Jeffrey Eugenides talks about “Asleep in the Lord,” a story from his forthcoming, highly anticipated novel The Marriage Plot, which he says is “the most autobiographical thing I’ve ever written.”
HarperCollins’s imprint Ecco has bought the rights to Philipp Meyer’s new novel, The Son, a multi-generational epic set in Texas, after a “heated auction.” Meyer, recently named one of the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40, published his previous book, American Rust (2009), with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House.
You’ve read the tweets, you’ve seen the book trailer, now it's time to kick back with the ink-and-paper book: Tweets from Tahrir (edited by Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns) was just published by OR, offering real-time transcripts and phone photographs of the Egyptian revolution.
At the Brooklyn Rail, poet Charles Bernstein talks about his new essay collection Attack of the Difficult Poems and says that while working on it, he discovered ideas for two other books: the first, tentatively titled The Exchange will be selections from conversations with other authors; the second, with a “working title adapted from [poet] Hugh MacDiarmid” will be The Kinds of Poetries I Want, an essay collection focused on individual poets.
Brian Evenson participates in HTMLGIANT’s consistently thought-provoking series “What Is Experimental Literature?,” saying “Most of my characters have a hard time thinking of the world around them as real; they are incredibly suspicious of reality (often justifiably so) but they can’t be suspicious of reality without also being suspicious of their own sanity.”