Summer News

Happy novel news this summer:

FIND ME made the longlist for The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, in excellent company.

Sloane Crosley’s recent NYTBR Critic’s Take essay on apocalyptic fiction by women was kind enough to include FIND ME.

FIND ME made Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s list of Best Debut Novels of 2015 So Far.

Happy non-novel news:

A new story, “The Other Daughter, is in the July/August issue of The Kenyon Review.

New Books!

Maniac-level grateful that I get to keep working with the FSG on two new books: Havana, a novel, & a new story collection. Here is the official thing from Publisher’s Marketplace:

“B&N Discover pick and Rosenthal Family Foundation Award-winning author of THE ISLE OF YOUTH and FIND ME, Laura van den Berg’s HAVANA, an existential mystery about a woman who travels to Cuba where she believes she sees her dead husband alive and well, and a new collection of short stories, to Emily Bell at Farrar, Straus, by Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown (world).”

Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize

Super happy and honored to be able to share that I have won a 2015 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to “a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose” and established in honor of author Jeannette Haien Ballard.

New Stuff

Electric Literature selected a story from my first collection, “Where We Must Be,” for Recommended Reading.

All four installments “How Writers Read” are now up at The Believer. Thanks to Elissa Gabbert for asking me to participate!

I contributed a Year in Reading entry for The Millions, thoughts on notable story collections and novels at Electric Literature, and sang the praises of Miriam Toews’ ALL MY PUNY SORROWS for FSG Originals.

ISLE is on Bustle’s list of 10 Books to Binge-Read After Christmas. Thanks, Bustle!

I wrote a little bit about writing spaces for Bayou Magazine.

FIND ME makes “most anticipated for 2015” lists at Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time Out New York, BBC, Bustle, & more!

FIND gets a starred review from Library Journal. Hurray!

On FIND ME, Kirkus says “Van den Berg’s writing is curiously beautiful, and her portrayals can also be disarmingly sensitive, as if we might break this girl just by reading about her.”

And over at Book Riot, Rebecca Schinsky has some kind words for FIND ME: “This is one of my favorite novels of 2015, and we’re not even IN 2015 yet…The language is beautiful, spare, and carefully crafted, and the characters are fully realized and unforgettable.”



October News

The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Mystery Stories, both of which include “Antarctica,” are officially out.

Talked to Amber Sparks about “lowbrow” influences over at Electric Literature.

A brief profile in The Boston Globe (Thank you, Jan Garner!).

Honored to be one of the judges for The Story Prize.

The first pre-pubs are in!

FIND ME gets a starred review in Booklist, who says: “Van den Berg’s enveloping novel of a plague and a seeker in an endangered world reveals what it feels like to grow up unwanted and unknown in a civilization hell-bent on self-destruction…a beautifully strange, sad, and provocative inquiry into our failure to love, cherish, and protect.”

Publisher’s Weekly weighs in with: “in Joy, van den Berg has created a voice that never feels false, only lost and dreaming of being found.”

FIND ME shout-outs at The Quivering Pen and Book Riot.