Talking with Dave Housley about his novel THE OTHER ONES, available later this month.
Rumpus recommendations for books to gift to friends and family this holiday season!
Tags: A Little Devil in America, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, A. E. Osworth, Afterparties, Alex McElroy, Alison Stine, Anthony Veasna So, Aurielle Marie, Between Two Kingdoms, Blow Your House Down, Brenda Peynado, Christopher Gonzalez, Claire Vaye Watkins, Craft in the Real World, Crying in H Mart, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Derrick Austin, Destiny O. Birdsong, Detransition Baby, Donika Kelly, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Everyone Remain Calm, Fat and Queer, Fire Is Not a Country, Forsyth Harmon, Gene Kwak, george saunders, Gina Frangello, girlhood, Go Home Ricky, goldenrod, Gumbo Ya Ya, Hanif Abdurraqib, I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, Julia Sanches, Justine, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kaveh Akbar, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kristen Radtke, Kyle Lucia Wu, Larissa Pham, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Libertie, Lilly Dancyger, Love Is an Ex-Country, Maggie Smith, Mariana Oliver, Mary Jo Bang, Matthew Salesses, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Michelle Zauner, Migratory Birds, Milk Fed, Mona at Sea, Morgan Parker, Negative Space, Negotiations, Nikki Wallschlaeger, No One Is Talking about This, Once I Was Cool, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night, Patricia Lockwood, Pilgrim Bell, Pop Song, Randa Jarrar, Seek You, Suzanne Koven, Tenderness, The Atmospherians, The Renunciations, The Rock Eaters, Torrey Peters, Trashlands, Water I Won’t Touch, Waterbaby, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, What to Read When, White Magic, Win Me Something
“Life is incredibly sad, but it’s also funny, joyful, wonderful, and strange.”
Tags: Alice Munro, American University, Amy Leach, Andrew Beraina, angela carter, bojack horseman, Borges, debut collection, Edward P. Jones, flash fiction, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, george eliot, george saunders, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, kelly link, lydia davis, Moon City Short Fiction, mothers, One Person Away From You, short fiction, short stories, short story, Steven Millhauser, The Bloody Chamber, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tolstoy, Toni Morrison
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Matejka, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexandra Tatarsky, Annie Bishai, Carl Watson, Carolyn Ferrell, Carter Sickels, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Chris Bohjalian, Chris Stuck, christina baker kline, Christopher Cox, Claire Boyles, Clare Sestanovich, Dan Fesperman, Dana Spiotta, Elaine Petrocelli, Elin Hilderbrand, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Emily Bass, Emily Raboteau, Eric Dean Wilson, Eula Biss, francine prose, george saunders, Ivy Meeropol, Jason Reynolds, Jason Schneiderman, John Keene, Joshua Cohen, katie crouch, Keith Ridgway, Kendra Allen, Kimiko Hahn, Kristen Radtke, Kristin Hannah, Leslie Jamison, Lynn Steger Strong, mattilda bernstein sycamore, Maya Phillips, Michele Harper, Michelle Richmond, Mikhail Iossel, MIranda Popkey, Nick White, Nkosi Nkululeko, Notable Online, Pam Jenoff, Paul Richmond, Paul Train, Paula McLain, Raven Leilani, Scott Shane, Susan Elia MacNeal, Tom Scharpling, Trace Peterson, Vanessa Riley
By the time the television cameras arrive, the rest of the world may be surprised, but we’re not. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, Attrib, baltics, book review, Caitlin Horrocks, david galef, displacement, Eley Williams, fathers, Finland, Garrison Keillor, george saunders, kelly link, life among the terranauts, Midwest, Midwestern, review, Scandinavia, short fiction, short stories, Slipstream, story collection, The Vexations, This is Not Your City
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Adam Levin, Alex McElroy, Alexandra Chang, Amia Srinivasan, Amity Gaige, Anjali Enjeti, Ayanna Thompson, Brandon Taylor, Brenda Peynado, Brian Broome, Cedric Rudolph, Chet'la Sebree, Chris Whitaker, Christina Lauren, Claudio Lomnitz, Clint Smith, Cynthia Manick, danielle evans, Desiree C. Bailey, Diana Spiotta, Diane Kerr, E.C Osondu, Elizabeth McCracken, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Emily Midorikawa, Emma Straub, Erin Khar, Ethan Rutherford, Gabriel Bump, Galina Rymbu, george saunders, Gina Frangello, Gina Nutt, Glenis Redmond, hannah black, J. Robert Lennon, J. Ryan Stradal, Jacqueline Rose, Jason Schreier, Jennifer Alton, Jennifer Rosner, jim shepard, John Green, Jordan E. Franklin, JP Howard, Judith Camann, Julie Marie Wade, Karren Alenier, Karren LaLonde Alenier, Kate Lebo, Kelli Stevens Kane, Kendra Allen, Keven Kelly, Kiese Laymon, kristen arnett, Kristin Harmel, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Lucy Ives, Lyssa Kay Adams, Maggie Shipstead, Malcolm Friend, Marisa Siegel, Marisa Silver, Mary Terrier, Matthew Salesses, Maytha Alhassen, Melissa Febos, Mervyn Taylor, Michele Filgate, Mortada Gzar, Muriel Leung, Natalie Hopkinson, Notable Online, Paige Quinones, Pamela L. Laskin, Patrice Grell Yursik, Rafe Posey, Rajiv Mohabir, Randa Jarrar, Raquel Salas-Rivera, rivka galchen, Rosamond S. King, Rosie Stockton, Sam Cohen, Sam Riviere, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Stacey Leasca, Steven Johnson, Tamiko Beyer, Theodora Ziolkowski, Thien-Kim Lam, Tim Harford, Virgil Suárez, Wendy Trevino, William Pierce
“I like marinating in uncertainty for as long as possible.”
