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HITTING SHELVES #45: The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens

The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens comes out today! It’s a hilarious debut novel about a smiling, suntanned, backpack-wearing Australian (you know the type) and his search for meaning. We asked the author one question.

Fiction Advocate: Emma! How are you celebrating the publication of The Australian?

Emma Smith-Stevens: On the publication date of my novel The Australian (today!), I’m doing a reading at Unnamable Books in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn at 7pm. Some really incredible writers—Rachel Khong, Aaron Thier, and Nick Flynn—will be reading as well. It’s open to the public and I invite you, too: the more the merrier! Bring friends! Evil twins! Friends with benefits! Lovers—secret or otherwise! Frienemies! Doppelgängers! Those with whom you have relationships that you would describe as “complicated!” Bring ‘em all! Continue reading

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HITTING SHELVES #44: Large Animals by Jess Arndt

Large Animals by Jess Arndt comes out today! It’s a debut story collection that confronts what it means to have a body, straddling the line between the imagined and the real, the masculine and the feminine, the knowable and the impossible. You’re going to love it. We asked the author one question.

Fiction Advocate: Jess! How are you celebrating the publication of Large Animals? Continue reading

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HITTING SHELVES #43: Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood comes out today! It’s a memoir by the author of “Rape Joke” about moving back in with your parents, only your parents are a frenetically protective mom and a dad who is also a gung-ho Catholic priest. Nothing good happens, but we’re all glad it did. You will remember Priestdaddy as one of the best books of 2017.

Fiction Advocate: Patricia! How are you celebrating the publication of Priestdaddy?

Patricia Lockwood: I’ve just returned from a week-long tour in London, and have only a day before I fly out to Portland to kick off the first leg of my US tour, so I need to cram as much relaxation as possible into this one single day, before the book actually launches. And … go!

7 AM: I am technically “awake,” but so jet-lagged that my legs no longer work, and my brain is like a tamagotchi that has been neglected so long it’s begun to beep. Will a Red Bull help? Will FOUR Red Bulls help? Let’s try it and see. Continue reading

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HITTING SHELVES #42: Exes by Max Winter

Exes by Max Winter comes out today! It’s a heartbreaking, hilarious novel-in-fragments, in which Clay Blackall compiles the stories of longtime residents of Providence, Rhode Island, in an attempt to understand his brother Eli’s death and the city that has defined and ruined them both.

Fiction Advocate: Max! How are you celebrating the publication of Exes?

Max Winter: I guess I already did? Because even though Exes’ official release date is April 11, Amazon shipped their copies two weeks early, which completely caught me off guard. (But I worked media retail in the pre-Internet Age, when these dates were inviolate. Except for the new Sinatra box when Liv Tyler or Richard Hell were asking.) It felt thrilling, of course—knowing the book was finally in readers’ hands—but because my author’s copies hadn’t even arrived yet, it also felt an awful lot like having blacked out at a wedding. “Ohmygod, you don’t remember? You were so funny and/or mean!”

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HITTING SHELVES #41: Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař comes out today! We asked the author to share his thoughts on publication day.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child, and maintained this desire despite life doing its best to knock it out of me. Books have always been the most important part of my experience, filled my gaps in the knowledge of the world, inspired me, favorite characters carried me through hard times like friends reaching across the boundaries of time and space. Now I sit at my desk next to boxes of books that carry my name. Their book siblings will be making their way into the world on Tuesday, ending up on nightstands, inside messenger bags and purses, atop park benches, the cover dyed a faint green by the fresh spring grass stems (this is wishful thinking, as New York is stunningly cold and hostile as I write). Continue reading

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HITTING SHELVES #40: Culdesac by Robert Repino

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Culdesac by Robert Repino comes out today!

It’s the only story ever written about a bloodthirsty bobcat with opposable thumbs who fights against a ragtag band of humans on behalf of an army of giant ants. Set in the same world as Mort(e) and its soon-to-be-released sequel, D’Arc, this is a crucial episode in Repino’s series about the War With No Name, a brilliantly bonkers cross between Watership Down and old Rambo movies, whose real-life political undertones grow more relevant each day.

We asked the author one question.

How are you celebrating the publication of Culdesac?

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