Voices of the Middle West Conference

I’m headed off to the Voices of the Middle West conference in Ann Arbor this weekend.

I’ll be at the book fair selling Graywolf books all day on Saturday, alongside other great indie presses from the Midwest, like Two Dollar Radio, Curbside Splendor, and Dzanc. I’m also on a panel that afternoon led by Jeremiah Chamberlain of Fiction Writers Review.

Stuart Dybeck is the keynote speaker, plus they are bringing in loads of authors that hail from the Midwest like Matt Bell, Alissa Nutting, and more. And there will be a big reading on Friday night at Literati Bookstore.

Full details here:


If you are in the area, you should come!

Even Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro has a new novel out, The Buried Giant. It took him ten years to write it.

In this interview with the Telegraph, he talks about writing, and his early years. And I love that he says that he has two novels in a drawer that represented his early attempts at writing.

The first one is awful – really, really dull. I would not in a million years think this person had a future as a writer. Then there’s a second one, and that one is written more carefully, which makes it more embarrassing.”

Even a modern master had to start somewhere.