MATT BELL is the author of the novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award. His next novel, Scrapper, will be published in Fall 2015.
Road Raptures: MARY MILLER with Matt Bell
The Last Days of California follows the family of 15-year-old Jess as they leave their home in the South to drive to California to await the rapture prophesied to come in just four days. This is a coming of age story hurried into the last gasp before a supposedly coming end, with Millers sharp prose moving us fast across our apocalypse-obsessed country, this roadside America of faith and faithlessness, angst and love, rest stops and hotel pools and Waffle House.
DISMAY AS REVELATION: CHRISTOPHER MERKNER with Matt Bell
Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic (Coffee House Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, Fairy Tale Review, Gettysburg Review, New Orleans Review, and Best American Mystery Stories, and he teaches creative writing at West Chester University. The stories in his debut collection are formally playful in their interrogation of Midwestern privilege and parental prerogatives, each rendering the familiar strange again so that we might see it anew.
TIME, SWEAT, AND IMAGINATION: J.C. HALLMAN in conversation with Matt Bell
In B & Me, Hallman adds to the body of creative criticism by reading Nicholson Bakers work end to end, responding to it both personally and critically in a book modeled on Bakers own U and I, which similarly engaged John Updike.
All of us in the Gutter: D. FOY in conversation with Matt BellBy Matt Bell
Made to Break is narrated by AJ, one of five friends who headed to a cabin near Lake Tahoe for New Years Eve 1996. In short order, theyre stranded in the cabin by a car accident and a storm that leaves one friend severely injured and the rest of them stranded and cut off.
THOSE RAW IMPERFECT IMPULSES
BIANCA STONE with Matt Bell
Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), several poetry and poetrycomic chapbooks, and is also the illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions, 2012).
THE SKEWED WORLD OF THE BOOK: JOSH WEIL with Matt BellBy Matt Bell
Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea and the novella collection The New Valley (Grove Atlantic, 2009). A New York Times Editors' Choice, The New Valley won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New Writers Award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation.
A WAY I COULD BE
KATE BERNHEIMER with Matt Bell
The worlds Bernheimers fairy tales create are mirrors and prisms, reflecting and refracting other fairy-tale worlds that have come before, but they are also each worlds all her own, animated by the power of her singular voice, her unmistakable imagination.