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"Who bridges cultural divides more visibly than translators?" A fascinating essay on translation by Lily Meyer, featurin...
04/26/2019
Translators and Other Icons

"Who bridges cultural divides more visibly than translators?"

A fascinating essay on translation by Lily Meyer, featuring Asa Yoneda, who was the first to translate Yukiko Motoya’s writing into English.

Writers are sexy figures. Until recently, we tended to imagine them as drunk and glamorous, Hemingway at the bar in Cuba or Frank O’Hara partying with artists ...

Kudos to Lucy Ives's LOUDERMILK mention by Michael Schaub in the Los Angeles Times Books 1 of 7 Novels That You Won't Wa...
04/24/2019

Kudos to Lucy Ives's LOUDERMILK mention by Michael Schaub in the Los Angeles Times Books 1 of 7 Novels That You Won't Want to Miss!

"I think that’s when I get shocked alive again, when I stop becoming numb. It’s usually because there’s someone ve...
04/22/2019
“There’s So Much We All Carry”: An Interview With Richard Chiem

"I think that’s when I get shocked alive again, when I stop becoming numb. It’s usually because there’s someone very real, very caring that’s near me."

Richard Chiem spoke to Kristen Felicetti about his hugely moving new novel of grief, numbness, porn and and hippos, KING OF JOY, for Volume 1 Brooklyn.

Six years ago, I checked out You Private Person by Richard Chiem from Mellow Pages Library. I went to Mellow Pages often, as it was on the other side of the block from where I then lived, a party h…

"Although I love the craft of the short story, writing King of Joy pushed my ideas of what narrative can do for the read...
04/19/2019
Neon Pulsing Portrait of Grief is Breakout Book for Seattle Author – Broken Pencil Magazine

"Although I love the craft of the short story, writing King of Joy pushed my ideas of what narrative can do for the reader over a longer form."

Richard Chiem talks to Broken Pencil Magazine about writing his debut novel King of Joy.

Neon Pulsing Portrait of Grief is Breakout Book for Seattle AuthorBroken PencilApril 12, 2019indiebookpicsplusSharpener 0 King of JoyRichard Chiem, Soft Skull Press This is shaping up to be the breakout book for Seattle-based Chiem, whose first novel was named one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Essenti...

"King of Joy is a tale that tiptoes around the worlds of realism and absurdism as Corvus undertakes a quest for survival...
04/17/2019
March Bookmarks: 23 New Books by Asian Writers

"King of Joy is a tale that tiptoes around the worlds of realism and absurdism as Corvus undertakes a quest for survival against all odds."

Asian American Writers' Workshop features King of Joy in their list of 23 New Books by Asian Writers.

South Korean female divers, Malay sorceresses, three generations of Palestinian women in Bay Ridge, and poetry on the multiplicities of the self through queer and trans perspectives.

"Of what is a connection between two people made?"The Adroit Journal reviews Vanishing Twins.
04/12/2019
Connective Tissue: A Review of Leah Dieterich's 'Vanishing Twins' - The Adroit Journal

"Of what is a connection between two people made?"

The Adroit Journal reviews Vanishing Twins.

Leah Dieterich believes she consumed her twin in utero and has been searching for her twin (or for herself?) ever since. But she cannot love herself unless she can first differentiate her actual self from her potential, twin self through moments of mirroring, twinning, doubling. Vanishing Twins (Sof...

"We’re trying to prove that it’s possible to live sustainably and not be such a freak about it."Read an excerpt of O...
04/10/2019
Oval | Elvia Wilk | Granta

"We’re trying to prove that it’s possible to live sustainably and not be such a freak about it."

Read an excerpt of Oval—in bookstores this June!—in Granta.

‘We’re trying to prove that it’s possible to live sustainably and not be such a freak about it.’

Broken Pencil Magazine names King of Joy a Spring 2019 Indie Book Pick, writing, "This is shaping up to be the breakout ...
04/09/2019
Spring 2019 Indie Book Picks – Broken Pencil Magazine

Broken Pencil Magazine names King of Joy a Spring 2019 Indie Book Pick, writing, "This is shaping up to be the breakout book for Seattle-based Chiem."

Spring 2019 Indie Book PicksBroken PencilApril 1, 2019indiebookpics 0 Here are our picks of the best 12 indie books coming out this spring! King of Joy Richard Chiem, Soft Skull Press This is shaping up to be the breakout book for Seattle-based Chiem, whose first novel was named one of Publishers We...

