This week: “Tricks of the Trade” in Publisher’s Weekly & Interview at Tin House!

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Greetings from the Juventud book tour in medias res — to my left is a cozy fireplace blazing in the Marriott, Fairfax, VA, where yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting before an enthusiastic crowd at Fall for the Book. Next stop: the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH this Saturday, Oct. 3rd, at 2 p.m.

As we speed toward Juventud‘s official pub date (Oct. 20th), numerous articles, interviews and “conversations” are slated to hit the web. Two of the most exciting appeared this week: my article on what I’ve learned in wearing two hats as an author and Bookmark It staff member at Publisher’s Weekly “Tricks of the Trade”, and with great thanks to Litlandoan Hunter Choate, a perceptive and probing interview about Juventud at Tin House interview with Vanessa Blakeslee, aptly dubbed, “The Peripheral Unknown.”

Hope you enjoy the reads, and if you’re in the NH region this weekend, that you’ll stop by and join in the novel-release festivities!


Today at Tin House, I discuss “The Perpetual Muse” a.k.a., the first love that got away

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Sending personal essays out into the world is a little bit like spilling your innermost desires onto paper, sticking the slip into a bottle, and tossing it out to sea — the utmost act of courage, but also of feeling unmoored. Where will wash up, and to whom? I had some time to ponder this moments ago, as the brisk waters of the Atlantic churned against my feet. So today this one goes out into the world, fifteen years in the making. I’m very grateful to Tin House for giving this a home, and hope you’ll read it here: