A few weeks ago, Emily Gould came over to an house my friend was housesitting at and we ordered Kimchi Grill and did an interview about our books at a picnic table in the backyard. There was a big picture of her on the cover of The New York Times Styles Section the day before and so she had come from The Gap, where she bought a big hat, which I thought was for her to be incognito on the subway but she said it was to protect her from the sun.
For me, it was an opportunity to ask another author the question “Do you think your book is better than mine?” For her, I think, it was a chance to ask, “Are you on drugs or are you always like this?” (that part got cut) and probably also an opportunity to get me to stop asking her to do stuff like interviews, blurb my book, hang out with me, etc. After we were finished, my friend who was housesitting asked Emily what she thought of the interview and she said, “It was good? It was weird!” Anyway, the interview is here. I hope you like it.
This two-way interview is long and weird and honest and super-compelling. I highly recommend you stop “working” and read it now.
Today we’ve got two brilliant writers reading from their awesome new books - Jen Doll with the opening of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, a hilarious and sweet memoir about other people’s weddings; and Catherine Lacey reading an excerpt from her novel, Nobody is Ever Missing, which comes out July 8th. I’ve heard Catherine read from this book a few times, and it’s gorgeous and spooky (in an emotional way; there aren’t any ghosts, at least from the 20-30 pages I’ve heard).
Listen here now, or download from iTunes:
If you’d like to read more—
- "The perfect wedding doesn’t exist. Stop spending so much and enjoy the party." (The Guardian)
- "The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List" (The Hairpin)
About the writers:
Jen Doll is the author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, out now from Riverhead Books. She has written for The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, Cosmopolitan, The Hairpin, Mental Floss, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Toast, Vice, The Village Voice, and other publications. She has attended dozens of weddings and had pretty much every possible feeling about them. She lives in Brooklyn. Follower her on twitter at @thisisjendoll. jendoll.com
Catherine Lacey’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Electric Literature, The Paris Review Daily and others. She has received fellowships from NYFA, Columbia University and will be in residence this fall at the OMI International Arts Center this fall. Her debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, will be released in July by FSG and next year from Granta Books in the UK. She is a founding partner of 3B, a worker-owned and operated bed & breakfast in Downtown Brooklyn. On twitter: @_catherinelacey
Hooray! Hooray! It’s Catapult Day!
Beautiful genius, wonderful friend, and “emerging writer” Julie Buntin will be reading with these two NBD famous people on Tuesday. I’m incredibly proud and excited. She won’t brag about it, but she can’t stop me. Nyah nyah. Come see her now, before she is the status galley of 2016.
Bid here to receive (or give as a gift!) a personalized, handwritten postcard from one of your favorite authors. Participating writers include Rachel Kushner, Alice Sebold, Julia Glass, Pico Iyer, Chris Ware, Richard Russo, and more. I love the timeless romance of this idea, and make no mistake — I will be bidding against you!
A LITERARY CELEBRATION OF ROME’S PIAZZA NAVONA
Postcard auction, cocktails / aperitivos, music, and dancing inspired by a night in Italy, and featuring writer and filmmaker ANTONIO MONDA in conversation with LARISSA MACFARQUHAR (via The Common)
I’m helping to plan this party, and it will be fabulous! We are kicking off the summer (optimism!) with a night in Rome in New York City. Food, drinks, dancing, sparkling conversation, and it all supports such a wonderful nonprofit publication. Buy your tickets now!
What’s it like to be a debut novelist? No, but really, what’s it really like? With the writing, and the novel-ing, and the editing, and the publishing, and the feelings. Probably there are a lot of feelings, right?
For the next few weeks, debut novelist Ted “thompsonted" Thompson will answer your questions! Ask him about writing, about publishing, about feelings—all of it. Use our Ask Box to send in your questions. Do it! It’ll be fun!
I feel like Ted can handle me at my nosiest.
We are very proud to announce the full schedule for the second annual Downtown Literary Festival on Sunday, April 13! Schedule details, including an opening party on Friday April 11 with free drinks and music, new-this-year children’s programming, and a full day of events at the Bowery Poetry Club, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and McNally Jackson. And then an after party at Von bar!
Full details at downtownliteraryfestival. Join us on Sunday, April 13 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown New York City!
So excited about this! Teju Cole! Bob Powers! Jen Doll! Tyler Coates! Gabrielle Bell! Saeed Jones! Trisha Low! Rosie Schaap! Elissa Schappell! Heidi Julavits!
Please save the date and spread the word!
BOUND BY CHANCE: this Saturday from 3-5PM at Ace Hotel New York. Featuring a zine with stories by: Bill Cheng, Myke Cole, Rachel Fershleiser, Roxane Gay, Chelsea Hodson, Edan Lepucki, Thomas Page McBee, Sarah McCarry, Dolan Morgan, Travis J Nichols, Rajesh Parameswaran, Daniel Schoonebeek, and Emma Straub.
More information about the rolling of the multi-sided die here.
I knew I was outclassed in this li’l anthology but I didn’t realize quite how outclassed! These people are amazing! I have eked out 458 words of actual fiction! I’ll be there Saturday at 3 — y’all should come too!
For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!
Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!
How to Enter:
Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!
To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:
1) The title of your humor book
2) A written synopsis of your idea (200 words or less)
3) Examples of the book’s concept (can be photos, animated gifs, artwork, video, text, or any media supported by Tumblr)
Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.
1 Grand Prize:
- Book idea considered for publication
- $300 of Chronicle books
- Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor
- $100 of Chronicle books
- Written critique from Chronicle Books editors
Questions? Email email@example.com
It’s that time again kids!