"Think Denis Johnson if he listened to Robyn."We love this review of King of Joy by Richard Chiem in Peach Mag.
04/08/2019
Peach Picks: Sex and the Aliens

"Think Denis Johnson if he listened to Robyn."

We love this review of King of Joy by Richard Chiem in Peach Mag.

Recommended this column: two works of fiction and book of photographs.

Don't miss Richard Chiem on the latest episode of the OTHERPPL podcast.
04/04/2019
Episode 574 — Richard Chiem | OTHERPPL WITH BRAD LISTI

Don't miss Richard Chiem on the latest episode of the OTHERPPL podcast.

Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers. All episodes—hundreds of them—are available for free. Listen via iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, or right here on the web. Better yet: download the Otherppl with Brad Listi app. Available for...

This The Brooklyn Rail interview between Elizabeth Block and Lynne Tillman about AMERICAN GENIUS, A COMEDY is a truly br...
04/04/2019
LYNNE TILLMAN with Elizabeth Block

This The Brooklyn Rail interview between Elizabeth Block and Lynne Tillman about AMERICAN GENIUS, A COMEDY is a truly brilliant read.

With the reprint of a

Richard Chiem talks to Paul Semel about King of Joy, and offers some great reading recommendations.
04/02/2019
Exclusive Interview: King Of Joy Author Richard Chiem ... .

Richard Chiem talks to Paul Semel about King of Joy, and offers some great reading recommendations.

Exclusive Interview: King Of Joy Author Richard Chiem \\ In this exclusive Q&A, writer Richard Chiem discusses his new novel "King Of Joy."

Calling all Lucy Ives fans! We've partnered with our friends at Prairie Lights Bookstore to get you signed preorders of ...
04/02/2019
Loudermilk Pre-order | Prairie Lights Books

Calling all Lucy Ives fans! We've partnered with our friends at Prairie Lights Bookstore to get you signed preorders of Loudermilk.

https://www.prairielightsbooks.com/loudermilk-pre-order

Loudermilk Pre-order LUCY IVES SIGNED COPY Pre-order a copy of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Lucy Ives new novel Loudermilk and get it signed! Loudermilk is a tale of two idiots—the handsome, charismatic Troy Augustus Loudermilk and his unassuming, socially anxious friend Harry Rego—who, in ...

"I like to get my heart broken at least once a day."Richard Chiem talks to Kristen Felicetti about his new novel King of...
04/02/2019
“There’s So Much We All Carry”: An Interview With Richard Chiem

"I like to get my heart broken at least once a day."

Richard Chiem talks to Kristen Felicetti about his new novel King of Joy for Volume 1 Brooklyn.

Six years ago, I checked out You Private Person by Richard Chiem from Mellow Pages Library. I went to Mellow Pages often, as it was on the other side of the block from where I then lived, a party h…

"Women have been way more punk rock than men all along."Write or Die Tribe interviews Chelsea Martin.
04/02/2019
Chelsea Martin: On Women in the Arts, Writing About Money and Finding Creative Energy

"Women have been way more punk rock than men all along."

Write or Die Tribe interviews Chelsea Martin.

Chelsea Martin is a writer unlike any other. With her unique voice, humor infused essays and her distinctive story telling ability, Martin is one to keep reading over and over again. Caca Dolce , one of her most popular works, a collection of personal essays, touches on the experiences of her chi

This stellar praise from Rachel Gallaher's The Seattle Times author interview describes "Richard Chiem’s debut novel K...
04/01/2019
Fueled by his grief, Seattle author Richard Chiem found inspiration for his debut novel ‘King of Joy’

This stellar praise from Rachel Gallaher's The Seattle Times author interview describes "Richard Chiem’s debut novel KING OF JOY (released in March through Soft Skull Press) [as] full of lessons—lessons about love, loss, grief and survival. . . .It’s a story that takes us deep into human suffering, but still finishes with a triumphant burst of hope."

Reading about grief and writing his debut novel "King of Joy" helped Seattle author Richard Chiem get through his own battles with grief and depression. The end result? A beautiful novel full of lessons about love, loss, grief and survival.

