PEN/Faulkner shortlist: No appearances by multiple past winners Roth, Doctorow, and Jin among this year's PEN/Faulkner Award nominees, announced today. The winner will be announced on March 23 from these finalists: War Dances by Sherman Alexie, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead,A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, and Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories by Lorraine M. Lopez.
"We sat at a pavement table in the traffic fumes and drank cold beer": Hilary Mantel on the "happiest day of my life": returning to England and staking her claim as a professional novelist in 1986 after four years living under the constraints of Saudi Arabia.
"I boiled it, and then I ate it": John Wray and Zach Galifianakis try to out-deadpan each other (watch to the end to see Wray lose the battle) regarding Wray's novel Lowboy, just out in paperback. Am I presuming too much to assume this conversation took place in Brooklyn? I do like the binary typewriter!