Zauner’s memoir is not a performance, but an act of love, including all the dirty little bits that come with it. ...more
Tags: A House Waiting for Music, book review, cancer, Charly Bliss, childhood, Crying in H Mart, Darcy Jay Gagnon, death, debut memoir, Eugene, family, food, food writing, grief, identity, Japanese Breakfast, JJ Johnson, Jonathan Van Ness, korean, Korean American, loss, Louise Erdrich, memoir, MFK Fisher, Michelle Zauner, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, Oregon, Psychopomp, review, The Blue Jay's Dance, The Gastronomical Me, Yellow K Records
Claire Fuller shares a reading list to celebrate UNSETTLED GROUND.
Tags: Anna Quindlen, Anne Enright, Ayobami Adebayo, bryan washington, Claire Fuller, Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Taylor, Kent Haruf, LaRose, Louise Erdrich, Marion Coutts, Megan Hunter, memorial, Miller's Valley, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh, Plainsong, Stay with Me, tessa hadley, The End We Start From, The Green Road, The Iceberg, The Master Bedroom, The Nickel Boys, Unsettled Ground, What to Read When
Carter Sickels discusses his new novel, THE PRETTIEST STAR.
Tags: 1980s, A Seahorse Year, AIDS, AIDS crisis, AIDS epidemic, Appalachia, Appalachian, capitalism, Carter Sickels, community, COVID-19, David Weissman, Dorothy Allison, Emma Copley Eisenberg, gay, historical fiction, HIV, homophobia, Hub City Press, LGBTQ, Louise Erdrich, Mike Sisco, Mysterious Skin, Ohio, point of view, POV, queer, queerness, rural, rural America, Scott Heim, Stacey D'erasmo, The Evening Hour, The Prettiest Star, The Third Rainbow Girl, trans, We Were Here
Literary events in and around the Twin Cities this week!
Tags: Ayelet Waldman, Brenda J Child, Bruce Peterson, Danez Smith, Debra Marquart, Gaylord Schanilec, John Coy, Kao Kalia Yang, Louise Erdrich, Matty Layne Glasgow, Michael Chabon, Michael Lerner, minneapolis, Notable Twin Cities, Rachel Jones, Roy G. Guzmán, Roy Guzmán, st. paul, Staci Lola Drouillard, T. Mychael Rambo, Tish Jones, Twin Cities
Let’s not pretend first means there’s a good place to start. ...more
Tags: babies, death, essay, grief, infertility, loss, Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine, Miscarriage, miscarriages, motherhood, mothers, mourning, names, naming, parenting, pregnancy, stillbirth, stillborn, Susanna Childress, tattoos
Books to read in this fraught political moment.
Tags: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Black Nature, Black Wave, blindness, Cai Emmons, California, Camille Dungy, Catherine Lacey, Cathy Park Hong, Claire Vaye Watkins, Coming of Age at the End of Nature, Dear Leader, Du Bois’s Telegram, Edan Lepucki, Elizabeth Rush, EMily St John Mandel, Engine Empire, Etty Hillesum, Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, Field Guide to the End of the World, From the New World, Future Home of the Living God, Gold Fame Citrus, Hannah Arendt, Idra Novey, Jang Jin-sung, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jeff Chang, Jennifer Boyden, Jorie Graham, Jose Saramago, Joshua Cohen, Juliana Spahr, Julie Dunlap, Katy Didden, Laura-Gray Street, Layli Long Soldier, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilith’s Brood, Louise Erdrich, Lucy Corin, Michelle Tea, Nnedi Okrafor, nobody is ever missing, Oceanic, Octavia Butler, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Station Eleven, Susan Cohen, The Book of Joan, The Declarable Future, The Ecopoetry Anthology, The Glacier's Wake, The Human Condition, Those Who Knew, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, Weather Woman, What to Read When, Whereas, Who Fears Death, Witz
Crystal Hana Kim discusses her debut novel, IF YOU LEAVE ME.
Tags: Alexander Chee, Amy Danzer, Anthony Doerr, Chang-rae Lee, class privilege, Colum McCann, Crystal Hana Kim, Deborah Eisenberg, debut novel, depression, family, first book, gender politics, gender roles, If You Leave Me, intergenerational trauma, Korea, Korean War, Louise Erdrich, Mental Health, Min Jin Lee, motherhood, Nami Mun, Paul Yoon, representation, south korea, The Forgotten War, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toni Morrison, trauma, war
Literary events and readings in and around the Twin Cities this week!
