This year’s Whiting Award winners were announced at a ceremony last night. Each was chosen “based on the criteria of early-career achievement and the promise of superior literary work to come.” The list includes several writers responsible for work we’ve been particularly impressed by in recent years, including Tony Tulathimutte and Kaitlyn Greenidge. The complete list of winners follows.
Two years ago, when we interviewed Lidia Yuknavitch, she mentioned that her next novel was “based on a revisiting of Joan of Arc.” Later this year, that novel, The Book of Joan, will be released. It’s a book that takes the historical narrative of Joan of Arc and transports it into a futuristic setting; needless to say, we’re incredibly excited to read it. And now there’s a trailer for it, which gives a sense of the book’s landscape. You can […]
I grew up in a house with a lot of records, one of which was an evocative recording of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood narrated by Thomas and featuring a larger vocal cast, echoing its roots as a radio drama commissioned by the BBC. In the years since then, some recordings of books have taken a page from the radio drama playbook: the audio version of Max Brooks’s World War Z echoed the novel’s oral history structure, and featured a […]
We’ve been excited about Vol.1 Brooklyn contributor duncan b. barlow’s forthcoming novel The City, Awake ever since we heard that New Mexico’s Stalking Horse Press (the same publisher behind D. Foy’s terrific Patricide) would be releasing it in 2017.
Two years ago, we interviewed David Burr Gerrard about his terrific, politically-informed first novel Short Century. At the time he discussed the book he was working on at the time: a novel titled The Epiphany Machine.
Earlier this fall, we spoke to D. Foy about his haunting new novel Patricide, which runs a particularly brutal father-son relationship through a number of different lenses, blending visceral details with philosophical passages as it goes.
We’re tremendous admirers of the work of Jac Jemc, including her first novel My Only Wife and the collection A Different Bed Every Time. (We sponsored a New York event for the latter in 2014, in fact.) In 2013, we interviewed Jemc, and the topic of hauntings came up–deeply relevant now, given that next August will bring the release of her second novel, The Grip of It, from FSG Originals.
Biographical films about writers don’t crop up all that frequently. Sometimes they bring together noteworthy actors and directors–Ben Whishaw as John Keats in Jane Campion’s 2009 Bright Star, for instance. Sometimes they head into more surreal territory, such as Paul Schrader’s experimentally-structured Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. There’s also André Téchiné’s 1979 film The Brontë Sisters, which offers the surreal experience of watching real-life figures who help shape the modern English-language novel holding forth in French.