News of a new Ta-Nehisi Coates book, interviews with Halle Butler and Katy Otto, talking with Faith No More about their new album, when commencement speeches become books, and more.
“Frustrating People are Inherently Compelling”: Talking “Jillian” With Halle Butler
Halle Butler’s novel Jillian is a master class in discomfort. It follows the lives of two co-workers: Megan, whose frustration and lack of ambition contrast with her co-worker Jillian, whose upbeat disposition conceals an abundance of frustration and a life spent on brink of collapse. Butler follows these two characters through a series of bleak interactions with hostile landscapes, keeping things compelling throughout. I talked with her via email to learn more about the novel’s origins and the complex dynamic […]
Morning Bites: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Latest, Magda Szabó, Paula Bomer and Elisa Albert, Halle Butler on Writing, and More
This Monday morning, we’re reading about Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, Megan Stielstra’s thoughts on the Chicago mayoral race, a Halle Butler writing exercise, Paula Bomer’s interview with Elisa Albert, and more.
Announcing Halle Butler at Unnameable Books
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting Halle Butler this March at Unnameable Books. Her debut novel Jillian is one of our favorites of the year to date. Cari Luna has called it “a wry, smart portrait of two women set on separate courses of self-destruction.” Here’s one interview where Butler discusses the novel. For this event, Butler will be joined by a quartet of acclaimed writers; reading will be: Halle Butler Susan Hope Lanier Mike Lopez Sean H. Doyle Robb Todd