Wrath of the Red-Eyed Wizard by Kevin Maloney Blake Griffin lunges like he’s cutting for the basket but at the last second changes his mind, pulls up and shoots from the perimeter. It goes in. Of course it does. I start to groan, then stop before anybody notices. I’m at a hipster bar on Alberta Street that projects Portland Trail Blazers games onto the wall. The place is packed with young people who don’t normally watch sports but fake excitement […]
Afternoon Bites: Brit Bennett, D. Foy on Touring, Melissa Broder Interviewed, Helen Garner, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Brit Bennett, D. Foy, and Melissa Broder; thoughts on Helen Garner’s recent NYC appearance; and more.
Afternoon Bites: Talking “Frankenstein,” Inside Deep Vellum, Lincoln Michel Interviewed, Kevin Maloney Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: writers on “Frankenstein,” an interview with Lincoln Michel, an excerpt from Michael J. Seidlinger’s new novel, and more.
Morning Bites: Adapting “Alias Grace,” Mitski’s Latest, Kevin Maloney’s Desk, Walter Mosley, and More
In our morning reading: news of a Margaret Atwood adaptation, Lincoln Michel on fictional towns, new writing from Esmé Weijun Wang, and more.
Morning Bites: Danielle Dutton, “An Untamed State” on Film, Surreal Classics, Kevin Maloney Fiction, and More
In our morning reading: new writing from Danielle Dutton and Kevin Maloney, a film adaptation of a Roxane Gay novel, and more.
Morning Bites: “Under the Volcano,” Revisiting Patricia Highsmith, DeLillo’s Latest, Kevin Maloney, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting novels by Malcolm Lowry and Patricia Highsmith, an interview with Kevin Maloney, and more.
Morning Bites: New Tanwi Nandini Islam Nonfiction, Carrie Brownstein and Questlove, Marie-Helene Bertino on Heroines, and More
In our morning reading: new nonfiction from Tanwi Nandini Islam, Maura Johnston, and Marie-Helene Bertino; new fiction from Kevin Maloney; and more.
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.