Alex Shakespeare talks with William Boyle about his first novel, Gravesend, which releases this month, as well as leaving a place to write about it, crime as character study, and what we get from novels that we can’t find in other art forms.
Nina Buckless talks with Peter Orner about his most recent collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, as well as writing silence, where characters think they belong, and how gossip can reveal story.
Elizabeth Cohen chats with Assistant Editor Claire Skinner about The Hypothetical Girl, her new collection of short stories, as well as the human heart, online dating, and making a life as a writer.
Elliott Holt turns the tables on friend and fellow author Laura van den Berg in this interview. The two return to FWR to talk about van den Berg’s new collection, The Isle of Youth, as well as self-doubt, the differences between writing short stories and novels, Florida, and trains.
The stories in Patricia McNair’s The Temple of Air are unified by recurring characters and a central setting: New Hope, Michigan. City dwellers come to this small town for a slower life only to discover that the rural landscape does not necessarily create ease or simplicity. Mark Elevad poses five questions to the author about her work and this debut collection.
“I am tempted to spin you a story about a chance boyhood encounter in the deep forest with a wild hog that left me scarred and terrified and thus writing out my fear and horror for the rest of time, but I’ll restrain the impulse.” Pinckney Benedict talks with Mary Stewart Atwell in this second interview in a series on rural fiction.
JT Torres talks with Don Reardon about his debut novel, The Raven’s Gift, and how “survival” impacts his philosophy of teaching, writing, and life, as well as what it means to write Alaska today.
Robin Black speaks with friend and fellow Beyond the Margins contributor Nichole Bernier about her debut novel, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., as well as about coming to a first book with a journalism rather than creative writing background, how facts and truth fit into fiction, and The Mommy Question.
Back in the fall of 2012, Sebastian Matthews hosted Russell Banks as Visiting Writer for Warren Wilson College’s Harwood-Cole Lecture Series. Knowing he’d be in town for a few days, Matthews arranged to interview Banks, who is a long-time family friend, on Jeff Davis’ radio show Word Play. What follows is Part II of their conversation.
Back in the fall of 2012, Sebastian Matthews hosted Russell Banks as Visiting Writer for Warren Wilson College’s Harwood-Cole Lecture Series. Knowing he’d be in town for a few days, Matthews arranged to interview Banks, who is a long-time family friend, on Jeff Davis’ radio show Word Play. What follows is Part I of their conversation.