Category Archives: Books

Author Interview: Lisa Borders on Point of View, South Jersey, and the Art of the Book Tour

Lisa Borders’ novel, The Fifty-First State, is a powerful anthem about place, and belonging, and finding a new way to exist in the midst of fresh grief. Told in alternating point-of-view sections, featuring thirty-something New Yorker Hallie, and teen stepbrother … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Polly Dugan on Her Debut Linked Short Story Collection, So Much a Part of You

Polly Dugan’s stunning debut collection of linked short stories, So Much a Part of You, is being released by Little, Brown (an imprint of Hachette) this week. Ten stories feature the intertwining lives of three characters, Anna, Anne, and Peter Herring, who … Continue reading

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Interview: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on Her ‘Literary Beach Read,’ Naming Characters, and Prepping for a Book Launch

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s third novel, Bittersweet, ushers readers into the elite world of the Winslows, a wealthy family with a sprawling, historic estate in Vermont. Protagonist Mabel Dagmar gets invited to spend the summer in one of the cottages with her … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Fear and Making by Trevor Dodge

I love listening to writers talk about the craft. That’s where my Seven Questions Series came from. That’s where my blog came from—and certainly the motivation behind today’s post. Our guest author, Trevor Dodge, contributed a short story, “Real World Reject,” to … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Cari Luna on New York Squats, Creating a Sense of Authenticity, and What Fits (Or Doesn’t Fit) in a Novel

Cari Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, delves into the 1990s New York squatting movement by peeling back the politics and exploring individual characters, their histories and personalities, their choices and mistakes, and how much they care about … Continue reading

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A Little of This, a Little of That

Back in January, I was asked to speak at Literary Arts about what winning a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship means to me, as publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Here’s what I said: Two years ago, I founded a small press … Continue reading

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Interview: Suzy Vitello on Her YA Debut, Pacing, and Place

Suzy Vitello’s debut YA novel, The Moment Before, opens after art student Brady Wilson’s sister dies in a cheerleading accident. This tightly woven novel braids the after-effects of a tragedy with a smart coming-of-age story, fueled as much by Brady … Continue reading

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Beautiful Wreck: A Time-Travel Viking Romance Novel

Exactly a year ago, I interviewed Larissa Brown on the Seven Questions Series about her beautiful novel-in-progress, Beautiful Wreck, a time-travel Viking romance. Soon after she finished the manuscript, she landed a publishing contract with Cooperative Press, a craft publisher growing its … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lindsay Hill Discusses His Debut Novel, Sea of Hooks, Named a Best Book of 2013 by Publishers Weekly

Lindsay Hill’s exquisite debut novel, Sea of Hooks, has become an unexpected phenomenon, hitting the Best of 2013 lists compiled by Publishers Weekly, New York magazine, and the Oregonian. Although Sea of Hooks was just published in November by McPherson … Continue reading

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Free Books… and Hear Me, Caffeinated

Dan Berne’s The Gods of Second Chances, my small press’ next novel release, is coming out March 1, and I have a few giveaway copies to share. Contact me if you want one, and specify paperback or ebook. Here’s the description: … Continue reading

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