The 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winners share books that have inspired them!
Tags: A Sportsman’s Sketches, A. B. Young, Bhanu Kapil, Bobcat, Braiding Sweetgrass, catapult, César Aira, Doug Henderson, Enyeribe Ibegwam, Erin Singer, Haruki Murakami, Housekeeping, How I Became a Nun, Incubation: A Space For Monsters, Ivan Turgenev, Jade Jones, Jesmyn Ward, JP Infante, Junot Diaz, Kelsey Peterson, Laura Freudig, Marcel Proust, marilyn robinson, PEN America, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, Pingmei Lan, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Rebecca Lee, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sarah Curry, Sing Unburied Sing, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory, Sputnik Sweetheart, swann's way, Tamiko Beyer, What to Read When
Rumpus editors share for their favorite writing that speaks to black history past, present, and future.
Tags: 1919, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, A Lucky Man, An Untamed State, Anagnorisis, Angie Thomas, Bestiary, Black History Month, Black Leopard Red Wolf, Blood Dazzler, bryan washington, Claudia Rankine, Colson Whitehead, DaMaris Hill, De'Shawn C. Winslow, Donika Kelly, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Eve Ewing, Ever Is a Long Time, Exiles of Eden, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, Gingerbread, Go Ahead in the Rain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Heavy: An American Memoir, Helen Oyeyemi, Homegoing, How to Sit, Ibram X. Kendi, In West Mills, Jacinda Townsend, Jamel Brinkley, Jericho Brown, Jesmyn Ward, Keith S. Wilson, Kendra Allen, Kiese Laymon, Kimberlé Crenshaw, kyle dargan, Ladan Osman, Lot: Stories, Magical Negro, marlon james, Mat Johnson, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Morgan Parker, Mourner's Bench, Nabila Lovelace, Namwali Serpell, Nicole Dennis-Benn, On Intersectionality, On the Come Up, Patricia Smith, Patsy, Pym, Rion Amilcar Scott, Roxane Gay, Saint Monkey, Sanderia Faye, Sing Unburied Sing, Sons of Achilles, Stamped from the Beginning, Terrance Hayes, The Fire This Time, The Old Drift, The Tradition, The Underground Railroad, The White Card, The World Doesn't Require You, To Float In the Space Between, Tyrese Coleman, W. Ralph Eubanks, We Cast a Shadow, What to Read When, When You Learn the Alphabet, Yaa Gyasi, zz packer
Ruth Baumann discusses her debut poetry collection, PARSE.
Tags: animals, Black Lawrence Press, cats, debut collection, fathers, grief, I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines, imposter syndrome, Jesmyn Ward, Michelle Zamanian, mothers, Nightjar Review, parents, PhD, poems, poetry, Ruth Baumann, Sing Unburied Sing, teaching writing, trauma, wildcold
Meghan Flaherty discusses her debut memoir,
Tango Lessons, how the book found its current format, and writing a memoir at a young age. ...more
Tags: Argentina, Book Club, celeste ng, dancing, debut memoir, family, first book, Giovanni's Room, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, history, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Jo Ann Beard, Joan Didion, Katherine Boo, Little Fires Everywhere, love, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, Mary Karr, Meghan Flaherty, memoir, motherhood, parenting, Patricia O'Toole, relationships, research, Rumpus Book Club, Salvage The Bones, Sex, sexuality, Sing Unburied Sing, tango, Tango Lessons, The Moralist, virginia woolf, writing sex
…in the bittersweet end, even ghosts have a hard time of it. ...more
Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family, from recent 2017 releases to longtime literary loves.
Tags: A Sense of the World, Abandon Me, Alana Massey, All the Lives I Want, Anne Carson, Arundhati Roy, Autobiography of Red, Blood Sparrows and Sparrows, Bluets, book recommendations, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, carmen maria machado, celeste ng, Chanukah, Chrissy Teigen, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, christmas, cravings, Danez Smith, Dear Friend from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, Deb Perelman, Don't Call Us Dead, Electric Arches, elena ferrante, Eugenia Leigh, Eve Ewing, Florence in Ecstasy, Good Bones, Hala Alyan, Hanukkah, Harmless Like You, Her Body and Other Parties, Him Me Muhammed Ali, holiday gifts, holidays, hunger, Jason Roberts, Jenny Zhang, Jesmyn Ward, Jessie Chaffee, Jung Yun, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kate Harding, Kaveh Akbar, Lisa Ko, Little Fires Everywhere, madness, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, Mike Scalise, Min Jin Lee, Morgan Parker, My Brilliant Friend, Nasty Women, Nature Poem, Neapolitan Novels, One Day We'll ALl Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Pachinko, Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy, Randa Jarrar, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Roxane Gay, Salt Fat Acid Heat, Salt Houses, Sam Sax, Samantha Irby, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Samin Nosrat, Scaachi Koul, Shelter, Sing Unburied Sing, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, Sour Heart, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember, The Brand New Catastrophe, The Leavers, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Tommy Pico, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, We Love You Charlie Freeman, We Were Eight Years in Power, What to Read When, What We Lose, yiyun li, Zinzi Clemmons
Jon McGregor discusses his newest novel,
Reservoir 13, his writing process, and why he chose not to sidestep the “missing girl” trope. ...more
Tags: Alice Oswald, Book Club, By the Lake, carmen maria machado, characters, Dart, Derbyshire, gender roles, Her Body and Other Parties, Jesmyn Ward, Jessica Westhead, John McGahern, Jon McGregor, literary tropes, male violence, Marisa Siegel, Miranda July, missing girl, mystery, Reservoir 13, Rumpus Book Club, Sing Unburied Sing, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Tom Drury, Wallace Stevens, writing process
Capturing the Delta in harrowing detail, Ward takes readers on a journey from her own home of the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi State Penitentiary. ...more
Tags: addiction, american south, black lives matter, david oshinsky, Faulkner, ghost, ghosts, Holly Genovese, incarceration, Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped, Mississippi, parchman, parchman farm, poverty, prison, Racism, Sing Unburied Sing, The Fire This Time, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice
Take a quick break from the apocalyptic news and end your week with this list of books to eagerly anticipate (assuming the world doesn’t end) instead!
Tags: A Good Day for Seppuku, Alex Lemon, Alice Anderson, An Unkindness of Ghosts, Andrea Jarrell, Anna Quinn, Ariel Gore, book recommendations, Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, carmen maria machado, celeste ng, Chelsea Martin, Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead, Electric Arches, Empty Set, Eve Ewing, Feverland, Gabriel Tallent, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Gayle Brandeis, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Her Body and Other Parties, I'm the One Who Got Away, Jen Cross, Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Jon McGregor, Josh Weil, Kamilah Aisha Moon, kate braverman, Katia D. Ulysse, Kaveh Akbar, Little Fires Everywhere, Manhattan Beach, Mouths Don't Speak, My Absolute Darling, reading recommendations, Rene Denfeld, Reservoir 13, Rivers Solomon, Rocket Fantastic, Sing Unburied Sing, Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away, Starshine & Clay, Swallowing Mercury, The Age of Perpetual Light, The Art of Misdiagnosis, The Child Finder, The Night Child, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, We Were Witches, What to Read When, Wioletta Greg, Writing Ourselves Whole
This week, Oxford American has a stand-alone excerpt from Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, her first novel since 2011’s National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones. The excerpt, titled “Flayed,” follows a boy named Jojo in the rural Mississippi Gulf Coast as he helps his grandfather kill and butcher a goat on his thirteenth birthday. Filled […]