August 2015


Dorthe Nors’ collection of concise, sharply observed short stories delve into human connections both beautiful and disturbing. Each story here is a masterpiece of writing.  Shelf Unbound: You are able to condense a novel’s worth of story and character development into your short stories. You’ve also written five novels. How do you approach writing a[…]

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Quirky, inventive characters populate John Brandon’s first short story collection, from a down-on-his-luck former high school football star to a little league player obsessed with entrepreneurship. Each of the 11 stories is a winner.  Shelf Unbound: You’ve written three novels, and this is your first collection of short stories. What does the short story afford you[…]

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A schoolgirl’s crush on her male English teacher leads to mutual destructive obsession in this well-drawn, compelling debut novel. Shelf Unbound: Tell us about your main character, Laurel Marks. Laura Elizabeth Woollett:At face value, Laurel is a bright, attractive, modest, and well-behaved seventeen-year-old. Beneath the surface, she is calculating, vain, jealous, and judgmental, particularly toward other women. Beneath[…]

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Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award Series, Andrew Ladd’s debut novel explores the concept of time via the increasingly constricted life of an island-bound family.  Shelf Unbound: Your novel follows the life of the McCloud family over three decades as they endure family strife and thedrastically dwindling population of their home of Eilean Flor, a[…]

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In a mere 192 pages, Melissa Pritchard has created a rich, lush, and riveting story of two women writers in different eras.   Shelf Unbound: What drew you to write a fictionalized account of the life of the rather obscure Victorian-era lesbian novelist Violet Paget (aka Vernon Lee)? Melissa Pritchard: On a hot July afternoon in 2008, in the[…]

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Sergio Chejfec’s The Planets was a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award. The latest of his books translated into English, The Dark further reveals Chejfec’s brilliant, inventive writing. Originally from Argentina, Chejfec teaches Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU.  Shelf Unbound: The narrator is obsessed with a young female factory worker, and everything we[…]

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