(via 2014 Longlists for the National Book Award)

I’m really excited and overjoyed about this NBA fiction longlist! Congratulations especially to Tumbling writers johndarnielle, emilystjohnmandel, and elizabethmccracken!

This morning I got to have breakfast with Merritt Tierce, a writer I admire immensely. She’s won some awards, been a 5 under 35 honoree, and is beloved by jamiatt, roxanegay, and many more of our favorites, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but WOW, you guys. Just wow.

Her new novel Love Me Back is staggering, breathtaking, almost literally. Everyone’s going to say “unflinching” a lot. Unsentimental. Raw. Give Merritt the Nobel Prize in Smart Women Making Potentially Bad Decisions Without Apologizing to Anyone.

Merritt is also one of my feminist heroes for her work with the Texas Equal Access Fund, ensuring that women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom are for all women, not just those who can afford it. I was a fan of her writing and the TEAfund before I put it all together, and now I’m dazzled. 

Congratulations to Merritt and Doubleday on the publication of this fantastic book! Don’t miss it, seriously.


(via See the Jacket for Jami Attenberg’s Saint Mazie — Vulture)

Vulture has the first look at the effing amazing cover of my new book. Read more about the designers and why this cover is perfect here. Comes out June 2015. CANNOT WAIT.

I cannot even handle how gorgeous this is. I want to buy it poster-sized.


Do you live in New York City? Please come party with us! Tuesday, October 7th, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!

(Can’t make the party? You can pre-order Pen & Ink hereherehere, or here, Mom.)


Having a pretty amazing mail day!

There I met the rest of the family – seven silent, dreamy children in total and their mother, also silent, and slender and weathered, and their father, a tall man in his fifties with long, gray hair. He was mostly toothless. He welcomed me, and motioned to a picnic table. It seemed impolite to say no.

(via Nighttime In The Devil’s Garden | The Hairpin)

A new Jami Attenberg story! A new Jami Attenberg story! FERSH_SIREN.GIF


Support independent literary publishing and buy tickets to our gala!! You’ll get all our love, not to mention a delicious Chinese banquet dinner. We promise it’s more fun than takeout.

This year we’re honoring the amazing Katie Freeman, genius publicist at Riverhead Books, and Fiona McCrae, awesome publisher at Graywolf Press. How can you say no to IRL idols?

If you like dumplings, spelling bees, and independent publishing, come sit by me!


I’m going to the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday! I’m so excited… I’m so excited… I’m so scared. (Not really. I’m mostly excited!)

Last year, Tumblr sent the wonderful Kate Gavino to cover the Brooklyn Book Festival on Last Night’s Reading. We’re sending her again, obvi, but we want to send you too! Are you in the NYC area and interested in a press pass to document the festival on your Tumblr blog in words, drawings, photos, gifs, or anything else? Email bookclub@tumblr.com and let me know!

Attending authors include Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Salman Rushdie, Catherine Lacey, Charles Burns, Leslie Jamison, and many more!

More info coming soon, BUT please save Monday, September 15th to party with Tumblr and recommendedreading buzzfeedbooks penamerican blackballoonpublishingkickstarter in celebration of the opening night of Brooklyn Book Festival bookends!

"Mixing wisdom from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, MacLaughlin describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand, the strangeness of working as a woman in an occupation that is 99 percent male, and how carpentry changes the way one sees the world."

(via Hammer Head | W. W. Norton & Company)

I survived this week by escaping twitter and the news into Nina MacLaughlin’s beautiful, meditative, and soothing memoir of sawdust, kitchen tile, built-in bookcases, table-making, roofing, and the weight of wood. I’m only sorry that most of you will have to wait until March to read it.