On November 5th, ISLE will have its official book birthday, to be celebrated in high style with a launch at Newtonville Books. Come one, come all. Have a drink. I will read briefly about teenage bank robbers or acrobats or spooky twins. It will be fun.
I’m also very exited to be part of these two upcoming events in New York:
Brooklyn Launch of ISLE at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, co-hosted by Vol.1 Brooklyn, where I’ll be in conversation with Jason Diamond. This is happening on November 6th (Wednesday), 7:00 PM.
On November 13th (another Wednesday, another 7PM), I will be partaking in the massively awesome Originals Series, presented by FSG, GQ, & Flavorpill, with musical guest Steve Gunn and the amazing Sloane Crosley. You do need to RSVP, which you can do HERE, but tickets are free free free.
Also happening next week! Andover Bookstore on November 7th (7PM) and Owl & Raven in Northampton on November 8th (8PM) with Jamie Iredell, Chelsea Martin, & Matthew Harrison.
An ocean of gratitude for the new ISLE reviews/mentions this week:
In New York Magazine, Kathryn Schulz says “My current favorite short-story-writer-too-few-people-have-heard-of is Laura van den Berg, whose new collection, The Isle of Youth, is a smart, fun, noir-y treasure map of where families hide their secrets and lost souls hide themselves.”
In Marie Claire, ISLE is one of Steph Opitz’s “What to Read Now” picks.
Vanity Fair says “The stories in Laura van den Berg’s dreamy The Isle of Youth are absolutely captivating.”
At Booklist Annie Bostrom weighs in with: “…Van den Berg sends her characters along the undulations of extraordinary familial relationships—navigating their understood strength and, at the same time, arbitrariness—and gathers their piercingly true, hauntingly single voices in this memorable collection.”
At Flavorwire ISLE is a “Must-Read for November.”
Aritzia has some lovely words for ISLE: “Throughout these stories, van den Berg creates her own forsaken landscapes, and as with the strange colours of the Aurora Australis, she casts each tale in an unexpected, almost exquisite, glow.”
At The Quivering Pen, novelist extraordinaire David Abrams includes ISLE in his latest Front Porch Books round-up.
The Nervous Breakdown kindly ran an excerpt from “Lessons,” a story in ISLE, + a self-interview this week.
Thanks to Gigantic and Mini-Monster issue guest editor Adrian Van Young, I have a new story called “The Child” in their latest (which Jia Tolentino was nice enough to write about in The Hairpin). Hurray for monsters!
Want a sneak peak of ISLE? Listen to an excerpt of “I Looked For You, I Called Your Name” at Poets & Writers online.
Overjoyed to open the new O. Magazine & find THE ISLE OF YOUTH among their 10 Titles to Pick Up Now for November! “Discover of the month!” says O.
ISLE is also reviewed in the current issue of THE NEW INQUIRY.
Cambridge, NYC, Gettysburg, ho!
10/14, 8PM: Franklin Park Reading series with Susan Steinberg, T Kira Madden, Vanessa Veselka, & Karolina Waclawiak (!)
10/17, 7PM: In conversation with John Freeman at Porter Square Books, in celebration of his very excellent new book HOW TO READ A NOVELIST
10/30: Reading at Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA)
THE ISLE OF YOUTH’s book b-day is about a month away and some nice news has rolled in this past week:
~ I am a massive Karen Russell fan, so extra extra grateful for her lovely recommendation of ISLE in the Miami Herald.
~ The amazing Kyle Minor recommended ISLE over at HTML GIANT, along with a slew of other books I already love (SPEEDBOAT! RUNNING AWAY!) and/or am looking forward to reading. And speaking of looking forward, I could not possibly be more excited about Kyle’s new collection, PRAYING DRUNK, which will be out from Sarabande in February.
~ A kind and thoughtful review of ISLE by Erin McKnight in Heavy Feather Review.