Books

A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Alex Terrell

“I have always been fascinated by the idea of women being monstrous and beastly because it ruptures the dominant Patriarchal ideal of the shy woman.”

Sep 14, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Lin King

“I wanted to address old-age sexuality, which is in general completely unmentioned in Taiwanese society.”

Sep 12, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Elinam Agbo

“I love that our stories are beginning to get the attention they deserve, but that’s not enough for me. I want more.”

Sep 05, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Megan Tucker

“The idea here is the casual way children can accept and parrot this kind of simple, black-and-white math about worth. So much so that in a pinch they are willing write off their own mother!”

Aug 31, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Cristina Fríes

“I thought this exemplified two aspects of the Colombian spirit that interest and delight me: Any festive occasion can become an excuse to start a full-on party; and time is, as a manner of speaking, subjective.”

Aug 29, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Drew McCutchen

“I like melancholy and characters with weighty histories. I fell in love with Daniel. But I fall in love with all my characters.”

Aug 24, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Lauren Friedlander

“I started thinking about immoral women, women who are not merely complicit counterparts to A Bad Man but active participants in cruelty.”

Aug 22, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Grayson Morley

“When writing this story, I was thinking explicitly about a tendency in players to play games as murderous kleptomaniacs.”

Aug 17, 2018
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Celeste Mohammed

“My focus was on the character and emotions of the immigrant: the loneliness, the sense of loss and disconnection.”

Aug 15, 2018