Author Mark Dunn will be in McKinney, TX, this weekend for the premiere of his play “Belles: The Reunion” at McKinney Repertory Theatre. The play is a sequel to Dunn’s 1989/1997 play “Belles” (a play in two acts and 45 phone calls). Dunn’s novel We Five comes out at the end of the month.Read More
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Tobias Carroll interviewed Carmiel Banasky for Vol. 1: Brooklyn, about her debut novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, as well as writing, mental illness, and politics—and got some great responses.
The Portland Tribune has posted a review of The Suicide of Claire Bishop, saying “Banasky is a brainy and wonderful writer.” You can read the complete review at the Portland Tribune website.
Carmiel Banasky will read Oct. 6 at Powell’s City of Books at 7:30 p.m.Read More
Hawthorne/Dzanc intern Sabrina Wise talks with author Colin Fleming about his book The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe, in the second installment of a two-part interview.Read More
The Independent compares Little Sister Death to The Shining: “This is a scary story but also an intellectual study of evil, its purpose and its effect, with passing references to Freud and Jung. It is also a study of the writer – his temperament, his torment and his devil's pact for the price of a good story.”Read More
Hawthorne/Dzanc intern Sabrina Wise talks with author Colin Fleming about his book The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe, in the first installment of a two-part interview.Read More
Carmiel Banaksy talks with Late Night Library’s Paul Martone about her debut novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, as well as genre-bending, ideal readers, and homecomings.Read More
Happy pub day to Carmiel Banasky’s The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which is now available.
Greenwich Village, 1959. Claire Bishop sits for a portrait—a gift from her husband—only to discover that what the artist has actually depicted is Claire’s suicide. Haunted by the painting, Claire is forced to redefine herself within a failing marriage and a family history of madness. Shifting ahead to 2004, we meet West, a young man with schizophrenia who is obsessed with a painting he encounters in a gallery: a mysterious image of a woman’s suicide. Convinced it was painted by his ex-girlfriend, West constructs an elaborate delusion involving time-travel, Hasidism, art-theft, and the terrifying power of representation. When the two characters finally meet, in the present, delusions are shattered and lives are forever changed.
I suppose I did a lot of asking permission in order to write this book. I had two friends who were diagnosed with schizophrenia and who had very similar experiences. They told me about their episodes. I was struck by the similarity. I was struck also by my own reaction, which was partly of fear—how my extraordinarily functional, brilliant friends could suddenly have brains so suddenly (it seemed to me) out of their own control. And finally, I was struck by the fact that I was so struck: I hadn’t read experiences like these in literature before, especially not in the first person. I wanted to write characters they could recognize (though West is completely different from both of them in most other ways). More importantly, I wanted to write a character with schizophrenia who is as relatable, loveable, and familiar as any character without schizophrenia to any reader who has or has not had experience with mental illness. I wanted to portray a whole human, schizophrenia being one of many characteristics.
We’re looking forward to the publication of Carmiel Banasky’s debut novel, The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which releases tomorrow. We’re not the only ones. The Suicide of Claire Bishop has recently been featured at Lit Reactor, Lit Hub, JMWW, and Writer’s Bone. Don’t miss the launch event on Sept. 15 at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.Read More
In a three-way interview with Alexandra Kleeman and Matthew Salesses at the The Rumpus, Carmiel Banasky discusses her debut novel—The Suicide of Claire Bishop—the writing process, the pain of editing, and more.Read More
Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country; it is celebrated on the first Monday in September. As part of the Labor Day celebrations, Dzanc would like to honor the skill with which a great writer can make any type of work into a wonderful read. We've placed the following titles – which recognize the talents of a diverse range of professions, including librarians, bookies, jockeys, detectives, fishermen, musicians, a maker of death row instruments, and a manager of a drive-through urinal – on sale this holiday weekend.Read More