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Tin House Reels: Dustin Grella

This week, Tin House Reels presents three shorts from Dustin Grella’s  Animation Hotline, a series that artfully expands and exposes the private moments people whisper into telephones. As a type of performance art at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Grella, teaming up with sponsor HP, planted various phones around the festival grounds. Those in attendance […]

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Happy Pub Date, Peter Mountford!

 Maybe you were one of the lucky folks whose local bookstore has been stocking The Dismal Science for weeks, but today–officially–the book exists in the world. Publishing this one is an honor, and feels like a real coup for us. If you haven’t already, we’d encourage you to read a sampling of it here, along […]

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The Dismal Science: An Excerpt

“Rumor had it that breakfast at the World Bank’s cafeteria wasn’t as good as breakfast at the IMF’s cafeteria, even though both were made by Marriot from identical recipes and ingredients. The debate was, of course, not about breakfast at all; it was about the participants in the debate, a select group in the twin organizations, where breakfast wasn’t popular, since most people took it at home. Joining the debate indicated you were prepared to take at least two of your daily meals at the office, which suggested ambition.”

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Your Weekly Forecast: Karen Shepard

“Blue jays argued in the shrubbery. The birches stood al- ready bare, while, other than the hue of their leaves, the maples stood in mantles of full summer. Had either Char- lie or Julia bent to lay a hand to the ground, they would have felt the oncoming winter seeping up through the earth like […]

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Tin House Books – 2014!

An exciting look at 2014!

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The Dismal Science: A Conversation with Peter Mountford and David Shields

David Shields: All of your work seems to me mature, complex, layered, bittersweet, but this book feels almost unspeakably sad. How do you write or read about such sadness without succumbing? This is a bit of a rhetorical question on my part. I can’t read work that isn’t unspeakably sad, but I want to hear […]

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A Year of Firsts!

In honor of a New Year, here are some great first pages from the 2013 authors of Tin House Books. It’s hard to read just one page!   Read more of American Dream Machine. Read more of Cities of Refuge.   Read more of Heart of Darkness. Read more Low Down.

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On Beginnings: Ann Hood

Wisdom Coupon: Beginning with Dialogue.

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Desiderata: Tin House Author Favorites of 2013

  Matthew Spekctor, author of American Dream Machine:  Novel: I hate playing favorites, but Owen King’s Double Feature takes on the movies at once so persuasively and with such esprit. It’s hard to think of a new novel that gave me more sheer pleasure this year than this one. Short Story Collection: Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove, for being […]

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A.J. Albany’s Low Down – Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2014!

Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood a memoir by A. J. Albany has been adapted to a film starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Flea.    Low Down, A. J. Albany’s fond memoir of a fractured childhood in the hot center of Hollywood’s 1960s noir jazz scene, […]

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Heart of Darkness in Motion!

“The horror! The horror!” Gaze upon The Heart of Darkness, ye mighty, and despair! All right, we’re mixing up our quotes, but it’s often hard to describe the effect of art upon the spirit—especially images as eerie, vibrant, and vicious as Matt Kish’s illustrated edition of Conrad’s classic Heart of Darkness. Check out this wonderful video (courtesy of the Tin […]

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Talking Turkey

From Harriet Fasenfest’s  A Householder’s Guide to the Universe comes this no-nonsense take on turkeys, Thanksgiving, and Holiday Hoo-Ha. Talking Turkey I Now you’d think, given all the work involved in putting up the quinces (quince paste this year), walnuts (we shelled and froze fifty pounds), and pig (at least the trim bag), that I would be […]

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November 22, 1963: Zapruder’s Viewfinder

An excerpt from Adam Braver’s novel, November 22, 1963

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A Unique and Collective Experience

An Essay by Adam Braver

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November 22, 1963: A Conversation with Adam Braver

Tin House Books: What prompts you to begin a work of fiction—an image, a character, a line of dialogue? What prompted November 22, 1963? Adam Braver: Actually, it can be all of the above. A story can start from some characteristic trait, an odd sentence I’ve heard somebody mutter, or sometimes the incongruence of a setting and a […]

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Kind of Kin: An Interview with Rilla Askew

I first got to know Rilla Askew at Woodstock. Well, sort of. We didn’t meet at the famous music festival, but rather almost exactly 36 years later on the very spot at which it took place: a large field in Bethel, New York. Every September, that property is given over to a Harvest Festival, which includes […]

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Joining the Mystery

An Essay by Adam Braver

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This is Between Us: An Interview with Kevin Sampsell

Arthur Bradford: Hey Kevin, I like your new book (This is Between Us)! It’s a very sincere and raw look at a relationship, and love. Did you have any kind of statement in mind when you set out to write this, like were you trying to show some aspect of love and relationships that might […]

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November 22, 1963: Dressing in the Hotel Texas

An excerpt from Adam Braver’s novel, November 22, 1963

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Heart of Darkness, Page 99

I have lost some books in the re-reading. Stories which fell far short or disappointed me bitterly in some totally unexpected way once revisited. Heart of Darkness, like Moby-Dick and a handful of others, is one of those rare books that seems to pull me into it more deeply upon each re-reading. The brief and […]

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ENDINGS: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

We thought this excerpt from Elissa Schappell’s excellent essay from The Writer’s Notebook II might be both informative and inspirational to those of you taking part in our Shirley Jackson Short Story contest.  “Great is the art of beginning,” Longfellow said, “but greater the art of ending.” It’s true. Beginnings, like first kisses, need only […]

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Heart of Darkness, Page 76

Kurtz is so very much more than a character, or a “remarkable man,” although he is also both of those things. Kurtz is a martyr, a saint, and an idea, and ideas live on long after those who created them have passed. Near the conclusion of Heart of Darkness Marlow explains that Kurtz is remarkable […]

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Heart of Darkness, page 54

“Still, I had also judged the jungle of both banks quite impenetrable — and yet eyes were in it, eyes that had seen us.”

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This Is Between Us, An Excerpt

I have an empty perfume bottle that I took from my first girlfriend a long time ago.

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Heart of Darkness, Page 27

“They wandered here and there with their absurd long staves in their hands, like a lot of faithless pilgrims bewitched inside a rotten fence.”

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