Tags: Ars Herzogica, David Nutt, death, depression, essay collection, essays, Final Girl, george saunders, Gina Keicher, Gina Nutt, Here Is My Adventure I Call It Alone, horror, horror films, Katya Buresh, mortality, Night Rooms, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trauma, Two Dollar Radio, water, Wilderness Champion
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: A. R. Capetta, Adam Levin, Alexander Chee, andrew sean greer, Angeline Rodriguez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Arlene Weiner, Bonnie Naradzay, Brandon Taylor, Candace Jane Opper, Carla Bruce-Eddings, Catherine Lee, Celeste Gainey, Cory McCarthy, Diana Cage, DongWon Song, Donna Freitas, Erica McAfee, Forsyth Harmon, george saunders, Gregory Brown, Halimah Marcus, helen rosner, Imbolo Mbue, Jackie Ess, Jamal Greene, Jamie Figueroa, Jeannine Ouellette, Jess Zimmerman, Jessica Winter, jessica zucker, Jill Santopolo, Joshua Mohr, Katie Engelhart, kazuo ishiguro, Kim Addonizio, Lameece Issaq, Larissa MacFarquhar, Lauren Oyler, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Zeidner, Lucy Ives, Marcos Gonsalez, Mark Oshiro, Meghan Deans, Melissa Broder, Mike Hickey, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Notable Online, Pola Oloixarac, Rakia Clark, Ralph Blumenthal, Randa Jarrar, Rebecca Handler, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Rebecca Sacks, Richard St. John, Robin Abcarian, ron charles, Rosemary Winslow, Rumaan Alam, Sandra Beasley, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Walter Mosley, William Deverell, Yael Flusberg, yiyun li
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Alex Torres, Alexander Chee, Alison Singh Gee, Anne Harding Woodworth, Anthony Veasna So, Brandon Taylor, Candace Jane Opper, Cate Marvin, Desiree C. Bailey, Diannely Antigua, E.J. Koh, Emillio Mesa, Emily Rapp Black, Emily Silverman, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Eric Freeze, Gabriel Bump, Gary Phillips, Gene Hirsch, george saunders, Gloria Nixon-John, Hayes Davis, Hiram Larew, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Jack Estes, Janice P. Nimura, Jari Bradley, Jenny Offill, Jihyun Yung, Jiordan Castle, Joan Retallack, Judith R. Robinson, Kate Walter, Kenan Trebincevic, kevin barry, Kristofer Collins, Ladee Hubbard, Lauret Savoy, Lawrence Joseph, Lisa Summe, Matt Coyle, Matthew Salesses, Max S. Gordon, Michael Farris Smith, Michael Wurster, Michaela Corn, Monica de la Torre, Notable Online, Patti Callahan Henry, peter orner, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Safia Jama, Samantha So Lamb, Sara Lippmann, Sara Watson, sarah marshall, Sarah Minor, Sarah Sentilles, Sharisse Tracey, Sharon Olds, Stacy Parker Le Melle, Stuart Sheppard, Susan Shapiro, Terrance Hayes, Terry Tempest Williams, Tyler Stovall
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Abigail Chabitnoy, Alexis Coe, Alyssa Cole, Angie Thomas, Ann Lauterbach, Anna North, Artress Bethany White, Beverly Cottman, brian g. gilmore, Carol Hay, Catherine E. McKinley, Cheryl Pearl Sucher, Chloe Aridjis, Curtis Sittenfeld, Cynthia Zarin, Dale Maharidge, Daniel Loedel, Danielle Dutton, Danielle Prescod, David Weathersby, Douglas Stuart, E.A. Aymar, Edwin Torres, Emma Lord, Farrah Penn, george saunders, Gustavus Stadler, Jane Smiley, Joe Boyle, John Hennessy, Justin Phillip Reed, Kaitlyn Greenidge, karan mahajan, Kathryn Davis, kevin barry, Khadijah Queen, Kwei Quartey, Laura Stanfill, Leslie Barlow, Lori Tobias, Maika Moulite, Margot Livesey, Maritza Moulite, Martina Gallegos, Mateo Askaripour, mattilda bernstein sycamore, Merve Emre, Michael Cunningham, Michelle S. Johnson, Mona Eltahawy, Nadia Owusu, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Naomi Hirahara, Nic Stone, Notable Online, Peter Coviello, Phil Klay, Phyllis M. May-Machunda, R. O. Kwon, Ru Freeman, Ryan Chapman, Sarah Smarsh, Scott Cheshire, Torrey Peters, Tracy O'Neill
