Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Kristen Holt-Browning  In a recent interview, the author Roxane Gay said something that jumped out at me: “I read everything. The number one thing I tell my students is read diversely. And I’m not talking about demographics, though that’s part of it. Aesthetic diversity, genre diversity. It matters because it just makes us better … Continue reading Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Joyce Carol Oates: Fantasized into Being

By Flora Stadler I was a runner for half my life. I loved the clarity it gave me. I could outrun the thoughts reeling through my head and clear a space for my mind to wander. In my 40s, my knees decided they’d had enough. So I felt a knowing pang when I read that … Continue reading Joyce Carol Oates: Fantasized into Being

Author Interview: Jessie Chaffee and Brendan Kiely

by Ruta Rimas The Get Lit Salon on January 13 — the first one of 2019 — will feature not one, but two guest authors, Jessie Chaffee and Brendan Kiely. They are both highly acclaimed, award-winning novelists with a special distinction: They’re married. Two authors, one roof. Jessie Chaffee's debut novel, Florence in Ecstasy, was … Continue reading Author Interview: Jessie Chaffee and Brendan Kiely

A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Kristen Holt Browning When Julie first asked me to blog for the Get Lit website, I had no idea what to write about. Every week, Julie or Flora give their insightful exchanges with authors both local and far-flung, or Ruta provides great behind-the-scenes peeks into the book publishing world. What could I offer? Well, … Continue reading A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

George Saunders: Under Pressure

By Flora Stadler UPDATE: When I received George Sauders' response to my question, I reached out again to ask him if he could tell me about a new pressure-relief method he'd learned for his novel. I didn't expect to hear back, so I wasn't disappointed when I didn't. But then a holiday miracle happened and … Continue reading George Saunders: Under Pressure