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Writers and editors on craft, publishing, reception, and more...
Writers in Conversation, Editors and Authors in Conversation, and more...
What links the Investment Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, with an s, don’t ask), an art heist, a novel called For the Love of a Clown, a six-year-old boy with the unfortunate name of Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB agent? Only one thing, really: Paul Murray’s madcap new novel, The Mark and the Void. It’s the first we’ve heard from the man since the wild Skippy Dies, and we’re pleased to announce here his upcoming tour this fall. To whet your whistle (and attempt an explanation), here’s the first few pages from the new novel in stores October 20th.
We’ve rounded up some of the best of what our authors have been doing, reading, and thinking this week.
I begin with a character. As you know, there are many kinds of characters—Henry James’s peripheral but all the same essential character who observes the narrative with the same mystification and curiosity as does the reader; Joan Didion’s ironical and vaguely menacing character, sometimes even the writer Joan Didion herself, who tells you the plot in the first paragraph, and then fills in the blanks; Stendhal’s historical figure, who is a creature both of his own ambition and the strivings of history.