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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Future of American Fiction series on Flavorpill

All summer, Flavorwire has been running a weekly series entitled, "The Future of American Fiction." From their introduction to each entry:
If you haven’t noticed, we spend a lot of time thinking about literature here in the Flavorpill offices, digging through its past, weighing its current state, and imagining its future. Take a look at our bookshelves and you’ll find us reading everything from Nobel Prize winners to age-old classics to paperbacks printed at the bookstore down the street. Call it Chick-Lit, Hysterical Realism, Ethnic-Lit, or Translit — if it’s good fiction, we’ll be talking about it. So this summer, we launched The Future of American Fiction: a weekly interview series expanding on that endless conversation about books we love, and yes, the direction of American fiction, from the people who’d know. Each Tuesday we’ve brought you a short interview with one of the writers we think is instrumental in defining that direction.
I have been following the series all summer, but I waited until it finished to pass it on.  I have to say though, I can tell they need more librarians on their blog.  There was no tag for the entire series.  I had to run a search that only pulled up these articles, and then provide you with the link to the search.  So my link is the best way to access each entry.

Despite the organizational issues, the content is great.  The most recent entry is an interview with Emma Straub, whose new book, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, has been getting buzz for months.

The editors went out of their way, as the stated above, to ask a wide range of authors about their opinion on where American Fiction is headed.  What I love here is that these authors are mostly at "midlist" level right now, but they are helping to move fiction into a new direction.

This is a series worth a look for readers and librarians. Pass this one on to your interested patrons.

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