To be a part of the literary community over the last few weeks has involved seeing months’ worth of events rescheduled, canceled, or shifted online. In some cases, this has been due to precautions taken to prevent coronavirus infection; in others, it’s due to writers canceling book tours. The Loft’s Wordplay Festival is shifting from an in-person event to one that will take place in a host of online spaces, for instance. As writers, publishers, and event planners look out at this shifting landscape, a host of questions come to mind. If events aren’t feasible right now, are there alternatives? Are live-streamed readings and discussions the new normal when it comes to literary events? Is there a way to capture that same sense of community that the best literary events held in a physical space can accomplish?
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Jeet Thayil’s new novel, an interview with Emily Nemens, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Jeff VanderMeer and Brian Catling, Courtney Maum on literary podcasts, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Virginie Despentes, new writing from Bud Smith, and more.
Recently, MCD Books has begun to establish itself as a home for some of today’s most memorable horror fiction. That’s bolstered by the recent publication of Rachel Eve Moulton’s Tinfoil Butterfly and the forthcoming publication of Andy Davidson’s The Boatman’s Daughter. To learn more about the press’s foray into horror, their aesthetic, and their future plans, I spoke with MCD Books Executive Editor Daphne Durham. Our conversation touched on everything from what constitutes literary horror to the legacies of bygone horror imprints, and includes some details of what you can expect from horror at MCD Books in the future.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Helen McClory’s new book, interviews with Steph Cha and Warren Ellis, and more.
In our morning reading: Kim Gordon on life in LA, exploring a Susan Choi sentence, and more.
In our afternoon reading: checking in with David Berman, thoughts on books by Max Porter and Jay Bernard, and more.