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[Insert Dumb Pun About Richard Ford Getting Frank With Me]: A Q&A with Richard Ford

Ready for part two of my two-part series in which I detail how I’ve embarrassed myself in front of Pulitzer Prize-winners? (No doubt this series will one day have additional parts…)

It was fall of 2006, and Richard Ford had just released THE LAY OF THE LAND, his third novel narrated by the affably tormented Frank Bascombe (after THE SPORTSWRITER and INDEPENDENCE DAY), and I, an amateur writer (still am, p.s.) in his first undergraduate workshop, liked the cut of Ford’s jib.

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ISBN: 9780061692079
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - October 13th, 2015

Richard Ford signs LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU on Monday, October 26 at 7pm. The event is free to attend.

A Man of Reason Gets Lucky: James McManus on Poker and Writing

When a dummy has the chance to talk to an expert, sometimes the first question that dummy asks is the question that he could just as easily have asked Google. So when I find myself on the phone one Saturday afternoon with author James McManus, I ask him: What are the great poker novels? Is there one in particular?

“I don’t think so,” McManus says. He mentions a few that are okay, and a few others that are even very good, but for him, nothing really nails it.

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ISBN: 9781938160851
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: BOA Editions - October 13th, 2015

The Future of Fiction: Two Dollar Radio and America’s Young Novelists

Two Dollar Radio is one of the very best contemporary independent literary publishers, in that they seem to genuinely point the way forward for American literature: their work is hip and avant-garde, yes, blurring genres and feeling on the cutting edge of fiction, yet their books are also rooted in the simplest of things: character, plot, image. The books tend to be slim but ambitious, novels you can read in a sitting and then think about for months. Their authors are new, young, looking for new ways to tell stories.

Binary Star Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512255
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 13th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781937512323
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - June 2nd, 2015

Sloane Crosley’s North Star: A Q&A About THE CLASP

This may not come as a surprise to you, but many authors are not terribly charming—not off the page, anyway. Think about it: authors spend countless hours alone, living in their heads, crafting characters and telegraphing their movements and thoughts through carefully constructed sentences. It takes a lot of internal focus to write a book—and, as a result, authors sometimes seem confused and gruff when meeting their readership, grumbling and stumbling as though hospital patients let into the sunlight for the first time in years.

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ISBN: 9780374124410
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 6th, 2015

Poetry as Thinking-Through: A Q&A with Roberto Tejada

When people ask me about AWP (short for The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, though no one calls it that), I say it’s more like a literary summer camp than an actual conference. I can’t prove or disprove this as I have never been, but that’s what it seems like on paper: you go back every year to try to see the friends you’ve written letters to all year, and you try to go to the most fun activities on the few days you have. It’s a place to stock up on swag.

Makeup Is My War Paint: A Q&A with Aspen Matis

Though we have never met, Aspen Matis and I have some things in common. We were born in 1990. When we were kiddos, our rich parents did everything they could to protect us from whatever rich parents fear. They taught us how to be afraid, as practice, even though we’re both from small towns where most of the families know each other. After eighteen years of all that, we chose colleges far from home. We were on our own, alone, free.

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ISBN: 9780062291066
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - September 8th, 2015

Partnership Defines Us Best: A Q&A with Sylvie Christophe

Just as Houston aspires to be known as an international city, we at Brazos would like to think that we are the perfect complement to this ambition, a bookstore that specializes in literature from all around the world. From #Murakamania and #FerranteFever, to our international angle on this year’s Banned Books Week, we strive to host events and carry books that reflect the diversity within our city and beyond.

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Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781623659035
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Maclehose Press Quercus - September 22nd, 2015

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By Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Translator), Alain Mabanckou (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781941920046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 8th, 2015

Preserving Literary Life: An Interview with Inprint Houston

So, Inprint, right? Anyone reading this website—in fact, anyone even casually interested in literary arts in Houston—knows all about Inprint. In a city of many hidden cultural treasures, Inprint isn’t one of them. Am I saying Inprint is bad? Of course not. I’m simply recalling something Chuck Klosterman once wrote about Kiss: that they are the most accurately rated band in the world—as in, neither underrated or overrated. In the same way, Inprint is accurately rated.

At Once Familiar and Utterly Foreign: A Q&A with Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli’s THE STORY OF MY TEETH is the most likable book this year. Don’t misunderstand: likeable doesn’t mean it isn’t brilliant or original or genre-defying or any of those other great things because, indeed, it is all of those things. But it’s also Luiselli’s inventiveness, the pure joy she takes in the act of storytelling, that makes this novel so exuberant..

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ISBN: 9781566894098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Voices from the Past: A Q&A with Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks gives herself so fully to history that I’m not sure there’s even an author named “Geraldine Brooks.” Did she write her Pulitzer Prize-winning MARCH, which examines LITTLE WOMEN from another point of view? Did she write YEAR OF WONDERS, an intimate story of the Bubonic Plague in 1666? Did she write any of her immersive historical novels? It seems more likely, sometimes, that she just found them, these texts from earlier eras, and published them “as-is.”

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ISBN: 9780670025770
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015