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The Magician, author of The Magician

This post’s title is not a typo. I’m thrilled to be in conversation with the luminous Colm Tóibín to celebrate yet another of his stellar novels, The Magician (Simon & Schuster, September 7, 2021). He’ll be joining us live from … Continue reading

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In the Event of Burns

Many thanks to the @writerscenter for hosting this wonderful conversation with Jeannine Ouellette, author of the searing, critically-acclaimed debut memoir The Part That Burns. We talked about sacred storytelling, instinctual choices and stories, literature’s moral task, and the essential challenge … Continue reading

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The Part That Burns

One of my favorite reads this year is The Part That Burns, a lyrical, searing debut memoir by Jeannine Ouellette (Split/Lip Press, 2021), and so I’m thrilled to be in conversation with Jeannine next Wednesday, September 1st at 3pm PST. … Continue reading

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Burning Books Podcast

Many thanks to Ruth McKee for including me in Books Ireland Magazine’s wonderful podcast BURNING BOOKS. We chatted Emily Brontë, John Irving, Elizabeth Strout, and more. I also revealed which books, and what single treasured object, I would pull from … Continue reading

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Cool Hot Press

I dispatched a small army of family to scour newsagents throughout Ireland for the latest issue of Hot Press Magazine and they did very well (particular thanks to Rosie Rohan). Hot Press was THE culture magazine of my teens and … Continue reading

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C’mere Til I Tell You

I’m interrupting my convalescence, and my birthday, to bring you what might be the shortest ever narration of an adulterous sex scene (from “Into the West” in In the Event of Contact). With thanks to KALW’s FRESH AIR, Lisa Morehouse, … Continue reading

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25th Annual IPPY Awards

This is all the sweeter and more surreal because I loved SHUGGIE BAIN by Douglas Stuart (Grove Atlantic). Congratulations to all the winners.

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That Queen Thing Again

My deep thanks to Jane Ciabattari and Literary Hub for including me in their stellar interview series. “In my work, my particular kingdoms, I have the power to invite readers into stories and situations they might ordinarily want to pull … Continue reading

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Da relief. Da gratitude. Da hangover.

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What Have You Survived?

I remain grateful to Lori Narlock, founder of the Napa Valley Book Fest, for chatting with me about inspiration, obsession, imaginary friends, micro and macro aggressions, and going on with our wounds and our wonder. Thanks also to the wonderful … Continue reading

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