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by Shannon Price on Nov 30, 2016

1. What inspired you to write this memoir?

My book Going Away (Houghton Mifflin Fellowship, NBA runner up) covers a road trip by the unnamed narrator driving across the country towards what future he knows not. The trigger for his travels is his ethically dubious job as a Hollywood talent agent (for Humphrey Bogart, among others). Emigrating to England, I got curious not about the narrator’s inner state but what kind of movieland culture he was escaping from. Hence, Black Sunset. Call it affectionate curiosity.

2. What are you reading right now?

I commute between Elmore Leonard—taking apart his technicalities,how he moves from scene to scene, his meticulous description of even minor characters’ clothes—and the funniest of all writers, Jane Austen. Books about what early 19th century life was really like vs what she chooses to write about. Re-reading Austen is like watching old basebll games on TV, very relaxing.

3. What’s the one book that you recommend to people, over and over?

I must tell you the truth: since new books have such a short sales window, I do this disgusting thing over lunch and push Black Sunset.

4. Who are some of your writer mentors? Do you find that’s changed over time as you evolve as a writer or do they remain the same?

Hemingway first and always, the Old Lion of my generation (about whom I wrote a book). I never had a writing class so my reading is uncanonical. When writing fiction, I hardly ever read novels but instead read fact-based journalism. I always, always recommend Orwell’s essay “Politics & The English Language”, now more than ever.

5. What is your most prized book possession? A first edition? A gift? Please describe.

Can’t. Too many.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 30, 2016

BBC Culture’s Jane Ciabattari includes Banana Yoshimoto’s Moshi Moshi in “Ten Books You Should Read in December.” Read the full list here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 29, 2016

Kim Brooks discusses The Houseguest and her forthcoming memoir, Small Animals, with TriQuarterly’s Erin Keogh. Read the full interview here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 29, 2016

Joseph C. Goulden calls James Srodes’ Spies of Palestine “an engaging five cloak/ five dagger read” for The Washington Times. Read the full review here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 29, 2016

Jennifer Reese gives Betty Fussell’s essay collection, Eat, Live, Love Die, a glowing review for The Washington Post. Read the full review here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 22, 2016

The Wall Street Journal rounds up notable food books for the holiday season, including Betty Fussell’s Eat, Live, Love, Die. See the full list here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 22, 2016

Publishers Weekly calls Laura Pritchett’s The Blue Hour “boldly lyrical and seamless”. Read the full review here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 22, 2016

Betty Fussell, author of Eat, LiveLove, Die, recalls her worst Thanksgiving for The Daily Beast. Read the full essay here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 22, 2016

Betty Fussell, author of Eat, LiveLove, Die, recalls the Thanksgiving she forgot the turkey in an essay for Food 52. Read the full essay here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 18, 2016

Kim Brooks (The Houseguest) , Karen Bender (Refund), and William Keller (Democracy Betrayed) and other writers share their thoughts on “What It Means to Be A Writer In the Time of Trump” for the Huffington Post. Read the full article here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 16, 2016

Island of the Mad author Laurie Sheck and Experimental Animals author Thalia Field discuss their novels for Tin House. Read the full interview here.

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by Shannon Price on Nov 16, 2016

Nancy L. Cohen, author of Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President, explores the role of gender in the 2016 presidential election. Read the full article here.