Posts Tagged: Colson Whitehead

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Katie Ford

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Katie Ford discusses her new collection, IF YOU HAVE TO GO.

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What to Read When Mining Your Anxious, Undiagnosed Childhood

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Amanda Stern shares a list of books to celebrate her memoir, Little Panic.

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Notable NYC: 4/28–5/4

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #122: Nathan Hill

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“Write what you want to write, he said, and let other people deal with taxonomies.”

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What to Read When You Don’t Want Summer to End

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A list of books that take place in the summer, remind us of summer, and/or just make for great beach reads.

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What to Read When You Want to See a World More F**ked up Than Ours

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Reading suggestions from author Celeste Ng for these f**ked-up times: worlds more—or, okay, just differently—f**ked up than ours.

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Touring Trump’s America on Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad won the National Book Award on Wednesday night. In his acceptance speech he told us, “We’re happy in here; outside is the blasted hellhole wasteland of Trumpland. Be kind to everybody. Make art and fight the power.” Not only was this apt for the evening, but it also describes the […]

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #26: Fiction I Read and Loved This Summer

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Not a one of these is a “beach read,” though I read many of them on the beach. Every one of these novels and short story collections transported me deeper into myself. Every one of these books excited me and made me hungry to live more, love more, think more, feel more, give more. What […]

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The Chosen One

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Colson Whitehead’s new novel, The Underground Railroad, was announced as an Oprah’s Book Club selection on the day of its release. Speaking to Michelle Dean in the Guardian, Whitehead discusses his reaction to the news:  “I called her back and she said: ‘Oprah.’ I said: ‘Shut the front door,’ because I didn’t want to curse. She said: […]

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Jaquira Díaz

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Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Chaitali Sen

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Swati Khurana talks to the author of The Pathless Sky, a love story centered around place, the state’s authority, statelessness, and geology.

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Notable NYC: 3/21–3/27

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Saturday 3/21: Phil Klay reads from his National Book Award for Fiction collection Redeployment. He is joined in conversation by Rob Spillman. Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free. Rob Crawford, Sabra Embury, Hannah Assadi, Genna Rivieccio, Amanda Killian, Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Stu Watson, and Daniel Adler celebrate opiates. Mellow Pages Library, 7:30 p.m., free. Cynthia […]

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Notable NYC: 3/7–3/13

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Saturday 3/7: Cynthia Daignault and Joseph Mosconi join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., free. Sunday 3/8: Ashley C. Ford, Daniel Jose Older, and Cynthia Cruz launch a new discussion series, The Hustle, that examines how writers work. WORD Brooklyn, 2 p.m., free. Elissa Schappell and Lynne Tillman celebrate International Women’s Day. Over the […]

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Good Riddance to the Goodbye-to-New-York Essay

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Joan Didion’s “Goodbye to All That” has spawned a new literary genre: the personal screed about loving (or leaving) New York City.

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Notable NYC: 11/8–11/14

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Saturday 11/8: Brooklyn Comic Arts Festival. Mt. Carmel Church, 11 a.m., free. Elizabeth Lopeman reads Trans Europe Express (November 2014) about an American au pair considering abandoning her host family. BookCourt, 4 p.m., free. Peter Friedman, Rachel Nelson, Tommy Pico, Blythe Roberson, and Valerie Hsiung read at the What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been. […]

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Been Here Before

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After years of anxious separation, people are finally relaxing about the literary/genre fiction divide. Over at Electric Literature, Tobias Carroll asks: now what? We’re now well into a period where literary writers are able to balance their love for horror (or science fiction, or fantasy) with their craft, and fewer and fewer bat an eye…But […]

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Second Time’s the Charm

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Slate and the Whiting Foundation have teamed up to save authors from the dreaded sophomore slump in a quest to unearth the five best second novels of the last five years. Novelists Yiyun Li and Colson Whitehead will be judging alongside other literary personalities. If you were waiting for the opportune moment to sneak-publish that […]

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“Hard Times in the Uncanny Valley”

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Colson Whitehead went on a London Olympics adventure, which you can read all about in his multi-part dispatch for Grantland. “I started scoring events in terms of what they’d offer in a human-annihilation-type scenario. Offensewise, archery skills seemed like an obvious asset at first. But the archers’ high-tech bows wouldn’t survive a day of jumping […]

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