Starting tomorrow, November 26, all orders through the Dzanc Books website – including ebooks and hardcover titles – will receive 30% off with the discount code THANKS2015. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Stock up on holiday gifts or stockpile for your own winter reading – the choice is yours.Read More
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“I’ve found that the best things for me to write about are the things I’m insatiably curious about.” So says Chrissy Kolaya, whose debut novel Charmed Particles published from Dzanc last week. Chrissy’s poems and stories have appeared in Norton and Milkweed anthologies, the 50th Anniversary Best of Crazyhorse collection, and a number of literary journals. She authored the poetry collection Any Anxious Body and co-founded the Prairie Gate Literary Festival. Charmed Particles is a living museum for the curious, investigating everything from particle physics and world travel to love and the complexities of hope. Sabrina Wise got to talk with Chrissy about her inspirations, book nerdery, lion maulings, and understanding opinions very different from our own, among other topics. Read on for the full interview!Read More
Chrissy Kolaya has been giving a few interviews lately about her new novel, Charmed Particles. In preparation for our own interview with her here on the Dzanc blog, we’re rounding up the most recent of them so you can see if she’s left anything out. If you have questions for Chrissy, please fill out the form at the bottom of this entry.Read More
Gun, Needle, Spoon follows a punk rock pioneer on his slide into drug abuse and life as an armed robber, all the way through life in recovery and what it's like to look back on those times. Hawthorne/Dzanc intern Alexis Woodcock talks with the author, Patrick O’Neil, about the book, his life, and rehabilitation.Read More
Happy pub day to Mark Dunn’s We Five, which is now available:
An amalgamation of five novels woven together to tell the same continuous story, Mark Dunn’s stirring tale traces the escapades of five young women—who dub themselves “We Five”—and their suitors through a small mill town outside of Manchester, England in 1859; San Francisco on the eve of the 1906 earthquake and fire; Sinclair Lewis’s fictional Zenith, Winnemac in 1923; London during the Blitz of autumn, 1940; and in a small town in northern Mississippi in 1997. The women slowly become enraptured by their suitors, but little do they know the young men are playing an increasingly villainous and sinister game—the results of which hold deadly consequences and will set in motion an unlikely and devastating chain of events, the likes of which will change the lives of “We Five” forever.Read More
Debra Busman recently published her first full-length novel, like a woman (Dzanc, 2015). In addition to being an author of fiction and creative nonfiction, she is a codirector of the Creative Writing and Social Action program at CSU Monterey Bay and coeditor of Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. Hawthorne/Dzanc intern Alexis Woodcock got the chance recently to ask Debra a few questions about her work.Read More
Publishers Weekly has a nice review of Peter LaSalle’s The City at 3 P.M. (December 2015):
LaSalle shows himself to be a smart and open writer with a restless intellect and infectious passion for travel and literature.… A strong sense of place is present throughout, whether LaSalle is in a restaurant in Tunis or a metro station in Los Angeles.
Read the complete review at Publishers Weekly.Read More
Dunn’s structure is ingenious. He tells the story through five distinct voices, against five historic backdrops, but keeps his characters' names, personalities, families and dynamics constant. The result is a seamless narrative with a straightforward plot that hopscotches through time. The five voices and five eras also underscore themes of inevitable conflict between genders and generations, and the power of family and friendship.
Read the complete review at Shelf Awareness.Read More
The Suicide of Claire Bishop is many things—an “intellectual tour de force” (Publishers Weekly), “fantastically captivating and beautifully rendered” (Claire Vaye Watkins), “a fearless portrayal of madness and its consequences” (Colum McCann), and more. It’s also the debut novel of Carmiel Banasky, whose short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, PEN America, Guernica, American Short Fiction, and others. Sabrina Wise got to talk with Carmiel during her whirlwind visit to Portland, Oregon, her hometown—the morning after her standing-room-only reading at Powell’s Books. They talked about everything from madness to language to finding literary friends. Read on for the full interview!Read More