Articles by Kate McCahill

August 10, 2017

You’re a Writer Now 36

I was starting to lose hope. I was drinking too much wine as a way to temper the barrage of rejections cluttering my inbox, and as a result, I’d wake every morning at two or three or four and lie there, hungover and heart pounding, despairing that no one would ever love what I’d made.

January 19, 2016

Worlds Upon Worlds: On Growing Up Book-Rich 7

This year, my resolution is simple: to drink profusely of the written word. I will pass along good books; I will write reviews; I will read excerpts in my classes with my students. I will work to cultivate in my community a love for reading.

July 23, 2015

You’ll Never Walk Alone: On Traveling the World with Books 2

A man in a beach hut on the island of Ko Chang gave me his copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in exchange for a piece of cake wrapped in foil and two lukewarm Chang beers.