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2 Novelists, 6 Books, and How to Get Through 2020

An Interview with Steven Rowley and Byron Lane By Laura Anne Bird Despite sheltering at home in Palm Springs, CA for most of 2020, Steven Rowley and Byron Lane have had a very eventful year. Rowley’s second novel, The Editor, was released in paperback in June, and Lane’s debut novel, A Star Is Bored, was published in July. But even more: “We got engaged when Byron proposed to me in the acknowledgements of his book,” says Rowley. (Their rescue terrier, Tilda, was especially excited about the news.) Rowley and Lane’s sheltering-in-place hasn’t been all warm fuzzies, though. In April, Lane—who [...]

2020-10-01T09:47:27-07:00October 1st, 2020|

Spring 2020 Book Preview

Well hey, everyone! This spring 2020 book preview was supposed to come out in, well, spring 2020, but then a little thing called COVID-19 came along and messed up a plan or two. But we’re still on stay-at-home orders, and if you are too, you’re probably still looking for some good new books to read. And we could all use a little distraction right now. So, better late than never, here are our picks for the best of spring 2020, ready to get you through the rest of quarantine.   MARCH Anna K: A Love Story Author: Jenny Lee Anna [...]

2020-05-15T16:59:54-07:00May 15th, 2020|Tags: , |

Novels For Lovers of Nonfiction

A friend reached out to me recently, asking for book recommendations. Here’s the kick: he always reads nonfiction, but he wanted some fiction to help him survive the quarantine. “I need a good escape,” he said. “Something with a plot that will suck me in.” People who have read “maybe three novels in the past 20 years” are an enigma to me, but I jumped at the chance to help him out. The list I curated in his honor consists of titles that are gripping and no-nonsense. Many are centered on historical events, which adds to their depth and ruggedness. [...]

2020-05-08T14:19:42-07:00May 8th, 2020|