a perpetual journey, a necessary exploration of a hidden story.
Most literate adults can tell e-disaster stories: information sent to the wrong recipient or group, or discovered by the wrong person, or issued in careless wording that gave offense, or did real damage. Some of these stories are funny. Some end marriages, families, careers.
Most first novels are really second novels, since most first novels go unpublished. Writing for ZYZZYVA, Rumpus contributor Aaron Gilbreath talks through his experience having his debut memoir rejected, eventually leading an agent to suggest he write a novel instead:
He wasn’t telling me to call a novel a memoir, or to capitalize on a hot genre.
We’ve all been there. You go to Harvard, then to law school in Colorado. You own property in central Texas.
You get caught trafficking drugs, and the court makes you study creative writing in El Paso as part of your parole....more
Granta and ZYZZYVA are getting together in San Francisco for a “traditional British pub quiz with a California twist.”
There will be a show-down between teams comprised of audience members and contributors to both magazines, followed by music and dancing!...more
At ZYZZYVA, Rumpus columnist Antonia Crane interviews Cheryl Strayed about Wild, rebuilding, Sugar, and more.
“I bring a lot of the wisdom I gained on my hike into the “Dear Sugar” column. The most important one is that we always have a choice about which direction to go—forward or back—and that no matter what happens, we must always keep walking.”...more
ZYZZYVA interviewed Dagoberto Gilb, acclaimed author and the current executive director of Centro Victoria: Center for Mexican American Literature and Culture. Gilb touched on the Texan literary scene, Latino literature, and his newly published collection of stories, Before the End, After the Beginning (Rumpus reviewed here)....more