Articles by Edan Lepucki

October 29, 2008

Oprah Incurs Booksellers’ Wrath 6

Over at the Vroman’s Bookstore blog, Millions contributor emeritus Patrick Brownweighs in on Oprah’s endorsement of the Kindle, saying, “I never thought Oprah was anything more than she is — a corporate shill.” Vroman’s president Allison Hill (a beloved and admired figure in the bookselling industry) also shares her thoughts: Oprah, if you’re reading this, […]

September 24, 2008

The Millions Interview: Margot Livesey 0

Margot Livesey’s latest novel is The House on Fortune Street, an absorbing, beautiful and sad story told from multiple perspectives. Richard Eder of the New York Times remarks, “Livesey’s writing is acutely observant; her psychological algebra is admirable and sometimes astonishing,” and Alice Sebold says, “her work radiates with a compassion and intelligence and always, […]

August 11, 2008

The Millions Interview: Nam Le 2

Nam Le is the author of the debut short story collection, The Boat, which Junot Diaz calls, “an extraordinary performance.” Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times wrote that Le’s “sympathy for his characters and his ability to write with both lyricism and emotional urgency lend his portraits enormous visceral power.” I agree. I went […]

August 8, 2008

Writing School for the brave, enthusiastic, and talented 2

I’ve added some fiction writing classes to the Writing Workshops Los Angeles fall roster. If you live in the LA area, and you’re interested in participating in any of these, please email me at [email protected] to reserve a spot. All classes will be held in my Los Feliz home, where refreshments (and the occasional gourmet […]

July 21, 2008

The Millions Interview: Joan Silber 1

Joan Silber’s most recent novel, The Size of the World, is sweeping yet intimate, the kind of book that will take you across continents, and deep into characters’ individual lives. She is the author of the story collection, Ideas of Heaven, which was nominated for the National Book Award, as well as four other works […]

June 4, 2008

Having Fun with Avery Anthology 0

Avery, a new literary magazine out of Madison, Wisconsin, bears the subtitle, “an anthology of new fiction.” They’ve just come out with their third issue (I haven’t bought it yet but I am lusting over the beautiful cover), and already they’ve been featured in Poets & Writers, and published writers like Dan Chaon and Ander […]

May 21, 2008

Appearing Elsewhere 1

I stopped by the Vroman’s Bookstore blog today to answer some questions about teaching creative writing. On Tuesday, June 3rd, I begin teaching a 6-week beginning fiction class for their Vroman’s Ed program. Also, if you have a teenager, you might consider signing him or her up for my summer fiction writing class for high […]

May 14, 2008

Frey Lives On 5

At first I couldn’t tell if Janet Maslin’s review of James Frey’s novel Bright and Shiny Morning was a joke or not. I guess she liked the book, but her homage to Frey’s style is so terrible, the start-stop prose so laughably bad, that I assumed she was making fun of the poor guy: He […]

April 22, 2008

The Way We Read 8

One of my favorite aspects of working in a bookstore was recommending stock to customers. Since I’ve kept a tight grip on my “to read” list my entire literate life, I was always puzzled and delighted by these strangers in need of book advice. What great power a bookseller has! It’s incredibly gratifying to watch […]

April 13, 2008

“April is the Cruelest Month…” 0

Thursday, April 17th, is the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day. To celebrate, carry around one of your favorite poems in – you guessed it – your pocket, and share it with anyone who will listen. You can download and print poems for the occasion at Or, if you’re more technologically savvy, simply […]