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During my third year in Syracuse University’s M.F.A. Program, I taught a class for undergraduates called “Living Writers.”  The course is quite unique, in that it’s designed entirely around Syracuse’s esteemed Raymond Carver Reading Series; students in the course read work by each visiting author, participate in a Q & A with that writer, and […]

Friday night’s reading in Waltham afforded me the opportunity to meet, and read with, one of the most popular and bestselling authors in Ukrainian history. Andrey Kurkov is the author of eighteen novels, three of which – Death and the Penguin, Penguin Lost and The Case of the General’s Thumb – have recently been published […]

“I am not going to pretend that I understood all of the words in this book,” writes Umapagan Ampikaipakan in Malaysia’s New Straits Times. “Yes, they are of the English language. Yes, I use many of the very same words in everyday conversation. And yet, the way Boucher strings them together, with all the flair […]

Lisa and I have just returned from Chester, Vermont, where I was fortunate enough to take part in the New Voices 2012 literary festival this past weekend.  Organized by Misty Valley Books‘ co-owners Lynne and Bill Reed, the festival invites five writers at the start of their writing careers to Chester for a series of […]

In the mid-2000s, when I lived up the street from Porter Square Books, I’d visit the store at least once a week.  I’d spend the bulk of my time at the display shelf in the fiction section, where I discovered a lot of great books I wouldn’t know about otherwise. It was great, therefore, to […]

It was a treat to take a walk this morning, buy a copy of The Boston Globe, and see a profile on me and my work in the West section – thanks to Nancy Shohet West for including me in her article on writers living in the Boston suburbs.

Happy New Year! 2012 is off to a good start: the new issue of The Believer is out, and it includes my review of Ethel Rohan’s short story collection Cut Through the Bone. You can order a copy of the issue here, or read an excerpt from my review here.

Every day this month, I’ve been zooming over to The Millions to check in on their “Year in Reading” feature, which invites writers and artists to reflect on books they’ve read in 2011.  The list of contributors is amazing and eclectic – Ben Marcus, Jennifer Egan, former Guns n’ Roses’ bass player Duff McKagan and Charles […]

Thanks to Ryan Rafferty for such a flattering review of my novel on The Lit Pub.  Mr. Rafferty calls HTKYVA “an essential manual for the romanticist in everyone.”  Please click here to read the review.

Lucia Silva, the book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, California, has chosen How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive as one of 2011’s freshest reads on NPR Books – she calls the novel “a heart-rich and mind-flexing journey that will satisfy readers looking for something truly new in fiction.” The full recommendation, […]