MN Original Feature on Ben Percy

MN Original filmed this great segment on writer Benjamin Percy for their show on PBS. It features slow-motion chainsawing, a look at what Ben calls his “nightmare factory,” and a shot or two with yours truly introducing Ben at a reading at the Loft for THRILL ME. It’s a great spotlight on Ben’s work, from RED MOON to THRILL ME to GREEN ARROW. Curious what makes Ben’s writing tick? Check the video out below.

2017 Graywolf Fiction Preview

If you’re looking for something to read in the upcoming year, you’ll want to check out the fiction preview my colleague and I wrote up for the Graywolf Press blog.

Lots of wild and unpredictable books on there, including Fiona Maazel’s new novel A Little More Human, Carl Frode Tiller’s Encircling, Daisy Johnson’s debut collection, Fen, Jon Raymond’s novel Freebirdand that’s just in the first few months of the year.

Check out the fiction preview here.


I’ll be in Portland at Wordstock this weekend slinging books alongside fellow Graywolf Jeff Shotts. The schedule is filled with can’t-miss events featuring Graywolf authors Solmaz Sharif, Angela Palm, Jennifer Grotz, and Jon Raymond. Full details below.

And that’s just Graywolf. Woodstock also has events listed with Colson Whitehead, Yaa Gyasi, Dana Spiotta, Jade Chang, and a whole lot more.

Did I mention that Jon Raymond will be in convo with indie rock icon Carrie Brownstein? No? What an oversight.

Be there, PDXers. I’ll sell you your new favorite book.

Saturday, November 5

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Solmaz Sharif / War and the Aftermath: In Words and Images
With Sarah Glidden, Maximillian Uriarte, mod. by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Oregon Historical Society / M.J. Jurdock Charitable Trust Stage

11:00 AM

Angela Palm / Pop-Up Reading
Portland Art Museum

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Angela Palm / The Ties that Bind: Finding Home
With Amy Kurzweil + Pauls Toutonghi, mod. By Natalie Serber
Oregon Historical Society / M.J. Jurdock Charitable Trust Stage

2:45 PM

Jennifer Grotz / Pop-Up Reading
Portland Art Museum

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Jennifer Grotz / The Personal is Poetry
With Melissa Broder + Brenda Shaughnessy, mod. By Ashley Toliver
Brunish Theater

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Jon Raymond / Carrie Brownstein in conversation event
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Cole Haan Stage

7:30 PM

Solmaz Sharif + John Freeman in conversation
Following screening of the film Close-Up
Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

Full event schedule 

Ben Percy reading at the Loft

Benjamin Percy’s reading from his new book THRILL ME at the Loft Literary Center on October 26 at 7:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss it! THRILL ME is all about how to craft narratives with the pace of a thriller and the depth of a literary novel.

He knows what he’s talking about. If you’ve read his Deliverance-esque The Wilding or his werewolf epic Red Moon or his post-apocalyptic take on the Lewis and Clark trek in The Dead Lands you know what I mean. Ben’s also the guy behind the recent run of Green Arrow comics and has just been announced as the power behind a new James Bond comics series.

Flaming chainsaws? Check. Jaws? Check. Exploding helicopters? Check. Impossibly deep voice that will give you nightmares? Check.

Oh, and I’m giving the introduction.

Do. Not. Miss. This.