Tags: Cary Griffith, Christy Merry, Jeffrey Burton, Jim Lenfestey, Louise Erdrich, michael ondaatje, minneapolis, Notable Twin Cities, Patty Costello, st. paul, Susan Bartlett Foote, Twin Cities
Carrie La Seur discusses her new novel,
The Weight of an Infinite Sky, standing up for what you know is right, and the writers who inspire her. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Bryn Mawr, Carrie La Seur, Christine Sneed, coal industry, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hamlet, law, lawyer, Louise Erdrich, Meridel Le Sueur, Montana, Neal Stephenson, Pablo Neruda, Panzer Division, ranchers, ranching, Shakespeare, simone de beauvoir, Standing Rock, The Weight of an Infinite Sky, wendell berry, willa cather
Author Laura Pritchett discusses her two most recent books, death, sex, and being rural in modern America.
Tags: Aaron Abeyta, American West., Ana Maria Spagna, Carrie La Seur, Chitra Divakaruni, Christine Sneed, Colorado, Counterpoint Press, death, Edwidge Danticant, Elizabeth Rush, elizabeth strout, Erika Sanchez, farm crisis, farming, Ivan Doig, john steinbeck, Karen Auvinen, Kent Haruf, Laura Pritchett, Les Misérables, Louise Erdrich, Making Friends with Death, meth, Olive Kittridge, Rick Bass, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Rough Beauty, rural, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, Sherwood Anderson, Siel Ju, Stanley Crawford, Steve Almond, suicide, The Blue Hour, The Dew Breaker, The Weight of an Infinite Sky, Victor Hugo, wilderness, willa cather, Winesburg Ohio
Poet and novelist Kim Fu discusses her new novel,
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, how poetry impacts her fiction, and the expectations that accompany a book about lost children. ...more
Tags: Alissa Nutting, Berton House, David Rackoff, Jeffrey Eugenides, Karen Russell, kazuo ishiguro, Kevin Brockmeier, Kim Fu, Lord of the Flies, Louise Erdrich, Lynda Barry, Margaret Atwood, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Middlesex, Monet Patrice Thomas, motherhood, mothers and daughters, One Hundred Demons, Pacific Northwest, poetry, sexual assault, Tampa, The Brief History of the Dead, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Wilderness Tips, yiyun li
Rumpus editors share their favorite fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books that deal with crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system.
Tags: Adam Sternbergh, Alex Gilvarry, All Things Violent, An American Marriage, Ann Quin, apology, Attica Locke, Berg, Bluebird Bluebird, crime, crime and punishment, Danez Smith, David McDuff, Don't Call Us Dead, Donna Tartt, edwidge danticat, Etheridge Knight, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Fuminori Nakamura, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Habeas Corpus, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Jennifer Pashley, Jill McDonough, Jon Pineda, Jung Yun, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Last Winter We Parted, Louise Erdrich, Michelle Alexander, Michelle McNamara, Mitchell Jackson, murder, Nikki Dolson, Nikolai Leskov, Poems from Prison, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, Shelter, Shovel Ready, Simone John, Sujata Massey, Susan Perabo, Tayari Jones, Testify, The Dew Breaker, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, The New Jim Crow, The Residue Years, The Round House, The Scamp, The Secret History, The Widows of Malabar Hill, What to Read When
Literary events and readings in and around the Twin Cities this week!
Tags: Andrea Swensson, Brian Dear, Caren Stelson, Dan Brown, Faith Sullivan, Gretchen Marquette, Inara Verzemnieks, Jason D. Wittman, Justin Spring, Kao Kalia Yang, Kate St. Vincent Vogl, Kerri Miller, Lorrie Holmgren, Louise Erdrich, Nancy O'Brien Wagner, Nor Hall, Notable Twin Cities, Phyllis Alsdurf, Sarah Seidelmann, Solmaz Sharif, Steve Hoffman, Viet Thanh Nguyen
A list of books that wrangle, directly or indirectly, with motherhood and all that comes with it (or its absence).