What a fitting end to the postmodern literary experiment. Or are we just getting warmed up? ...more
Tags: Animal Riot Press, Anthropica, Apocalypse, apocalyptic, Barthes, book review, David Foster Wallace, David Hollander, Donald Antrim, george saunders, Hugh Sheehy, Nabokov, postmodern, postmodernism, quantum physics, review, rick moody, Roland Barthes, vladimir nabokov, Wallace Stevens, Wittgenstein
Beth Alvarado discusses her new story collection, JILLIAN IN THE BORDERLANDS.
Tags: Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Anxious Attachments, Beth Alvarado, Black Lawrence Press, Book Club, border, border crisis, Committal, COVID-19, death, fascism, Flannery O'Connor, george saunders, grace paley, grief, Han Kang, immigration, Irene Cooper, Jillian in the Borderlands, Joy Williams, Juan Rulfo, Karen Brennan, linked stories, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, migrants, monsters, pandemic, Pedro Paramo, Politics, Raymond Carver, Rumpus Book Club, short fiction, short stories, Signs Preceding the End of the World, story collection, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Book Club, The Vegetarian, Yuri Herrera
I surprised myself by reading Memory in an afternoon. ...more
Tags: bernadette mayer, book review, Emily Dickinson, george saunders, Holly Solomon, hybrid genre, Madness Rack and Honey, Mary Ruefle, memory, natalie dunn, New York City, Paul Valery, photographs, photography, review, Siglio Press, visual art
“I’m interested in beautiful events that are wrong.”
Tags: american south, Amherst, Benjamin Nugent, Brad Watson, Brooklyn, connection, Deep South, depravity, fraternities, Fraternity, Frederick Douglass, george saunders, Greek Row, john cheever, Joy Williams, Maria Anderson, masculinity, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nell Zink, Ottessa Moshfegh, police violence, pop music, racial violence, Reed, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Wallcreeper, toxic masculinity, williamsburg
Ramiza Shamoun Koya discusses her debut novel, THE ROYAL ABDULS.
Tags: 9/11, academia, Alex Behr, anxiety, Brooklyn, cancer, control, cultural anthropology, debut novel, Donald Trump, family, fiji, fire, Forest Avenue Press, george saunders, hate crimes, ice, immigrant, immigrants, India, Indian, intergenerational trauma, Islamophobia, leland cheuk, macdowell, MFA, muslim, Muslim American, new york, Oregon, Portland, prejudice, Racism, Ramiza Koya, scapegoating, Sex, sex scene, The Royal Abduls, Trump
Emily W. Pease discusses her debut story collection, LET ME OUT HERE.
Tags: Adam Vitcavage, Allan Gurganus, american south, debut collection, Emily Pease, Emily W. Pease, faith, Flannery O'Connor, george saunders, good country people, Hub City Press, Let Me Out Here, lincoln in the bardo, religion, short fiction, short stories, Southern, William Giraldi
Karen Russell discusses her newest collection, ORANGE WORLD AND OTHER STORIES.
Tags: A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, Avery Gordon, birth, carmen maria machado, childbirth, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, death, environmental crisis, fabulism, fabulist, florida, Frances Yackel, genre, george saunders, ghost story, Her Body and Other Parties, Karen Russell, kelly link, Kevin Brockmeier, Margaret Atwood, motherhood, Orange World and Other Stories, Seamus Heaney, short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, story collection, swamplandia, The Handmaid's Tale
Chanelle Benz discusses her debut novel, THE GONE DEAD.
