Jandy Nelson photographed by Craig Line.
The twin protagonists of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun are bursting with artistic potential and emotion and insight and desire that’s absolutely dazzling. Noah and Jude Sweetwine, at times so close they’re NoahandJude, are two of the brightest lights in YA fiction—which makes it especially curious that Nelson wrote their story in the dark.
What’s up with that?
Nelson laughs and says, “This sounds very strange, but it’s out, so I will go into it: I wrote my ...
Two American Writers Make the Cut
Karen Joy Fowler is one of two Americans to make it to the Booker Prize shortlist.
Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler are the first Americans to claim spots on the Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist.
Announced this morning, the 2014 shortlist reflects the first year in which all English-language writing published in the UK is eligible, regardless of the author’s nationality. From 1968-2013, the Booker Prize was awarded only to citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Ferris is the author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ...
Deborah L. Rhode photographed by David Weintraub.
Deborah L. Rhode wraps up What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women’s Movement with a quote from a man, newspaper editor William Allen White, urging American women to “raise more hell and fewer dahlias.”
That was back in 1908. Today, executive-activist Sheryl Sandberg is the one calling her fellow women to action. Her success is just one representation of how far the women’s movement has come in the last century. However, that there remains a need for her ...
Tony Earley photographed by Ruthie Earley.
Tony Earley is a born storyteller. Though you’d be hard pressed to pinpoint the exact moment in Mr. Tall that lets you know it, the proof is there, and it comes early.
Take “Haunted Castles of the Barrier Islands,” the collection’s first story, for example. “In October Darryl and Cheryl drove from Argyle, North Carolina, all the way to Wilmington, nearly eight hours, to surprise their daughter, Misti, who was a freshman at the university there, on her nineteenth ...
Jules Feiffer photographed by Zelie Rellim.
The most exciting thing about old-school comic arts legend Jules Feiffer is that he’s always up for something new.
Born in January 1929, Feiffer began cartooning professionally at age 16, as an assistant to Will Eisner (eponym of the industry awards), and went on to illustrate The Phantom Tollbooth, write a weekly political satire strip for The Village Voice, pen numerous screenplays and children’s books and teach college courses on humor. He picked up a Pulitzer, an Academy Award and ...
Stephan Eirik Clark photographed by Stephen Geffre, Augsburg College.
Are you aware, and do you care about all those numerated and/or polysyllabic ingredients in processed food that makes it taste so good (e.g., thiamine mononitrate vitamin B1, Polysorbate 60, titanium dioxide, Red 40)? Stephan Eirik Clark is, and does.
“After I read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, especially the chapter ‘Food Product Design,’ about food dyes and artificial flavoring, I started to wonder if I was eating chicken or something that tastes like chicken—that’s ...
Matthew Thomas photographed by Beowulf Sheenan.
We Are Not Ourselves, a 620-page saga of three generations in an Irish-American family from Queens, New York, took over a decade to write and netted a reported seven-figure advance for debut novelist Matthew Thomas.
Thomas was thinking big when he began. “I always wanted to write something somewhat sweeping,” he says. “Towards the beginning, the efforts were discouraging. You think that you might just want to do a truncated version of what you set out to do—and you ...
Jess Row photographed by Sarah Shatz.
“You’re guaranteed to get some response from saying ‘racial reassignment surgery,’ ” says Jess Row, author of the debut novel on the subject, Your Face in Mine. The concept, which was snapped up by Riverhead Books before the manuscript was finished, remains the ultimate conversation starter at cocktail parties.
“Some people say, ‘Oh, racial reassignment surgery, that’s so interesting!’ ‘I’ve thought about that before,’ or ‘That makes such sense.’ Other people sort of give me a ...