"Not only is this a brilliant and deeply felt book, it is also a fascinating and necessary coda to American culture’s ...
04/01/2019
Where True Crime Meets Experimental Literature - 9 True Crime Books Testing the Boundaries of the Form

"Not only is this a brilliant and deeply felt book, it is also a fascinating and necessary coda to American culture’s obsession with serial killers."

CrimeReads features Jane by Maggie Nelson in their list of true crime books that test the boundaries of form.

As a genre, true crime is all about transgression. Sometimes the confines of creative nonfiction can’t accommodate the horror, or the strangeness, of certain acts of violence. Hybrid and expe…

"Mostly, people have a morning routine. What they do first, second. The rest of the day may be determined more by how th...
03/21/2019
What Lynne Tillman Thinks About While Making Tea in the Morning

"Mostly, people have a morning routine. What they do first, second. The rest of the day may be determined more by how they make a living. In any case, people have loads of habits. In a way, a 'self' might be made up from habits."

Lynne Tillman on her morning tea routine is a delight.

Mostly, people have a morning routine. What they do first, second. The rest of the day may be determined more by how they make a living. In any case, people have loads of habits. In a way, a “self”…

We are absolutely loving Lynne Tillman (Writer)'s Literary Hub  piece with our tea today. If you want to stay in her min...
03/21/2019
What Lynne Tillman Thinks About While Making Tea in the Morning

We are absolutely loving Lynne Tillman (Writer)'s Literary Hub piece with our tea today. If you want to stay in her mind a little longer, pick up AMERICAN GENIUS, A COMEDY right now!

Mostly, people have a morning routine. What they do first, second. The rest of the day may be determined more by how they make a living. In any case, people have loads of habits. In a way, a “self”…

03/20/2019
Technosphere Magazine: Love Pill: Oxytocin or Emotional Labor?

"Given a widespread societal 'there’s an app for that' mentality, the fantasy that there could be 'a spray for that'—compassion, empathy, attachment—plays into a whole host of beliefs and desires."

Brilliant new nonfiction by Elvia Wilk on empathy, labor, and oxytocin.

Is there a chemical shortcut for producing social change? Writer Elvia Wilk unpacks the cultural assumptions behind scientific research on the bonding hormone oxytocin and its potential pharmaceutical applications. Based on this research, some proponents want to extrapolate the modification of indiv...

03/20/2019

"They were here to scrunch their muscle groups into painful knots and then to retreat to a dark and hot room where they could mingle their sweat, putting their naked bodies as close to one another as possible without quite touching: no, this place was not a natural place."

An excerpt of Oval—in bookstores this June—in The White Review.

http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/oval/

Zero Point Fiction discusses Richard Chiem's King of Joy and reads an excerpt from the novel.
03/19/2019
Zero Point Fiction: Artist Profile: Richard Chiem

Zero Point Fiction discusses Richard Chiem's King of Joy and reads an excerpt from the novel.

In this episode of Artist Profile I talk about the current state of indie literature and why Richard Chiem stands out, then I talk about his new book King of Joy, which is available now wherever books are sold. This episode is sponsored by the novel Dark Stars Align by Joe Kamm, available on Amazon....

Kirkus Reviews gives Oval a *starred review* and writes, “Deeply weird and unsettlingly hilarious, Wilk's dystopian de...
03/18/2019
OVAL by Elvia Wilk | Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews gives Oval a *starred review* and writes, “Deeply weird and unsettlingly hilarious, Wilk's dystopian debut pushes the grim absurdities of the present just a little bit further, into a near future that's too plausible for comfort."

Deeply weird and unsettlingly hilarious, Wilk's dystopian debut pushes the grim absurdities of the present just a little bit further, into a near future that's too plausible for comfort.

"The problem for the contemporary novelist . . . is that daily life, that classic subject and location of the novel, is,...
03/14/2019
Orphans of Dickens | Lucy Ives

"The problem for the contemporary novelist . . . is that daily life, that classic subject and location of the novel, is, much like everyday consciousness, no longer narrative."

Lucy Ives on the social novel for The Baffler Magazine is highly recommended reading.

The social novel at the end of society

Strange weather. Massive corporations. An eco-community on an artificial mountain called the Berg. Read an excerpt of El...
03/14/2019
from Oval by Elvia Wilk - BOMB Magazine

Strange weather. Massive corporations. An eco-community on an artificial mountain called the Berg. Read an excerpt of Elvia Wilk's debut novel Oval, now online and in the latest issue of BOMB Magazine.

