Author of THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS
March 12, 2014
David James Poissant photographed by Ashley Inguanta.
Emerging writers are often encouraged to travel two roads: the one towards writing what you know, and the inverse—writing what you don’t. But there’s also a lesser-traveled road sometimes whispered about—writing what you fear—and this is the path David James Poissant chose when penning the stories that would eventually comprise his debut, The Heaven of Animals.
Irrepressible, intelligent and extraordinarily crafted, The Heaven of Animals is a collection deeply concerned with the pitfalls of humanity ...
Author of PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX
March 11, 2014
Rebecca Goldstein photographed by Steven Pinker.
About a month ago, the philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein decided to try ghost-tweeting as Plato. Her first tweet as the ancient philosopher under the handle @platobooktour was, “2400 years ago I was skeptical of the newfangled technology of writing. Now I’m tweeting. #olddognewtricks.” Plato in the Twitter fray? It may seem a nerdy gimmick but it strikes at a question that Goldstein explores seriously, and very intelligently, in her new book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy ...
Author of PROVIDENCE RAG
March 11, 2014
Bruce DeSilva photographed by Patricia Smith.
As Bruce DeSilva describes the way he and his wife, acclaimed poet Patricia Smith, write together, you picture a talented couple deftly blending their skills. You see Tracy and Hepburn as they whip up a lamb curry in Adam’s Rib or Lunt and Fontanne as they thrust and parry lines in The Visit.
“Taking comfort in each other’s company,” DeSilva says, he and Smith work in DeSilva’s home office. Usually, they work in silence, at least until ...
Author of THE ACCIDENT
March 10, 2014
Chris Pavone photographed by Nina Subin.
Call them spies like us: Novelist Chris Pavone has a tremendous talent for taking characters with the most mundane lives and propelling them into spectacular jeopardy. His debut novel, The Ex-Pats, about an American housewife hiding a secret life in Luxembourg, was an international best-seller that won the Edgar and Anthony awards for Best First Novel. Now Pavone returns with The Accident, another stand-alone that brings forward supporting characters from The Ex-Pats while telling an entirely different story guaranteed to ...
Author of REDEPLOYMENT
March 10, 2014
Phil Klay photographed by Hannah Dunphy.
What does it say about a society when its civilians scratch at the highly subjective experience of war with clichés? “ ‘It will make you a man.’ ‘It’ll destroy you.’ ‘It’ll make you an animal.’ ‘It’ll turn you into a monster.’ ‘It will make you sadder but wiser for the rest of your days.’ ‘You’ve touched the heart of darkness.’ In fact, it’s a complicated mix of an incredible range of experiences,” says Phil Klay ...
Author of THE BROKEN ROAD
March 7, 2014
Patrick Leigh Fermor photographed by John Murray.
Patrick Leigh Fermor made a practice of bringing a gentle but serious touch to writing about a difficult life. As a child, effectively abandoned by his parents, who had been posted to India, he was hard to corral; brilliant, literary and multilingual, he preferred to spend as little time in the classroom as possible. Ever the wanderer, he set off at the age of 18 to walk from Holland to Istanbul, his destination the onetime capital of the eastern Mediterranean ...
Author of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS
March 6, 2014
Nickolas Butler photographed by Olive Juice Studios.
For some, living in a small, cold Midwestern town might lend itself to alcoholism, depression or Internet binges searching for cheap flights to anywhere else. For others, this isolation might be the gateway to creative inspiration. Nickolas Butler falls into the luckier latter. Growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and studying at the University of Wisconsin, Butler went on to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he commuted back to St. Paul every week to be with his wife and ...
Author of PANIC
March 6, 2014
Lauren Oliver photographed by Mike Holliday.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.” It’s indeed a noble thought, but it’s one the characters of Lauren Oliver’s latest novel, Panic, would shrug their sunburned shoulders at. As they play an illegal game (the eponymous Panic), their fears are spotlit and exploited, and their courage is more accurately defined as tenacity bleeding into double-crossing and revenge. And what else is there to do in forgettable Carp, N ...