Jennifer Vanderbes is the kind of writer who makes the project of writing a novel seem like the noblest pursuit in the universe. BOMBlog’s Emily Testa speaks to her about authenticity and adultery.
Robin Black’s debut story collection, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This , is chock-full of impeccable examples of how and why the American Short Story remains a vibrant, meaningful genre.
Gordon Lish has loomed large in the background of the American short story for nearly half a century. BOMBlog’s B.C. Edwards spoke with Lish over the phone about revision, reduction and the silence that precedes reading.
Nic Brown is the author of 2009’s Floodmarkers and now Doubles, a novel about a lapsed tennis player with unrealized dreams and a wife in a coma.
Barry Gifford’s fiction follows characters through numerous dark alleys and grimy, disreputable backwaters. David Lynch has said that reading these novels is, “like looking into the Garden of Eden before things went bad.” Bad, here, being a relative term.
In Czech author Patrik Ouředník’s Case Closed, language can be deadly. Claire Wilcox investigates.
Editor Zsuzi Gartner pulls a lovely trick with this collection of dystopian fiction from a stable of writers of serious literary stock. BOMBlog’s Justin McNeil reviews their take on that dirty bastard category, genre writing.
Belle Boggs’ aims are as modest as they are all-consuming, displaying limitless empathy for her characters and their concerns. Sal Pane reviews her debut collection, Mattaponi Queen.
Charlie Smith has written nine books of poetry and six novels. This month’s Three Delays marks his first work of fiction in more than a decade. Hopscotching through decades and cities, Smith’s great adventure evades succinct or satisfying description.
Artist Amie Siegel discusses her experiences wading through Stasi film archives, tackling translation, and weaving together the “visual essay” that is DDR/DDR. The film is screening at the Anthology Film Archives through Thursday, May 13th.
A hike through the woods will never be the same after reading Maile Chapman’s debut novel Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto.
Jake Silverstein’s Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction is a hilarious and engrossing new book that lives up to its title, blending journalism and invention.
Lady Caroline Blackwood may be best remembered for her marriages to painter Lucian Freud and poet Robert Lowell, but it is her career as a writer and critic that deserves our attention.
“The people waiting in Grushin’s line walk a gray path between abject despair and a brilliant, if not naive, sense of hope.” B.C. Edwards parses the existential allegory of Olga Grushin’s new novel The Line.
With wit and heart, Keith Lee Morris’s stories explore the slippery nature of memory, its mutability and incompleteness. His characters are forever filling in the blanks, and where others might have to earn our empathy, they have it straightaway.
In this wonderfully surprising, playful and stirring book, Jodzio introduces a gallery of offbeat characters forced to navigate the dire situations and trials presented by life.
Listen to a BOMB podcast! Last Friday Sam Lipsyte appeared at BookCourt to read from his new darkly funny novel, The Ask, just published this March by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
“You aren’t supposed to strive in Wyoming,” says city reporter Melanie in a selection from Alyson Hagy’s newest title, a series of short stories set amidst the raw and heavy American West.
Listen to a podcast of Don DeLillo reading from his new novel Point Omega at BookCourt bookstore in Brooklyn.
There are two aspects that make a festival particular to India as a country: the presence of several Bollywood celebrities and the post-colonial conversations about the works themselves.
Maaza Mengiste‘s debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, is a stark account of the Communist revolution in 1970s Ethiopia.
Matvei Yankelevich’s playful writing makes for an enjoyable read, combining absurd theater, avant-garde poetry, and children’s fable into ??Boris by the Sea??’s slim 62 pages.
A discussion between the acclaimed Israeli writer and filmmaker, Etgar Keret and Ira Glass, the host of This American Life.
What, at this point in time, can we make of a man,” the narrator of Jacques Jouet’s most recent novella, Savage, asks himself.
Little Fingers by Filip Florian is a “novel about a little town and a big discovery.” In present-day Romania a mass grave is happened upon.
Video of a BOMB lit reading in Tompkins Square Park.
Born and raised in the Yukon, currently based in Vancouver, Ivan E. Coyote is one of Canada’s most acclaimed storytellers. Ivan brings the warmness of her “kitchen table” stories to this interview with Susie Deford.
In celebration of Small Press Month, BOMB Magazine presents a serialized audiobook of The Shanghai Gesture as read by the novel’s author, Gary Indiana.
Salvatore Pane reviews Jean Thompson’s short story collection Do Not Deny Me.
Annie Dewitt reviews Clancy Martin’s novel, How to Sell.