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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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Julia Elliott and Jeff VanderMeer in Conversation

Robots may search for love, but there’s nothing wilder than human nature in this genre-bending short story collection from debut writer Elliott . . . This book will take you to places you never dreamed of going and aren’t quite sure you want to stay, but you won’t regret the journey. —Kirkus

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The Family Tree: Christopher Beha

I’ve always been interested in the ways writers think about family history—and especially about echoes, or the lack thereof, through the generations—if they do, as they work. I’m grateful to Tin House for allowing me to indulge this curiosity in a new series of brief but wide-ranging interviews with authors about ancestry. I can’t think of a […]

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Trojan Mules of Meaning: An Interview with M.J. Hyland

Born in London to Irish parents in 1968, M.J. Hyland spent her childhood in London and Dublin—including two years in Dublin’s ill-fated Ballymun housing estate— before the family fell towards Melbourne. In Australia, Hyland took a degree in English and Law, and went on to work as a lawyer for seven years. Irish families can […]

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Darcy Steinke and Elizabeth Gilbert in Conversation

“[Sister Golden Hair] absolutely dazzled me . . . a searingly accurate portrait of a time and a way of thinking—a moment in American history when gleeful abandon had decayed into regular old abandon, and when new cultural freedoms suddenly seemed more dangerous than intoxicating.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things

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One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto: An Interview with Steve Almond

Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto is more than a detailed dismantling of the contradictions and hypocrisies undergirding America’s national obsession with football—it’s also a deeply personal depiction of one super-fan’s inability to continue to square his passion for the game with his sense of morality. The question he asks himself and his […]

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An Interview with Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlögel

“Baillie delivers a work of magical realism that captures the experience of postcolonial guilt…and gives voice to a silenced past.”
—Starred and boxed Publishers Weekly

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You Can Feel It Like a Demon, Swallowing You Slow: An Interview with Marlon James

Marlon James is no longer a promising writer. He’s no longer a writer of enormous potential. That’s because his third novel A Brief History of Seven Killings places him securely among our most vital contemporary voices. An author’s third novel often seems to make or break a writer’s career. Think The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier […]

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An Interview with Lacy M. Johnson, author of 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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Murder and Magic Abroad: an Interview with Katie Crouch

In April 2014 I was working on a piece about the treatment of Amanda Knox, who was, along with Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, arrested and convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. Knox and her boyfriend were then acquitted and later re-convicted. The case read like a witch hunt, and intrigued me […]

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Alphas & Omegas, Fathers & Sons: A Conversation with Scott Cheshire

High as the Horses’ Bridles, just published this month by Henry Holt & Co.

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Who’s Having So Much Fun?: An Interview with Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum and I met in 2011 at a reading we were taking part in for Slice Magazine. I remember being pulled into her work (about a fetus nonetheless), the way a person is magnetized by sounds new to him—how her style traversed terrains of seriousness, levity, humor, and unabashed honesty. Maum’s debut novel I […]

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