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 gets some great responses :
For me, the politics of writing are a process of self-growth and examination. The politics are in the revision. When looking back at a draft, I get a chance to see myself and my flaws. Where are my blind spots? Where am I racist or sexist or ageist and don’t even know it, and how are these biases revealed through my word choices or character development? How are a character’s actions separated from the author’s attitudes? How do we learn to empathize more deeply through the practice of writing?
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.