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January 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Laird Hunt (Part 1)

Jim Ruland

A Conversation with Laird Hunt

A criminal operative helps a woman fill her shelves with mundane objects. A gentleman with psychic powers reflects on the days before his wife went insane. A

December 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Katie Bowler and Matthew Specktor

Anna Clark

(Editor's note: this month, I asked a former Warren Wilson classmate of mine, Anna Clark, to – in a virtual setting – sit down with two other former classmates on the occasion of the publication of

November 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Victor LaValle

Amy Minton

AMY: Hello, Victor. Thank you for agreeing to talk with me again. As with our last interview, I'd like to start with a quote — not from Bruce Campbell this time, but from the epigraph of your

October 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Patrick deWitt

Matthew Simmons

The drinking life has been rendered in print on so many occasions, it seems unlikely that anyone could find anything new to say about it. It seems unlikely, but then Patrick DeWitt's

October 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Molly Gaudry

Amy Minton

Molly Gaudry yanked me back from a depressing precipice. For the past three weeks I've been immersed in the world of Cormac McCarthy, climbing inside his mind via his newly opened archive at Texas

September 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Kyle Beachy

Jensen Whelan

Kyle Beachy's debut novel The Slide is the kind of first novel that makes you happy for the presence of books in the world. It's weird and wild and hilarious and touching all at once. This book

September 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with J. Robert Lennon

Andrew Ervin

I first read J. Robert Lennon in a short-lived lit mag out of Philly called Night Rally. I picked up a copy of the first issue at Borders after a Michael Chabon reading in October 2000, and

July 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Larry Fondation

Brian Allen Carr

Larry Fondation is the author of four books, all of which display his mastery at quilting micro and short fictions to create large bodied tales.

His latest collection, Unintended

June 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Jedediah Berry

Jensen Whelan

Jedediah Berry's first novel The Manual of Detection came out in February from the Penguin Press to uniformly awesome reviews from places like the New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The

May 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Norman Lock

Blake Butler



I see the dates on the work go from 1996-2004. Were these written one by one and then later compiled in a certain order? How did the construction process for Grim

May 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Joe Meno

Douglas Light

Joe Meno is the author of six books, most recently the story collection Demons in the Spring and The Boy Detective Fails. His new novel, The Great Perhaps, is out in May.


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March 1, 2009 | Interview

Interview with Erin McGraw

Bryan Furuness

Erin McGraw teaches writing at Ohio State, where she works with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins. She's the author of The Good Life, Lies of the Saint, and The Baby Tree. In her latest

February 1, 2009 | Interview

Interview with Paul Maliszewski

Sean Carman

Paul Maliszewski's Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters and Other Great Pretenders, was published in January by The New Press. The book is a collection of essays, interviews, and reports

January 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Hannah Tinti

Amy Minton

I first became a fan of Hannah Tinti's writing when I read her story, "Home Sweet Home," (appearing in her collection Animal Crackers). The story begins: "Pat and Clyde were murdered on pot roast

December 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with John Brandon

Matt Bell

John Brandon's debut crime noir novel Arkansas is full of men who become bored or dissatisfied with the straight life and who, in the process of trying to find something else, end up working as

November 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with Michael Kimball

Matthew Simmons

There is much to admire in the life and work of the author Michael Kimball: his sentence craft, his innovation, his generosity and enthusiasm. He's also a quite a thoughtful interview

October 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with Leni Zumas

Matthew Simmons

Leni Zumas' wonderful book Farewell Navigator is full of the kinds of stories I love and the kind of writing I envy. Every word is chosen carefully. Every sentence fits with the previous and the

August 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with Cathy Day

Bryan Furuness

Cathy Day grew up in Peru, Indiana, where the Great Porter Circus lodged from 1884 to 1939. Her first book, The Circus in Winter, illuminates the rise of the circus, its collapse, and the legends

July 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with Yannick Murphy

Angela Jane Fountas

I discovered Yannick Murphy through her Bookworm interview and bought a copy of Here They Come (McSweeney's Books, 2006) soon after. I've read it twice already and know that this is a book I'll

June 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with Steve Gillis

Anna Clark

Temporary People is subtitled "A Fable." What does that mean to you? And how do you think the fable adapts to long-form fiction? And one that's acutely aware of world history and politics at

May 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with Donald Ray Pollock

Elizabeth Ellen

It takes a lot to get me to read an entire book. I buy, borrow and steal books by the hundreds, but the actual number I read from beginning to end are very few. In the last seven years, I've

April 1, 2008 | Interview

An Interview with C.J. Hribal

Nick Fox

C.J. Hribal (a.k.a. – Juice Hardball) is a stone cold baseball freak. The kind of guy who can tell you who played third base for Cincinnati in 1990*, or who was commissioner when the designated

December 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Jesse Ball

Shane Jones

Samedi The Deafness, the debut novel from Jesse Ball released this September is baffling readers and reviewers. The novel itself is being described as a "mnemonist trapped in a sanatorium for

November 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Ryan Boudinot

Matthew Simmons

Ryan Boudinot is a Hobart favorite -- heck, he edited our fourth issue. There are few contemporary writers we'd rather read. His work is funny, dark, and flat-out brilliant.

When I first read

October 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Victor LaValle

Amy Minton

NOTE TO READERS: this interview with Victor LaValle went much longer than expected, and we couldn't bear to part with any of it. So, consider this a teaser for the full interview, which you can

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