Julie Iromuanya discusses her debut novel, MR. AND MRS. DOCTOR.
Tags: A Season of Light, Julie Iromuanya, Julie Marie Wade, MA, MFA, Mr and Mrs Doctor, Native Son, Nigeria, PhD, richard wright, teaching, The Baby-Sitters Club
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson discusses her debut story collection, MY MONTICELLO.
Tags: Aimee Bender, american south, Annette Gordon-Reed, barrett bowlin, Black Boy, Charlottesville, Colson Whitehead, debut collection, family, family history, Friday Black, Girl Meets God, Hedgebrook, historical fiction, immigration, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Kindred, Lauren Winner, My Monticello, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Nigeria, Notes on the State of Virginia, novella, Octavia Butler, parenthood, Racism, research, richard wright, Richmond, Romare Bearden, Sally Hemings, short fiction, short stories, short story, slavery, The Hemingses of Monticello, The Parable of the Sower, thomas jefferson, Tin House, university of virginia, Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, White Supremacy, writing community
Rumpus editors share a list of new and forthcoming books to celebrate Black History Month!
Tags: 100 Boyfriends, A Girl Is a Body of Water, A Little Devil in America, Adrienne Christian, Aftershocks, Akwaeke Emezi, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Anodyne, Arisa White, Ashley C. Ford, Be Holding, Black Buck, Black History Month, Brandon Taylor, Brian Broome, Brit Bennett, brontez purnell, bryan washington, Cardinal, Caste, Caul Baby, Christoph Keller, Chronicling Stankonia, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Creatures of Passage, Danez Smith, danielle evans, Dantiel W. Moniz, Dawnie Walton, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, Deesha Philyaw, Destiny O. Birdsong, Donika Kelly, Doppelgangbanger, Everywhere You Don't Belong, Filthy Animals, Finna, Gabriel Bump, Hafizah Geter, Hanif Abdurraqib, Homie, How Beautiful We Were, How the World Is Passed, How to Carry Water, Imbolo Mbue, inheritance, Isabel Wilkerson, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Just Us, Justin Phillip Reed, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kevin Simmonds, Khadijah Queen, Ladee Hubbard, Lakewood, LaTanya McQueen, leesa cross-smith, Libertie, Lucille Clifton, Luster, Maisy Card, Mariame Kaba, Mateo Askaripour, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Megan Giddings, memorial, Memorial Drive, Milk Blood Heat, Morgan Jerkins, Morowa Yejidé, N.K. Jemisin, Nadia Owusu, Naima Coster, Nana Nkweti, Natasha Trethewey, Nate Marshall, Negotiations, Nichole Perkins, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Playlist for the Apocalypse, Punch Me Up to the Gods, Raven Leilani, Regina N. Bradley, richard wright, Rita Dove, Robert Jones Jr, ross gay, Samantha Irby, Shayla Lawson, Somebody’s Daughter, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be, Taylor Johnson, The City We Became, The Collection Plate by Kendra Allen, The Dragons the Giant the Women, The Essential June Jordan edited by Jan Heller Levi, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, The Malevolent Volume, The Man Who Lived Underground, The Monster I Am Today, The Office of Historical Corrections, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, The Other Black Girl, The Prophets, The Renunciations, The Rib King, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, The Vanishing Half, Thea Matthews, These Ghosts Are Family, This Close to Okay, This Is Major, transcendent kingdom, Tyree Daye, Un-American, Undrowned, Unearth [The Flowers], Walking on Cowrie Shells, Wanda Coleman, Waterbaby, Wayetu Moore, We Do This 'Til We Free Us, What to Read When, What's Mine and Yours, When the Reckoning Comes, Who's Your Daddy, Wicked Enchantment, Worn, Wow No Thank You, Yaa Gyasi, Zakiya Dalila Harris
Tracy Strauss shares a reading list to celebrate her debut book, I JUST HAVEN’T MET YOU YET.
