When Keir Graff arrived in Chicago 20 years ago, he suspected there were literary people all around him that he had no way of meeting. Today he might be one of the best-connected literary figures in the city.
Michael Harvey is the well-regarded author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, The Governor’s Wife and The Innocence Game—a real Chicago’s Chicago author. Except for one thing: he’s from Boston.
Could an obsession with being memorable drive someone to suicide? In Everything I Don’t Remember, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s nameless writer attempts to piece together a stranger’s final moments in Stockholm before he dies in a mysterious car crash.
If controversy begets book sales, then Ben H. Winters had a great week. When his latest novel Underground Airlines was published last Tuesday, The New York Times made sure the moment didn’t go ignored.
From Harper Lee’s Scout to Zora Neale Hurston’s Janie Crawford, young Southern women are among the most enduring, perplexing, and moving figures in American literature. And thanks to Brad Watson, we may now add Jane “Janie” Chisolm to their ranks.