Author Archives: Laura

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.



September News!

FIND ME makes Book Riot’s In The Mailbag.

FIND ME shout-out in New York Times article on dystopian fiction.

Everyday Genius published a list of all the things I cut out of my novel.

Interview with LitWrap.

The 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories is out in the world and Joan Silber was kind enough to select “Opa-locka” as a juror’s favorite. Thank you, Laura Furman! Thank you, Joan Silber!

ISLE makes Bustle’s list of “15 Contemporary Short Story Collections by Women You Should Read.”

In early 2015, ISLE will be published in the UK by Daunt Books.


Fall Events

September 13th, Fall for the Book Festival. Reading at 2:30PM, Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III, George Mason’s Fairfax Campus, with Rebecca Lee.

September 20th, Cork Short Story Festival. Reading at 4:15PM with Sally Vickers.

October 3rd-6th, St. Augustine Writers’ Conference.

October 21st, Elms College, 7PM reading with Mike Young.

October 24th, reading at Emerson College (GRS sponsored).

October 31st, Gunston School, where ISLE was selected as a Community Read.

November 6th, Barnes & Noble Upper East Side, 7PM, Best American Short Stories 2014 panel with Nell Freudenberger, Benjamin Nugent, and Jennifer Egan.

November 9th, Powerhouse Arena, in conversation with Lindsay Hunter for the NYC launch of UGLY GIRLS.

November 13, University of Maine at Farmington, 7PM reading.

November 20th, reading at Wellesley College.

December 2nd, 8:00-9:00 PM, Online Seminar on Imagination in Fiction for Grub Street.




Summer Events

May 3rd, 10:30AM, Boston: The Blazing Thing: Imagination in Fiction, Muse & the Marketplace

May 3rd, 2:30PM, Boston: After the MFA, Muse & the Marketplace

May 4th, 4-6PM, Boston: Redivider Launch Party, Sweetwater Tavern.

May 5th, 7:PM, The Internet: Authors LIVE, Short Story Skype Roundtable with Ethan Rutherford & Jessica Hollander, hosted by West Hartford Library.

May 8th, 7:00PM, NYC: Behind the Book with Akhil Sharma & Leah Hager Cohen, KGB Bar.

May 9th, 5:00PM, NYC: NYU with Rivka Galchen, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.

June 19th, 7:00PM, Boston: in conversation with Valeria Luiselli, Porter Square Books.

June 25th, Boston: in conversation with Porochista Khakpour, Brookline Booksmith.

August 3rd-8th, Nobleboro, Maine: Damariscotta Lake Writer’s Conference