Bright Lines author Tanwi Nandini Islam in conversation with TWF lit director J.R. Ramakrishnan Nov. 19

Author Tanwi Nandini Islam will present her new novel, Bright Lines, at an event featuring conversation with J.R. Ramakrishnan at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, at the Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St.). The Denver Post called Islam’s…

T. Geronimo Johnson wins Ernest Gaines Award for Welcome to Braggsville

New Orleans-born T. Geronimo Johnson recently won the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel Welcome to Braggsville. The award will be presented during a public ceremony at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge on Jan. 21 at…

I learned something in the patterns and music in her voice: An interview with Catherine Lacey

John Ashbery once said, “I write with experiences in mind, but I don’t write about them, I write out of them.” This approach is not necessarily uncommon among poets or fiction writers, but Ashbery’s phrase returned to me again and…

Inhabited by the story: An interview with Roxane Gay

By Jamey Hatley I am not entirely convinced that Roxane Gay is a single entity. I intend to find out at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, where she will sit for panels and interviews on both Saturday and Sunday, March…

None of the bad news is made up: An interview with Nathaniel Rich

By Nathan C. Martin Someone quipped at last weekend’s Tennessee Williams Festival that Nathaniel Rich’s new novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, was the best Katrina book set in New York City. This observation conceals a degree of truth beneath its corniness,…

Pure rage on the page: An interview with Sam McPheeters

NOTE: SAM MCPHEETERS HAS CANCELED HIS TOUR. READ THE INTERVIEW ANYWAY. By Clark Allen Sam McPheeters is best known as the frontman for 90s hardcore bands Born Against and Men’s Recovery Project, and more recently Wrangler Brutes. He has put…