Tags: american south, as I lay dying, Ben Greenburg, Black Arts Movement, Chanelle Benz, civil rights, Civil Rights Movement, Crystal Hana Kim, debut novel, first book, george saunders, historical fiction, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, jim crow, Mississippi, Mississippi Delta, Politics, Racism, Rhiannon Giddens, segregation, slavery, The Gone Dead, Trump, White Supremacy
Literary events in and around the Bay Area this week!
Tags: Arwen Elys Dayton, Bay Area, Brittany Ackerman, Caille Millner, colin winnette, Dave Eggers, Dickson Lam, Forrest Gander, Francesca Bell, george saunders, Gigi Pandian, Huda Al-Marashi, Izzy Oneiric, Jack Boulware, James Bell, Jeff Tweedy, Jenn Stroud Rossmann, Jeremy Michael Vasquez, John Briscoe, Keith A. Spencer, Kirin Khan, Lara Bazelon, Lydia Kiesling, Madeline Gobbo, Megan McDowell, Michal MJ Jones, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, Natalia Vigil, Nayomi Munaweera, Nishant Batsha, Norma Cole, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Raúl Zurita, Rebecca Chekouras, René Vazv, Samantha Schweblin, San Francisco, Sheila Murray Bethel, Simon Sheppard, Vianney Casas
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah discusses FRIDAY BLACK.
Tags: Alice Walker, Angela Flournoy, Arthur Flowers, debut collection, dystopia, first book, Friday Black, george saunders, Harry Potter, identity politics, Jamel Brinkley, James Baldwin, Kaitlyn Greening, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, S. Ferdowsi, science fiction, short fiction, short stories, The Era, The Finkelstein 5, The Hospital Where, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Things My Mother Said, White Supremacy
Rita Bullwinkel discusses her debut story collection,
Belly Up, the foolishness of writing, and what went into the making of her first book. ...more
Tags: A Lucky Man, A Strange Object, Back Talk, Belly Up, Ben Marcus, Danielle Lazarin, debut collection, first book, Friday Black, george saunders, Gordon Lish, Hybrid Creatures, Jamel Brinkleey, Jane: A Murder, Joy Williams, Leaving the Sea, Lucy Corin, Maggie Nelson, Maria Anderson, Matthew Baker, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Notes from the Fog, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, Ottessa Moshfegh, Rita Bullwinkle, short fiction, short stories, Stuart Dybek, Tenth of December, The Coast of Chicago
Carmen Maria Machado discusses
Her Body and Other Parties, riffing off the work of others, and how writing is like solving a math problem. ...more
Tags: Alvin Schwartz, carmen maria machado, Deesha Philyaw, fatness, francine prose, gender, george saunders, Helen Oyeyemi, Her Body and Other Parties, horror, House in Indiana, In a Dark Dark Room, kelly link, Latina, Law and Order: SVU, plagiarism, Racism, rape, Rape culture, Sadia Shepard, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Social Media, speculative fiction, The Husband Stitch, Thomas Bernhard, twitter, urban legends, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Woodcutters
Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!
Tags: Adam Silvera, Adrian Tomine, Anna Dunn, Arvin Ahmadi, Bliss Broyard, Bonnie Chau, celeste ng, Claire Mazur, Dana Spiotta, Danielle Lazarin, Elinor Lipman, eric orner, Erica Cerulo, george saunders, hanya yanagihara, Ira Silverberg, Jamie Quatro, Jason Zinoman, Joanne Serling, John Darnielle, Jonathan Santlofer, Karley Sciortino, Kate Tuttle, Kayleen Schaefer, Kristin Hannah, Lisa Halliday, Liza St. James, Lucas De Lima, Meghan Daum, Michele Filgate, Min Jin Lee, Neel Mukherjee, Nell Schwed, notable new york, Notable NYC, Pamela Erens, paul auster, Philip Gourevitch, Pia Padukone, Rachel Lyon, Richard Lawson, Sarah Schulman, Taylor Larsen, Tim Kreider, Wesley Morris, zadie smith
“Where does one draw the line when you as a person believe in progress, but as a writer feel like you need to focus on people who would challenge that, who would ask us to regress?”
