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Next week, I’ll travel to Paris for Festival America 2014 – a three-day celebration of American literature in Vincennes. I’m absolutely thrilled to be participating; the festival features more than sixty writers, including Margaret Atwood, Wally Lamb, Donald Ray Pollock, Adelle Waldman and Richard Ford. I’ll fly over early for an event in Auxerre, and […]

It’s been great to see such thoughtful, complimentary responses to Comment élever votre Volkswagen – especially those at Un Dernier Livre Avant La Fin Du Monde, the blog Charybde 2, Lazare Bruyant’s amazing review at Fric-Frac Club, and Benjamin Berton’s flattering review in Premiere Magazine. I’m grateful, too, for the continued support for the book. Just […]

Today’s the day – Comment élever votre Volkswagen is now available in France!  The French edition has received some good buzz, and Le Nouvel Attila has planned several events to celebrate and promote it.  My thanks to Théophile Sersiron, Matthias Lehmann, Benoît Virot, and everyone at Le Nouvel Attila for devoting so much time and energy to […]

Here’s another one of Matthias Lehmann’s fantastic illustrations from the French edition of the novel.

The French edition of my novel, Comment élever votre Volkswagen, translated by Théophile Sersiron, is scheduled to be published by Editions Attila on April 17. Here’s the cover, and one of Matthias Lehmann’s amazing illustrations (note the sign for Route 116, and the word “Haymarket” on the dog’s coffee cup!). I’m incredibly grateful to Benoît […]

  It’s not every day that I get to read with a writer who is frequently compared to William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon. I did have that opportunity last night, though, when I read with the fiction writer Joseph McElroy and poets Sandra Liu, Marina Weiss, and Ben Purkert. This event was organized by Patrick […]

A new review of my novel has just been posted on Identity Theory.  “For anyone who’s ever wished for a novel-length rendition of Tom Waits’s “The Piano has been Drinking,” HTKYVA is the triumphant answer,” writes Michael Beck.  The full review is available here.

I’m an admirer of Adam Novy’s work, so I was particularly delighted by his recent review of my novel on The Kenyon Review Online.  Novy calls the book brave, accomplished and wrenching – please click here to read the full review.

My review of Sheila Heti’s new novel, How Should a Person Be?, appears in today’s Boston Globe – please click here to read it.

Before leaving Syracuse on Thursday I had lunch with my old friend, and former teacher, Michael Burkard.  Michael is on the poetry faculty of the M.F.A. Program at Syracuse, and he had a profound impact on me when I studied with him.  He seemed to think about writing differently than any other writer I’d met; […]