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Good Humor, Good Music, Gigantic Themes: An Interview with Dimitry Elias Léger

In his acclaimed debut novel God Loves Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger stitches together history, sociology, religion, politics and a love triangle—all in the shadow of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The story revolves around the spirited artist Natasha Roberts, her husband the President, and the love of her life, Alain Destiné, a youthful savvy businessman […]

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Nobody is Ever Missing: An Interview with Catherine Lacey

What does it take to leave everything in your life behind? To dream of a future unencumbered by the past because you have abandoned your past and all the people in it? Catherine Lacey’s debut novel Nobody Is Ever Missing follows a young woman named Elyria as she hitchhikes through New Zealand after leaving her […]

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A Novel Wants Your Life: An Interview With Laura van den Berg

After releasing two widely-acclaimed collections of stories—What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us in 2009 and The Isle of Youth in 2013—Laura van den Berg is releasing her first novel, Find Me, this month, to much anticipation and advanced praise. The novel tracks a fatal, memory-erasing epidemic that plagues the […]

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Watching the Detectives: An Interview with Matt Burgess

Matt Burgess’s second novel Uncle Janice is set in Queens and tells the story of Janice Itwaru, a young undercover drug officer in the NYPD trying to make detective. As with his first book Dogfight, Burgess’s new novel is populated—stuffed, in the best possible way—with cops and drug-dealers, characters trying to get a leg up, […]

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A Portrait of the Writer: An Interview with Joyce Carol Oates

It may surprise you, as it did us, to learn that we citizens of the United States have not yet built ourselves a museum to honor our great writers. Luckily, The American Writers Museum aims to do just that in Chicago in 2016. In the meantime, artist Mia Funk is tasked with creating a group portrait […]

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The Boatmaker: An Interview with John Benditt

“The Boatmaker is a wonderful novel—wonderful as in spectacularly good and wonderful as in full of wonders.”
—John Casey, National Book Award-winning author of Spartina

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A Portait of the Writer with Mia Funk: a Preview

  Earlier today, we featured an interview with Dr. Malcolm E. O’Hagan, President of the American Writers Museum. In anticipation of the 2016 launch of that institution, artist Mia Funk has been tasked with creating a group portrait of great American writers. Starting next week on The Open Bar, Mia will share her sketches and […]

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A Museum of One’s Own: The American Writers Museum

It may come as a surprise to you—it certainly did to us—but there is as yet no museum dedicated to writers in the United States. If all goes according to the plan of the board of The American Writers Museum, that will change by late 2016. In advance of the AWM opening in Chicago, artist […]

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Revisiting The Other Side

“Ferociously beautiful and courageous, Johnson’s intimate story sheds light on the perpetuation of violence against women.”
—Starred Kirkus

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Ultrasonic: An Interview with Steven Church

Steven Church’s fourth book of nonfiction, Ultrasonic: Essays, is a sublime meditation on the act of listening.

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Being There: An Interview with Robert Stone

Tin House was saddened to learn about the death of Robert Stone, one of the giants of American fiction. A clear-eyed chronicler of our county’s disfunction and simultaneous beauty, Stone’s wisdom will be missed. Last year, Rob Spillman interviewed Stone for issue #58 of Tin House, which we are happy to share with you today. […]

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Ordinary and Exalted: An Interview with Claudia La Rocco

This summer, I received a galley proof of Claudia La Rocco’s selected writing called The Best Most Useless Dress. Scrolling through pages of text, I thought to myself, this is some Frank O’Hara shit.  The first line of the epigraph read: I am the least difficult of men. In graduate school we read O’Hara’s criticism and […]

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The Family Tree: Saeed Jones

A series of brief but wide-ranging interviews with authors about ancestry. Saeed Jones’ Prelude to Bruise is an astonishing poetry collection, furious, tender, and true. It’s a book about hatred, desire, and love, about the past and present and the blurring of the two. “Boy,” says a burly man in Birmingham, “be / a bootblack. Your […]

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Josh Weil and William Pierce: A Conversation

We met in the afternoon before walking down to the store, and, over beers on the side patio, talked again, about writing, editing, and a bit about geography too—as freely as we could with an old-fashioned tape recorder sitting between us.

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Winter Workshop Craft: Jon Raymond

As we continue to take applications (Deadline is December 17th!) for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next in the water, Jon Raymond. Tin House: What can you tell us about […]

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The Doubling of Self: An Interview with Richard Siken

It has been ten years since Richard Siken’s first collection Crush was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Since its release, I have turned to Crush many times to take pleasure in the images and voices that populate its poems. Pleased to discover that Copper Canyon Press will soon release his second book War of […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Justin Hocking

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next on the dock, Justin Hocking. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop experience […]

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We are not the Center of the World: An Interview with Assaf Gavron

The Hilltop, Assaf Gavron’s fifth novel, opens with the language of Genesis: “In the beginning were the fields.” We soon meet Othniel Assis, who, “so it came to pass,” hiked until his beard grew long and he found the land that would become the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Hermesh C. As the novel unfolds, […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Whitney Otto

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next to the Principal’s office, Whitney Otto. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop […]

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The Family Tree: Celeste Ng

A series of brief but wide-ranging interviews with authors about ancestry. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng’s intimate, prickly, and elegantly coiled first novel, is a psychologically layered mystery with a disappearance right out of Twin Peaks — if Twin Peaks were a small Ohio community in the 1970s and Laura Palmer and her siblings were the […]

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Winter Workshop Craft: Debra Gwartney

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction winter workshops, we thought we would check in with a few of our faculty to get a perspective on their own history inside the classroom. Next up to the chalkboard, Debra Gwartney. Tin House: What can you tell us about your first workshop […]

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In the Eye of the Storm: An Interview with René Steinke

We meet the eponymous small Texas town of René Steinke’s Friendswood in the wake of a hurricane. The sun has come out for the first time in days and still Friendswood is agitated and unsettled, unwell. Containers of biohazardous chemicals buried by a local oil refinery have been unearthed by storm, and along with them, the […]

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Resisting Symmetry: An Interview with Akhil Sharma

Through his two novels, Akhil Sharma has turned the wrenching lives of collapsing families into gripping narratives. An Obedient Father, his 2000 debut, is told largely from the perspective of Ram Karan, an official living in New Dehli in the 1980s. There’s a haplessness to Karan, and his efforts to perpetuate a corrupt lifestyle–but there’s […]

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Doubled Perspective: An Interview with Timothy Denevi

Most of us can remember the exhilaration of being released onto the playground from a stuffy elementary school classroom, the awkwardness of a teenage movie theater make-out session, or the reckless thrill of getting tipsy before a high school dance. These are the transformative experiences and emotions that comprise Timothy Denevi’s captivating nonfiction debut, Hyper: […]

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The Family Tree: Laila Lalami

A series of brief but wide-ranging interviews with authors about ancestry. Laila Lalami is a talented novelist and a discerning critic, a voice of reason and empathy online, and an old friend. Her third novel, The Moor’s Account, offers a new point of entry into a true story — the Castilian conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez’s would-be conquest of the Americas. The narrator, Mustafa al-Zamori, is […]

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