Diane Guerrero photographed by Marcus Branch.
The most-feared phrase of the typical American teenager is probably, We’re taking away your phone. For Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero, it was, We’re taking away your parents.
“Deported. Long before I fully understood what that word meant, I’d learned to dread it,” Guerrero writes in her debut memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. “With every ring of my family’s doorbell, with every police car passing on the street, a horrifying possibility ...
Brit Bennet's novel, The Mothers will come out in October.
You’ve seen them at Book Expo America: the grave sufferers of tote shoulder. Tote shoulder (noun, Pathology) is the sustained three-inch droop in the bag-bearing arm of conventioneers with too many galleys to choose from. To help avoid misalignment, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 galleys you won’t want to miss this year at BEA, taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place. They include literary titans’ long-awaited returns, top-notch investigative journalism, daring debuts, and the first novel from ...
Adam Haslett photographed by Beowulf Sheehan.
Adam Haslett specializes in complex interiority.
“My interest has always been interior life—imagining the texture of other people’s experiences,” says Adam Haslett, whose debut novel, Union Atlantic, was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize.
“One thing I love about great literature is that it absorbs me,” he says. “It slows down the nervous tick-tock of daily life into contemplation of something that’s ultimately more important, but strangely often ignored, which is our imagined lives—the ...
Chalk it up to another of life’s great mysteries: YA author Mariko Tamaki’s career consists of thinking about, writing for, and talking with teenagers—but she didn’t love being one.
“I hated being a teenager. It was like I was being a teenager wrong and everybody else seemed to have some handbook,” Tamaki says. “Every time I tried to do something cool, it was really not cool. It was almost like the harder I tried, the worse it was.
Michael Schulman photographed by Lev Kuperman.
When Meryl Streep accepts a role, she acts the hell out of it—period.
That point was driven home for Michael Schulman backstage at The Public Theater in 2009. Streep had just appeared in a reading of “A Good Smoke” by Don Cummings, along with two of her four children, and the whole family was celebrating. Schulman was on assignment for the New Yorker’s Talk of the Town.
“There was one moment I’ll never forget, right at the beginning,” ...
Mauel Gonzales photgraphed by Pableaux Johnson.
Readers of The Regional Office Is Under Attack! might rightly ask what is the Regional Office and why is it under attack?! They’re questions the book’s author, Manuel Gonzales, could not have answered when he began to write the manuscript.
“I never know what I’m writing when I start writing,” says Gonzales (The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, 2013). “The original opening [of The Regional Office Is Under Attack!] is not in the book anymore, but it was Henry ...
Molly Prentiss photographed by Elizabeth Leitzell.
According to a former classmate with synesthesia, Molly Prentiss is a peach.
“I first heard about synesthesia when I was in graduate school, because a woman in one of my classes had it,” says Prentiss, who studied creative writing at California College of the Arts. “We barely talked, but one day she approached me and said something like, ‘You’re peach!’ To her, that was what my color was—that’s what she saw when she saw me.”
Synesthesia is ...
Augusten Burroughs photographed by Christopher Schelling.
After the publication of his self-help book, This Is How, Augusten Burroughs considered getting a divorce—from memoirs.
“At that point, I had made the intellectual decision, within myself, that I wanted to write novels,” says Burroughs, who wrote two in the next few years.
But a third book eclipsed them both: the story of how he fell in love with his husband, literary agent Christopher Schelling. Yes, Burroughs’s latest, Lust & Wonder, is, in fact, a memoir.
“That is ...