Tags: Black Boy, Cheryl Strayed, Frankenstein, heirlooms, hunger, I Just Haven't Met You Yet, Judith Herman, Margaret Atwood, Mary Karr, Mary Shelley, naomi alderman, rachel hall, richard wright, Roxane Gay, The Art of Memoir, The Edible Woman, The Odd Woman and the City, The Power, tracy strauss, Trauma and Recovery, Vivian Gornick, What to Read When, Wild
Rumpus editors share for their favorite writing that speaks to black history, past and present.
Tags: Airea D. Matthews, An American Marriage, Another Brooklyn, Aracelis Girmay, Ayana Mathis, ayiti, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, bell hooks, Big Machine, Black History Month, Black Peculiar, Blessing the Boats, Bone Black, Britt Bennett, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, danielle evans, Electric Arches, erasure, Eve Ewing, Forest Primeval, Hanif Abdurraqib, Here Comes the Sun, Ijeoma Oluo, Incendiary Art, Incognegro, jacqueline woodson, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Khadijah Queen, Lucille Clifton, marlon james, Mat Johnson, Men We Reaped, Morgan Jerkins, Morgan Parker, Native Son, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Nicole Sealey, Ordinary Beast, Patricia Smith, Percival Everett, Phillis Wheatley, richard wright, Robin Coste Lewis, ross gay, Roxane Gay, Simulacra, So You Want to Talk About Race, Starshine & Clay, Tayari Jones, The Black Maria, The Book of Night Women, The Fire Next Time, The Mothers, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, This Will Be My Undoing, Victor LaValle, Vievee Francis, Voyage of the Sable Venus, We Love You Charlie Freeman, What to Read When
Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel,
The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more
Tags: #ownvoices, #weneeddiversebooks, Angie Thomas, Black, black lives matter, Corinne Duyvis, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, diversity, Eudora Welty, first book, Harry Potter, jacqueline woodson, Mike Brown, Mildred D. Taylor, New York Times Bestseller, Octavia Butler, Oscar Grant, police violence, publishing industry, Rachel Jeantel, richard wright, Sandra Bland, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tamir Rice, teenagers, The Hate U Give, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, twitter, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Need Diverse Books, William Faulkner, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, YA Literature, young adult literature
Here, in one handy list, are a few of our favorite spy novels. Watch your back!
Tags: book recommendations, Denis Johnson, Finks, george plimpton, Harriet the Spy, Ian McEwan, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Joel Whitey, john le carré, Louise Fitzhugh, Peter Matthiessen, reading list, richard wright, Shane McCrae, spies, spy novels, Sweet Tooth, The Animal Too Big to Kill, The Legacy of Spies, The Sympathizer, Tree of Smoke, Viet Thanh Nguyen, What to Read When, Wikileaks
Clarence Major discusses his new collection
Chicago Heat and Other Stories, the artist’s role in politics, Donald Trump and race relations, and Paris in the good old days. ...more
Tags: Air Force, All-Night Visitors, Anagogic and Paideumic Review, Archibald Motley, Art Institute of Chicago, Baudelaire, Charles Shaw, Chester Himes, Chicago, chicago heat, chicago heat and other stories, clarence major, Claude McKay, Coercion Review, Curtis Zahn, D. V. Smith, david breithaupt, David Cornell De Jong, David Kalugin, Donald Hall, E. W. Northnagel, East Village, Emilie Glen, ezra pound, France, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Georges Bataille, Green Writer’s Press, Gwendolyn Brooks, Harold Witt, Henry Miller, Hillary Clinton, history, hitler, interview, J. P. Donleavy, James Baldwin, James Boyer May, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Kenneth Patchen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Martin Heidegger, Midwest, mythology, Native Son, Nazi Germany, Necessary Distance: Essays and Criticism, Nella Larsen, new york, novel, obama, painting, Paul Eluard, poetry, Politics, psychology, Racism, Reflex and Bone Structure, religion, richard wright, rimbaud, Robert Hayden, samuel beckett, Søren Kierkegaard, setting, Sheri Martinelli, short fiction, short stories, Sigmund Freud, St. Marks, The Paintings of Clarence Major: Between Imagination and Motif, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Theodor Reik, Thomas Carlyle, travel, Trump, visual art, Walt Whitman, Walter Lowenfels, William Carlos Williams, William Gardner Smith, william meredith, William S. Burroughs, writers of color, writing, Zora Neal Hurston
