"Say What You Will About Apocalypse, You Can Do Your Own Thing": A Conversation With Claire Vaye Watkins

Like real women, fictional women are often seen as wish-fulfillment. The “strength” that we look for in a female protagonist is often there for sentimental purposes, and rarely resembles the iron, irradiated accountability that matters in real life, a type of strength that’s like the desert—unsparing and mercurial.… »10/09/15 9:35am10/09/15 9:35am

A Safe Place and a Straitjacket: An Interview With Lauren Groff

I blew through the last quarter of Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies in the wee hours, gasping. Surprise is rare in literary fiction, which is snobbish with its pleasures, generally picking meditation over movement; surprise is even rarer in novels that run on language as flush, wild and glinting as Groff’s. “Goodness,… »9/23/15 1:05pm9/23/15 1:05pm

'I Get to Eat My Cake & Throw It At You Too': A Chat with Kelly Link

Kelly Link is the author of four short-story collections: Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters (for young adults), and, most recently, Get in Trouble. At least yearly, I reread "Travels with the Snow Queen," a story about fairy tales, robber girls, and talking reindeer that also manages to be… »3/16/15 4:50pm3/16/15 4:50pm

Theater Geeks & Anorexic Alpha Bitches: Summer at Performing Arts Camp

Julie Klausner's first YA novel, Art Girls Are Easy, is being released as an original e-book on May 7th; the paperback hits on June 1. Set in the exclusive world of an upscale fine and performing arts camp, Art Girls Are Easy features Indigo Hamlisch, a fifteen-year-old art prodigy. She looks forward to her last… »5/05/13 1:30pm5/05/13 1:30pm

'New Adult' Fiction Has Tons of Sexy Sex for the Millennial Reader Trapped in Adolescence

You're, let's say, a young adult floating in that hazy 18-25-year-old range where you may or may not be resisting grown-up responsibilities by playing Arkanoid and drinking Pepsi Max in your parents' basement. Maybe you recently embarked on a month-long project to re-read all the Harry Potter books and thereby… »12/22/12 3:00pm12/22/12 3:00pm

Let the Quipping Begin: Apple Might Take Orange’s Place in Sponsoring Women’s Fiction Prize

A funny thing might be happening to the Orange Prize for Fiction, a prestigious literary award that recognizes novels written by women — its sponsor might be changing! Oh, wait, I told it wrong — the funny part is that the new sponsor might be none other than the company founded by a notorious Men in Black-esque… »8/13/12 9:15pm8/13/12 9:15pm

E-Books Aren’t Just Doing Wonders for Erotica — Christian Fiction Is Getting Action, Too

The no-judgment realm of e-commerce has propelled sales of adult fiction upwards in the last few years, which is funny considering that it's doing the exact same thing (and for pretty much the same reasons) to Christian fiction. According to data from the American Association of Publishers, sales of religious fiction… »7/22/12 6:00pm7/22/12 6:00pm

New 'Fiction for Men' to Finally Offer Men the Chance to Read About Men Doing Man Things

Finally shedding the yoke of female dominance of the literary arts, the oft-ignored and long oppressed minority group known as "men" will finally have things to read made just for them. Starting in June, Esquire magazine will begin publishing a series of e-books called "Fiction for Men," finally giving voice to the… »5/21/12 1:40pm5/21/12 1:40pm

Fifty Shades Of Grey Not That Great, Admits Author of Fifty Shades Of Grey

"As you're writing this, are you thinking, 'Oh, man, this is good. People are going to love this'?" NBC's Michelle Kosinski asked EL James, author of Fifty Shades Of Grey, this morning on Today. "No," James replied. Later, she described the book as "kind of raw," and conceded, "I'm not a great writer." »4/17/12 11:00am4/17/12 11:00am