Tags: A Life's Work, After Birth, Alice Anderson, alison bechdel, Ann Lamott, Are You My Mother, Asha Bandele, beloved, Blood Lyrics, Brenda Shaughnessy, Camille Dungy, Catherine Wagner, celeste ng, Dept. of Speculation, Desiree Cooper, Elisa Albert, Emily Rapp, Everything Is Flammable, Gabrielle Bell, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Jennifer Givhan, Jenny Offill, Katie Ford, Know the Mother, Landscape with Headless Mama, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Little Fires Everywhere, Little Labors, Louise Erdrich, Maggie Nelson, Meghan O'Rourke, motherhood, mothers, Not for Mothers Only, Once, Operating Instructions, Our Andromeda, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Zucker, reading recommendations, Rebecca Wolff, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines, rivka galchen, Silver Sparrow, Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away, Tayari Jones, The Argonauts, The Blue Jay's Dance, The Still Point of the Turning World, The Woman Next Door, Toni Morrison, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, What to Read When, Yewande Omotoso
Picture this: a curbside juggler with a rose between his teeth. That’s the opening image of Susan DeFreitas’s powerful debut novel, Hot Season. Vivid (and sometimes strange) images strike again and again, conjuring ponderosa pines, cafés, old houses, and new characters. The book is firmly set in the fictional town of Crest Top, Arizona, and […]
Tags: activists, Arizona, Ashland Creek, Barbara Kingsolver, eco-lit, Ed Abbey, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hot Season, jonathan franzen, Josh Cook, Kurt Vonnegut, Lidia Yuknavitch, Louise Erdrich, Mary Sojourner, Michigan, Midwest, Monica Drake, Oregon, Portland, Pyrophitic, Ralph Ellison, Rene Denfeld, richard brautigan, Story Magazine, Sunil Yapa, Susan DeFreitas, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Utne Reader, Tom Robbins, Torrey House, vladimir nabokov, your heart is a muscle the size of a fist
Sunday 3/19: Start your week right at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (right around the corner from Birchbark Books) with debut Anishinaabe novelists Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland. They’ll read from their work, with a reception and signing to follow. 7 p.m., free. Tuesday 3/21: Meet the Minnesota Book Award finalists with a reception hosted at […]
Tags: Alan Felsenthal, Anthony Ceballos, Carter Meland, Chris Santiago, Dobby Gibson, Duncan Barlow, Dylan Hicks, Ethna McKiernan, Ghostband, Giles Li, Judy Batalion, Karie Oberg, Kate Hopper, Laura Flynn, Laura McKenzie, Louise Erdrich, Marcie Rendon, Mike Finley, Notable Twin Cities, Open Book, rain taxi, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Shannon Gibney, Stephanie Wilbur Ash, Sun Yung Shin, Susan Ito, Tobias Carroll, Tom Dahill, Trisha Collopy
Micah Perks talks about her new novel,
What Becomes Us, America’s cultural and mythical heritage, and why every novel is a political novel. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Abuse, Alice Walker, birth, California, Carolyn Chute, childbirth, colonialism, Dickinson, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth McKenzie, ERA, feminism, fetus, fiction, immigrants, Iraq War, Karen Yamashita, Louise Erdrich, Mary Rowlandson, Melville, Micah Perks, Molly Antopol, motherhood, myth, narrative, novel, Pagan Time, parenting, pregnancy, richard hughes, rural life, Russell Banks, second-wave feminism, Susan Faludi, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, The Terror Dream, Toni Morrison, Twain, Twins, United States, voice, We Are Gathered Here, What Becomes Us, Whitman, writing
First, Brandon Hicks applies his irreverent sense of humor to an illustrated story of three child innovators. Next, in the Saturday Essay, Megan Burbank offers a funny, tender recollection of a difficult summer in New England following a breakup. She reads Lolita in the bathtub, drinks expensive coffee, and eats donuts with a friend until she […]
The esteemed author talks about the themes of justice, atonement, and reparation in her fifteenth novel,
LaRose, and about the importance of Planned Parenthood to her success. ...more
Tags: A Brief History of Seven Killings, Anne Enright, Birchbark Books, bookstores, daughters, Emily Gray Tedrowe, female characters, female sexuality, Flannery O'Connor, Frans Bengtsson, grief, Isak Dinesen, Jane Gardam, justice, LaRose, Louise Erdrich, Magda Szabo, marlon james, minneapolis, Mockingjay, mother-daugther relationships, motherhood, mothers, ojibwe, parenting, Planned Parenthood, Reparations, sexuality, Sherman Alexie, teenagers, The Blue Jay's Dance, The Door, The Green Road, The Long Ships, The Plague of Doves, The Round House, Toni Morrison, trilogies, virginia woolf, Wahpeton, War Dances, writing
