episode 10, part 2: Wordstock…Margaret Malone

Margaret Malone’s People Like You was a Pen/Hemingway Award finalist this year. We talk about that book’s trajectory from small, local press to the national stage, getting a blurb from Jim Shepherd, getting back in the writing saddle, accidentally writing a novel, and more. Our recording ends abruptly, as we got into a bunch of logistics, but our conversation with Margaret was a delight.

Books we discuss

Teacher – Michael Copperman
A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin
The Girls – Emma Cline
The Book of Aron – Jim Shepherd
Project X – Jim Shepherd
The Tsar of Love and Techno – Anthony Marra

Writers we discuss

Amy Hempel
Dana Spiotta
Charles D’Ambrosio
Les Plesko




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