In our weekend reading: delving into folk horror, Noor Naga wins a literary prize, and more.
If there’s one question a young writer dreads, it’s what is your devilishly handsome semiautobiographical masterpiece all about, anyway? But the question this writer dreads even more is the one I got asked the other day at the Wicker Park Renegade Craft Festival: in what year does your masterpiece take place? Because as a writer I long ago had to put the cult of years behind me.
Karen Stefano‘s memoir What A Body Remembers is an absolutely harrowing literary work. Initially it focuses on Stefano’s experience of an assault and what came next — but it turns into something even more complex as the years go by. Stefano explores questions of justice and empathy throughout the book, and there’s a moment towards the end that made me gasp in shock. I talked with Stefano about the origins of her memoir, its structure, and the themes she grapples with within it.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Angie Cruz, poetry from Fred Schmalz, and more.
Amy Long is operating in a world of obstacle, behemoth and power greater than most would muscle against. Strong, diamond clear and intact. There’s the work. I don’t envy her the weight, but do admire.
The 6th edition of the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will be held this weekend (September 7 and 8) at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The volumes that will be on sale from a host of dealers are only one part of the festivities, however: the fair will include everything from a seminar on collecting occult books to an art show exploring the history of Afrofuturism. We talked with the festival’s Creative Director, Brian Chidester, to learn more—and to get a sense of what attendees might expect.
Afternoon Bites: Lucy Ellmann Interviewed, Leland Cheuk, T Fleischmann’s Latest, Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Lucy Ellmann, reviews of books by Leland Cheuk and T Fleischmann, and more.
Morning Bites: Jess Row, National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose Longlists, Stephen King, Jaime Fountaine Fiction, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Jess Row and Stephen King, fiction from Jaime Fountaine, and more.