Turning Music Into Prose: Katharine Coldiron On Her Florence and the Machine-Inspired Novel

Katharine Coldiron

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.

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Vol.1 Brooklyn’s February 2020 Book Preview

February 2020 books

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.

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