A. Igoni Barrett, Idra Novey, and Mark Doten Discussed Their Debut Novels at The Strand

Last week, A. Igoni Barrett, Idra Novey, and Mark Doten discussed their debut novels as part of a panel discussion held at The Strand and moderated by Vol.1 Brooklyn managing editor Tobias Carroll. The conversation ranged from their use of language to the different ways in which each encompassed an international perspective in their work. You can watch the whole thing here, or below.

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The Best Debut Novels of 2015 So Far

So far, 2015 has offered more than its share of excellent debut novels. Some of these were the first works we’d heard of from the authors in questions; in other cases, we found ourselves looking at works that fulfilled the promise of the fantastic short fiction that preceded it. Whether on presses large or small, these are some of the debut novels that have caught our attention so far this year.

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Language For the End of Time

How do you write about the end of the world? Take that question at face value: how does one’s prose suggest that something cataclysmic has occurred in society, some rupture that has altered our means of communication? Consider it the flip side of Octavia E. Butler’s short story “Speech Sounds,” in which society as we know it crumbles after a biological condition causes humans to lose the ability to speak. The landscape that emerges in Butler’s story is an combination […]

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