Keeping This Going – What Our Favorite Authors Are Reading This Summer!


  John Searles author of Help For The Haunted Reading now – “Reading two books at once since I left them in different places: THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty and the upcoming YA novel STARRY NIGHT by Isabel Gillies.

Next up- “And speaking of stars, next on my list is CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA by Anthony Marra, which everyone tells me is incredible.”

Working on- “I once did an event with the one and only Donna Tartt, where she said trying to describe something you are writing is like trying to describe a dream. A bit confusing and cryptic. So I won’t even to attempt to articulate what it is yet, except to tell you that I am having fun writing it so far!”

twitter- @searlesbooks


Rebecca Rasmussen author of Evergreen

Reading now- “Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert. This book is so lovely I am reading it so slowly as to fully savor it! This is Rebecca’s debut or else I would be hunting down every other novel she’s written. I guess I will have to check out her many great short stories in the mean time.”

Next up- “Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer. I had the opportunity to have dinner with this fabulous woman recently! I can’t wait to read her book! It sounds absolutely beautiful.”

Working on- “My third novel about how people come together (and sometimes fall apart) in a small town in the midst of tragedy.”



Mira Jacob author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing

Reading now- “The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff, and the occasional random sentence in Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because wow. Those sentences. Also, The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant.”

Next up- “Marie-Helene Bertino’s 2 A.M at the Cat’s Pajamas, out in early August! Loved her last, Safe as Houses.”

Working on- “I am currently in the research stages of the next novel. I’m also drawing a lot of small cartoon vignettes because it’s about what my brain can handle at this moment. Lastly, I am writing country western songs with a friend based on titles my brother made up about my worst relationships, i.e. Those Aren’t My Panties But That Was My Heart.”



Boris Fishman author of A Replacement Life

Reading now- “Much as in one of those doomsday films where a neutron bomb destroys New York City in minutes, my life altered irrevocably in late May. My neutron bomb had stenciled on it: PUBLICITY. (On behalf of my debut novel, out June 3.) You know that shot where you see the innocent, unwitting things — an abandoned tricycle, a creaky swing — ordinary Americans were up to when calamity struck? Mine was A Death in the Family, by James Agee. Not an easy novel; I was making good progress; but I’ve been been on the same page, Jay Follet dying over and over, for six weeks. Publicity, which can be far more creative than certainly I gave it credit for, can, for the same reason, be tyrannically consuming. It is the most jealous girlfriend I’ve ever had. It doesn’t like when you read — not in bed, not on the train. Where your mind was teeming with a single very deep task — writing the novel — now it vibrates with a thousand baby ones; focus is like a skill you used to have in your previous life, before this strange (but wonderful) accident. I have stared, on page 196, at the sentence “the stars are tired by now” about one hundred times. I know how they feel. So I made adjustments: I put down Agee and went for something less elliptical. Straight Man, by Richard Russo. But that felt too straightforward by comparison. No, the thing to do after all, I decided, was to take on something challenging, something to preoccupy and obsess: Baldwin’s Essays. Well, let me tell you: There’s nothing quite like trying to get through “Notes of a Native Son” with temporary attention deficit disorder (TADD — you learned of it here). It’s a very dislocating experience — I have never gone this long reading this little. Some essential inner chamber is going without water and it’s very strange. ”

Next up- “If you know me, you know I don’t give up. I’m throwing a Hail Mary. A friend is giving me an education in female writers. On deck: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. Fight fire with fire.”

Working on- “My second novel, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, just sold to HarperCollins for a Fall 2015 release. It’s the story of a Russian-American couple in New Jersey that adopts a boy from Montana who turns out to be wild. They have to figure out how to make a life with this foreigner; meanwhile, they are such helpless foreigners themselves. A novel about the truest wilderness of them all — the one in our hearts.”

twitter- @boris_y_fishman

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