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December 10, 2008

A Year in Reading: Lawrence Hill 0

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Lawrence Hill is the author of the novels Any Known Blood and Some Great Thing. For his most recent novel Someone Knows My Name (now in paperback), he has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Hill lives in Ontario, Canada. Visit him online at LawrenceHill.com. It’s never easy to […]

December 10, 2008

A Year in Reading: Wells Tower 4

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Wells Tower’s short stories and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Washington Post Magazine, and elsewhere. He received two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. He divides his time between Chapel Hill, North Carolina and […]

December 10, 2008

A Year in Reading: Christopher Sorrentino 0

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Christopher Sorrentino’s second novel, Trance, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He is also the author of Sound on Sound and American Tempura, a novella. I taught two literature seminars this year, so although I like to believe I’m picking great books […]

December 9, 2008

A Year in Reading: Charles D’Ambrosio 0

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Charles D’Ambrosio is the the author of The Point and Other Stories; Orphans, a collection of essays; and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. He recently received a Lannan Fellowship. One of the best books I read this year won’t be published until next year but I think it’s […]

December 9, 2008

A Year in Reading: Manil Suri 0

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Manil Suri’s first novel, The Death of Vishnu, won the 2002 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize and was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. His newest novel, The Age of Shiva will be available in paperback in January. He lives in Maryland, where he is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland altimore County. […]

December 9, 2008

A Year in Reading: Helen Dewitt 1

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Helen Dewitt’s novel, The Last Samurai was published in 2000 by Talk Miramax Books in the US and in many other countries. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 to work on a novel using information design to represent mathematical ways of thinking about chance. She collaborated recently with the Australian journalist, Ilya Gridneff, on […]

December 9, 2008

A Year in Reading (The Year in Essays): Edward Champion 2

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Edward Champion is a New York writer with a receding hairline. He sometimes answers to the name Alfredo Garcia, but is known to respond to Phyllis if you coo nicely into his ear. In addition to writing reviews and essays for the likes of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago […]

December 8, 2008

A Year in Reading: Charles Bock 0

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Charles Bock was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has an MFA from Bennington College, and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Ucross, and the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in New York City and is the author of the runaway New York Times bestseller Beautiful Children. Visit his website at www.beautifulchildren.net. After I turned in […]

December 8, 2008

I Admit, I Didn’t Like “A Walk in the Woods” 1

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Up in Minnesota this past weekend at my uncle-in-law’s cabin, I picked up a copy of A Walk in the Woods, which for sometime now, my sister has been urging everyone in our family to read. That the book is very funny is the first thing anyone will tell you about it, and it’s true, […]

December 8, 2008

A Year in Reading: Rachel Fershleiser 1

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Rachel Fershleiser is the co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three forthcoming books of Six-Word Memoirs. She has written for The Village Voice, New York Press, Print, Los Angeles Times, National Post, Salon.com, and several amazing print and online publications you’ve never heard of. She day jobs […]