Wednesday 1/25: Perfectly Queer presents Funny Bits: Humorous Stories from East Bay Queer Writers featuring Ajuan Mance, Willy Wilkinson, and Anna Pulley. Free, 7 p.m., The Octopus Literary Salon. 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 […]
Tags: Ajuan Mance, Alexandra Kostoulas, Anna Pulley, Chana Bloch, Clyde Always, Dee Allen, Dennis Estrada, Ella Martinsen Gorham, Esmé Weijun Wang, Henry Davis, J de Salvo, Jerod Haynes, Joe Wadlington, John Else, Jon Sindell, Judith Arcana, Kathleen Alcott, Kathleen Winter, Kevin Wilson, Laura Zink, Lucille Lang Day, Lyndsey Ellis, Marin Theatre Company, Martin Rock, Matthew Zapruder, MK Chavez, Nambi E. Kelly, Native Son, Norma Smith, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Orlando Bagwell, Paul Corman-Roberts, Paulette Jiles, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Richardson, Richard Sanderell, richard wright, Sandra Gilbert, Scott O’Connor, Spencer Nakasako, Stephen Kopel, Susan Sherman, Vernon Keeve III, Willy Wilkinson, Zyzzyva
If your family or your people are looking over your shoulder, change your seat or push them away. Ask them to trust you with the truth.
Tags: #blacklivesmatter, berlin, Black Deutschland, black writers, Certain People: America's Black Elite, darryl pinckney, Deesha Philyaw, Europe, expatriate, family, germany, High Cotton, Invisible Man, James Baldwin, James Fenton, Native Son, New York Review of Books, novels, NYRB, Paul Beatty, Percival Everett, race, richard wright, Rolling Stones, susan sontag, The Berlin Stories
Sometimes we bypass the classic novels on the way to the rich offering of current literary fiction. Fair enough; there is so much to love in today’s fiction. But once in a while, dust off a classic gem and consider the language, the depth, the metaphorical heft these books carry—along with being engrossing, powerful reads. Reading […]
Tags: Anna March, canon, classic novels, Faulkner, flaubert, Invisible Man, lydia davis, madame bovary, Margaret Muldoon, Native Son, Ralph Ellison, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, richard wright, The Sound and the Fury, Their Eyes Were Watching God, zora neale hurston
Mary Karr talks about her new book
The Art of Memoir, the perception of memoir from a “trashy” form, the virtues of poetry, and the complexity of truth-telling. ...more
Tags: Amy Tan, autobiographical fiction, autobiography, Black Boy, carnal, catholicism, Daniel Defoe, doubt, Emma Winsor Wood, form, Frank Conroy, Fresh Air, Geourge Saunders, Greg Mortenson, Harper, helen keller, human connection, James Joyce, Journal of a Plague Year, Karl Ove Knausgard, Mary Karr, Maya Angelou, memoir, Mona Simpson, Native Son, poetry, quotation marks, religion, richard wright, San Francisco, Seamus Heaney, self-consciousness, sensory, structure, Syracuse University, Taliban, Terry Gross, The American Academy, The Art of Memoir, Three Cups of Tea, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, trashiness, truth
Paul Griner talks about his newest novel,
Second Life, his just-released story collection Hurry Please I Want to Know, putting real life into fiction, and whether creative writing can be taught. ...more
Tags: Alistair Cooke, Borges, Clarice Lispector, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, flaubert, Frank O’Connor, Hemingway, Hurry Please I Want to Know, isaac babel, Jane Austen, Jean Rhys, Jeanette Winterson, Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Julie Marie Wade, Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Porter, Lydia Fagundes Telles, Machado De Assis, magical realism, Masterpiece Theater, Paul Griner, richard wright, second life, surrealism, teaching, teaching writing, tobias wolff, tolstoy, Toni Morrison, Trollope, Turgenev
A few links to get you started reading this Saturday morning. (I know it’s nice out, but I took my coffee out to my little backyard and am ignoring my cat’s mournful stares from the window, and encourage you to do so as well.) At the Guardian, Tom Shone takes on the auteur theory — and […]