Robert Dawson (The Public Library) receives Guggenheim Award
The response to our new book The Public Library has been nothing short of ecstatic. We couldn’t be more proud of the book and its author Robert Dawson, who we are thrilled to report, was just awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dawson was also just interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition and the book is popping up everywhere.
You know you want it.
Listen here to episode 3. Download from iTunes to take it with you.
This is probably my favorite episode yet! First some chit chat about when “slogging through” parts of books is worth it, then a fantastic short story about a broke pot grower internet boyfriend with a flaccid dick at a Buddhist hot springs, then Leslie Fucking Jamison, newly minted New York Times Bestseller!Played 58 times.
Friendship, California, and The Vacationers are all novels that are coming out in the next few months, all written by women I admire, all younger than I am, and all absolutely wonderful books I wholeheartedly recommend.
It makes me feel really, really good and happy about the world. A pre-order spree might make you feel good and happy too.
'Sup? I'm the official artist of the Downtown Literary Festival — that’s ‘sup.
This Sunday I will be running between Housing Works and Bowery Poetry Club, drawing for six straight hours — no bathroom breaks.* I’ll be posting all my drawings live on Instagram throughout the day.
Also, if you see me at the festival, I’ll have Last Night’s Reading postcards free for the taking, featuring some of your favorite drawings. Just look for the girl with the drawing pad and polka dots.
* I am allowed bathroom breaks.
** That’s what she thinks.
For real, I am such a huge fan and overjoyed to share this weekend with Kate and with you!
SUCH a good book. Just blurbed it.
I just figured out that Merritt Tierce who was so awesome at 5 under 35 and whose novel I can’t wait to read is Merritt Tierce who emails me because I give to The TEA Fund. I am absolutely delighted by this discovery.
This is not a galley! This is a fabulously beautiful hardcover book!
I suppose I will read it anyway.
Justin Taylor, one of my I-will-read-anything-you-write-and-as-soon-as-it’s-available writers has a new collection out this summer. I’m excited! So are you!
Just a reminder that you can set your browser to search your favorite bookstore — useful for shopping and also for linking easily when you mention a book. Woo!
"McCracken’s writing is dark and weirdly funny, exploring the fragility of people and communities." Awesome to see Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Austinite Elizabeth McCracken on The New Yorker’s list of books to look out for in April.
We’re excited to have this book on our shelves later this month (4/22). Julie read it and has this to say: “McCracken explores the unexpected avenues of loss in this absorbing new collection. What I love about McCracken is knowing that the characters I meet on her pages will never be typical. I come again and again to the little girl dressed as Patrick Henry; a room full of budgies to replace a prodigal son; the emotional terrain of traumatized librarians. The ways we deal with absence are at the heart of each story and its haunting characters. McCracken’s humor brings levity to this unique, memorable collection.”
This book is just completely fucking brilliant.