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Shawn Donley, Powell’s Books

Welcome to Tin House’s Bookseller Spotlight, a series of interviews with indie booksellers across the country. Up this week is Shawn Donley with Powell’s Books . Tin House Books: What was the first book you read that made you fall in love with reading? Shawn Donley: I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and like many small […]

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Lost & Found: Gabrielle Gantz on Tove Jansson

I came to Tove Jansson’s work late in life and in a backward fashion. Most people familiar with the Finnish author and illustrator know her as the creator of the Moomins, a family of hippopotamus-like creatures first introduced in a children’s book series in 1945 and then adapted for a comic strip. The tales of […]

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Lost & Found: Steve Almond on Per Olov Enquist

The Visit of the Royal Physician, which I cannot stop reading, sometimes even long enough to eat a yogurt, begins like so: On April 5, 1768, Johann Friedrich Struensee was appointed Royal Physician to King Christian VII of Denmark, and four years later he was executed. Why do I find this opening line—an unvarnished statement […]

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Lost and Found: Kate Schmier on Roy Hoffman

As a young reader, I had a fascination with stories of the American South. Maybe it was because of my favorite English teacher, Mrs. Clark, a Georgia native who taught To Kill a Mockingbird, and whose black-rimmed glasses and gray pixie cut made her look very much like the author. Or maybe it was because […]

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Lost and Found: George Estreich on Dale Evans

There are dozens of memoirs about raising children with Down syndrome, hundreds of blogs, a galaxy of status updates. But in the beginning was Angel Unaware. Angel Unaware was written by Dale Evans and published in 1953. Evans, an actor, celebrity, and writer, was married to Roy Rogers, with whom she starred in movies and […]

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Lost & Found: Don Waters on Iain Banks

I was twelve years old when I saw a man nearly die.  At the time I lived in downtown Reno, on a city block near a porn theater, pawnshops, boarding houses, and casino lights.  When I wasn’t visiting my mother in the downtown jail—where she worked—I stayed close to home, exploring and inventing and wondering, […]

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Lost & Found: Geoff Nicholson on Carradine

Was Carradine really so desperate for money or attention that he had to make nice with a bunch of rubbernecking plebs? Apparently not. He didn’t make nice at all. He sat there doing a crossword, head and eyes down, oozing hostility, daring anyone to approach.

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Lost & Found: Aaron Hamburger on Sholem Asch

What struck me most about Three Cities was its core philosophy, that anti-Semitism is a non-Jewish problem. “In every drop of the ocean all the attributes of the whole ocean are contained, for the ocean consists of drops,” says one of the novel’s characters, according to a Talmudic saying. Similarly, for Asch, the fate of the lowest tier of Russian society, the Jews, becomes a barometer for the viability of an entire nation. Time and time again, by screwing the Jews, Russia’s leaders end up screwing themselves.

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Lost & Found: Tom Grimes on Norman Mailer

Tom Grimes on Norman Mailer’s Miami and the Siege of Chicago

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Lost & Found: Elisa Albert on Elaine Dundy

Elisa Albert on Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado

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Lost & Found: Hugh Ryan on Richard Halliburton

When, in my reading, I found hints of a gay man born in 1900 who swam the Panama Canal, crossed the Alps on an elephant, and made the first recorded winter ascent on Mount Fuji, I was determined to read every word he’d written.

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Lost & Found: Jim Shepard on Maria Beig

When she debuted, with her first novel, Raven’s Croak (!), she was a sixty-two-year-old retired knitting teacher from a rural backwater.

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Lost & Found: Steve Almond on Michael J. Arlen

We’re back today from the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and feeling a bit like kids fresh off the bus from summer camp: smarter, braver, and already wistful for the quesadillas in the Reed cafeteria the time we spent immersed in this thing we most love with some of our favorite people who love it, too. […]

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Lost & Found: Hugh Ryan on W.B. Seabrook

Hugh Ryan introduces us to the zombie’s first cameo in American literary consciousness–and to an author whose life story rivals that of the undead for drama–in this Lost & Found on adventurer, occultist, and discerning cannibal W. B. Seabrook’s The Magic Island. I’m a sucker for a good monster-origin story.  What’s Cujo with the rabies, […]

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Lost & Found: David Carradine’s Endless Highway

The Winter issue of Tin House is probably, by now, on the coffee table of your smartest and most cultured friend. I suggest you invite yourself over, request a hot toddy, and spend the evening in front of their fire reading the new Ben Marcus story, poetry from Michael Dickman and Dorianne Laux, and Heather […]

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