Book Club Round-Up

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“San Francisco is the best place in the country to be a writer,” says author Andrew Altschul in a profile by Publisher’s Weekly about his new book Deux Ex Machina. Considering Altschul’s novel takes on the morally vapid world of reality TV, we’re certainly glad he likes his surroundings. Otherwise, his world of termite mound competitions and waterboarding on a fictional reality show might be a bit too much for any writer to handle.

The Chicago Tribune calls All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, by Lan Samantha Chang, “an intense little novel,” depicted with “insight and compassion.”

Find out in The Millions what Adam Levin, author of The Instructions, read this year.

Read this to know why the Cloud Corporation author Timothy Donnelly included Matthew Zapruder, a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board, in his list of six favorite contemporary poets.

Announcing the January book club pick: Pacazo, by Roy Kesey–the story of an American historian in Peru, and his attempts to rebuild after the storms of El Nino shred apart life as he knows it.


Maddie Oatman has interviewed musicians and writers for The Rumpus. She's the research editor at Mother Jones, where she also writes. A Boulder transplant, she can often be found on her bike, skis, or cooking with vegetables, and she wrote her English thesis on a gay red-winged monster and Billy the Kid. Follow her on Twitter or read occasional musings on her blog Oats. More from this author →