“With nearly fifty works of fiction, biography, history, and graphic novels, one can stay up reading for months and still merely scratch at the essential Charyn. ”
“Chuck Palahniuk discusses Fight Club 2 and his latest novel, Beautiful You.”
“I wondered what might happen to people who don’t feel like they’ve found themselves; they don’t know who they are so they don’t know where they fit in. Was there a shortcut they could take to happiness?”
“Fourteen years later, Wendy C. Ortiz sifts the relics of an illicit relationship between teacher and student in her memoir Excavation.”
“Our Flash of Inspiration “Grass” by Christina Sanders, an accomplished piece of writing that grabbed our attention with the very first word.”
“In discussion with the award-winning author of Young Skins.”
“When I was an undergrad, I went to a college that had a really pervasive date rape problem and is actually now under investigation for covering up rape under Title IX. Even if it doesn't happen to you directly, it still changes you, being in that kind of environment. I was interested in how the culture of my school had become so permissive of sexual assault.”
“Urban Waite - author of the critically acclaimed thrillers The Terror of Living and The Carrion Birds - talks about his latest novel, Sometimes the Wolf.”
“Robin Sloan, author of Litro's current Book Club pick, tells us how the idea for the novel came from a tweet.”
“Nathan Filer's debut novel, The Shock of the Fall was released to critical acclaim in May. We managed to grab a quick word before he headed down to Latitude Festival.”
“Litro contributor Richard House tells us about his four-novel series The Kills, a political thriller and epic literary project that's set to be one of the literary events of the year.”
“"Laurence Sterne wouldn’t have written this novel. He’d have probably read it in the dark, and then not admitted to reading it. The 18th century couldn’t have published this, unless it was under the counter. There’s too much in it that would have been seditious, or obscene."”
“"I wanted to create my own faith from all the faiths and cults that I remember while I was growing up, from the California cults of Charles Manson and Reverend Jim Jones, the Moonies and Hari Krishnas, the raids on the Branch Davidians in Waco and the recent raids on the fundamentalist polygamous compounds of Warren Jeffs." Novelist Peggy Riley talks to Kate Brown about "Amity & Sorrow".”
“The next Hunger Games? Dystopian-fiction fan Emily Ding reviews Hugh Howey's Wool and chats with the Florida-based author about his journey from self-publishing sensation to Big-Six author, and how it feels to have his book optioned for Hollywood, possibly to be directed by three-time Oscar-nominated Ridley Scott of Gladiator fame.”
“When we learnt the nursery rhyme about the bridge at school our teacher made a remark about it being sold to America, and my interest was piqued at a young age. When researching my book The Bus We Loved, I discovered a Routemaster had been shipped to the States, and stood at the foot of the bridge serving as an ice cream parlour, which got me thinking about the whole story again.”
“I’m a big fan of teenage narrators – I like what you can do in terms of exploring the large, adult ideas that most of us start to think about in adolescence. I think you can deal with very weighty things without them ever becoming overblown or pretentious, and that was really what attracted me to Alex.”
“One of the lads I worked with in prison had LOYALTY ABOVE ALL LAWS tattooed down the inside of his arm and I became interested in the consequences of living by such a code. I was interested in the concept of personal responsibility and how people living in the middle of the capital could live their lives with virtually no reference to the established laws of the land. I don’t mean crime, specifically, but the idea of people having their own self-imposed codes of conduct based on a morality born of a perceived necessity.”
“I once locked myself in the bathroom at a glossy corporate function so I could carry on writing. I was supposed to be schmoozing people and making good contacts, and instead I’d just necked three glasses of champagne, then scuttled off to the Ladies with my notebook. I think this was probably a sign that I wasn’t entirely suited to a career in blue-chip marketing.”
“My latest, A Treacherous Likeness, has as one of its central characters the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, an anti-hero if ever there was one. He’s a fascinating mix – enormously intelligent but seemingly unaware of the consequences of his own behaviour, glitteringly creative and yet emotionally immature. The gulf between those two sides of his nature was at the heart of the many tragedies that overwhelmed him during his short life, and set up a fascinating tension that I was able to explore in fiction.”
“I’ve got details in the sense that I can kind of see the novels in my head, but I don’t really write outlines down — I’m not very good at doing that planning thing that they always try to teach you to do in school! I find it kind of pointless. So I’ve got outlines — but I don’t like to plan too much. It just hampers the story. You find yourself looking at it far too much, and it doesn’t leave a lot of room for interesting, spontaneous things to happen.”
Sit-down interviews and not-your-standard Q&As with authors, people in publishing, artists, musicians, and other very interesting people.
This month in Litro #148 we explore the notion of what Going Home – means to us. Is it a familiar physical space? A refuge? A feeling? A state of mind? Or is home actually to be found in another human being – maybe your partner, your parents? How do you know when you have found it?
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Welcome to Litro #147 - the Space issue. In this issue we explore the world’s ever-evolving urban social landscape. We’ve got art, stories, essays, cartoons, interviews - all examining the ways in which individuals and groups carve out their own spaces, dare to take up space and make their built environment(s) distinctly their own.
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