Tags: Alex Cameron, Angel Olsen, Australia, autofiction, Brandon Flowers, Flavorwire, Forced Witness, george saunders, Jonathan Rado, Kirin J. Callinan, Kurt Vonnegut, Music, Roy Molloy, Secretly Canadian, toxic masculinity
Juan Martinez discusses his debut collection
Best Worst American, his relationship to the English language, and why Nabokov ruined his writing for years. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Best Worst American, Chef’s Table, Colombia, debut authors, debut collection, first book, george saunders, jack pendarvis, James Tadd Adcox, Jane Austen, John Barth, Juan Martinez, Karen Russell, kelly link, language, Milan Kundera, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Nabokov, Politics, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Sarah Kokernot, short fiction, short stories, star wars, Stephen King, strange fiction, Sudden Fiction Latino, The Depreciated History of Cervantes
Jess Arndt discusses her debut story collection
Large Animals, accepting love from other people, human bodies, and fear of the written word. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Annie Dillard, Beside Myself, bodies, body, collage, day jobs, debut collection, desert, Donald Trump, Dynasty Handbag, first book, gender, gender ambiguity, gender fluidity, george saunders, humor, identity, imposter syndrome, Jeff, Jess Arndt, Julie Buntin, L.A., Large Animals, LGBTQ, Lily Tomlin, los angeles, Louis C.K., love, Melissa Wiley, Mojave Desert, Moon Colonies, nonbinary, Politics, revision, sexuality, the writing life, Trump, urban, writing, writing process
Chanelle Benz’s debut collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, is filled with characters often facing a moral crossroads. The stories contain the unexpected, like a classic Western complete with local brothel as well as a gothic tale. Benz’s writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Guernica, The American Reader, and Granta.
Tags: abandonment, American Reader, Chanelle Benz, Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, debut collection, Electric Literature, first book, george saunders, Gothic, granta, Guernica, mickie meinhardt, plantations, revision, science fiction, short fiction, short stories, slavery, The Man Who Shout Out My Eye Is Dead, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, the whitney, violence, Western, women writers, Women Writers of Color, writers of color
Here are some books to read that will remind you that there is beauty out there, even if it’s hard-wrought. ...more
Tags: A Moveable Feast, Bluets, Call Me by My Other Name, Chris Adrian, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Death with Interruptions, Donald Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Eula Biss, Exit West, george saunders, Gob's Grief, Jose Saramago, Maggie Nelson, Mohsin Hamid, Neil Gorsuch, Nuclear Option, poetry, Rachel Kushner, reading list, reading recommendations, Supreme Court, syria, the balloonists, The Flamethrowers, Valerie Wetlaufer, What to Read When
Monday 2/27: Tim Dorsey discusses and signs Clownfish Blues. 7 p.m. at Book Soup. ALOUD presents An Evening with George Saunders. The author discusses his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, in conversation with author Anthony Marra. Featuring a dramatic reading by Phil LaMarr. 7:30 p.m. in the Writer’s Guild Theater. The event is full, but […]
Tags: Anthony Marra, Antonia Crane, April Daniels, Arminé Iknadossian, Brandon Kfoury, Brian Sonia-Wallace, Brian Woodbury, Chris Morris, Christopher Higgs, CLS Ferguson, Colleen Dunn Bates, Conrad Romo, cynthia romanowski, george saunders, Glen Erik Hamilton, Greg Proops, Henri Cole, J. J. Gesher, James Blaylock, Jennifer Brody, John Lansing, jon raymond, joyce carol oates, Marytza Rubio, Megan Marshall, Melanie Jeffrey, Michael Tisserand, Nicelle Davis, Nolan Knight, Notable L.A., notable los angeles, Pete Begler, Phil LaMarr, Rachel Harper, Ramesh Srinivasan, Rich Ferguson, Rigo, Robin Finn, Scotch Rutherford, Sherilyn Fenn, Stephen Blackmoore, Steve Goldman, Tara Igoe, Tim Dorsey, Travis Richardson, Victor Cass
Sunday 2/26: Writer, teacher, and artist Wendy Brown-Baez will read with special guests at the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts. 2 p.m., free. Monday 2/27: Poet Kao Kaila Yang will feature for the Club Book reading series at Rum River Library in Anoka. 7 p.m., free. Tuesday 2/28: The quickest reading in the city, […]
Tags: Andrea Jenkins, Angela Ajayi, Carolyn Holbrook, D Allen D Allen, Darrius Strong, george saunders, Josh Kiyee, Kao Kaila Yang, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Notable Twin Cities, Patrick Werle, Paula Cisewski, rain taxi, Rosie Peters, Venessa Fuentes, Wendy Brown-Báez