Namwali Serpell discusses her debut novel, THE OLD DRIFT.
Tags: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Africa, afrofuturism, Afrofuturist, Afropolitan, Cloud Atlas, colonialism, colonization, David Livingstone, debut novel, first book, genre, historical fiction, Hogarth Press, hybrid genre, magical realism, metaphor, mixed race, Namwali Serpell, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Pedro Almodovar, Racism, speculative fiction, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Old Drift, zambia
Marwa Helal discusses her debut collection, INVASIVE SPECIES.
Tags: Abu Ghraib, Aldrin Valdez, Arab, Book Club, Cave Canem, displacement, ESL, ESL or You Weren’t Here, footnotes, Gala Mukomolova, Hull, immigration, invasive species, Jason Koo, Layli Long Soldier, Marwa Helal, More Than Mere Light, Nightboat Books, Philip Metres, poetry, poetry book club, PTSD, Racism, Ricardo Maldonado, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Sand Opera, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Life Assignment, Whereas, whiteness, Without Protection, Xandria Phillips
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abuse, Alisa Rivera, Bronx, bullying, child abuse, child molestation, Drown, ENOUGH, Junot Diaz, Latina, Latino, Latinx, los angeles, Puerto Rican, rape, Rape culture, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, Syracuse University, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, UCLA, workplace harassment, Zinzi Clemmons
Abigail Ulman talks about her debut collection
Hot Little Hands, the limitations of the cultural narrative, her paralyzing pre-publication fears, and why she loves adolescent narrators. ...more
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Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his new collection
Insurrections, creating a fictional town, and the pressure to make religious decisions during puberty. ...more
Tags: Borges, Donald Quist, Edward P. Jones, growing up, Howard University, immigrants, Insurrections, Junot Diaz, Langston Hughes, police violence, puberty, racial profiling, religion, Rion Amilcar Scott, Rumpus Book Club, short fiction, short stories, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Number of the Beast, Trinidad
Manuel Gonzales talks about his new novel,
The Regional Office is Under Attack!, transitioning from nonprofit work to teaching, and how to zig when a trope wants you to zag. ...more
Tags: 10 Things I Hate About You, 826 Valencia, Alias, Alistair MacLeod, Austin, Austin Bat Cave, Blade Runner, Books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charlie's Angels, Columbia, Comic Book Guy, daniel alarcon, Deadpool, Die Hard, dollhouse, EMily St John Mandel, Ernest Cline, fiction, genre, graduate school, Graham Oliver, Heath Ledger, Helen Oyeyemi, high school, Interviews, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joss Whedon, Junot Diaz, Kentucky, Kill Bill, Manuel Gonzales, marlon james, Mean Girls, MFA, nonprofit, novels, poverty, quentin tarantino, Ready Player One, Riverhead Books, science fiction, Station Eleven, teaching, teaching writing, Texas, The Black Hole, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Godfather, The Karate Kid, The Miniature Wife, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, The Simpsons, tropes, University of Kentucky, writing, YA Literature
Junot Díaz, whose literary portraits of his home country are by turns critical and sympathetic, has been deemed unpatriotic by the Dominican Republic’s consul in New York, Eduardo Selman. After campaigning in Washington for the rights of undocumented immigrants, the author was stripped of an order of merit award presented to him in 2009.
Author Daniel José Older talks about his new novel,
Shadowshaper, noir influence in urban fantasy, gentrification, white privilege and the publishing industry, and why we need diverse books, now more than ever. ...more
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Skip Horack talks about his new novel,
The Other Joseph, blending research with fiction, and living with the “curse of the fiction writer.” ...more
Tags: A Summons to Memphis, Alice Munro, american south, Annie Proulx, Ask the Dust, atonement, Epoch, Florida State University, Gulf War, Huck Finn, Jim Harrison, Junot Diaz, Louisiana, Molly Antopol, Narrative Magazine, Notes from Underground, Oxford American, Robinson Crusoe, San Francisco, Skip Horack, Southern literature, Southern Review, Sutro Tower, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Catcher in the Rye, The Eden Hunter, The Lover, The Moviegoer, The Music Room, the remains of the day, The Southern Cross, The Sportswriter, Tom McGuane, Walker Percy, Wallace Stegner Fellow
Over at Gawker, Jason Parham leads us to an extremely long and incredibly detailed interview with Junot Diaz: “When as a young person you lose all your bearings, all your reference points, when the gap between where you were and where you are is as vast as the one that yawned between the DR and […]
Junot Díaz is the most interesting kind of… hmm… I was going to use the word “genius,” but maybe that’s not quite right for a man who spends seventeen years honing one brilliant book. ...more
Just so you know, Sunday is a good day to catch up with what Rumpus Books has been up to this week.
Junot Diaz, winner of the Pulitzer for my favorite book of the last few years The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, has written a pretty inspiring tale of frustration and perseverance in O Magazine about the process of writing his novel. (Sidenote: The Rumpus linking to O? Is this a first?) And as I […]
“It was very late, and we were over at a friend’s house… (T)hat night we were just all hanging out and it was a bunch of Mexican bohemians and me and my Guatemalan buddy. And one of these Mexican cats just pulled a book off a shelf and just cornered me and was like, “My […]