John Freeman, Executive Editor at Lit Hub, talks with Suzanne Koven about his new print-only literary magazine
Freeman’s, the difference between between criticism and editing, and his fear of flying. ...more
Tags: aerophobe, Aleksandr Hemon, Anne Carson, Ask the Pilot, black lives matter, Boston Red Sox, Colum McCann, context, Dag Skolstad, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, fear, feminism, flying, Freeman's, Gloria Steinem, granta, Grove, Harriet Tubman, Haruki Murakami, Helen Simpson, Hillary Clinton, Honor Moore, irving howe, John Freeman, John Updike, journal, julian barnes, Lit Hub, Literary Hub, London, Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine, lydia davis, mortality, National Book Critics Circle, new york, Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Occupy Wall Street, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Roxane Gay, sexism, Susan B Anthony, Suzanne Koven, The Beet Queen, The Big Idea, the new yorker
Imagine a world in the late 21st century: countries are underwater from the rising oceans, Europeans have become refugees, and a mathematical formula has been discovered that explains the entire universe, the applications of which include human flight (sans airplane) and the ability to remove pain and grief. That’s the world Lesley Nneka Arimah has […]
Tags: catapult, Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, dystopia, Freeman's, Haruki Murakami, John Freeman, laura van den berg, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Lit Hub, Louise Erdrich, lydia davis, the bone clocks, this week in short fiction, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
It’s that time of year again, where writers young and old, from all corners of the country, come to congregate in one gigantic, frenetic, neurotic, alcohol-infused crowd, in a couple of fancy hotels no one can really afford, to stay in and talk shop (or not, depending on how your writing’s been this year). That’s right: […]
Tags: Ada Calhoun, Alan Heathcock, Alan MIchael Parker, Alexander Chee, Alissa Nutting, AWP 2015, Benjamin Garcia, Benjamin Percy, Caitlin Horrocks, Carl Phillips, Charles Baxter, Cheryl Strayed, Claudia Rankine, Cream City Review, danielle evans, Dean Bakopoulos, Dessa, Dinaw Mengestu, Ed Lin, Edan Lepucki, elissa schappell, Eugenia Leigh, Eula Biss, francine prose, Gina Frangello, Hyphen Magazine, Jamie Quatro, Jennine Capó Crucet, Jenny Johnson, Joshua Ferris, Julia Fierro, Karen Russell, Karissa Chen, Kate Bernheimer, katey schultz, Katie Raissian, kelly link, kim barnes, Kima Jones, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Leslie Jamison, Louise Erdrich, Maggie Nelson, Marjorie Sandor, Molly Antopol, Ocean Vuong, Pablo Miguel Martinez, Phil Klay, rebecca makkai, Regie Cabico, Richard Bausch, Rob Spillman, Roger Reeves, Roxane Gay, Ruben Quesada, Stacey D'erasmo, Stephen Elliott, Stuart Dybeck, Tara McKelvey, this week in short fiction, Tin House, Tina Bartolome, TJ Jarrett, tom franklin
Let’s dedicate this week to the publications, editors, and benevolent marketing gurus who unleashed a whole bunch of quality FREE short fiction to us. Under the shadow of the FCC’s impending decision as to whether or not net neutrality will continue, these all-you-can-read buffets taste even sweeter. Read on for one potential menu of all […]
Tags: Alice McDermott, Amazon vs Hachette, Caitlin Horrocks, California, Edan Lepucki, FCC, Louise Erdrich, Mavis Gallant, Megan Abbott, Net neutrality, new yorker, Paris Review, Salvatore Scibona, stephen eirik clark, Steven Millhauser, Sweetness #9, the fever, zadie smith
If you like Timothy Leo Taranto’s literary puns here on the Rumpus, you’ll also enjoy these Halloween-themed literary puns over at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Written and illustrated by Rumpus contributor Lincoln Michel, they turn your favorite authors into scary monsters, including Louise Eldritch and Sheila Yeti (author, it goes without saying, of How Should A Cryptid […]
A degree in English may make your job search harder, but it makes empathy and social interaction easier, according to a study conducted by some people who had more practical majors. The study, published in Science, found that literary fiction like Dostoevsky or Louise Erdrich enhanced subjects’ ability to read others’ emotions more than did popular […]
There are books on the NEA’s list that I haven’t read and undoubtedly should read—but unless I’ve made a New Year’s resolution, I prefer to stumble upon my next book.