Anja skidded down the slope, which was becoming muddy from overuse by feet. It still hadn’t been paved or even scattered with gravel, since Finster didn’t want to admit that the state of the pathway could no longer reasonably be called temporary.

The New Yorker calls Muhammad: Forty Introductions by Michael Muhammad Knight "scholarly, hip, and digressive," and writ...
03/12/2019
Briefly Noted Book Reviews

The New Yorker calls Muhammad: Forty Introductions by Michael Muhammad Knight "scholarly, hip, and digressive," and writes, "By idiosyncratic means, Knight propounds a view of religious tradition not as rigid but as subjectively experienced in relation to 'changing values and attitudes.'"

“The Collected Schizophrenias,” “Muhammad,” “Talent,” and “Friend of My Youth.”

Kristin Iversen interviews Richard Chiem for NYLON, and calls King of Joy "beautiful and painful and just psychedelic en...
03/07/2019
This Affecting New Novel Is A Meditation On Grief, Inspired By 'Spring Breakers'

Kristin Iversen interviews Richard Chiem for NYLON, and calls King of Joy "beautiful and painful and just psychedelic enough to make you feel like you've gone on a real journey when you turn the very last page."

Talking with Richard Chiem about 'King of Joy,' which is gentle and devastating, like grief itself—only with more hippos

"We talk about infidelity because it’s visceral and immediate. It’s good narrative . . . It’s harder to write abou...
03/07/2019
Bookforum talks to Leah Dieterich

"We talk about infidelity because it’s visceral and immediate. It’s good narrative . . . It’s harder to write about a marriage that doesn’t break apart, but instead expands and contracts and shifts. I think it’s necessary to write about this in order to create a map of possibilities."

Leah Dieterich talks to Bookforum about writing her memoir Vanishing Twins.

Leah Dieterich’s Vanishing Twins is more than a memoir about love and marriage, It’s a literary experiment in both structure and subject, a novel mix of theory and story, The book examines Dieterich’s marriage to Eric, a man she met in college.

The Seattle Review of Books reviews King of Joy, writing, "You might think that a 200-page novel about a young woman who...
03/07/2019
The aggressively passive voice, by Paul Constant

The Seattle Review of Books reviews King of Joy, writing, "You might think that a 200-page novel about a young woman who is all but emotionally dead might be boring, or aimless, or as empty as its protagonist. You would be underestimating Chiem’s considerable talents. There’s an energy seething behind the words in King of Joy, an outrage and a demand for justice, that drives the story onward."

A review of King of Joy - Tonight, Richard Chiem reads from his debut novel at Elliott Bay Book Company. It's about a young woman who cuts herself off from the world in order to survive, and it goes to some delightfully odd places.

"He’s one of my favorite younger writers. I’m kind of in awe of his prose, which has so many seemingly at odd qualit...
03/07/2019
Please welcome to the world … Richard Chiem King of Joy (Soft Skull Press) – DC's

"He’s one of my favorite younger writers. I’m kind of in awe of his prose, which has so many seemingly at odd qualities, from utter precision to deep mysteriousness, happening concurrently that his writing, or its effect, can seem almost 3-dimensional a lot of the time."

Dennis Cooper's Blog celebrates the launch of Richard Chiem's King of Joy.

Paperback Paris features Richard Chiem's King of Joy, saying, "Once you’ve taken the deep dive into King of Joy, just ...
03/06/2019
Four Gifted Men With Debut Books Out This March

Paperback Paris features Richard Chiem's King of Joy, saying, "Once you’ve taken the deep dive into King of Joy, just know you have a tribe of admirers waiting to talk you through whatever you’re feeling."

Meet Richard Chiem, Edgar Kunz, Andrew Ridker, and Anders Carlson-Wee.

Ruby Brunton reviews Lynne Tillman's American Genius, A Comedy for Cleveland Review of Books, writing, "If Jane Austen w...
03/06/2019
A Wrinkle in the Mind: On Lynne Tillman's "American Genius"

Ruby Brunton reviews Lynne Tillman's American Genius, A Comedy for Cleveland Review of Books, writing, "If Jane Austen were pulled along a post-modern highway into the 21st century, forced to shed her fixation on marriage being the ultimate happy ending, the resulting novel might read a little like this."

Lynne Tillman | American Genius: A Comedy | Soft Skull Press | February 12, 2019 (re-issue) | 384 Pages

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