A great new interview with Gina Frangello, conducted at the LA Times Festival of Books: "Frangello writes with epic ferocity," Beth Kephart wrote in the Chicago Tribune review of "A Life in Men." "She inhabits many countries brilliantly, many characters seamlessly, and a carousel of points of view. The scenes are often crass, harsh. The primary characters do not beg for our [...]
Congratulations to poetry professor Jill Alexander Essbaum, whose novel Hausfrau just sold to Random House...and then every publisher in every foreign land: RH is now selling foreign rights to the book at the fair and, in an email to publishers about the novel, which PW obtained, Ebershoff touted the fact that the work is only the second debut novel he has acquired in recent [...]
Read new fiction from Mark Haskell Smith & Mary Otis in the debut edition of the LA Review of Books inaugural fiction issue.
Mary Yukari Waters has a beautiful new essay in the latest edition of the Rumpus: Once, I worked for a large international accounting firm. I had a good resume filled with the right internships, the right client assignments. Contrary to popular perception, the job was stimulating and interesting; I got to work with a lot of smart people. But [...]
Buzzfeed names Stephen Graham Jones' upcoming novel Not For Nothing one of their 15 most anticipated books for 2014: There isn’t a genre that Stephen Graham Jones can’t handle — horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, literary, Westerns — you name it. Not for Nothing is set in Stanton, Texas, and features a disgraced homicide detective down on his luck. If it’s half [...]
Gina Frangello's new novel A Life in Men has only been out few two days and it's already picking up rave reviews, like this one from Kirkus: Frangello’s ambitious second novel travels the world—to Kenya, London and beyond—searching for the kind of experiences that will validate two short lives.In the late 1980s, college sophomores Nix and Mary leave Ohio to [...]
If you're in Seattle for AWP this February, you're in for a treat as alum Mag Gabbert and program director Tod Goldberg take the stage for Dirty Laundry Lit, the popular reading series created by alum Natashia Deon. RSVP here.
...so says Publisher's Weekly in this great pre-release review of her novel A Life In Men, due in bookstores February 4th: Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 17, Mary Grace wants to understand why her lifelong friendship with Nix went awry during an ill-fated Greek vacation before their junior year of college. She can’t ask Nix, who has passed away, [...]
Mark Haskell Smith talks about his latest novel, Raw, and dishes on the literary scene in a recent issue of Los Angeles Magazine: What makes book culture more pretentious than film culture? It’s not all of book culture. It’s just the way some people are about it. For me, the novel is the height of human creativity. You’re putting your ideas into a [...]
Our faculty tend exemplify our multi-disciplinary approach: they're pretty good at more than one thing. In Rob Roberge's case, he's had a successful career in fiction, nonfiction and music. In this interview in the Los Angeles Times (with our own David Ulin), Rob Roberge talks about the process of creating The Cost of Living, his acclaimed novel, and talks about how [...]