Some novels take their cues from history; others, from the author’s own life. For her new novel Ceremonials, Katharine Coldiron opted for a very different muse: in this case, the Florence and the Machine album with the same title. The resulting work is an expansive and constantly-shifting piece of fiction, one in which desire and identity blur together in a world that feels both archetypal and realistic. I spoke with Coldiron about the genesis of her new book and the process of translating music into words.
In our afternoon reading: Marlon James and Tochi Onyebuchi in conversation, thoughts on Corinne Manning’s new novel, and more.
In our morning reading: a playlist from Katharine Coldiron, a review of Gabino Iglesias’s new essay, and more.
With the arrival of February, it feels like 2020 is getting into high gear, for better or for worse. A cursory glance at the month’s most anticipated new books could best be described as eclectic: there are experimental and transgressive works here, along with career-spanning tomes and thematically ambitious works of fiction. If this is a harbinger of what the rest of the (literary) year looks like, it’s a good omen.
In our morning reading: an interview with T.E. Grau, an excerpt from Katharine Coldiron’s new book, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir, a look at the year’s most anticipated books, and more.
In our morning reading: talking with Gary Lutz, Shea Serrano on a literary 2019, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Katharine Coldiron’s forthcoming book, new writing from Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and more.