Back in October, I taped this interview with Stephen Usery in anticipation of my visit to Memphis this week. It's a wide-ranging talk; Stephen is a remarkable interviewer and a great editor; I sound much less awkward and clueless than I felt! Thanks so much, Stephen! Interview, along with a treasure-trove of talks with great writers, linked here.
OLCBYH officially launches on Tuesday, January 5th at Parnassus Books. I am really excited to be joined by my dear friend Will Hoge, who'll perform a pair of beautiful new original songs inspired by the book, along with a few you might have heard before! There will be free OLCBYH temporary tattoos for you and that special someone in your life, and we'll be giving away a limited number of vinyl singles featuring Will's songs. Event details here at Parnassus Musing.
In anticipation of pub date for ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART, Algonquin Books asked me to put together a little annotated "playlist" of albums from the characters' collection of classic vinyl. This was a lot of fun--check it out here.
The December/January issue of Garden & Gun Magazine features a terrific review of Only Love Can Break Your Heart by novelist Jonathan Miles: "Tarkington’s fidelity to period and place is matched by his fidelity to human contradictions, to the gray area between heroism and villainy in which most of us reside." Click for the full review at G&G online.
Novelist Erika Swyler on Only Love Can Break Your Heart: "Tarkington succeeds in a difficult dance, creating a story that is at once bizarre and utterly familiar. He asks us to remember that we are all trying desperately to be loved, often failing, but trying."
For many years, Joy Williams has been regarded by virtually the entire literary world as perhaps the most dangerously gifted American short story writer alive. Her dark vision is somehow both comic and merciless in its searing exploration of our absurd human condition. With The Visiting Privilege, Williams delivers both a fine brace of new tales and a hefty career retrospective already being hailed as a masterpiece.